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With its lush green landscape of cypress trees, vineyards and shimmering olive groves fringed by blue bays and long golden-sand beaches, Corfu is one of most beautiful islands in Greece.
The island’s natural beauty has been lauded through the ages: Homer called it a ‘beautiful and rich land’; Odysseus stopped off here on his journey home to Ithaki; Shakespeare used the island as background for The Tempest; and various writers have sung its praises in the 20th century, including Gerald Durrell in his 1978 memoir The Garden of the Gods.
What to do and see in Corfu
Discover a rich heritage of Greek, Venetian, French and British influences in the cosmopolitan and elegant streets of Corfu town, known in Greek as Kerkyra (pronounced ker-kih-rah).
Stroll the maze of narrow cobbled alleyways in the historic Old Town, savour scents from the flowering parterre in the French-designed Esplanade Square and relax at a café in the Parisienne-styled arched colonnade street of the Liston building.
Away from Kerkyra, Corfu offers a marvellous landscape of dense olive groves, woodland and mountains sprinkled with whitewashed villages, Venetian fortresses, Byzantine churches and dramatic coastal scenery that has little changed over the centuries. All of this is easily seen and explored by car, bicycle or on foot.
Hike up to Mount Pantokrator, Corfu’s highest point at 906m, or walk the Corfu Trail, a 222km-long scenic footpath that ranges across the length of the island and can take anywhere from 7 to 14 days to complete.
Along the way, visit the Angelokastro, a ruined 13th century Byzantine fortress, which sits perched on a 300m-high pinnacle providing stunning views overlooking the sea and the popular beach resort of Paleokastritsa.
Where to stay in Corfu
Corfu offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all honeymoon budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…
Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort
Location: Main Street, Kommeno, Corfu
Ave nightly price: AUD259 per room
Description: Standing on its private peninsula with uninterrupted views of the Ionian Sea, the Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort boasts 4 private sandy beaches, 1 pebbly and a large outdoor pool. All rooms at this hotel enjoy sea or garden view whether allocated in the main building or in a bungalow nestled in the gardens that lead down to the sea. Corfu Imperial dining combines exclusive waterfront settings and award-winning chefs. Gourmet restaurant Aristos offers à la carte Greek and Mediterranean dishes. Guests can enjoy an after-dinner drink in the lounge bar, the cocktail bar and the pool bar. Previously a favoured retreat for royalty, this island hideaway provides the perfect setting for spa treatments. Shopping opportunities include a jewellery shop, clothes boutique and a hairdresser. The hotel's entertainment team offers a variety of activities from morning gym, aerobics and beach games to dancing lessons, evening shows and musical nights from the rich tradition of the island. Corfu Town is located 13 km away. There is free private on-site parking and the hotel shuttle bus offers twice daily transfer to Corfu town twice daily.
Hotel Corfu Palace
Location: Leoforos Dimokratias 2, Corfu Town
Ave nightly price: AUD200 per room
Description: Overlooking Garitsa Bay, the 5-star Corfu Palace offers a thalassotherapy spa centre, an outdoor pool and fine dining. All elegant rooms feature Ionian Sea views. Guests can challenge their luck at the hotel’s casino. WiFi is offered throughout. Hotel Corfu Palace features rooms with a marble bathroom and private balcony or terrace. Room facilities include air conditioning, a satellite TV and hairdryer. 24-hour room service is available. The hotel’s spa includes an indoor pool, a sauna and a hot tub. It also offers seawater therapies and can arrange for massage sessions. A plentiful buffet breakfast is served at the main restaurant, furnished with Louis XV-style chairs. The a la carte Scheria Restaurant proposes international menus. Guests can enjoy a drink at one of the 2 indoor bars or at the Café Del Mare poolside bar. Corfu Palace is ideally situated a 10-minute walk from the centre of Corfu town. The island’s airport is 1 km away.
Location: Agios Ioannis Peristerion, Corfu
Ave nightly price: AUD171 per room
Description: Featuring a private beach area, in Agios Ioannis Peristeron, MarBella Corfu has 5 pools and a spa centre. Its rooms and suites offer spectacular views of the Ionian Sea or the hotel’s lush gardens. WiFi is offered throughout. Opening to a furnished balcony or terrace, all units at MarBella Corfu come with air conditioning and a satellite, flat-screen TV. They also have a mini bar or fridge, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Three restaurants serve Mediterranean and traditional Greek cuisine in charming poolside and seaside settings. In the evening, guests can enjoy a drink or cocktail in one of the bars of the hotel. Free sun beds, towels and umbrellas are provided on the sandy and pebbled beach. Guests can also pamper themselves with a wide range of massage and body treatments. A sauna, a hammam and a fitness room are available. Corfu Town is 17 km from the resort and Corfu International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Free, private parking is possible on site.
Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa
Location: Kontokali, Corfu
Ave nightly price: AUD165 per room
Description: Located in the green-covered Kontokali peninsula, the green-key awarded Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa boasts its own private beach and a sea-water pool. It features a floodlit tennis court, 4 restaurants and rooms with free WiFi. The rooms and suites are set amidst beautiful gardens. Each offers a balcony or terrace with view of the garden or the Ionian Sea. In-room facilities include air conditioning, a satellite, flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. Dining options at Kontokali Bay include a beach-side restaurant, a beach tavern serving fish specialties and a buffet-style restaurant. The hotel also has a lobby/piano bar and a beach bar. The well equipped spa centre offers an indoor heated pool, hammam, hot tub, 2 saunas and a steam room. Massages, aromatherapy and anti-ageing treatments are also available. Use of the spa facilities is free. A kids' pool is also available. Kontokali Bay Resort is situated just 6 km from Corfu Town, Port and Airport. Staff can arrange various activities such as water skiing, paragliding, horseback riding and mountain biking. Free parking is available nearby.
Mayor Capo Di Corfu
Location: Agios Petros, Kávos, Corfu
Ave nightly price: AUD132 per room
Description: Nestled amidst landscaped gardens, Mayor Capo Di Corfu is located right on the beach in Agios Petros, within 2 km of Lefkimi. It features a swimming pool with a sun terrace, while free WiFi is available in all areas. Opening to a balcony or patio with views of the gardens, all rooms come with air conditioning and a satellite, flat-screen TV with a DVD player. They also have a mini fridge, and a bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. At Arete Restaurant guests can enjoy fresh dishes of Mediterranean and International cuisine as well as vegetarian menus. The a la carte IL Pirata is situated by the pool and serves Mediterranean cuisine. A wide variety of facilities can be found in the premises of Mayor Capo Di Corfu including outdoor pools with mini water slides, tennis court, table tennis and a children's playground. The reception can help with car rentals. Free private parking is possible on site.
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Best time to honeymoon in Corfu
For dry and hot days averaging 28°C (82°F), time your honeymoon holiday during summer – from late June to early September. The mountainous areas are generally cooler.
Corfu and the Ionian Islands generally escape the heat found in mainland Greece and the strong meltemia wind that blows across the Aegean Islands. Winter is mild and rainfall occurs mainly from November to March.
For more climate info: Corfu Weather Guide…
Getting to Corfu
Corfu is the second-largest, best known and the greenest of the seven Ionian Islands, which lie off the west coast of mainland Greece and also comprise the popular islands of Kefalonia and Ithaki as well as Zakynthos (Zante), Paxos, Kithira and Levkas.
Time-pressed holidaymakers can fly direct to Corfu, with daily flights from Athens and several other European cities.
Information on how to get to Corfu…
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7 February, 2017
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