Corfu


Corfu – furthest to the north - is the biggest and the most famous of the Ionian Islands. It has an area of 600 km˛. An impressive 120.000 people live on the island making it one of the more densely populated Greek islands. The island is situated only a few kilometres off the Albanian coast.

Corfu is one of rather touristy islands. Many of the visitors come with package tours. The islands is pretty far north by Greek standards. Accordingly the winters are rather cold. The summers can be different from the Greek average too. The climate is slightly colder and a little wetter as well. There is a lot of rain but more than further south. The summers certainly are more pleasant.

Corfu from the sea
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The main source of income - besides tourism – is olives. Thanks to the EU and subsidies from our tax money olives are a big business. Farmers are still complaining but that comes with the job. Greek olive oil is among the best in the world.

The local capital is (Corfu Town) is quite picturesque. The old town with its narrow alleys, small shops and the two castles is certainly worth checking out. Other attractions in the neighbourhood include the mansion of the former Austrian Empress Sissi (Archillion) and the monastery Pondikonissi.

Corfu Town
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Corfu has a rather busy international airport. You should be able to get a direct flight to Corfu from most European countries. There are also frequent flights to Athens and Thessaloniki with Olympic Airways.

There are ferries every hour from Corfu to Igoumenitsa. There are regular boats to Paxos and once a day a ferry to Italy. As a result you will see many Italians here. You can also book a day trip to Albania.

A Villlage on Corfu
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Corfu has a large number of hotels, holiday homes, guest rooms and for a change some decent campsites. Near the capital for example are Camping Village Dionysus and Camping Kontokali. One of the most famous youth hostels in all Europe is here on Corfu although many consider the Pink Palace infamous rather than famous. It really isn't a proper hostel. All beds come with breakfast included (from 18 Euro), there is a Jacuzzi, pool, table tennis and other facilities one normally doesn't find in a hostel. As a result there is party 24/7. If you look for a quiet place the Pink Palace is not for you. The hostel is open all year around. They have a free shuttle bus from the port.

 

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