It's no surprise that we are in love with Greece. One of our favorite locations in all of Greece is the Ionian Islands. The island chain is located west of the Greek mainland and has stolen our hearts with its lush green landscape and piercing blue waters. A stark departure from the rugged, volcanic Cyclades.
Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands and the westernmost point in Greece. It’s also a must visit for any Greek holiday.
Corfu has rich history as it has been under rule of some of the most powerful empires in the world. Because of this, Corfu has reaped the benefits of absorbing bits of each culture. On top of that, Corfu is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.
Fun Fact: The Duke of Edinburgh was born in Corfu.
Here are a few of our favorite spots in Corfu, Greece.
Corfu Town and the Old Fortress
Spend a day exploring Corfu Town. You can spend hours getting lost on the cobblestone streets. Then head to the Old Fortress built by the Venetians. The Fortress dates back to the 6th Century. Inside the fortress is the church of St. George. Hike all the way to the top for panoramic views of the Corfu Town.
Sidari is a beach town in the northern part of the island. The main street is full of bars, restaurants and shops. Sidari is also home to Canal d'Amour (above). Images of Canal d'Amour is what first put Corfu on our radar and it didn't disappoint. Legend has it that if you swim through the canal, the first person you see on the other side will become your true love.
Kassiopi is a charming village in the north east of the island. Kassiopi has gorgeous beaches with stunning blue waters. From the beach, you can see panoramic views of the Albanian coast line.
Paleokastritsa is one of the most famous and often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Corfu. We were here on a cloud day but the beach was still stunning. Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants that overlooks the water or take a boat ride around the cliffs.
Day Trip to Paxos and Antipaxos
Paxos and Antipaxos islands are only a two hour boat ride from Corfu. And since there are no airports on either, it's a perfect opportunity to visit these pristine islands. You can also take a day trip to Parga on the mainland.
Last but not least, our favorite thing to do on any Greek island...Eat! Try Sofrito, a traditional Corfiot dish.
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