Corfu, is an idyllic Ionian Island of Greece, is perfect for family holidays and last minute holidays alike. With unbeatable beaches, excellent food, wine and taverna lunches lasting hours, a long history and a huge range of leisure activities, Corfu holidays have something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a Corfu villa on the beach or an apartment in Corfu Town, the island is sure to please.
Any guide to Corfu will start with the glorious beaches, and you will certainly spend some time on the beaches when staying in any of the accommodation in Corfu. The coast consists of sheltered rocky coves, shingle beaches and massive swathes of fine golden sand beaches, filled with bronzed bodies and water sport facilities, including windsurfing, sailing, para-sailing, banana boats and of course swimming. Whether your preference lies with long, sweeping, sandy and safe beaches (Acharavi, Sadari or St Stephanos), idyllic cove beaches with glorious sunsets (Nissaki, Kaminaki or Agni), or quiet, secluded beaches (Barbati, Kerasia or St Spiridon), you will certainly not be disappointed, wherever you decide to take a self catering villa or apartment in Corfu.
Of course, there is far more on offer than simply beaches and water sports in Corfu. Corfu Town, or Kerkyra as it is known on the island has a massive amount to see. The maze of streets open into huge, green parks and the beautiful harbour, but it is the 16th Century British occupied fortress which holds the most fascination. It has hardly been touched since it was vacated, and you are given un-restricted access to explore as you wish.
The deserted village of Perithia high on the mountain road across the island is an eerie, yet fascinating place to investigate walk from. The Achillion Palace in the village of Gastouri makes almost essential viewing on a Corfu holiday, and is certainly not a place to visit without a camera!
Corfu’s golf course is a hidden gem. It is high on the list of ’20 Greatest Championship Golf Courses in Europe, yet is hardly known by those who take self catering Corfu accommodation. It is a wonderful 18 hole course, with luxury facilities and some devilish hazards. If you are looking to play regularly on your holiday, Corfu villas in the Ropa Valley are ideal.
Family holidays to Corfu are made even more fun by the AquaLand water park, which is one of the largest in the whole of Europe. There is no end of unique water based entertainment, and the children’s facilities are top class.
One of the best ways to explore the island is to charter a speed boat. No experience is necessary, and rental prices are extremely good. You can not only take in the magnificent scenery, fish and swim from the boat, but you can find idyllic coves and rock formation to have a picnic from.
The nightlife in Corfu is top class too. You can either head for the 18-30’s resort of Kavos, where cheap cocktails and karaoke fill the evening air, or visit some of the quieter, yet hugely enjoyable tavernas, restaurants and bars which have sprung up across Corfu.
The summer in Corfu is magnificent. Average temperatures in July and August reach 30°C most days, and from April until November, temperatures remain above 15°C. Even during the depths of winter, from December through until January, temperatures are around 10°C.
There are a huge number of cheap flights to Corfu, making Corfu a great place for bargain holidays. Corfu or Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport (CFU) receives a huge number of flights from Luton Airport especially. Stansted (STN), London Gatwick (LGW) and Birmingham (BHX) have a range of flights to Corfu too.