Corfu is the second largest island in the Ionian Sea, after Kefalonia. The total land surface area of Corfu island is 588 sq. km. The coastline stretches for about 217 km and has some of the most beautiful beaches of Greece, with sandy shores and clean water. Corfu also has some rocky coastlines, particularly in the northern side. The rocks and the caves of Paleokastritsa, strongly connected with the local history and mythology, are known for their abrupt landscape. The topography of Corfu is divided distinctly into three aspects from north to south by Pantokrator range and Saint Decca (Agioi Deka) range.
The northern part of the island is covered with mountains, the central region has valleys and hills at intervals and the southern region consists of uninterrupted fertile plains. The highest peak on the island is Mount Pantokrator that arises at 911 meters above sea level. Lazareto and Vido (or else Ptychia) are two tiny islands located right at the entrance of the port, between the bays of Corfu and Gouvia.
The geography of Corfu also distinguish for two lakes and four rivers. These rivers usually dry up in the summer season but they fill in during the winter, as Corfu is the place in Greece with most rainfalls. The soil of Corfu has rich limestone deposits. Due to the abundant rainfall, Corfu has a fertile soil, particularly in the north, where the landscape distinguishes for its large plains of olive oil trees.
Mathraki island: it is one of the three Diapontian Islands (the others being Othoni and Erikoussa) situated in the north Ionian Sea. The island is tiny and has an area of only three square kilometers. It can be reached by a 45-minute boat ride from the coast of Corfu.
An other island near Corfu is Othoni.
Corfu map View the map of Corfu with the main villages, beaches and sightseeing. Also, location of the port and airport.
View: Map of Corfu