A Captivating Break In Corfu

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Lying just off the northwest coast of Greece, in the Ionian, is Corfu, an island define by its rugged mountains and shoreline that boasts a number of resorts. Rich in cultural history, Corfu spent many years under Venetian, French and British rule before unifying with Greece in 1864. Corfu town is between two Venetian fortresses with windy medieval lanes, a French style arcade and the grand palace of St Michael and St George.

Things To Remember

Corfu has a fairly relaxed dress code but men should never wear shorts unless they’re on the beach and many hotels have a strict smart-casual dress code in the restaurant. There is a siesta (known as Mikró ýpno) from 3-5pm that is a legally mandated quiet time. Remember to apply for your E111 renewal and convert some of your pounds into Euros before you go. After that you’ll be ready to enjoy your holiday in Corfu.

When To Go

Holiday season in Corfu runs from April (usually around Easter time) through to October, although some resort hotels only operate from May to September. You will find the cheapest room rates from late May until late June and the second half of September (once the kids are back at school). July and August are the busiest times with everything fully functional and the sea at its warmest, this does mean there will be crowds to contend with alongside intense heat and humidity. Corfu is generally sunny all year round although there have been strong spring rains recorded as late as June in recent years.

Where To Go

You will love taking a relaxing stroll through Kérkyra Old Town which is home the Museum of Asian Art and the Byzantine Museum. The Archaeological Museum is currently closed for repairs since 2012 but is set to re-open in late 2016 or early 2017 and should be well worth a visit when it does. The National Gallery Annexe in Káto Korakiána is a similar museum and Paleá Períthia is like a little museum village. If museums really aren’t your thing, you will plenty of splendid sandy beaches like Marathiá, Gardénos and Íssos. The perfect place to relax and unwind on holiday as you read your favourite book with the sand between your toes.

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