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Corfu Island Information

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About Corfu

Corfu is the second largest island of the Ionian Sea and it covers an area of 592 square kilometers and a luxuriant coastline of 217 kilometers.

It is situated in the north side of the Ionian Sea, in the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, two and a half miles from the beach of Albania.

The mythical island of the Faiakes is an ornament of the Ionian Sea, but it is also one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, combining the green mountains and the long sandy beaches. The mild and rainy climate of the island brings out the rich flora which creates the unique color of the island. The island is surrounded of gorgeous beaches, such as Agios Gordis, where you can enjoy the panoramic view with the gigantic rock rising from the crystal waters which flirt with the green scenery, Glyfada with the golden-sanded beach, Kontogialos surrounded by green scenery, the popular Palaiokastritsa, Myrtiotissa, in the south Agios Georgios, the beautiful Sidari, the endless beach of Acharavi, the graphic Kalami and Kouloura, and much more.

Three rows of mountains cross the island, the highest peak is Pantokratoras (914m). Between the mountains there are many fertile valleys, like Lefkimmi and the grassland of Ropa that are washed by many rivers, which, however, are dry during the summer. Around the island there are many small islands of the same beauty and clean beaches, like in Corfu.

Opposite the city of Corfu there is Bido (ancient Ptychia) and Lasareto.

A mosaic of all nationalities and races walk through the picturesque alleys, known as the traditional “kadunia” of Corfu, which create an atmosphere of past times. In this scenery, one can find the ideal place for vacations, since he/she can choose between the small fishing-islands for quiet and relaxing staying or the cosmopolitan places with loud night life. Also, the villages that are built in the green valleys are the ideal place for those who love the country or the innumerable beaches for those who love the extreme water sports. People of Corfu offer their hospitality to the visitors of the island, who experience a unique opportunity to enjoy comfortable and unforgettable vacation.


The ancient city of Corfu was built during the 8th century BC and it stood south of where today’s city is placed, between Garitsa bay and the lake Chaliopoulou. The center of the ancient city stood where Palaiopoli is today, up to the cannon. The market must have been opposite the palace of Mon Repo and it is believed that in the place of Analipsis, stood the Acropolis.

To do in Corfu

You can’t say you visited Corfu if you haven’t

-Got lost in the narrow streets (kadounia) of “Kampielo” (Old Town).
-Enjoyed a Ginger beer in a traditional cafe.
-Visited the monastery on the peak (914m.) of mountain Pantokrator.
-Seen the Sunset from Pelekas, after enjoying the panoramic view in Agios Gordis with the rock rising from the crystal waters.
-Visited traditional Corfiot villages and the full of olive trees countryside

Swimming in Corfu

There are many nice places for swimming in Corfu. The west coast of Corfu provides sandy beaches and the east coast pebbly. There are busy and quiet beaches, sandy, pebbly or beaches with rocks. There is definitely one for you to fall in love with.

Eating out in Corfu

Restaurants in Corfu offer local traditional and international cuisine and can satisfy all tastes! Click on the photo to view a full list of Restaurants on the island.

Nights in Corfu island

Corfu has a rich nightlife experience to offer. Not only Kavos which is popular to the British visitors, there are many Clubs, beach and cocktail bars all around the island.

Other attractions in Corfu

One of the largest theme water parks in Europe.
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Hire a car in Corfu

Rolandos rent a car in Agios Gordios is providing car hire services in Corfu since 1980 and will ensure you will have a great time exploring the beauties of the island on your holidays.

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