Forget what you think you know about Greek islands – Corfu is here to turn everything on its head. This fertile green island is more Italian than Greek, and a distinctly Venetian flair is felt in everything from the melodious accents to the breathtaking architecture. Corfu holidays offer fulfilling moments for everyone – the island’s beating heart is Corfu Town, which features tiny, cobblestoned alleyways and faded pink buildings, while culture and history are densely packed into the endless museums and monuments. Corfu Town especially comes alive during Easter, as hundreds of giant red pots are thrown off balconies and locals parade through the streets, singing and dancing.
Driving north out of town, the coast features numerous popular beach clubs, but it’s the looming Mount Pantokrator that dominates the island’s landscape. The bucolic interior is full of pretty stone villages and fragrant kumquat groves that dot the hilly landscape, while the western side features jagged cliffs cutting into pebble-stone beaches. If all that travelling leaves you hungry, don’t worry – gourmands will be pleased to know that centuries of Italian rule have left a strong impression on the island’s cuisine. Holidays to Corfu are incomplete without trying Corfiot dishes like pan-fried veal in wine sauce, white fish bathed in olive oil and garlic, and traditional Easter brioche. Dig in, then carry on with your trip, because there’s still more to see.
This impressive Venetian-built fortress dates back to the 14th century, and is hard to miss on the waterfront. It offers the best views of Corfu Town.
As the highest point on Corfu, Mount Pantokrator boasts the best hiking trails on the island and stellar views – on a clear day, you can see as far as Albania.
Scented cedar trees slope gently down towards azure waters to reveal this tranquil northern beach, which was a favourite of British author and conservationist Gerald Durrell.