Corfu is an island off the coast of Greece, and also one of the most wonderful places to visit in the world. Situated in the Ionian Sea, a number of smaller island surround the mainland, and from the earliest of Greek mythology, Corfu is described as the birthplace of culture and beauty. Poseidon and Asopos, two of the most powerful gods in Greek mythology, participated in ancient battles on the island of Corfu (or Kerkyra), and there are a number of historical castles located around the island offer an insight into previous mortal conquests.
Famous for its Italianate architecture, the main plaza is lined with colonnade cafes and pebbled streets. Due to the rise of the Norman kingdom, Corfu was frequently under attack during 1081-1085, and until the French Occupation of 1797, the island was under the protection of Venice.
Benefitting from lush, green landscapes, Corfu offers a lot more vegetation than other Greek islands – over two million olive trees in fact. Winter rain also helps to keep the island’s agricultural developments on track, and although tourism provides the majority of the island’s income, the exportation of olives continues to grow rapidly. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to see and do on the island of Corfu!
Kassiopi is a small fishing village situated at the northern tip of the island. Not only is it an attractive tourist resort offing a number of water sports, but it’s also home to some of the oldest markets on the island. From fresh herbs and spices to handcrafted fabrics and street entertainment, Kassiopi offers a wealth of culture, and the beaches are exquisite too! Tourists can take a daily bus service to the village, and there are also a number of small companies that offer tours of the surround landscapes as well as the village itself.
Sidari is best known for its extravagant nightlife, and located towards the northern shores, it’s only a short taxi ride from the city centre. Famous for its beautiful beaches, Sidari has one of the cleanest and most beautiful shores on the island, and there are also some great scuba diving operators in the area too. Although the strip is small, there are a number of luxury restaurants and bars to experience, and the town remains a popular choice for singletons and families alike.
St George South
At six miles long, the beach front at St George South is the longest on the island, and also one of the most beautiful. Not only is it permanently life-guarded and safe for children, but there are a number of restaurants that open up onto the golden sands, meaning you won’t have to walk far for a drink or a snack. St George South is a quiet village, so if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of inner Corfu town, then this is the place to visit!