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Basic information

  • Area: 592.877 km² (229 sq.mi.)
  • Calling Code: +30
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 107,879
  • Official language: Greek
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Corfu – Overview

The charming island of Corfu is found in the Adriatic Sea off the west coast of mainland Greece. The island has a colourful history and has been ruled over by, most notably, the Venetians and the British who have both left their mark on the island. With a population of 110,000 Corfu is not overcrowded and the locals that you will meet are very welcoming and love to show their beautiful island off to visitors. There is much to see and do if you’re looking for an active holiday and any number of beaches if its sunshine and swimming you’re after.

Corfu is not just an attractive destination for sun-seekers; there is a huge amount to entertain culture lovers. The main town of Corfu is the centre for the islands artistic offerings with the majority of museums and galleries found here. Some of the more impressive include the Archaeological museum displaying pieces from the ancient island and the Museum of Asian Art Corfu which boasts one of the most comprehensive collections outside the Asian continent. Music lovers will not be disappointed, Corfu has a long musical history and is particularly proud of its marching bands that regularly take to the streets to entertain whoever is there to watch (which usually is most of the inhabitants of Corfu Town!).

Corfu Town is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is teeming with impressive architecture. Some of its most beautiful buildings include the Ionian Academy which was destroyed during World War II but lovingly recreated in all its former glory, and the Achilleion Palace (see below). Corfu’s Italianate architecture has made it famous across the world, with the stunning Liston which edges the Esplanade being a well known historical symbol of the island.

No holiday to Corfu would be complete without a trip to one of its beaches. The beaches become more sand and less stone the further south you go, but the sea is the same eye-catching bright blue wherever you are on the island. Nearly all of the beaches are safe for swimming and a day at the beach is a great way to chill out for all the family. Don’t want to get sand in your toes? Aqualand is a family friendly water park where people of all ages are catered for; from the hair raising water slides to the gentle river rapids.

Wherever you are in Corfu there is always a good meal to be had, from traditional Greek dishes to international cuisines there is usually something to keep everyone happy. Look for taverna’s where the Greek food is authentic, fresh and very tasty or for food on the go find a fast food outlet (Greek style) and load up a pita bread with the flavours of the island. For after dinner drinks stay in the taverna or head out to a beach bar perhaps, or one of the trendy bars lining Corfu Town’s Esplanade.