Luxury Corfu Holidays

Greece's emerald isle

Corfu

Corfu stands guard at the entrance to the Adriatic – on one side, you've got Albania and the Greek mainland, and on the other, Italy. It's a setting that's earned it more than its fair share of interest from invading hordes in the past, and it's why you'll find a mix of influences across the island today – particularly in pretty Corfu Town, which has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. 

Corfu holds the title for the greenest of the Greek islands. Rolling hills, groves of olive trees (a whopping two million are spread across the island) and mountains blanketed in pine forests have given Corfu the nickname the Emerald Island. 

Head to the coast, meanwhile, and you'll discover sweeps of sand and shingle, plus a generous helping of tucked-away coves. The beaches are also beautiful on the neighbouring isles of Paxos and Antipaxos, both easily reached by boat from Corfu Town’s harbour. 

 

Holly Houghton

Corfu Town is beautiful, but it's a popular cruise destination so can get busy. Head there later in the afternoon when most passengers will have gone back to their ships - it's much quieter.

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Helen Lippe

Corfu is only an hour's flight from Athens, so makes a great twin-centre option with the Athenian Riviera.

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Destinations in Corfu
Agios Ioannis Peristeron
Agios Ioannis Peristeron is little more than a handful of plush hotels and sea-view tavernas that climb up from the beach into the forested hillside – and that’s exactly its charm.
Corfu Town
Corfu Town – or Kerkyra – is the easterly capital of Corfu. It’s also one of the grandest Greek cities outside of Athens, offering museum palaces, Byzantine churches and 19th-century shopping arcades.
 
Dassia Bay
Dassia Bay is one of Corfu’s original beach resorts. It’s always had a low-key feel, dealing out landscaped hotels, cocktail bars and boat hire outlets all along the sandy bay.
Kommeno

Kommeno is a snaking peninsula on the east coast. Thanks to its narrow shape, hotels here get a double – or sometimes triple – helping of beaches, plus views back to neighbouring Gouvia. 

 

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Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to Corfu is around 3 hours.

When to go

Like the rest of Greece, Corfu is a reliable year-round destination for sunshine, with the holiday season running loosely from March all the way to October. The mercury is at its peak in July and August, when temperatures push past 30°C and you can expect sunshine 12 hours a day. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.

Tipping

In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

Our pick of the top hotels in Corfu
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort

Corfu, Kommeno

Corfu Palace Hotel

Corfu, Corfu Town

Ikos Dassia

Corfu, Dassia Bay

MarBella Corfu Hotel

Corfu, Agios Ioannis Peristeron
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