A Guide to Corfu – The Emerald Isle

26.March 2014

Our Journey

Corfu is an island off the coast of Greece, attracting thousands of holiday makers each summer. Named the Emerald Isle because of its thriving vegetation, Corfu even has two million olive trees! The island has a mild Mediterranean climate, so it’s great for those of you who don’t like too much heat.

When should I go?

In the summer months, Corfu is in full swing and the island’s cafes and markets are full of English tourists. For those of you that want to experience the culture of Corfu without the hustle and bustle, the best time to visit is from late May to early June. With fewer holidaymakers, you can get into bars and eateries without battling long queues.

How do I get there?

You can visit by plane or sea. There are a range of cruises like this one that set sail in the spring and the summer which call at Corfu’s port. If you want to fly instead, you can take a Thomson Airways flight to Corfu’s airport.

What should I bring?

If you choose to go to Corfu in the summer, the average temperature is 24 degrees. Although this is mild, you’ll still need to wear sun screen. The skies are rarely overcast in Corfu, so it’s easier for your skin to be affected by harmful UV rays.

Although bargain luggage has an attractive price, it’s more likely that it will break while you’re travelling. A good-quality suitcase is important, as it keeps clothes and valuables intact at all times. Rated the top lightweight suitcase by the Telegraph, the Samsonite Cosmolite is durable as well as light, and comes with a built in combination lock.

[Image of Samsonite Cosmolite is copyrighted by European Consumers Choice via Flickr]

Where should I visit?

Kassiopi

Kassiopi is a gorgeous village town in the north east of Corfu. Privy to the best views of the island, the resort is surrounded by Mount Pantokrator and hills covered in citrus plantations. By day the beach is a social scene, where families and young couples enjoy sunbathing and swimming. In the evening, Kassiopi transforms into a trendy destination, filled with quiet bars and independent restaurants.

[Image of Kassiopi is copyrighted by blackdogbonzo via Flickr]

Church of Saint Spyridon

Built in 1589, the Church of Saint Spyridon was erected in order to celebrate the patron saint of Corfu. It’s believed that Saint Spyridon saved Corfu from plague and famine, as well as a Turkish siege. To this day, his remains lie in a silver coffin inside the church. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to pray for his help. If you want to immerse yourself in local culture and learn more about the island’s history, the Church of Saint Spyridon is a must see.

[Image of Church of Saint Spyridon is copyrighted by whl.travel via Flickr]

Paleokastritsa Monastery

Located on top of a green hill in the Paleokastritsa district, the Paleokastritsa Monastery is a striking example of Byzantine architecture. Nowadays, the monastery is used as a museum, putting on exhibits that showcase sacred relics such as Byzantine icons and holy literature.

[Image of Paleokastritsa Monastery is copyrighted by hefestus via Flickr]

What should I eat?

Breakfast – Akrotiri Café

Situated on top of the cape between Arillas beach and Agios Stefanos, the Akrotiri Café opens early in the morning. Tourists and locals alike visit the café, sipping their coffee while looking over the island’s picturesque coastline.

Lunchtime – Micro Café

Founded in 1996, the Micro Café is located in the centre of town, next to the church Aghios Vassillios. Desserts are their speciality, so make sure to try their baklava, best washed down with some mint tea. Open from morning till late, the café is a hidden gem that English tourists haven’t discovered yet!

Dinner – Archontiko

Archontiko is a family run business set up by its pioneering patriarch Akis. Their speciality is seafood, caught from the island that morning. Make sure to complement the catch of the day with a glass of raki, Corfu’s signature tipple.

[Image of the Akrotiri café is copyrighted by Knight-Vision via Flickr]

 

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