Santorini & Other Islands

Santorini & Other Islands

CORFU

Greece has some 6000 islets and islands of which only 227 are inhabited.

Corfu templeThey are grouped as the Argo-Saronic, Cyclades, North Aegean, Dodecanese, Sporades and Ionian. An island-hoppers paradise – one could probably not do  them all justice in a life-time! It is a rich and varied region for pleasure seekers and adventurers alike. Some islands are famous for their clubs, restaurants and hard-partying nightlife whilst others present a more dramatic geography and terrain, offering the physical experiences of hiking, climbing and scuba diving. There are islands famous for their beautiful villages and beaches and those which boast a fascinating history of stunning architecture and archaeological treasures. And then there are islands which offer all of the above – such is Corfu.

Corfu lies to the north of the Ionian Sea at the entrance of the Adriatic. It is the second largest of its group and the capital – also named Corfu (Kerkyra or Korfu in Greek) is the bustling cosmopolitan hub of the Ionian Islands.  Corfu has always been a magnet for the rich, famous and adventurous and its fascinating history and wonderful architecture have been shaped over centuries by Venetian, French and British occupations.

Corfu town reveals magnificent Byzantine and Medieval stone structures – great forts and palaces and numerous churches, monasteries and museums.

Splianada Square and Liston in town are must-do’s – lovely buildings and great cafes, restaurants and bars. Lots of clubs for all night partying too!

Corfu headlandBeyond the centre lies an enchanting countryside of some 600 square kilometres – here life is quieter. The lush landscape, with its olive groves, lemon and cypress trees is punctuated with picturesque villages where the mood is friendly and relaxed.

There is much to explore – the coastline is dramatic with tall cliffs and wooded headlands. The beaches, with their turquoise waters, are pristine and pretty. In the charming fishing villages you will find delightful tavernas and restaurants where you can enjoy a drink or two, absorb the atmosphere and admire the luxury yachts at anchor.

All manner of water sports are catered for and scuba diving and parasailing are popular. The best way to get around is hire car (or motor boat if you want a different perspective).

Corfu CruisingIn the lovely Ropa Valley, you can visit the Corfu Golf Club with its world-class 18 hole course.  Designed by Swiss-based architect David Harradine, the beautiful greens incorporate the Nafsika River which is home to abundant wildlife including otters.

Archaeological sites are, of course, broadly distributed throughout the island.  Palaeopolis and Mon Repos are well worth a visit.

Whilst Corfu has dozens of popular resorts, the northern regions are less touristy and more about enjoying the Greek idyll at a gentler pace. The scenery is breathtaking and there are many lovely villas (with pools) to rent, with all the privacy and amenities necessary for an indulgent getaway.

Corfu enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with July and August being the hottest months.  Peak tourism season is May to October.

Lovely Lifestyles 2016