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How to enjoy Corfu

Boats on the water at Corfu, GreeceCorfu is a Greek island off of the coast of Sarande, Albania, whose main city is also called Corfu. The climate is Mediterranean with hot dry summers, and cool, wet winters. The island is sickle shaped, with the open end and the harbor facing the coast of Greece. The geography ranges from mountainous in the north to low lying in the south. There is an international airport on the island with regular flights to Athens, and there is regular ferry service from several ports to the mainland. The economy has traditionally been based on agriculture, but tourism is a large part of the modern culture.

Because of heavy Venetian influences, the town of Corfu more resembles an Italian city than a Greek one. Other cultural influences are also apparent, for instance, cricket is played regularly in the town square, and there are many French cafes along the main esplanade. Venetians built fortifications in the sixteenth century and the old gates to these fortresses still stand. There are also several museums in town. A horse drawn carriage is available for tours around the city. Corfu port is a very popular stop on the cruise ship circuit.

For the spectacular vistas, Mt Pantokrator on the north part of the island, is over a thousand meters high and is frequently snow capped in the winter. There is a road that winds all the way to the top with breathtaking views of the bay and the mainland. One of Corfu’s top tourist attractions is Achillion Palace. The gardens overlook the town of Corfu and the architecture and statuary is beautiful. For a fun day with the kids, visit the water park, Aqualand. This is a huge water park with all the normal slides and rides and is location close to the town of Corfu. For the golfer, there is a course on the island and it is listed as one of the nineteen best in Europe.

During the summer months, there are several local Greek festivals, usually in August and September. Each town has its own celebration, and there is always plenty to eat and drink. Everyone is welcome at these events where the whole city comes out to celebrate into the night. If you can’t make it to Corfu in time for one of the festivals, check out the local tavern and inquire about Greek night. For a fixed price, you can enjoy a night of food, drink, and dancing.

For a Mediterranean vacation with a Greek flair among a warm and friendly people, Corfu is a fantastic destination.

Copyright © Darryl on 2017

Editor's Note: Here are some additional resource links that you may find helpful in relation to travel to Corfu, the Mediterranean, and travel in general;
A travel guide on Corfu
The best times to visit Corfu
More Mediterranean locations to consider
Travel category links in the web directory
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