Corfu is the second largest Greek island on the north side of the Ionian Sea, in the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, 6 km’s from the coast of Albania. The principal town of the island is also named Corfu, or Kerkyra in Greek. The island is steeped in history and it is directly connected to the history of Greece starting from Greek mythology.
Corfu is a popular tourist destination, offering something for everyone. It boasts many beachside resorts, leisure and entertainment facilities, unspoiled countryside, secluded coves, traditional villages and scenic mountain walks.
There are two excellent beaches close (about 25 km) to Corfu Town at Benitses Glyfada and Paeleokastritsa.
Things to See & Do
* Palaio Frourio – Old Fortress
* Achillio Palace
* Korissia Lagoon
* Beaches and watersports
* Corfu old section
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency – Euro (€)
Language – Greek
Land Area – 641 km²
Population – 120,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT/UTC plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – 0030
Port Location – Ships dock in the New Port of Corfu (Liman). There is usually a shuttle into the main terminal and then a shuttle into the old section of Corfu itself. However, it is about a 20 to 30 minute walk into Corfu if you would rather walk it.
Transport Links – Corfu has ferry services both by traditional ferries to Gaios in the island of Paxoi and as far as Patras and both traditional ferries and advanced Russian, retractable airfoil, hydrodynamic flow, high speed ferries called Flying Dolphins to Igoumenitsa and to Sarandë in neighboring Albania. There is also a small port of Lefkimmi at the southern tip of the island on Cape Kavos, that offers a ferry service to the mainland.
The Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, is located around 3 kilometres south of Kerkyra just half a kilometre north of Pontikonisi. The airport offers domestic flights with Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines. Air Sea Lines, a Greek seaplane operator offers scheduled flights from Corfu to Paxoi, Ioannina and Patras.
Corfu airport is also connected to EU countries through scheduled and chartered flights. This includes scheduled flights from Germany and the United Kingdom.