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What's Corfu like

Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian islands behind Kefalonia It is often known as Kérkyra in Greek and that is also the name of the main town.

Corfu was a strategic position in Europe for many years and was heavily fortified, that’s why there are many castles on the island. It was ruled by the Venetian republic for 5 centuries up until 1797 so many of the islands buildings have a Venetian feel to them, particularly the main town of Kerkyra.

Corfu has something for everyone, from nature reserves to all night parties, beautiful beaches and historical sites are also in abundance here.

Getting to Corfu

As Corfu is the closest island to the UK it’s also a very popular one so expect to find an abundance of flights from your nearest international airport, we found 16 airports in the UK flying direct to Corfu so you should find it easy to get a flight to suit you. Flight time is around 3 hours so by the time you’ve taken off, had an overpriced drink, played a couple of games on your phone and queued for the toilet it’ll probably be time to land again.

Best time to visit Corfu

The best time to visit Corfu is from late April to early September, it rains more in Corfu as it’s more northern than the other Greek islands that are hotter and dryer.

June to August offers the highest temperatures and minimal rain so if you like it hot that’s the time for you. Just remember that these months are also the busiest and most expensive times to go to Corfu.

Who would enjoy Corfu

Corfu has a wealth of historical sites, particularly Venetian style architecture and castles. There’s also some fantastic beaches and gorgeous scenery so it’s easy to see why Corfu is so popular with all sorts of people. There’s tons of all inclusive resort style hotels as well as lots of Greek family run hotels in the less well known towns and villages so no matter what you are looking for in your Greek island holiday, Corfu can probably cater to your needs.

Where to stay in Corfu

The north east of the island is probably the most popular area of Corfu for holiday makers with the capital Kerkyra and the town of Sidari amongst the the most popular places to stay. If you want a raucous 18-30 style holiday then Kavos is the place for you. If you want a quiet relaxing break away from the crowds then why not give somewhere like Kassiopi or Pelekas.

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Corfu photo gallery

Kerkyra Corfu
Kerkyra by Vince Smith
Sidari Corfu
Sidari by Charles Dawson
Messonghi Corfu
Messonghi by Darren Haslam
Agios Georgios South Beach Corfu
Agios Georgios South Beach by Simian Productions
Gouvia Marina Corfu Aerial
Gouvia Marina by K&G Med Marinas
Ermones Beach Corfu
Ermones beach by Sandy Gillespie
Venetian Arsenal Corfu
Venetian Arsenal by Robin
Kerasia Corfu
Kerasia by peperoni
Mouse Island Corfu
Mouse Island by Sascha Askani
Small Nissaki Beach Corfu
Small Nissaki Beach by fiftyfits
Statue at Achilleion
Statue at Achilleion by Merle ja Joonas
Kassiopi Corfu
Kassiopi by Alexander Saprykin
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