A Greek island with Italian flair

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.

Three tips for a top trip

Rent a car
You won’t need a car in Corfu Town, but to explore the rest of the island’s wild beauty, consider renting one for part of your holiday.
Grab a bat
Corfu is the little-known cricket capital of Greece. Watch as locals and foreigners try to hit each other for six on Spianada Square – or even join in.
Book ahead for Easter
Hotels in Corfu Town fill up early for Easter – be sure to book a few months ahead, especially if you want a room with a view of the pot-dropping.

Best attractions to see in Corfu

Palaio Frouriou

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.

Mount Pantokrator

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.

Kalami Beach

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.

Your Corfu questions, answered

Corfu is a year-round destination, but spring is a particularly popular time to visit, especially if your trip manages to coincide with Orthodox Easter.

Kumquats are the unofficial national fruit of Corfu – they come pressed into liqueurs, macerated in sweets and mashed into jams. So something with kumquat is a must-try.

Corfu holidays offer something for all travelers. Art aficionados, history buffs, foodies, nature lovers, family groups and adventure seekers will all find something special on Corfu.