Ionian island of Corfu
The enchanting Ionian island of Corfu is the westernmost part of Greece. Ringed by sandy beaches and densely covered by olive and cypress trees, Corfu is host to numerous recreational, historical and cultural activities. The best time to enjoy your Corfu Villa holiday is May through June or September through October. The weather is pleasant and the island isn’t as crowded as during the summer months. No matter when they come, guests who visit Corfu will be amazed by all that the island has to offer.
Corfu is one of the most well known Greek islands. Visitors can soak up the summer sun or swim in the warm and inviting waters. You can spend a day on the family friendly beaches of Acharavi or enjoy water sports in Gouvia, such as paragliding, jet skiing or a charter boat excursion. Those looking for fun and excitement should experience all that Kavos and its wonderful views of the Greek Mainland have to offer. In Paleokastritsas, you can scuba dive the clear turquoise water, watch the local marine life during a glass bottom boat cruise or travel to secluded beaches backed by sheer cliffs, olive groves and cypress trees. Visitors who wish to experience the local culture and hospitality should visit the Sidari beaches. A Corfu Villa holiday will enable you to explore the wide variety of outdoor activities to be found along the coastline of Corfu.
Tourists who visit Corfu should spend time in Ano Moraitika. Here you will be amazed by the brightly coloured buildings and flower adorned alleyways of a village suspended in time. Here, vacationers will find unspoiled villages that reflect the island’s Venetian, Byzantine, Roman and Hellenic pasts. You will be awestruck by the 13th century monastery located in Paleokastritsas. In Corfu Town, visitors can see the Venetian, British and French influenced architecture. Guests will be captivated by the picturesque St. Spyridon Church that contains many religious artefacts. Stop by one of the two Venetian era fortresses for thrilling panoramic views. You will find Corfu’s historic past by strolling through the streets of the old and new town as you relish the mixture of architecture and cultures. No visit to the area would be complete without stopping by two of the most photographed places in all of Greece, Vlacherna and Mouse Island. Vlacherna is the white Convent of St. Mary that has a single identifying cypress tree, and Mouse Island is where Odysseus washed ashore.
No matter where you go on the island, you will find an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, music, festivals, hotels and night life that appeal to every taste and budget. It’s never too early to start planning your 2012 Corfu holiday.
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