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Encompassing a breathtaking swath of coastline as well as the northernmost of the Ionian Islands in Greece, Corfu suits all type of holidaymakers – ranging from Europeans dashing away for a romantic weekend getaway in Corfu villas or fun-loving globetrotters here for the pristine and secluded beaches, ancient ruins, charming cities and strikingly green countryside. Unlike other popular Greek islands such as Crete or Santorini, Corfu has a very European history, having never been part of the Ottoman Empire, and this gives the island a much more cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The Old City of Corfu was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is a charming maze of colourful buildings and cobblestone streets. Stroll about the town and feel the gentle, warm breeze of the Mediterranean. Never has sightseeing been so relaxing and carefree than in the coastal, cosmopolitan luxury of this quaint, historical town. Peer over onto the impressive Albanian countryside from atop the Paleo Frourio, or “Old Fort”, which has a fascinating history as a front line in the religious wars between Venice and Turkey during the 16th century. The Venetian Well, while a bit of a splash, is a delightful restaurant serving Middle Eastern cuisine, a great place to meet other lovers of Greece, as well as some locals.
If you're looking for a more private location for a holiday rental property or holiday home in Corfu, then an even more secluded and delightful city is Kassiopi. The city has a strong Roman presence in its past and is said to have been frequented by emperors and poets, including the great Cicero, back in the day. If you’re interested in viewing some of the extensive Greek excavations check out the Archaeological Museum back in the main city of Corfu, on the Armeni-Vraila plaza, for a glimpse of the Gorgon Medusa.
The natural beauty of Corfu can be found cycling through the emerald, slightly humid countryside, talking to locals and buying artisan meads, homemade goat cheeses, ripe olives, and delicious regional wines. The coast also offers plenty of opportunities to get active. Water sports for the whole family are abundant on Mirtiotissa beach and include snorkeling, swimming, boating, windsurfing and fishing in select areas. The Corfu resort has plenty of beach volleyball and tennis as well. If you're in search of a peaceful, relaxing holiday along a beautiful pebbly beach, why not book a villa for the small island Paxos, just seven miles south of Corfu? Here you'll find plenty of fascinating cave formations and cliff side views, and you'll be able to appreciate the fresh waters of the Ionian Sea in relative peace and quiet.
As the sun sets, a vibrant nightlife awaits visitors. If you've enjoyed a wild weekend in Ibiza, then be sure to head down to the very south of Corfu, to the small town of Kavos, the party capital of the island. Packed with bars and nightclubs, and very cheap drinks, this town is very popular with the British and will let you party till dawn.
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