Corfu is a
beautiful overgrown island in the Ionian Sea, with very
long history and lively people. It is situated at the
Northwestern part of the Greek territory, opposite to
the Albanian coasts. Along with Cefallonia, Leukada,
Zakynthos (Zante) and a few smaller islands form the
complex of "Eptanissa" (meaning "seven islands"); the
complex was incorporated to the Greek State in 1864.
The island has a mild, rather humid, climate, its
coastline is more than 200 kilometers and its extent is
some 580 square kilometers. Corfu has numerous beaches,
all of them very nice. The road network is quite dense,
so, you can reach almost every place, with the help of
your map and the advise of the locals. Don’t hesitate to
ask them; possibly, they will show you something worth
On Corfu island it is easy to combine relaxation with
intense night life. Having decided to visit Corfu Greece,
one of the most interesting islands of the Ionian sea,
prepare yourself for an unparalleled experience. An
amalgam of natural beauties, traditional features and
archaeological sites. Corfu island lies to the north of
the Ionian sea at the entrance of Adriatic.
It is the second largest island in the group known as
the Seven Islands, or Eptanisa. Corfu is the island of
miracles and wonders, where every moment the scene
changes without affecting the harmony of the terrain.
The most green of the Greek islands, Corfu has three
million olive trees. As well as flower-strewn
countryside and Adriatic-style villages, it has splendid
coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches. On
this cosmopolitan island, you’ll be able to combine
relaxation with good times and a full nightlife, for
corfu is an international tourist centre which can
satisfy the demands of the most difficult visitors.
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How to get to Corfu
Travelling by plane
From the end of April until the middle of October there
are numerous charter flights from all of the major
Airports in Europe. Scheduled flights go through Athens.
Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines fly at least 4
times every day to Corfu. In addition to these flights
there is an old propeller plane leaving from
Thessaloniki 2 or 3 times a week to Corfu island.
Travelling by boat
There are several ferry services between Corfu and many
Italian cities on the Adriatic coast such as Ancona,
Brindisi,Triest and Venice. The shortest route is from
Brindisi taking approximately 8 hours but the most
comfortable way is by boat from Venice (24 hours) and
Triest (27 hours). These are cities you can easlly reach
by train or car, but travelling from Venice by boat has
also an extra advantage, that you can admire the San
Marosquare. If you want to compare travel costs with the
different possibilities, you have to take into
consideration the toll costs on the highway in Italy.
Travelling through Austria and Switzerland you require a
Vignet. This is a special sticker you have to buy and
place on your windscreen. You can also combine your trip
flying to Venice and then by boat to Corfu.
Travelling by Bus
From Athens to Igoumenitsa by bus, then from Igoumenitsa
to Kerkyra or Lefkimi by Ferry-Boat. There are daily
departures from Athens Bus terminal (KTEL, 100 Kifissou
str., Athens) to Corfu. Tickets are about 30 € and
should be bought in advance if you want to be assured of
a seat. The distance from Athens to Igoumenitsa is about
500 km and the trip lasts 7-8 hours. From Igoumenitsa
you must take the Ferry-Boat to Corfu Town or Lefkimi.
The distance is 18 n.m., and the trip lasts 1h 45min and
1h 30min respectively. Tickets are about 4 € per persons
and 30 € for Cars.
There are also daily departures from Salonica Bus
terminal to Igoumenitsa. The trip from Salonica to
Igoumenitsa lasts about 8 hours. Tickets are about 30€.
From Igoumenitsa you must take the Ferry-Boat to Corfu
Town or Lefkimi.