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Corfu Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Corfu, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.

Overview+

Language Greek
Time Difference 3 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 230V

From sun-dappled olive trees producing award-winning oils to some of the country’s most enchanting coves, Corfu – or the ‘Emerald Isle’ – promises a luxury holiday filled with sunshine, scenery, history and fun. Explore the Venetian-feeling streets of the eponymous town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before stopping at a traditional taverna to feast on locally sourced delights. Often more Italian in feel that it is Greek, visit palaces filled with stories, discover more about the area’s fascinating invasion history, venture by boat to nearby islands, or simply soak up the sunshine while overlooking the perfect blue of the Ionian Sea.

Highlights+
Corfu Old Town

Flaunting the elegance of Venice through its architecture and fortresses, the chicness of Paris through its café-lined parades, and the charm of the Mediterranean through its cobbled streets and bustling squares, as well as the distinct vibrancy of Corfu itself in its lively drinking, dining and dancing hotspots, Corfu Town is both timeless and cosmopolitan, boasting UNESCO World Heritage status and plenty to explore. We recommend a guided walking tour to get the very most of your time here, which our Elegant Concierge service will be happy to arrange.

Olive Oil Tasting

Corfu is home to millions of olive trees, making the olive oil production plentiful and of top quality. Head to a local mill for a guided tour of the groves, equipment and, most importantly, tastings of the incredible product. Our featured hotel Domes Miramare offers excursions to the award-winning Governors Olive Oil groves, which is so pure and high in health-giving Oleocanthal that it's considered a medicine!

The Achilleion Palace

Otherwise known as the Palace of Sissi, this renowned landmark is located in the village of Gastouri, not far from Corfu Old Town. Built by the grieving Austrian Empress Elizabeth, also known as Sissi, as her dedicated summer palace back in 1890, it is well worth a visit, offering beautiful gardens with great views, several impressive statues and stunning frescoes inside. Ancient Greek hero Achilles is the central theme of the architecturally Italianate palace, with the famous Dying Achilles statue forming the centrepiece of the gardens.

Mon Repos Estate

Just a couple of kilometres from the Old Town, Mon Repos Estate was once the site of the ancient settlement of Paleopolis. Now, a neoclassical villa nestles within the wooded parkland, perhaps best known as the birthplace of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. This impressive building houses the Museum of Palaeopolis, which offers various historical displays and photographs – including on the history of the treasured Old Town.

Danilia Village and Museum

A charming replica of a 1930s Corfiot village built as an open-air museum, Danilia Park is surrounded by greenery, home to squares, a lovely church and functioning tavern. Hit ITV series ‘The Durrells’ was largely filmed here, while Danilia was also the backdrop to some of the James Bond classic ‘For Your Eyes Only.’ Our featured hotel Grecotel Imperial owns this enchanting village and arranges great excursions here.

Walking and Hiking

With countryside filled with olive groves and forested hillsides that look out over the beautiful beaches and across the Ionian Sea, Corfu is a great destination for some seriously scenic hiking. The aptly named Corfu Trail spans the length of the island, offering various routes that take you through enchanting untouched landscapes. On the island's most southerly peninsula, Alikes is a protected 'Natura' area that is renowned for its birdlife, particularly the flamingos that nest around the saline water of Lake Alikes.

Paxos and Antipaxos

Easily accessed by scenic boat ride from Corfu Town, the nearby island of Paxos is the ideal day trip if you’re a fan of stunning beaches, picturesque Greek villages, idyllic seafront tavernas and rugged sea caves. Antipaxos, meanwhile, measures just 4km long, a truly unspoilt island that is known for is chalk-white coastline, more beautiful beaches and serious seclusion; there are only a handful of houses, a couple of tavernas and no shops on this patch of paradise.

Beautiful Beaches

With over 215km of coastline, Corfu offers a beach for everyone – whether you’re seeking perfectly soft sand, a family-friendly spot, isolated cove, or pebbled bay surrounded by pines. Of the countless choices, thirty have been awarded Blue Flag status, while watersports can be enjoyed around the island. 

Climate+

With a Mediterranean climate and long hot sunny days, April to September is the best time to visit captivating Corfu.
 

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Corfu.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January14151
February14136
March1699
April1967
May2343
June2814
July3110
August3119
September2875
October23142
November19197
December16193

Getting There+

British Airways fly from London Heathrow to Corfu International Airport in approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes.

Various airlines also fly direct from Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol and Edinburgh.

 

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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