Rugged mountains and resort-studded shorelines

The island of Corfu made an idyllic refuge for the shipwrecked Odysseus in ancient Greek mythology, and it makes for an ideal holiday spot IRL, too. Its rolling scenery and immaculate beaches will revive even the weariest of travellers and, flanked by rugged mountains, wanderers can adventure through the quaint inland villages as well as the dive into its irresistible cobalt-blue waters.

Country: Greece
Currency: Euro - €
Journey Time: 3hr 00m
Language: Greek
Time Difference: UTC+2 (EET)
Summer (DST): UTC+3 (EEST)

Image of Corfu

Getting here

Image of map from London Southend Airport to Corfu

Top 3 Picks

Whilst you are in Corfu, make the most of your stay and check out our top 3 things to do and see!

The Old Town

No visit to Corfu is complete without a wander around Corfu City. Ideal for exploring, the UNESCO-listed old town is so beautiful, in part, because it’s a confluence of influences from across the world; Admire the Italian architecture, peaceful squares, historic Venetian houses, towering spires and medieval stonework. And keep an eye out for the Statue of Georgios Theotokis, the Liston, the Old Fortress, Spilias Square, and Saint Spyridon Church, which is named after the town’s patron saint.

image of the old town of Corfu

Canal d’Amour Beach

Canal d’Amour certainly lives up to its name. There’s a long creek and near the entrance to the creek is a tunnel, which, when the sea is calm, you can swim through. However, and this is where the romance comes in, local custom says that any couples who swim through together will soon get married. So swim at your own risk. In fact, you might find it a little less risky to take dive off the cliffs, with the bravelocals.

image of Canal d’Amour Beach


This picturesque village is home to the Paleokastritsa Monastery which dates back to the 13th century. It has a small brotherhood of eight monks who give Mass and offer tours of the pretty gardens and historic buildings, which are covered in bougainvillea and geraniums. To the east of the monastery you can find the Paleokastritsa Beach with its soft, golden sand. Labelled on some maps as Agios Syridon Beach, the water is calm and clear, making it a paradise for snorkelers. There’s also a jetty on the beach from which you can catch tour boats.

image of Paleokastritsa

Fun Facts

With over four thousand olive trees on the island, it’s responsible for producing 3 percent of the world’s olive oil.

Another thing that it’s plentiful in is beaches. The most recent estimate calculates the total at about 119.

The Duke of Edinburgh, also known as Prince Phillip, and most famously known as the Queen’s husband, was born on Corfu.


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