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Destination guide

Rest in a rugged mountain villa near emerald waters on Corfu

The Greek island of Corfu is a paradise of rugged mountains and clear emerald water on the Ionian Sea that's perfect for a dream holiday. The history and culture of Corfu are fascinating, and you can enjoy it all from a holiday villa in Greece. While predominantly influenced by Greece, Corfu also pulls some of its heritage from the Venetian, French and British rule prior to the 1800s. You can visit ancient fortresses as well as a historic French-style arcade. Corfu is most popular for its resort appeal, and villas here make for an ideal holiday, whether on the coast or near nightlife attractions in the city centre.

 
History

The island's history is everywhere to be seen

You can't help but immerse yourself in the island's history when you stay in a Corfu holiday let. The island was an important trading centre as far back as the time of Ancient Greece, and there are still the ruins of temples – like the religious site of the Temple of Artemis – and millennia-old towns dotting its coastal shores. During the Roman occupation of Greece, the island was given autonomy in return for the use of its port. The Romans also helped build an infrastructure of roads that linked the towns and public buildings. Later, Christianity was brought to its shores and churches were erected. Over the centuries, the island was regularly attacked by warring tribes and pirates, so many of the buildings, particularly along the coast, are fortified – The Turkish, French and British all ruled over Corfu and left their mark on the culture.

Things to do

Attractions aplenty near your Corfu holiday rental

A good introduction is the historic town of Kerkyra, whose winding lanes are teeming with old churches, museums and other architectural gems. Then there’s Paleokastritsa, a 13th-century pastel-coloured monastery that towers up over the beautiful coastline. Alternatively, make a beeline for the Canal D’Amour, an eroded sandstone bay with a sandy beach lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters. Be sure to bring your mask if you want to catch a glimpse of the abundant marine life.

Weather

Seasonal weather in Corfu

Travellers enjoy Corfu for its boating. If you're planning a holiday around the weather, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 31°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Corfu

Corfu is famous for its beautiful ocean views and sandy beaches. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Corfu is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Pelekas Beach (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Glyfada Beach (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Myrtiotissa Beach (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Mouse Island (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Agios Gordios Beach (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Corfu Public Garden (4 mi / 6.5 km)
Beaches

Fly and flop at your beachfront Corfu holiday let

If you're looking for a fly and flop holiday, you've come to the right place – the beaches in Corfu are some of the best in Greece. Some are sweeping stretches of golden sand, backed by holiday rentals, others are secluded little fishing coves which are well worth the effort to reach. Some are packed with water sports, places where you can learn everything from jet skiing to kitesurfing, others have calm, shallow waters, perfect for family swims. As the day begins to fade away, you can stroll up to the nearest seafront taverna and enjoy a cold beer or a glass of Greek wine while you watch the sunset melt away behind ocean. Bliss.

How to get there

How to get to and around Corfu

Fly into Corfu (CFU-Ioannis Kapodistrias), the closest airport, located 3 mi (4.9 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Getting around Corfu is a breeze with a car rental

How you get around Corfu very much depends on the type of holiday you're after. Those who are looking to do little else but amble from their seafront holiday let to the beach and back can make use of the island's efficient and inexpensive taxis to get to and from the airport. If you'd prefer to explore the island in a little more depth and you're on a budget, there's a reliable network of bus routes that link most of the towns and resorts. To truly get off the beaten track, your best bet is hiring a rental car from the airport or scoring a scooter; both offer the freedom to explore at your own pace.

Restaurants and bars

Traditional restaurants near your holiday let

Corfu's cuisine is like nowhere else in Greece. Over the centuries, rulers from other parts of the world have come and gone and left their mark on the food, perhaps especially the Venetians. At the Old Fortress Restaurant, you can dine on Corfu classics in a 16th-century Venetian property that overlooks the glistening Garitsa Bay. Then there's the beachfront restaurant, Maistro, which serves up island specialities, like lamb kleftiko and seafood pasta. Italian and Greek influences are seen in the dishes at Etrusco, a restaurant that grows much of its own produce in the adjoining garden. If you've got a sweet tooth, don't miss YogArt, which creates natural frozen Greek yogurt desserts, always a real crowd-pleaser.

Essential info

Essential information for your Corfu holiday

The hottest months to book a Corfu holiday let are July and August, though the weather is still balmy in spring and autumn. If you visit between March and October, you can expect most days to be bright with little to no rain. The island is geared towards family with children, so feel free to bring the little ones to stay in one of the Corfu holiday rentals.

How many holiday rentals are available around Corfu?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,717 holiday lettings around Corfu. From 1,018 villas to 1,586 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.