Corfu, Greece: where is it, when to go and what to see

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Martí Micolau
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Corfu is Greece a stone's throw from Italy, a wonderful island which, thanks to its proximity to our coasts, represents a virtual bridge between Italian and Greek culture. Conviviality, a bit of healthy idleness and delicious cuisine are just some of the characteristics that push tourists from all over the world to choose the Ionian island as their holiday destination, which also offers a blue and clear sea and dream beaches. Moreover it is also a rather cheap destination, an excellent starting point to continue exploring the Greek islands and mainland Greece.

Ready for your Hellenic vacation? Here's one driving on Corfu: where is it, when to go and what to see.



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Corfu: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a holiday in Corfu cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 110.000
  • Capital: Corfu Town
  • Languages: Greek, Italian
  • Local currency: euro (€)
  • Weather: Mediterranean, with long, hot and sunny summers and mild, rainy winters. The average temperature of January, the coldest month, is 9 °, that of August is 25 °
  • Time zone: GMT + 2 (+ 1h compared to Italy)
  • Entry requirements: EU citizens must only have an identity card or, alternatively, a valid passport. Non-EU citizens, on the other hand, must have a valid passport
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Corfu is a Greek island located in the Ionian Sea and it is part of the archipelago of the Ionian Islands. It is the northernmost island of the archipelago, as well as the closest to the Apulian coasts.



    How to reach us

    • By plane: there are direct low cost flights. The duration of the flight is around two hours and prices start from € 50,00, during the summer it is better to book well in advance - Compare flights
    • By ferry: it is possible to take the ferry from Brindisi or Bari, with a duration of 7 and 9 hours respectively. The cost is about € 30,00 in an armchair, € 50,00 in the cabin, but it is free up to 4 years. In high season there are hydrofoils from Otranto that take just 3 hours (cost about € 90,00-100,00)

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: Mediterranean, rainy but mild winter, sunny spring, hot summer (highs often above 30 °). In autumn, temperatures remain pleasant, initially quite warm.
    • Best time: spring, early or late summer, early autumn. Temperatures are still enjoyable and suitable for swimming in the sea but there is no high season crowd
    • Period to avoid: winter, even if the temperatures are mild, many tourist facilities are closed
    • Advice: the climate is similar to that of our southern Italy, even in the height of summer, the heat and the heat are often mitigated by cool winds. The recommended clothing is therefore light, but without forgetting an umbrella or a waterproof jacket

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest



    1. Corfu Town: capital of the island, its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with picturesque alleys and typical Greek taverns. Do not miss a walk on the ramparts of the Old Fortress, a fortified citadel overlooking the sea.
    2. Achilleion Palace: also known as the palace of Sissi, it was built by Empress Elisabeth of Austria and became her refuge of peace. The 80 hectare park offers a breathtaking view of the sea.
    3. Vlachérna Monastery: symbol of Corfu, it is a small white church with the typical bell tower of Orthodox places of worship and is located in the Kanoni peninsula.
    4. Angelokastro fortress: built in the th century by Michael II of Epirus, today it is one of the most important Byzantine castles in Greece. It offers a splendid panoramic view of the west and north coast of Corfu.
    5. Paleokastritsa bay: one of the most enchanting places on the island of Corfu, defined by the Corfiots themselves as "the most beautiful place in the world". It is a jagged and rocky bay, where nature has created a unique setting in the world.
    6. Sidari, the channel of love: the most romantic place on the island is a deep natural inlet. According to local legend, couples who swim in the canal are destined to get married within a short time.
    7. Glyfada beach: it is one of the most famous beaches on the island, with soft and clear sand, shallow water and crystal clear sea. On the left side it has a small rocky area with some small and beautiful natural pools.
    8. Dassia: small but well-equipped tourist resort with a calm, clear and shallow sea, with a pebble and gravel beach adorned with various olive trees. There are many cheap restaurants with traditional Greek cuisine.
    9. Agios Giorgios Pagi beach: 5 km long golden sandy beach, bathed by an emerald sea and surrounded by small and elegant hotels, not to be confused with the resort of Agios Giorgios located in the south of the island.
    10. Chief Dastris: another natural wonder, it is an inlet surrounded by promontories of clayey rock, very similar thanks to its color to the famous cliffs of Dover in England. Lord Byron was also fascinated by the view of Cape Dastris!

    What to do in Corfu: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in Corfu cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Corfu is an economic destination, suitable for any budget and any type of traveler.

    Can be found great budget accommodations, of course it also depends on the period: in the high season the costs for overnight stays are always higher, while in the low season, when the temperatures are still very enjoyable, it is possible to save money. If you go in July or August we recommend that you book well in advance.

    You can get there either by plane with low cost flights or by ferry, so the trip will not have much impact. As for transport, public transport is quite efficient and cheap, even if the maximum freedom is given by car or motorbike rental, with an average cost of € 150,00 for a week.

    Unlike Italy, where the cost of the beach weighs heavily on the holiday budget, in Corfu it can be canceled, because there is no concept of a private beach. Furthermore, the Greek cuisine is genuine and healthy, as well as very economical. On average, for a week in Corfu, you can spend around € 500,00 per person, all inclusive.



    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
    • starting from € 70,00 -
    • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 450,00 per person -
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