Corfu or Kerkyra is the second largest island in the Ionian Sea and it is located off the West coast of Greece. It is by far the most popular island in the Ionian island group and is often defined as a lush green sun-drenched paradise.
The island enjoys the typical mild Mediterranean climate and is dotted with some excellent beaches which make it a renowned destination for holiday makers and a haven for yacht charterers.
The town of Corfu (Kerkyra) is considered as one of the most enticing in the Mediterranean, it lies in the middle of the East coast on a strip of land jutting into the sea and it treasures the very best of both the old and the modern Greece.
The capital of the island is called Corfu Town and is also the main port, the port is often kept busy with many commercial vessels, cruising ships or ferries. The visiting yachts, however are advised to clear in at the Gouvia marina, where most of the officials for dealing with yachts are based.
Corfu Town is a real jewel full of innumerable charms and beauties; one can find a chapel, an old mansion or a secret garden square. To the North of the town, you will find the island’s highest mountain with the beautiful hamlets of Strinila and Spartila where you can enjoy some incredible views of the entire island.
The island of Corfu is renowned for providing many diverse holiday options and there is everything to suit everyone’s taste. It is one of the favourite destinations in Greece, along with Mykonos.
The island of Corfu was one of the first islands in Greece to open itself to tourism and has everything to offer to the visitor.
The beaches on the island are no exception; you will have the large choice between the long sweeping sandy bays, the little rocky coves or if you prefer the deserted bays.
You will find some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean at Roda and Sidari; however the West coast of the island also hosts a beautiful spot, Palaiokastrisa which is worth a visit.
If you sail towards the South of the island, you will find the most popular spot in the area, Benitses, where you will find numerous taverns and nightclubs.
The northeast coast of the island is also worth a visit, it is dotted with numerous sheltered rocky coves and shingle beaches, offering some secluded bays and traditional fishing villages. Yacht charterers can also sail towards the surrounding islands where there are numerous unspoiled villages.