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Holidays in Corfu
Sleepy villages, hideaway beaches mixed with top-class watersports, and some of the most fun-packed nightlife in Greece, Corfu holidays are ideal for both families and couples. In amongst olives groves and cypress trees are some beautiful family resorts, with well-developed hotels and safe beaches. Visit Corfu for a hot and colourful holiday: pastel-coloured architecture, cobbled roads covered with violet bougainvillea and purple-pink sunsets will take your breath away. It is also considered the greenest, most luscious island in the North Ionian Sea.
Best time to visit is June and September when it’s hot and dry (average of 25˚C).
Corfu International Airport, "Ioannis Kapodistrias" (CFU), is a 10-minute drive from Corfu Town.
Indulge in luscious landscapes and pastel-colored villages on your Corfu Thomas Cook holiday.
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Located on the north coast of Corfu, Sidari is popular with families and couples for its untouched, natural beauty. Sugar-coloured rock formations leading into the sea create lots of little isolated beaches giving you that holiday V.I.P. feel. Close by, you’ll find the charming fishing village of Aghios Stefanos. Its golden beach is nestled by lush scenery on the one side and drenched by the calm Adriatic Sea waters on the other. Or, if you’re looking for a buzzing post-exam paradise, Kavos is your place. From 90’s floor-fillers to the best House music and Dubstep around, you’ll never want to leave.
Roam around Mount Pantocrator on a jeep safari and discover the traditional villages “tucked” between its slopes. Magnificent 360-degree views of the whole of Corfu combined with the sea-breeze from the Albanian Coast next door promise an unforgettable holiday. If you want to get a real feel for the island, explore its rich Greek, Venetian and British history with a tour around its age-old castles. Or indulge in nights (and days) full of partying in one of Europe’s top holiday clubbing resorts, without having to break the bank!
Take a break from relaxing by the pool for a “round-the-island” adventure. How about a jeep safari up to Corfu’s highest point? You’ll explore the island’s oldest, slope-perched villages in ultimate 4x4 comfort, then take in panoramic views of the entire island as well as the coasts of Albania and Italy. Or, head for a family day out in one of Europe’s largest waterparks, found right in the heart of the island. With 15 adventure pools, family rafting and rides knows as the “Kamikaze” and the “Black Hole”, Aqualand is one of Corfu’s most popular attractions
Visit the Old Venetian Fortress in the seafront capital of the island and step into 15 centuries of history. One of the top places to go in Corfu, its maze of tunnels, bridges and secret passages are not the only treat here. Perched on a harbour-side cliff, it’s the spot to go for panoramic views of the whole of the Old Town. Or head to the majestic Mon Repos Palace in Kanoni, one of many places representing Corfu’s rich British history. Famous for being Prince Philip’s birthplace, Mon Repo is full of island treasures while its colonial architecture never ceases to impress.
Experience Corfu’s legendary nightlife on Kavos’ long strip of clubs and bars and dance the night away at a buzzing UV-paint glow party. Follow the signature orange t-shirts that are the symbol of Europe’s biggest bar crawl – known as “the Total Carnage Crawl”. When you need to refuel there are plenty of Tex-Mex restaurants or Kebab houses for quick eats. If you want the best of both worlds, head to Sidari for karaoke, bingo, quizzes and films on outdoor screens to traditional Greek nights with plenty of plate-smashing.
Sightseers: Discover the hidden charm of Corfu's beautiful countryside while taking in some of the famous historic sights.
Scuba-divers: Explore the deep with qualified instructors and see the beauty of the Ionian Sea.
Nature lovers: Head to Sidari to see the rock formations sculpted by the wind and sea, on the Canal d’ Amour beaches.
Language: The language spoken in Corfu is Greek.
Currency: The currency used in Corfu is Euro (€).
Local time: Corfu is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Corfu International Airport, "Ioannis Kapodistrias" (CFU), is a 10-minute drive from Corfu Town.
Flight time from UK: 3 hours
Tourist Information: Further Corfu tourist information can be found at www.corfuvisit.net
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice-greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Corfu.
Temperature: Late 20s (˚C) in July and August.
Best time to visit Corfu: June and September when it’s hot and dry (average of 25˚C).
Its geographical position means that it’s a bit windy in July and August, easing the sun’s blaze for the little-ones but also keeping windsurfers and paragliders happy. Spring and autumn see long hours of hot sun too.
By car/scooter hire: Car or scooter hire and (for true thrill-seekers) buggy hire, is the easiest way to make your way around the island.
By bus: The local bus service also runs frequently to and from Corfu Town to the rest of the island. They’re cheap and easy to spot: blue buses only run in Corfu Town and its outskirts while the green ones operate around the rest of the villages and resorts.
By boat: Make the most of the child discounts offered by most boat trips (up to half price for children and free for infants).