Corfu is the second largest island of the Ionian sea after Kefalonia and it lies just 60 nautical miles east from the heel of Italy and a few nautical miles due west from Igoumenitsa, the closest point to mainland Greece. At 64km long and 32km wide at its widest point, it is large enough to sustain a permanent population of 110,000 people.
The thick vegetation, the massive number of flowers, the country full of olive trees and the Mediterranean nature all around Corfu island are the result of the abundant winter rains and a sweet climate all over the year. The hottest months during the summer are refreshed by a nice wind. Winter in Kerkyra, is never very cold, you’ll find in an average temperature of 10/12 degrees daily.
Every year the island is invaded by hundreds of thousands of visitors, but with very different intentions. Life is just so very pleasant and the environment so clean (at least compared to modern cities), that it makes this island one of the very best places in the World for one who wishes to escape from the madness of the fast moving world and combine relaxation with entertainment.
North-west part of Corfu includes lots of great resorts. In this area you can find places like the uniquely beautiful village of Paleokastritsa, which looks spectacular from the village of Lakones just above, St George of Pagoi inside a protecting gulf, village St Stefanos of Peroulades , the wild Loggas beach, Arrilas beach and the fantastic capes of Peroulades next to famous Canal d`amour at neighboring busy tourist resort of Sidari .
Spectacular sunsets, dramatic coastlines with superb sandy beaches and wonderful cliffs and rock formations’. This is North West Corfu, with its wild and rugged background leading to amazing coastal villages with sandy beaches and the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.
On the northeast side of the island there are dozens of small and beautiful sceneries scattered within the manifold bays, each with its own uniqueness.
At the north there is Antinioti lagoon with it`s unique wetland, dozens of beaches followed eastwards up to the tourist destination of Kassiopi. Further south there are small seaside resorts: Agios Stefanos, Kerasia, Kouloura, Kalami, Agni, Krouzeri, Kaminaki, Nissaki, Barbati – all these forming the area of the old Sinies.
The central area of Corfu is the transition from the more or less flat part of Southern Corfu to the rocky part of the island, with lots of nice beaches and mountain villages.
Kerkyra, the capital of Corfu’s island is located also in this area. It is one of the most beguiling cities in the Mediterranean. It has grown up along a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea. Its unique beauty is the product of the curious mixture of architectural styles left behind by the various occupying civilizations, blended into an especially harmonious whole. The old city is the largest "living" medieval town preserved in Greece.
Its streets wind and wader with no discernible order or object, its picturesque cobble-stone alleyways are interrupted by statues, graceful churches, Venetian tenements and fountains; the only way to see them is on foot.
The new section of the town is inseparable from the old, so that broad avenues with large piazzas can be found cheek by jowl with the cobbled lanes. Corfu's main square is the Spianada or Esplanade, rightly judged the most beautiful in Greece.
Other famous tourist resorts and hotspots are Ipsos, Dassia (one of the oldest tourist areas on the island), Gouvia with the large homonymous yacht marina, the Ropa Valley, the villages of Agios Ioannis, Pelekas, Sinarades, Kouramades, the beachside resort Glyfada and the wonderful mountain backdrop with its long sandy beach of Agios Gordios.
The southern part of Corfu Island has retained its quieter agricultural and eco-friendly way of life. There are wonderful quaint fishing villages, picturesque hillside settlements, numerous beautiful long sandy beaches, wonderful secluded bays. One other hotspot is the superb Lake Korission – a salt-water lagoon and wetland with shifting sand dunes surrounded by a wonderful forest full of cedar and juniper trees.
Properties in the south of Corfu can enjoy wonderful countryside and mountain views or a combination of these with additional views of the wonderful crystal clear waters. Amazing sandy beaches, sand dunes, a wonderful lake, this is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers.
Wonderful trails for walks and quiet roads for cyclists. This more natural area has something to offer everyone whether all year round, or for a relaxing holiday home.
Hotspots of this area are the villages of Benitses, Moriatika-Mesonghi, Boukari, Agios Mattheos, Paramonas, Argyrades, the town of Lefkimi, the sandy beach of Agios Georgios, Prasoudi and Halikounas.