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Corfu Hotels and Apartments
Accommodation in Corfu
The picturesque island of Corfu has a large number of accommodation to leave you spoilt for choices. Dassia and Kerkira on the east coast have a large number of upscale hotels in Corfu. These resorts are perfect to find beachfront hotels as well as apartments for all budgets. Kassiopi, Spyridon and Roda, which lie on the north of the island has some hotels tucked in the gorgeous landscape and greenery. As the beach is prime attraction, most of the hotels in Corfu are located on the beach or close to it. Although you can find some hotels in the inland as well that offer rooms with views of the impressive mountains and nature parks. Corfu accommodations are not just perfect for your family holiday but also for honeymoons. From family friendly to adults only to gay friendly, the accommodations in Corfu is varied. Some of the Corfu hotels are located amidst exquisite flora and fauna, while many are built around natural coves.
The Greek island of Corfu sits like a jewel in the Ionian Sea, 1 hour 30 minutes on a ferry from Greek mainland. It’s the 2nd largest island of the Ionian Sea and one of the greenest island with dense vegetation. Corfu has a long and notable history in Greek as well as world history for over 3000 years. In contemporary times, Corfu has become one of the favourite destinations for beach lovers. From the port of Igoumenitsa on the Greek mainland there is a very frequent modern ferry service that land in the southern harbour of Lefkimi. The island experiences hot and relatively dry summers from April to October, and wet winters the rest of the year. During the peak season, the hotels in Corfu are flourishing with tourists and some hotels offer various complimentary activities and entertainment at this time.
Where to Stay in Corfu
The island of Corfu is thriving with all kinds of accommodation choices for all budgets. Whether you are looking for a luxury holiday home with next to the beach or cheap hotels in Corfu, you can find everything. Corfu is home to a large number of resort towns offering these accommodations. If you are looking for cheap accommodation in Corfu, you can book a hotel on the east coast. The southern part of the island which is less mountainous has the resorts of Peleka beach, Agios Gordios, Moraitika, Agios Georgios and Kavos, perfect for finding upscale beachfront hotels in Corfu. In some of these resorts, you can also find a large number of budget hotels as well. If you are on a budget you can easily find cheap hotels in Corfu, with facilities like swimming pool, gym, sauna, and much more. The city’s old quarter, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007 also has some hotels giving you a feeling of staying in ancient history with modern amenities.
Things to See and Do in Corfu
As you approach Corfu, whether from airport or from the sea, the old town catches your attention. The Venetian style narrow alleys and tall historical buildings are truly charming and perfect to start your holiday. You can book a guided tour of the city to make the best of your time and visit these ancient monuments. The city offers numerous attractions and monuments that need days to explore and admire like museums, cultural centres and amphitheaters. Corfu is surrounded by beaches on all sides. The northern beaches are rocky and less crowded compared to the southern ones which are more family friendly. The golden sand beaches are lined with sunbeds and parasols available for hire. However, water sports are available everywhere. The northeastern part is dominated by Mount Pantokrator, the ancient Istone Mountain which is a good choice if you like hiking. The mountain continues westward and dominates the northwest part of the island. Don’t forget to visit the Byzantine fortress north of Paleokastritsa called Aggelokastro, the Venetian shipyard at Gouvia and the extinct volcano at Agioi Deka.
Nightlife in Corfu
The holiday island of Corfu will delight you with its endless number of cocktail bars, sports bar, pubs and nightclubs. All the resorts have a large number of bars and pubs where you can party till you drop. The hotels in Corfu also have multiple bars onsite with live evening entertainment and theme nights, where you can enjoy your cocktails. There are some beachfront bars open 24 hours while there are some that are open till 3 or 4 in the morning and attracts party animals from all over the island. If you are looking for Irish pubs, then Dirty Nellie’s Irish Pub in Agios Markos, open round the clock, is the best choice. Illusions Bar and Cactus Jacks are some other famous bars which are full of tourists in the peak season. There are several bars near the beach where you can enjoy cocktails with panoramic sea views and delicious Greek food.
Food options in Corfu
Greek cuisine represents a healthy Mediterranean diet and incorporates a lot of use of fresh produce in a variety of its dishes. Pastitsada (beef in a rich tomato sauce with pasta), Sofrito (battered beef cooked in olive oil and wine) and Bourdeto (fish stew), are among the regional delicacies you can enjoy in kitchens, traditional taverns and restaurants. A rich Greek breakfast comprising of local breads, fresh fruits and vegetables and local savouries and sweets is one of the best things you can have. You can find restaurants all around the resorts as well as in the hotels in Corfu. Most of them offer authentic Greek cuisine with a separate kids’ menu and range from family friendly bistros to fine dining restaurants.
Shopping in Corfu
The local stores and shopping malls in Corfu town fulfill all your shopping needs. In Corfu town, you will find most of the malls offering branded shopping and all items like clothing, accessories, footwear, luggage, jewelry, under one roof. The town is thriving with local stores selling these items and much more that you can miss out the malls altogether. At almost every street, there’s a supermarket where you can buy groceries and fresh produce if you have booked a self catering apartment in Corfu. The colourful local markets held weekly at various resorts are a must visit even if you don’t want to buy anything. The markets are full of stalls offering local crafts, embroidery, ceramics, and much more and also has fresh food stalls.
Fast Facts about Corfu
- Currency: Euros
- Language: Greek
- Nearest Airport: Corfu International Airport
- Direct Flight time from Dublin to Corfu: 3 hours 30 minutes
- Time difference between Dublin and Corfu: Corfu is 2 hours ahead of Dublin