Corfu the Grand Lady of the Ionian Islands
A lot depends on your interests and Corfu can cater for most. It was one of the three original islands favoured by the gentry from the UK for their summer retreats and much of that heritage remains. No one expressed it better that John Fort - British Vice Consul in the 1960s:
"exotic scenery, magical colours, flaming sunsets, romantic moonlight, luxurious vegetation, (lush green even in the height of summer) a riot of radiant flowers and colourful blooms, centuries old silver olive groves, glowing oranges, scented lemons, rich pergolas, sleepy lagoons, forgotten coves, bubbling springs, exciting caves, virgin beaches, golden sands, and pellucid turquoise emerald seas there is surely no other island in the whole universe to which these superlatives collectively apply."
Corfu, those colours, those buildings, that sea… and, above all, that incredible light. There’s so much about Corfu that simply has to be shared. So we’re doing our bit to find out what we love most about the island… its beaches, its villages, bays and marinas, and of course its people… capturing Corfu at its instagrammable best.
Beaches,every beach tells a story. Maybe… but on Corfu, the hundreds of beaches along the coastline – each with its own special character, colour and mood – go one step further. They tell your story. Take the long, wooden-planked pier on...
An Old Town brimming with life
What grabs you most about Corfu is that it’s so alive. Nature, culture… but, most of all, the Old Town itself. Venetian, French, English and of course Greek… the influences from days gone by are everywhere. But look at how vibrant it is. Everywhere you turn there’s a Instagram story in the making. Take your time to wander through alleyways and past landmarks: The squares, Dimarchiou and Spianada (with the Town Hall dominating the former), the colourful markets and the stately Clock Tower (all the more memorable for the pedestrianised streets). Take it all in and be sure to swipe up… oh those balconies, full of the spirit of today’s Corfu.
Insta-worthy boats everywhere you look
Corfu has a relationship with the sea that is long and very personal. Everywhere you turn… off the peninsula of Kouloura, or the beaches of Chouchouliou, Agios Stefanos and Palaiokastritsa, or by the old windmill in Garitsa Bay. If there’s a dreamy little rock or bay, there’s an insta-worthy boat claiming it as its own. Or maybe it’s an old fishing boat, resting on the shore, disused but still clinging tight to its maritime tales. And then there are the gleaming yachts, The island winking at you to come take a closer look.