If you have to describe the island of Corfu in Greece in a few words, you could say it is a bit like Tuscany, but with the sea all around it. Take the rolling landscapes, vineyards and olive groves interspersed with cypresses, dozy villages and old manor houses of Tuscany, add beautiful bays, sandy beaches, turquoise waters and cliffs and rock formations, and you have Corfu. While the coastline is absolutely stunning (though parts are so popular that they have developed into small tourist ghettos you should definitely avoid!), the inland also makes Corfu really special. It is green, laid-back, quiet and unspoilt. The island’s capital ranks among the most beautiful towns in Greece. It has a charming old centre, impressive town squares and two historic fortresses.
What to see and do in Corfu
To me, Corfu is a place to enjoy simple holiday pleasures, like a walk in the hills, a drink on a village square or a meal with grilled fish and fresh salad by the sea. There are beautiful beaches and places to swim. Enough to keep me happy for weeks. The island, however, caters to all tastes: you can play golf (there’s an 18-hole course at Ropa Valley), see a cricket match at the Spianada esplanade and have dinner at Etrusco, one of Greece’s finest (Italian) restaurants, and you can also tan away on organised beaches, take your kids to the Aqualand Waterpark, have Chinese or Tex-Mex for dinner and go disco-hopping at night. Fortunately, you can skip all that as well!
Small hotels and other special places to stay in Corfu