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Corfu

Scenic and flamboyant Corfu (“Kerkyra” in Greek) is the Promised Land for thousands of generations over its 3000 years of history. Glorified in ancient tales of gods and goddesses, the greenest of all Greek islands conveniently lies between Albania, mainland Greece and Italy, lapped by cyan waters of the Ionic and Adriatic seas. Citrus trees and vineyards, olive groves and pine-forests carpet rolling hills and mountainous landscapes of this Emerald Island. The most breathtaking are the views of the island from its highest point of Mount Pantokrator. Corfu’s eye-catching coastline is fringed with golden sandy and pebbled beaches, sweeping bays and tucked away coves. A paradise for sun-worshippers and swimmers, families with kids and watersports fans, Corfu’s beaches are among the finest in Greece, thirty of them have the Blue Flag status.

Sun, sand, azure waters and beguiling views are not the only attractions that reel in here. Rich historical heritage and unique blend of culture, architecture and cuisine make it a real treasure trove to explore. Strategically located, “the entry to the Adriatic” was an endearing land of many invaders throughout its turbulent history. Roman, Venetian, French and British influences fuse here with time-honoured traditions. Follow the famous Corfu Trail around the island and feast your eyes on its untouched beautiful nature, sleepy old-world villages and charming vibrant towns. You will see here old monasteries, ancient temples and Byzantine churches, medieval castles and palaces, historic fortresses and countless cultural sights. Nestled between two ancient Venetian fortresses, UNESCO-listed Corfu Old Town is a charming blend of architectural styles of Venetian, French and British era, with numerous shops, museums, live music and operatic events. Its elegant architecture is reminiscent of Venice, elite café-lined Liston promenade with arcades flaunt with Parisian chic, winding stone-paved lanes and bustling squares are typically Mediterranean.

For European royalty Corfu was a favourite escape and Austria’s Empress Elizabeth (“Sissi”) even built here the Achilleion Palace in the village of Gastouri. Nowadays, teeming with lavish hotels, spa resorts, exclusive villas with infinite pools and beauty treatments, Corfu is a perfect spot for luxury beach holidays.

Try the gentle pace of Corfiot life in pretty fishing villages, visit quaint local shops and bars, go on a gourmet tour over the local tavernas serving lunches and romantic dinners. Savour delicious Corfiot meals and wines, seafood and local kumquat liqueur. Multiple entertainments for active types will amaze you in Corfu: one of the world’s largest waterparks – Aqualand, watersports, golf, hiking, horse riding, paragliding, boat trips, snorkelling, sailing to uninhabited islands, lively nightlife and the casino.

Corfu International Airport is located just 3 km south of Corfu town.

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