The greenest Ionian island Corfu, or Kerkyra (Κέρκυρα; ker-kih-rah) in Greek, was Homer’s ‘beautiful and rich land’. Mountains dominate the northern half where the east and west coastlines can be steep and dramatic and where the island’s interior is a rolling expanse of peaceful countryside. Stately cypresses, used for masts by the Venetians, rise from shimmering olive groves (also a Venetian inspiration). South of Corfu Town the island narrows appreciably and becomes flat.
Corfu was a seat of European learning in the early days of modern Greece. While the rest of the nation struggled simply to get by, the Corfiots established cultural institutions such as libraries and centres of learning. To this day, Corfu remains proud of its intellectual and artistic roots. This legacy is visible in many ways, from its fine museums to its high-calibre, Italian-influenced cuisine.
Beaches and resorts punctuate the entire coastline, intensively so north of Corfu Town and along the north coast, but less so in the west and south.
Best places to stay in Corfu
A guide to the eateries of Greece
Where to eat and drink in Greece? Perhaps the question should be 'where not?' Greeks live to eat and drink. They dream about it and talk about it in bed when others are addressing other appetites.
Corfu destination guides
Ionian Islands Bike & Boat
Discover by bike and boat the Ionian islands including Ithaca, Cephalonia and Corfu
Corfu Shore Excursion: Private Island Tour Including Achillion Palace
When your cruise ships docks at the Port of Corfu, set off to see the island’s highlights with a private guide! Start with a visit to Achillion Palace, the former home of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and then head inside the gorgeous 13th-century Monastery of the Virgin Mary near Palaeokastritsa.