About Corfu

About Corfu

Corfu holiday with Greeka.com: Corfu, or Kerkyra, is one of the most popular destinations in Greece, along with Mykonos and Santorini.

Corfu in a few words...

Corfu island was one of the first islands in Greece to open to tourism. The island attracts thousands of visitors every year from all parts of the world. Corfu is part of the Ionian Islands and lies in the north of the group, at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, facing Albania. It is the second largest island of the Ionian group after Kefalonia. Corfu has a total area of 592 sq km, a coastline of 216 km.

Because of the mild Mediterranean climate and the high rainfalls during winter, Corfu is full of abundant and verdant vegetation and wild plants, phenomenon that makes it one of the greenest islands in Greece. The island is mountainous and its northern centre lays Mount Pantokrator, the highest mountain of Corfu, which rises to an altitude of 914 m. Several flat areas, plains, two lakes and a couple of rivers complete the beautiful landscape.

Corfu was the first island to welcome and open its doors to tourism and has since become an important international tourism centre attracting many visitors and offering well-equipped and modern touristy facilities. Despite the fact that tourism is developed in the coastal areas, it hasn't spoilt yet the villages that have managed to keep their authenticity and their local colours.

The economy of Corfu is mainly based on tourism but a small part is still related to the agriculture, the inhabitants still producing high quality olive oil and wines throughout the mountainous villages.

The capital of the island is called Corfu Town and is also the main port. This is the largest town of the Ionians and one of the most beautiful towns of the Greek islands. Built between two fortresses and full of superb Italian and French buildings, Byzantine churches and flowered squares, Corfu Town is a real jewel full of innumerable charms and beauties.

Corfu's natural beauty hasn't gone unnoticed by the film industry it has been the setting for several movies. On the north of Corfu, there are three small islands, untouched by tourism and great for total privacy: they are the Diapontia islands, that are Othoni, Mathraki and Ereikoussa. They can be reached by boat from Agios Stefanos or Sidari.

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