Corfu Holidays – Golden beaches and glorious countryside
Corfu has been the favourite Greek Island with British visitors since it first dabbled its tours in tourism waters in the 1960’s. The beaches of Corfu are among some of the best in the Greek Islands - over thirty of them have been awarded the European Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety, and while it may be enormously popular for its beaches there is another side to the island just waiting to be discovered - romantic villages, picturesque deserted bays and beautiful green mountainous countryside. A holiday on Corfu is for everyone, from families and couples who want nothing more than a peaceful stretch on the beach or a romantic candle-lit dinner in a local taverna, to night-hawks who don’t get up until the sun goes down and club the night away. For lovers of nature, hundreds of trails criss-cross the island, allowing you to discover the Corfu’s charms, from the mountains and vineyards to hidden villages and unspoilt beaches.
When to go
If you are looking for total tranquillity, empty beaches, and the appeal of quiet tavernas, May is the time to visit Corfu, decked out in its full spring greenery. It is the earliest time that most visitors arrive, due to the availability of flights. From the beginning of June the island comes alive, with a sudden surge of visitors during the half-term holidays, and as June crosses into July the island begins to buzz. Glorious sunny days make the golden beaches and warm waters a major draw. Mid-July through August are Corfu’s busiest months, and you will probably have to book a table at all but the remotest tavernas. If you are looking for a quiet holiday this is probably the best time to avoid at some of the busier resorts, to escape the children and large parties that dominate during these months.
Weather in Corfu
The holiday season begins in May, when you can expect daytime temperatures of lower- to mid-20’s and rain on at least one day a week. Evenings can be cool, so take a light sweater. By the end of June temperatures will have risen to the mid-thirties, and on the rare day it rains it will be warm rain, an enjoyable novelty for anyone from the UK. July and August can get into the low 40’s during the day, (high humidity may make it feel even hotter), so be very careful, and make sure children have an extra layer of sunscreen and are wearing a sun hat. Night-time temperatures won’t be a lot lower, so you might find it difficult to sleep if you don’t have air-conditioning. As September drifts through October, temperatures settle to the mid-twenties.
Getting the best deal
If you aren’t tied to fixed holiday dates, May and early June will give you the best opportunities for a good deal. The season is just beginning to move from its quiet winter months into the hectic summer. Don’t expect everywhere to be open early in May, although most places will be fully operational by the end of the month. You should also be able to get a well-priced flight at these times, as most of the airlines who service Corfu try to fill their seats. You can find the best deals by visiting our late deals offers. Book early if you want to pay a low deposit.
Airport and transfer need to know
All flights to Corfu from the UK are seasonal (beginning of May to end of October). Outside these times you will need to go via Athens, which is an expensive option. All the budget airlines, (EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2 amongst others) and a number of charter companies, fly from a broad selection of UK airports, Thomson Airways having the largest spread of departure airports, nineteen in all.
Tariffs for licensed taxi drivers are regulated by the government, and licensed taxis must display a rate card in the window or on the dashboard. If there is no rate card, proceed with caution and ask for the rate. There is a 1.75 Euro minimum charge, and rural taxis are more expensive for one-way trips. For example, from Corfu airport to Corfu town centre journey takes around 10 minutes and costs 13€ (£10.50). A minimum of 5% tip is expected.
Local bus services are pretty unreliable as far as time-tabling is concerned, and sometimes may simply not turn up at all. There is plenty of moped hire and while this may seem like an excellent way to see the island be very careful as you will not be offered a crash helmet, and mountain roads in particular can pretty rough and uneven.
Top resorts in Corfu
Here is a selection of some of the top resorts in Corfu; from the best spots for all-night partying, to the ideal resort for peaceful, relaxing break, to the resort most suitable for a family holiday.
The number one party holiday destination in Corfu, Kavos is famous for its non-stop nightlife. There are boat parties, foam parties and street parties, with resident DJs competing with one another through sheer volume. By contrast, the beautiful beaches are relatively quiet during the day, as party-goers sleep off the hedonism of the night before.
Popular with holiday makers who want summer sun, Sidari offers beautiful beaches and a lively nightlife. Even though it has a party atmosphere the village has managed to maintain much of its charm and is popular with families who prefer to stay slightly out of the more crowded central area. There is a wealth of entertainment, including quizzes, karaoke, themed evenings and big screen TVs for sports events and films.
A favourite Greek beauty spot surrounded by olive and citrus fruit orchards is Paleokastritsa. It is said to be one of the most beautiful villages in Corfu. This is a peaceful resort with magnificent scenery and will appeal to anyone looking for quiet and calm. Paleokastritsa is ideal for families who want a laid back holiday with a choice of excellent beaches and good food served in cosy tavernas, but with the opportunity to explore traditional villages and ancient monuments.
Once a fishing village, Kassiopi has become a major holiday resort on the island of Corfu. This lively but family-friendly resort is particularly suitable for couples, friends and families with teenagers who want a sun and beach holiday with plenty of things to do in the evenings. The picturesque town centre and harbour area has some very good restaurants offering international cuisine. The harbour is where most of the traditional Greek restaurants can be found. You have a wide choice of beaches around the resort, and plenty of tiny, easily accessible coves.