Corfu is the ultimate Greek getaway, with secret coves, olive-strewn hills and bustling beach resorts.
Corfu has been a favourite with British visitors since the 1980s and its popularity shows no signs of waning. Sunseekers continue to flock to the beaches of Sidari, and Kavos still thrums to the sound of party beats.
Corfu’s beaches are some of the best in Greece, especially the ones along the west coast where the golden sands are at their softest. Many of the beaches are nice and wide so there’s plenty of room for everyone.
Away from the coast Corfu is surprisingly green, with hillsides carpeted in olive groves. In the more remote corners of the island the locals still celebrate the changing seasons with religious festivals and fairs.
You’ll find golden sands galore at Sidari, Acharavi and St George South beaches. Halikounas Beach is one of the most unspoiled stretches on the island and is a good spot for windsurfing, too. Longas Beach is the best place to watch the sun go down.
A day trip to Corfu Town is a must. The UNESCO-listed old town dates back to the 8th century BC and comes with two forts, a clutch of medieval churches and plenty of leafy squares.
For water-based fun away from the sea, head to Aqualand, a sprawling waterpark about half an hour’s drive from Corfu Town. It comes with slides of all shapes and sizes as well as the world’s third largest wave pool.
Follow your nose into one of the waterfront or hillside tavernas and you’ll discover a wealth of Greek treats. Two Corfiot specialities to look out for are pasta dish pastitsada and sofrito – beef cooked in white wine sauce.
Leather goods, pottery and olive wood carvings are some of Corfu’s finest exports. You can get good deals on all of them in the local shops and markets, especially if you’re willing to haggle. For beautiful gold and silver jewellery, dive into the old quarter in Corfu Town.
Kavos is the island’s party capital, with a club-packed strip and pumping beachfront bars. Sidari and Acharavi offer more family-friendly fun, with karaoke nights and tribute acts. For a laid-back evening of people watching, bag yourself a table at one of the outdoor bars in Corfu Town’s main square.
Corfu is the second-largest of the Ionian islands and hugs the west coast of Greece, just across the sea from the boot of Italy.
Time differenceGMT +2 hours
Beeraround €3 a bottle
3 course mealaround €25