Corfu Travel Guide

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The Greek island of Corfu is part of the Ionian Islands in the Ionian Sea, just off the Albanian coast to the west of mainland Greece.  It is a hugely popular tourist destination for its sunny climate, history, sandy beaches, and beautiful scenery.


The island’s coasts are quite diverse, with rocky shores and quaint fishing villages in the northeast.  If you want sandy beaches there are plenty to be found: head to the north or south of the island for the main tourist and beach areas.  The island is quite mountainous, with the highest point, Mt. Pantokrator, over 1000 metres high.


For may years, Corfu was the home of the Durrell family and world famous naturalist and author Gerald Durrell (My Family and Other Animals, and many others). 

Those who read any of Gerald Durrell’s books about his childhood on Corfu will have been inspired to visit the island.  Corfu is an island of culture, romance, ancient history and Greek myth.  The sea god, Poseidon, according to legend, fell in love with a beautiful nymph and named the island after her. 




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Corfu is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery, beaches, and tavernas.  The narrow streets have plenty of shops to browse and pick up souvenirs such as locally produced lace, honey, olive wood ornaments and Greek gold.


The west side of the island is popular with hikers and backpackers.  It has reasonably-priced accommodation, such as The Pink Palace, which caters to all ages and types of travellers. 


For those who want more out of their holiday than just lazy days relaxing on the beach, Corfu offers golf, all manner of water sports activities as well as horseback riding and golf, to name a few.  Kids will love the Aqualand water park. 


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Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.



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