Classical Corfu Holidays
Nestled in the Ionian Sea, Corfu holidays are full of cypress trees, olive groves, dramatic coastlines, and rustic stone buildings, all topped off with a deep blue sky. It also shares our nickname ‘the Emerald Isle’ because of its rolling green hills and plentiful olive groves. What makes this island special however is not just its spellbinding scenery or relaxing pace of life, but its intricate roots with classical Greece. For thousands of years Corfu has been renowned for its culture, art and education, qualities which can still be seen today in both the ancient architecture and the modern sophistication of the locals.
Things to do in Corfu
Naturally, watersports, sailing and other seaside activities are among some of the top things to do in Corfu. This paradise island has its very own sea school offering sailing lessons or motorboats for hire, should you fancy floating on the gentle waves. Cruises around the surrounding islands and past the dramatic cliffs and coves of the coastline are also popular daytime excursions. Of course, the island also has its fair share of glittering beaches to relax on when you want to get back on terra firma.
The most popular resorts on the island are located along the north coast. If competitive prices and watersports galore are what you want from Corfu holidays, head for the sun-drenched resort of Acharavi. Such is the beauty of this Ionian gem; it has the largest native population outside of the island's capital and is a great option for couples and families. Those in search of some 5-star luxury will be spoilt for choice over on the east coast in Corfu Town, alongside the glamorous marina. This area has a fun, vibrant atmosphere thanks to the nearby Ionian University. The south of the island is peaceful and rural – Messonghi is a particularly good spot for couples looking for a quiet break.
Holidays to Corfu are all about simplicity and relaxation. Many are surprised to find that the island has a distinct Italian vibe, due to its close proximity to its Mediterranean neighbour. The food is a fusion of typical Greek flavours, with deliciously fresh olives and feta on every menu, coupled with some Italian favourites such as tomatoes, pasta and herbs. Watching the sun melt into the azure ocean as you dine on mouth-watering dishes is one of the sweetest pleasures of life on the island.
The undulating landscape in the southern part of Corfu is perfect for mountain biking. For those who want to take in the scenery at a more leisurely pace, strolling through olive groves and cypress trees is a sedate way to experience the countryside. The popular northern coastline is bursting with lively towns like Kassiopi, full of jovial locals who are always willing to share a story or two. But best of all is the ever present classical history of the island; weeks could easily be spent wandering through the old ruins, lost in the world of the ancient Greeks.