Corfu Villa Holiday Guide
Looking for an unforgettable experience? Greece and the surrounding islands are a perfect place to start. Corfu specifically is a seductive architectural mix, with lots of nature to explore, ruins to discover and activities and beaches to try; the ideal holiday destination for families, friends, couples, and young travellers.
Our guide to the perfect Corfu villa holiday
Just off the west-coast of mainland GREECE, the island of Corfu is fresh and green, captivating guests with its sandy beaches, outstanding coasts, and breath-taking sunsets. Nestled in the Adriatic Sea, its capital, Corfu Town is one of Greece’s most enticing. Thanks to its long history of occupation, buildings are a seductive mix of Byzantine, Venetian, French, and British architecture. As Greece’s longest-standing tourist destination, villas, restaurants, and attractions are plentiful, yet most of the island remains unspoilt. Corfu offers easy access to a great variety of watersports for those looking for a bit more action in the summer. So whether you love water-skiing, wakeboarding, relaxing paragliding trips, or you’re simply a sun worshipper who wants to make the most of their beach time, this island is the ideal setting for you. Some of the best holiday destinations in Corfu are within a stone’s throw of each other; the island is big enough to ensure variety, yet small enough to give access in a day to every corner.
When to visit Corfu
With glittering turquoise seas, stunning views and beautiful sandy beaches, Corfu is an island to explore, relax and enjoy. Temperatures in Corfu are generally warm making it a great choice for sun seekers, with the hottest months peaking around 30 degrees between June and September. With similar climates, island hop to nearby PAXOS and KEFALONIA to extend your Greek experience.
Experience Corfu island
In Corfu Town you can relax at a café on the Liston arcade, or watch an Esplanade cricket match. To the west, Paleokastritsa’s rocky bays and pristine beaches are overlooked by the intricate, arched monastery of Theotokou and the ruined castle of Angelokastro. Access is easy: a British High Commissioner had a road built to it from the capital just so that he could picnic there. The pick of Corfu’s villages cling to the flanks of Mount Pantokrator, or nestle among the pretty bays and headlands at its feet.
Explore Corfu's history
Corfu's past is written all over the island. Although originally and still strongly Greek, it has its share of Byzantine churches, Venetian houses, and British public buildings and statues. It is the centre of Greek cricket—12 of the Greek Federation's cricket clubs are based on the island. The ambience is distinctly Western; in common with all but one of the Ionian Islands, Corfu was never part of the Ottoman Empire, so the minarets and mosques dotted around the rest of Greece are missing here. A Corfu villa rental provides the perfect home from home to spend your days uncovering all the island has to offer.
Corfu's art and culture
Corfu Town's tributes to the past include the Asiatic Museum (in the Palace of St. Michael and St George), the Byzantine Museum (in the Old Fortress), the Museum of Paper Money, and the Archaeological Museum. At the Department of Music, in the Old Fortress, you might hear a percussion lesson, a female choir, or massed violins. The Achilleion—a palace built by the Empress of Austria in 1890, and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II—oozes Teutonic bombast. On the literary front, Corfu was home to sibling writers Lawrence and Gerald Durrell, and the Solomos Museum pays tribute to Dionysios Solomos, the man who wrote the Greek national anthem.
Eating and drinking in Corfu
Sit at one of Agni’s tavernas eating fried whitebait and drinking retsina whilst admiring the Albanian mountains a mile across the straits. Or search out an inland farm whose outdoor wood-burning ovens offer just one perfect dish: kleftiko (lamb with potatoes). Or just take coffee and nibbles at a Kanoni café, overlooking Corfu’s most famous sight, the monastery of Vlacherna. It is not just about the food, after all, it is about the setting, too. Opting for a self catering villa in Corfu is one of the best ways to explore the traditional cuisine this friendly island has to offer
Relaxation in Corfu
One of Corfu's greatest pleasures is exploring the island—by car, on horseback, on a bike, or on foot. Hunt for souvenirs in the narrow lanes of Corfu Town, or roam around its castles. Just three kilometres away lie the paths, tended flower beds, and monuments of Mon Repos, birthplace of the Duke of Edinburgh; it is free to enter but there is a small fee to get into the palace. Live like a local: visit venerable churches or monasteries, combining the trip with a picnic and a swim. If privacy is your thing, we offer a plethora of villas in Corfu with a private pool, ensuring peaceful sunbathing and calm swims.
Corfu island nature
There is no need to wait for the spring to see Corfu carpeted with flowers—the island is like a time machine, with plants flowering first on coast or lowland, then later on the heights of Pantokrator. If you opt to stay in a villa in Corfu, you can wake up to views of the island’s lush nature each morning. Gerald Durrell's memoir, My Family and Other Animals, is a lively introduction to Corfiot fauna. For sea life, visit the shell museum at Benitses, or watch fishermen bring home their catch. If geology is your thing, check out the extraordinary eroded sandstone of Sidari's Canal d'Amour; swim it, they say, and you will find eternal love. Surely there’s no better way to enjoy a romantic holiday than that?
Activities, sports and trips
Whether walking the Corfu Trail from Cape Asprokavos to Cape Agias Ekaterinis, exploring the island on a horse, hanging above the sea on a kite, Corfu has a varied menu of activities. Aqualand is a top-class water park accessible from anywhere on the island, and you can commune more lyrically with Poseidon on boat trips from Paleokastritsa to the Blue Grotto.
Discover Corfu's nightlife
The turbo-charged clubbing scene on Corfu is largely confined to Kavos – so an ideal place to entertain restless teenagers - and less lurid outdoor dancing can be sampled in Ypsos and Dassia, just north of Corfu Town. Elsewhere, nightlife is likely to involve dance-music in a resort bar or the traditional Corfiot music laid on by a taverna.