A once-British jewel
In the crystal clear waters of the Ionian, Cofu has variety at every turn, from heaving, neon-decked resorts in the south to sheltered coves and deserted beaches in its mountainous north. Take a trip offshore to spend the day on nearby Paxos and tiny Antipaxos for a different, more unplugged version of Greece.
|Time zone:||GMT +2 hour (GMT +3 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||3 hours 30|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 17.6°C
Rainfall: 1166.2mm a year
The grand Venetian arcades and throbbing passageways of Corfu town are a delight. Plonk yourself in a cafe on either side of the stylish Liston (just by the cricket pitch) for a slice of life as the Corfiots live it.
Must eat at:
Head to Agni Bay – it gets an honourable mention in Gerald Durrell’s ‘My Family and Other Animals’ – for a choice of romantic restaurants with a view.
Must be there for:
Easter Saturday is just smashing on Corfu. In preparation for the island’s most important festival, the locals hurl all manner of crockery and earthenware to the ground. They wait patiently for the church bells to sound at 11am... then all hell breaks loose. Check the local dates for Easter, as the Orthodox and Western religious calendars don’t always match up.
· Taxis around Corfu town are cheap and plentiful. You can find the main rank in town at the foot of the Liston.
· If you’re travelling further afield, make sure you know what port you’re leaving from – there’s an old port, nearest the fort, and a new port which houses the main ferry terminal. The main seaplane terminal is 5 minutes further up the coast.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Greece.