Coated with olive groves the lush island of Corfu is the second biggest of the Ionian islands and is surrounded by rugged coastline, with many fine sand beaches. Previous Italian, French and British rules have led to a rich culture, as well as fantastic food and wine which is not to be missed by any discerning traveler! The eventful history of the island has left its mark, with remnants of ancient times dotted throughout the towns creating a heaven for those with an interest in architecture and history. A private yacht charter in Corfu is the ideal way to make the most of the crystal clear waters, with boat rental the perfect option for those wishing to partake in watersports and swimming, or simply relaxing on board.
Key Cruising Areas: Beach hopping along the east coast and mainland Greece offers sheltered sailing with good afternoon breezes. Nearby island Paxos and Anti-Paxos are great to explore.
Don’t Miss: Esplanade Square is the largest and most impressive square in Greece. Filled with statues, cloisters and at the foot of the bridge to the fortress, this is a must-see for anyone who appreciates interesting architecture. Grab a coffee in one of the cafes and wander through the beautiful gardens.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: The east coast has a cluster of trendy establishments, and Taverna Agni is certainly a highlight. Try the famous stuffed sardines complimented by crispy fried courgettes and Corfiot wine which never has chemical additives. A dry Kakotrigis is perfect on a hot day.
Local Culture: Corfu’s diverse history has led to a rich culture, blended from French, Italian and English influences. Visit the 400-year-old Mortiotissa Monastery sitting amongst olive groves, or the magnificent neoclassical Achilleon Palace. The Easter Festival is a wonderful example of Greek festivities.
Best Beach: On the southern end of Paleokastritsa, you will find the stunning and unspoiled beach of Rovinia. Crystal clear water and white sands shaded by concave rock formations make this secret spot a perfect choice for a peaceful afternoon.
IYC recommends: For an amazing dining experience, eat at the restaurant situated inside the Venetian fortress. Enjoy the historical splendour with views of Garitsa Bay over a plate of meze.
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