Corfu – Fantastic Holidays in this Ionian Retreat
Culture and History of Corfu
Corfu is well known for its sandy beaches and sparkling blue waters, but there is so much more to this fascinating island. Its history is littered domination after domination as it was handed from one culture to the next, from the Byzantines and Romans to the Greeks and Venetians, before being won from France by England.
It was eventually handed back to the Greeks as part of the Treaty of High Powered Stakes in 1863, but it seems the Brits weren’t willing to let go that easily, and they continue to make their mark on the area by travelling in droves to lie on the glorious beaches every summer. And thanks to this varied history, tourists enjoying their holidays in Corfu today can enjoy the Old Town of Kerkyra, where English Palaces rub shoulders with French-inspired galleries.
Entertainment in Corfu
From cultural sites to lively bars, there are so many things to do in Corfu that you’ll never run out of choice, and it’s best to plan ahead to make sure you don’t miss any of the must-see attractions.
Head over to Kavos Corfu, a tiny fishing village on the southern edge of the island. This little gem boasts an eclectic personality, with old-fashioned charm and village appeal. From here you can take scenic walks around the Cliffside and visit the ruins of an old monastery. And at night, well Kavos wakes up and lets its hair down; this Corfu nightlife could rival Ibiza.
If you’re travelling with children, then on-your-doorstep entertainment probably sounds like a great idea. Aqualand Resort Corfu leads the way with its family-friendly style accommodation. Built-in the style of a village, it offers an all-inclusive package which is perfect for families. And with free entrance every day to neighbouring Aqualand Corfu, boasting 15 water-themed rides and plenty of pools, even your entertainment won’t be a hassle.
Transportation to Corfu/in Corfu
Cheap flights to Corfu leave frequently from London and most major operators run holidays to this stunning island. With some of the low-cost airlines also providing flights, there is plenty of opportunities to get great deals on your holidays to Corfu leaving you with a little extra spending money in your wallet.
Flights from London to Corfu take less than three hours and leave from either Gatwick or Heathrow, so it’s time to check that Corfu weather forecast and start planning your trip. If you’d like a little help searching for the perfect flights, check out the search form at the bottom of this page.
Accommodation in Corfu
As with most tourist destinations, there are plenty of hotels in Corfu to choose from and every budget is catered for.
The Corfu Sea Gardens is a typical apartment-style resort, built-in 2000. It offers the privacy of your own space and despite only being rated as a 3-star hotel by most travel operators it comes with the added convenience of services such as a laundry, a minimarket and a medical suite with a Doctor on-site daily.
In Sidari, the Corfu Panorama Resort has just that – a wonderful view of the Ionian Sea. This hotel is ideally located for sampling the local shopping and evening entertainments, but if staying in after hour’s suits you better, the resort offers evening entertainment in one of its many bars and weekly theme nights in its impressive buffet restaurant.
Holiday Facilities in Corfu
Corfu is no stranger to happy holidaymakers, and with plenty of activities on offer, it’s hardly surprising that visitors return every year to see what else the island has to offer. For a perfect family outing, hire some mountain bikes and head out of town to explore the tourist walks and the old donkey trade trails, passing through mountainside vineyards and low-level farmland as you go.
A group of friends travelling together can enjoy the experience of hiring a chartered catamaran and sailing off to the stunning beach lands of Kassiopi for a private snorkelling session followed by a BBQ on the sandy shore. And to make a full day of your trip, arrange to head back later in the evening and enjoy your final moments on the deck watching the sunset with a glass of wine.
Single travellers can enjoy booking excursions with like-minded visitors to the island, and spend lazy afternoons strolling through vineyards and sampling the wine while meeting new and interesting people along the way. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, then booking a place on a group scuba diving trip is a great way to meet new people, although there is likely to be far less talking done.