This sickle-shaped island off the west coast of mainland Greece and to the south of Albania has a coastline that runs to 217km (134 miles). In the north of the island the landscape is dominated by a huge limestone massif and sandstone-carved valleys and fertile hills. The centre is green, lush and verdant, dotted with pretty villages. To the south, the land lies flatter, and the coastline is composed of long sandy beaches.
There are resorts to suit whatever travellers seek cheap flights to Corfu for. Kavos and Ipsos are for partying. Sidari and Messonghi are for families. The north-east coast – from Nissaki up to Kassiopi – is perhaps the most attractive and civilised, a favourite with British families who come for the secluded pebble-strewn coves as well as the beaches.
Its interior has as much to offer as its shores. Green, lush and mountainous, it’s a haven for those who want to holiday in traditional Corfiot villages.
Corfu Town is towards the south, a fascinating and beautiful town with Venetian, British and French influences evident in its narrow streets.