The island of Corfu


GENERAL INFORMATION

The island of Corfu (Kerkyra) is one of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Mediterranean, frequented by tourists of all nations and suitable for adults but especially for children of all ages.

SidariCorfu offers lots of beaches, the main reason why this tourist destination is chosen, but there’s much more, from the characteristic seaside villages to the Byzantine churches, to the numerous museums.

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.

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Benitses

There are many places to visit on this island: among the most beautiful beaches we recommend Aghios Giorgios, Aghios Gordis, Kassiopi, Kalami, Barbati, Glyfada, Sidari, and many others, some better known, some less. The most characteristic village is undoubtedly Benitses, a fishing resort located about 12 km south of Corfu Town

Gouvia is the most important tourist port on the island, Dassia and Ipsos are the destinations most coveted by young people, with lots of clubs, discos and bars; More peaceful are the villages and the respective beaches of Paleokastritsa, Kalami, Barbati, Nissaki e Kassiopi.

When to leave

May: In this month you can safely say “summer is coming “. The warm weather in the daytime and cool in the evenings. It’s great because the island is still empty so you can find lots of secluded beaches. There are no winds and the sea is calm even if the water is ‘ cold enough ‘.

June: Month “Very hot”, it comes the real heat, the water of the sea has a much more attractive temperature and starts to get several people. In my opinion this is the best month to sleep in the evening, because it is not as cool as may nor warm as in the periods of July-August.

July: The heat starts to feel a lot but is mitigated by a light wind called Maistros.
The island fills up, tourists arrive from all over Europe, the beaches are quite crowded and in the evening to sleep well you can not turn on the air conditioning.

August: Hot as in July but with more humidity. The beaches are crowded and the month with more life on the island!

September: The temperatures start to decline, the sunny days alternated with other rain, and at the beach it is good only in the hottest hours. In the evening my advice is to cover well because it starts to make a little chilly especially if you decide to eat outdoors in the beautiful restaurants on the island.

How getting there

Corfu is connected by ferry from Patrasso, Igoumenitsa e Paxì, and with Italy from the ports of Ancona, Bari and Brindisi. You can go To Patrasso from Athens by bus and train. From Atene and Salonicco regular trips to Igoumenitsa are carried out by bus.
Corfu airport is located in the south of the city. Many charters are made during peak months from many European cities.

How to get around the island

streetby 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 Ship
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. No special documents are needed to enter Greece, the passport is indispensable for all the others.

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

thypical dishesA 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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