The island of Corfu


General Information

Corfu, the island that welcomed Ulysses before the coveted return to the beloved Ithaca, is a fascinating destination that over the centuries has bewitched nobles and literati, including the Romantics Sissi and Lord Byron.

In addition to the beautiful beaches bathed by a transparent sea, the list of things to see in Corfu includes interesting cultural attractions such as museums and historic palaces, villages that have maintained a traditional identity, trendy seaside resorts, a promontory Suggestive where you can take breathtaking photos and much more.

A map of CorfuCorfu, called Kerkyra by the Greeks, is part of the Greek archipelago of the Ionian Islands (Corfu, Paxi, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Zakynthos and Kithira) and this is the second largest after Kefalonia.

Between the island of Corfu and the coasts in front of Epirus and Albania the waters are named after the Kerkyraiki Sea, which is known as the Strait of Aghios Stefanos (just 2 km) to the north.
From a geological point of view Corfu is very similar to the nearby Greek coast; Its territory is rather mountainous and much of the island is crossed by three mountain ridges, with the northern part predominantly occupied by Mount Pantokratoras.
The northern part of the island is rather jagged, which favors the formation of bays, coves and headland, while as you descend southwards the sandy beaches grow longer forming a more regular coastline.

When to leave

may: The real summer season begins, with warm weather in the daytime and cool in the evening.
The island is still empty, the tourism is little and therefore one finds the isolated beaches. The sea is almost always calm because it does not blow winds and the hinterland is full of flowers.
A curiosity: In the evening in the country areas you can admire the fireflies!
Moreover this is the month suitable for those who want to attend the Orthodox Easter.

June: Comes the real heat that makes the beach the perfect place for the whole day! The sea has a more appealing temperature and the beaches start to fill up. The best month as temperatures to sleep in the evening.

July: The heat starts to feel a lot but is mitigated by a light wind called Maistros.
Mass tourism begins and the island fills with tourists from all over Europe as well as the corfiots who are now on holiday.
To sleep well begins to be indispensable air conditioning…

August: Hot as in July but with more humidity. Certainly the month with more tourists, especially Italians, which are noticed both on the beach and in nightclubs.
The beaches are crowded and the month with more life on the island!

September: It starts to lower the temperature and the beach is only suitable in warmer hours.
There are rainy days that then change to discover a blue sky and a warm sun.
In the evening we suggest you to cover yourself because it starts to make fresh, especially for outdoor dining.

How to get around the island

by land
In addition to the efficient bus service that touches the main points of the island (Paleokastritsa, Kavos, Ipsos, Sidari, Gouvia, Kassiopi, Roda, etc…; all departing from Corfu town), the Corfu road network is also well-covered by Taxi service.
It is also very easy to rent bicycles, scooters, cars or off-road in every tourist country of the island.
Finally there are many tours organized by different agencies that program trips to discover the island by bus.

By sea
As far as the boats are concerned, besides the presence of many good landing points, in the areas of most tourist interest it is always possible to rent boats or to use the taxi-boat services.
For those who have a boat/dinghy it is to be borne in mind that Marina di Gouvia, just north of the city of Corfu, there is a well-equipped harbor that offers hospitality and remarkable comforts.
In the city there are three different ports to moor, the Old Port which is for small boats and is used almost exclusively by fishing vessels, the Mandraki Marina which is under the old fortress and is used mostly by those who own a sailboat (Tel. Of the manager of the Navy + 30 6978892243) and finally the Marina of Naok which is perhaps of the three the most equipped.
Al Naok, which is also a nautical club from 1935, welcome every type of boat and for information you can write to naok@otenet.gr or call + 30 26610 30470.

Practical information about Greece

Documents:If you are citizens of the U. E. You do not need any special documents to enter Greece, for all others it is essential to have a passport and if you want to have more information you can contact the embassies or consulates present in Greece.

Animals:It is required that the animals, before being introduced to this country, have made a certification of good health and have made an anti-rabies prophylaxis.
The certificate must not have more than 12 months for dogs, more than 6 months for cats and not less than 6 days before arrival in Greece.

Bless you: In the capital is present the State hospital where you can get free first aid performance by exhibiting the health card.
There are many private clinics and English speaking specialists in the city as well as surgeries and pharmacies in all the island’s tourist countries.

Watch: The time in Greece is two hours ahead of the Greenwich meridian.
The Italian tourist will then have to move the clock forward one hour.

Coin: Making Greece a part of the European Union has the Euro as its currency.
The best known credit cards can be used without problems to pay accommodation, restaurants, rentals etc…

What to eat

A journey is an opportunity to meet cultures and to know different traditions from their own. The culinary experience is an essential part of a journey. In every locality, tourist or not, you will find a restaurant or a tavern that proposes typical Greek dishes.

In addition to the spices deriving from the Middle Eastern influence, in the recipes of the traditional Greek cuisine are used ingredients that sink the roots in the Mediterranean tradition: olive oil, tomatoes and vegetables. Simple and authentic flavors that bring Greece closer to Italy.

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