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The Emerald Isle

People have been singing Corfu’s praises for centuries. The poet Homer, for instance, labelled it ‘a beautiful and rich land’. Almost 3,000 years on and his words still ring true – Corfu is one of the prettiest parts of Greece. And it certainly deserves its ‘Emerald Isle’ nickname, what with its green hills and an olive-tree quota topping the three million mark.

Peaceful resorts and party towns

Now a seasoned pro on the holiday front, Corfu is one of those places that, clichéd as it may sound, caters for all tastes. For a low-key escape, head to somewhere like Acharavi in the north, where it’s all about lazy days on the beach and quiet evenings in tavernas. At the other end of the scale you’ve got neon-lit Kavos, down on the south coast, which raises the roof most nights. For something in between, places like Sidari are a good bet.

Exploring Corfu

When it comes to days out, there’s everything from palaces to waterparks. A good starting point is Corfu Town, with its old fortress and pretty Venetian houses. And on the nature front, you’ve got Mount Pantokrator and Lake Korission.

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Sidari

Set on Corfu’s north coast, Sidari used to be a small fishing village made up of little more than a harbour and a cluster of houses. Now it’s had a resort makeover and it’s packed with sprawling low-rise hotels and tourist-friendly bars. Location wise, though, you won’t lose out on that traditional Greek charm – it’s surrounded by sleepy hamlets and just 26 kilometres from Corfu Town.

Aghios Ioannis (Corfu)

Set on the east coast of Corfu, Agios Ioannis has a split personality – it’s half waterpark and half traditional village. Aqualand packs in family-friendly slides and a whopper of a wave pool, while up in the old square you can kick back with the locals. As for getting out and about, a free shuttle bus gets you to the beach and Corfu Town.

Gouvia

Back in the day, Gouvia was a Venetian naval base – now this quiet village on the east coast of Corfu is one of the island’s more upmarket resorts. The swanky marina gives it a sophisticated edge, but the rest of the place doesn’t need to be showy. Here, it’s all about easy-going days on the beach and laid-back nights in the friendly tavernas.

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