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.
Souvenirs that are also works of art make up the stock of centrally located Stella, where all items are handmade in Greece. You'll find religious icons, ceramics, sculptures and dolls in traditional costumes (62 Kapodistriou Street, Corfu Town).
If you're on the island at the time, catch the procession which commemorates the day in 1940 when Greece said "no" ('ochi') to an imminent Italian occupation, thus entering the war. Corfu's many marching bands are the highlight (28 October).
Visit Corfu Town's New Fortress, dating from the 16th century and only "new" in comparison to the Old Fortress (1,000 years more elderly). In its time, it embodied the zenith of military architecture. Looming over the historical centre of the city, it invites exploration.