Enjoy the history mixed with entertainment, while visiting the Old Fort in Corfu. Relax on a pleasant beach, hike, spend time fishing and take photos while enjoying a night out in one of the traditional Tavernas. This is Corfu.
Corfu is located in the Ionian Sea, right off the cost of Albania, from which is separated by straits.
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How to Get to Corfu
By air, you can get to Corfu on one of the international charter flights that depart many European cities. Domestic flights offered by Olympic Airways connect Corfu daily with Athens and on several times per week with Thessaloniki.
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By bus, you can get to Corfu from Athens and Thessaloniki. Buses leave from Athens twice a day and once a day from Thessaloniki.
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During July and August, Corfu has perfect weather for the vacationers looking to enjoy the sun. However, the peak season lasts from mid-July to end of August and the beaches, taverns and hotels are very crowded. Also, you might be unlucky and stumble upon a summer storm during August.
If you are looking to avoid the crowds, visit Corfu in May, June, September or October. The weather is warm during the day but colder during the night.
If you want to relax and forget about the work problems, winter is perfect for going to Corfu. It does get colder but it’s the perfect time to practice fishing, enjoy the scenery and hike, or even start a new hobby like photography or painting. But do realize that you have to cook for yourself and buy all the produce because the taverns aren’t opened.
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What to do
The Old City (Kerkyra) is a labyrinth of narrow streets, paved with cobblestones. It’s stands on the broad part of the peninsula and ends at the Venetian citadel (The Old Fort). There is a promenade area by the seashore as well as an esplanade between the town and the citadel. A lot of restaurants and bistros are scattered along the esplanade.
The Old Citadel (the Venetian Citadel or the Fort) is built on a man made island. The entire perimeter is surrounded by fortification. The interior has been restored and is used for cultural events, such as concerts and lights and sound productions which recreate historical events.
Other important landmarks are: The New Corfu Fort, Mount Pantokrator, Old Perithia –a deserted village in the mountains -, Achillion Palace – a beautiful building surrounded by enchanting gardens, Paleokastritsa –the most important beauty spot on the island, churches and monasteries.
When vacationing in Corfu you can choose from quiet beaches such as Barbati, Kerasia, Avlaki on St.Spiridon, all located “off the beaten track” , sandy beaches such as Acharavi, Glyfada, Sidari, Kontokali, all suitable for children or idyllic location such as Nissaki, Paleokastritsa, Kaminaki or Agni, all offering stunning scenery. All beaches offer sun beds and umbrellas and most offer toilets and places to change. They are clean and well-looked after. You can also find Tavernas on most beaches.