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.
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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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.
This sleepy little fishing hamlet on the northeast coast of Corfu feels a world apart from the bright lights of Corfu Town, 23 kilometres down the road. It’s set in the pine-covered foothills of Mount Pantokrator with the coastline of Albania just across the Ionian Sea. But for all its tucked-away, old-school charm, Nissaki is also a veteran tourist resort that’s got everything you need for an easy, laid-back holiday.
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.