Island, Sung by Homer
It’s considered to be first mentioned in Homer's famous “Odyssey” (known also as Scherie) as the home of the Phaeacians. But Corfu has more to it. Here you can touch the miracle, get to know the history of the island and take a look at the houses of celebrities.
The island of Corfu is one of the most famous and beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea in Greece, known worldwide for its natural beauty - exotic beaches, turquoise waters, olive and orange groves and green forests and rich history dating back to the ancient times. Kerkyra, as the Greeks call the island, fascinates with its Venetian aura, nesting in picturesque villages, narrow lanes and unique architecture.
Year after year royal persons, pop stars, actors, celebrities and nature lovers from all over the world plan their holidays in Corfu. In the 19th century Empress Elizabeth of Austria (Sissi) ordered to build a palace in Corfu and named it the Achilleion in honour of the ancient Greek hero Achilleios. The summer home of Empress Sissi is now a popular tourist attraction.
In1864 King George I of Greece made the Palace of Mon Repos in the Old Town of Corfu his summer residence. Now the palace is a museum and every visitor can admire the panoramic view over the Ionian Sea and enjoy the beautiful green garden, which is considered to be one of the best in Europe.
In modern Corfu the royalty share the island with the rich and famous. On the northern coast of Corfu, which is also called “Monaco of Greece” you can see among others the estate of Nathaniel Rotschild and a holiday home of Bruce Willis.
Thanks to the fact that Corfu is a favourite destination of the aristocracy, it has everything to satisfy the most demanding travelers: aqua parks, tennis courts, cricket and golf courses, riding clubs, yachting sports facilities, diving schools, etc.
The capital of the island, Corfu Town, can be divided into two main parts: the Old Town and the New Town. The Old town is a labyrinth of narrow streets and lanes. Many houses in Corfu can be attributed to the period of the Venetian rule, so you can get an impression of being in a small Italian town.
We offer tours in Corfu with direct departures from wide range of countries, including the wings of our own airline Ellinair. Flights are carried out for the entire season on comfortable airplanes Boeing and Avro.
Corfu, as well as on other Ionian islands, has the mild Mediterranean climate. In winter, there is always a lot of rain, so in the spring the island is literally blooms and pleases its guests with lush vegetation.
The summer on Corfu is usually mild, and temperatures ranging from +30 to +35 degrees. The hottest period of the season is the first half of August. This time the temperature can rise to 40 degrees. Pleasant sea breeze with light breezes comes to the rescue from a heat.
On the island of Corfu there are many resorts and towns that regularly attract thousands of tourists. Totally it’s about 20 island resorts with good infrastructure.
The most popular resorts of the island, which are the closest from Corfu-town (capital of the island) - Perama, Benitses and Kanoni. It is ideal for families with children, as there is always a warm and shallow sea. South of the capital are the resorts of Moraitika and Messonghi, separated by the river. They are known for its sandy beaches and reasonable prices.
The best place on the island for tourists who want a quiet and relaxing holiday is Lefkimi. There is a small port from which you can get to Igoumenitsa.
In the south of Corfu is situated a youth resort of Kavos, where the fun does not stop, day or night.
In the south-west of the island there aren’t large resort towns, but you can stay in one of the many villages of this part of the island, such as the charming Gardenos, surrounded by olive groves and deserted sandy beaches.
Closer to the center of Corfu are located excellent beach resorts Emones, Agios Gordios, Agios Georgios and Glyfada.
One of the most beautiful places on the island is Paleokastritsa bay. There are some good sandy beaches, protected from the waves by cozy coves.
Resorts in the north of the island are always crowded because there are beloved places for rest by both tourists and locals. There are towns Sidari, Acharavi, Roda, Kassiopi. All of them are close to each other, so you can rest easy on all of these beaches.
Sandy and pebbly coast is the pride of Corfu. Many of them marked with "EU Blue Flag" for its good infrastructure, cleanliness and safety. The most popular beaches of the island: Agios Ioannis, Agios Spiridon, Gouvia, Benitses, Dassia, Corfu, Nissaki, Messonghi, Paleokastritsa, Perama.