5 things to do in Corfu, GreeceYour easy guide to the best holiday in Corfu
Corfu, in Greece, is a lush, mountainous island, filled with cypress trees, olive groves and wondrous beaches. Learn about ancient mythology and soak in the wild countryside – it’s really the perfect holiday. Of course, there are plenty of resorts on the island – and over the years, Corfu has become a mass-tourism destination – but behind the concrete lies local secrets that demand to be discovered.
Head one bay beyond the village of Kalami, on the north-east tip of Corfu, to reach Agni. Lounge at the beach, or hire a boat from a local fisherman to make your way out to sea. The secluded bays are surrounded by wooded hills, and the waters are also great for snorkelling. Make a meal of fresh fish from one of the seaside tavernas.
For sea life
Corfu remains a big favourite thanks to naturalist and author Gerald Durrell’s delightful books, and a great way to meet the weird and wonderful creatures is at the Corfu Aquarium. You’ll find Mediterranean fish, reptiles as well as boa constrictors. The kids will love it!
For a bit of grandeur
Head to the sprawling grounds of Achilleion Palace, once the summer palace of the Austrian Empress Elizabeth. There’s a pretty garden guarded by statues of mythological heroes.
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To experience some of the island’s prettiest countryside, head to the west coast of Corfu. Find hidden coves and quiet beaches in Paleokastritsa, which is surrounded by green mountains, cypresses and olive trees.
Hike up to the island’s highest peak, Mount Pantokrator, which is sited north of Pyrgi on the northern coast. The hike – or a drive, if you’d like – will traverse wildflower-laden landscapes and cosy tavernas. The views at the top are absolutely fascinating.
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