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.
Shop at the outlet of Corfu's foremost jeweller, Nikos Michalopoulos, who fashions distinctive jewellery in precious metals and sculpts in bronze. His designs are regarded as collectors' items (50 Paleologou Street, Corfu Historic Centre).
Go to Agios Ioannis (central Corfu) on the last Saturday in August (29th) for the Agiotfest Rock Festival, with over five hours of music and dancing. Headlining this year's show is UK-based band Leatherat. facebook.com/agiotfest
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.
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.