Cheap flights to Corfu
The second biggest of the Ionian Islands that lie off Greece’s north west coast, Corfu is not only one of the Mediterranean’s more popular holiday destinations, it’s one of its most beautiful too.
Three thousand years ago Homer called Corfu ‘a beautiful and rich land’ and not much has changed, except of course for the pink northern Europeans sizzling on its beaches. This island is incredibly green with lush rolling plains bursting with over 600 species of wild flowers. It has miles of olive groves and beautiful mountain backdrops.
And when you’ve tired of walking around World Heritage listed towns complete with some superb Venetian architecture, then why not head down to Corfu’s many beaches, which will leave you breathless. It’s no wonder this island has been the prized possession of so many, from Byzantines and Venetians to the French and the British, all of whom have left their mark.
The Mavromatis Distillery has been producing Kumquat liqueur since 1965, and it offers an immense range of the liqueur and other drinks at its factory outlet. You can also watch a video presentation of the manufacturing process in a purpose-built auditorium, and get to taste the products for free (Km 16, National Paleokastritsa Road, koumquat.com).
For the freshest foodstuffs, visit Corfu's remodelled market, picturesquely set under the towering walls of the New Fortress. Mountains of freshly picked vegetables jostle with stalls showcasing seafood and others selling local products.
Everyone heads for Agios Ioannis (central Corfu) on the last Saturday in August (this year, 30 August), when the annual Agiotfest Rock Festival takes place. Featuring in the 2014 line-up are a number of Corfu-based bands. facebook.com/agiotfest?sk=events
Paleá Períthia, in the north-east corner of the island, is a Venetian-era village on the north slope of Mount Pandokrátor. Abandoned in the 1960s, it offers a great opportunity to step back in time. Don't miss the 14th-century church of Agios Iákovos O Pérsis, at the village approach.