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Drive... along the unmade lanes around Corfu's highest peak, Mount Pantokrator, passing through deserted mountain villages before reaching the summit and admiring the incredible panoramic vistas.

Ride... off to explore the deserted and elusive coves along the northeast coastline of this fascinating island on the back of a pony from the delightful riding centre at the southern end of Avlaki beach. Follow trails around small natural lakes, ancient crooked olive groves and small pebbly coves that only ponies and small dinghies can reach.

Soak... up the sights and sounds of old Corfu Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Watch the world go by, sipping a Greek coffee at the arcaded shopping area of the Liston, and indulging in a little retail therapy. Rent a boat and explore the Corfiot coastline with a picnic, a snorkel and enjoy serendipity.


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Corfu, Greece Area Information


Villas in Corfu - Greece
A fascinating island with a profusion of charming mountain villages, a rugged, scenic coastline and an aristocratic capital, rich in Venetian palaces and fortresses.

Being the most northern of the Ionian Islands, Corfu is privileged to have some of the best beaches to be found anywhere in Europe. Those to the west are predominantly virgin, sandy and gently shelving, those to the east smaller, pebbly coves. A total of more than 30 hold coveted Blue Flag status.

Inland you will find a seemingly infinite number of picturesque, traditional villages where a simple way of life has remained largely intact for decades. Higher up the lush mountainsides lie a myriad of olive groves and the occasional remote, often deserted hamlet.

Two forts dominate Corfu Town, a 6th Century original and a later 13th Century counterpart.The focal point of the capital is the elegant esplanade alongside the bustling main square and park, home to the island's famous cricket pitch. Nearby the famous arcaded Liston, built to resemble the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, is lined with elegant cafés.

Make time to visit Mon Repos, the 200-year-old summer residence of the Greek royal family and birthplace of our own Prince Philip.

Villas in Corfu - Greece
A 10 minute boat ride from Corfu Town takes you to the small island of Vidos formerly an ancient Venetian fortress, latterly used as the Corfu 'Alcatraz' and now, thankfully, a tranquil nature reserve, perfect for a gentle stroll. Pontokinisi or Mouse Island is a tiny tree covered islet housing a lovely Byzantine chapel and convent. Ferry boats run regularly from the Kanoni Peninsula, a short drive from Corfu Town.

Heading north, the Blue Flag beach is awarded to the pretty and tiny shingle beach at Nissaki, its respected waterfront tavernas well worth a visit, with a watersports jetty and boat hire available. It is from this point on the north east coastal road that it reaches its highest point, where glimpsed below, are a series of superb bays and coves, totally unspoilt because they were only accessed by boat until recently.

Coyvenas and Avlaki are two northern beaches blessed with calm waters, Avlaki has the Blue Flag status and a sailing and windsurfing school, proven popular with sailors and water sports enthusiasts. All of them have their own style and character, Kalami is a great beach with another blue flag, and excellent for families, it's famous for its literary connections with the Durrell family, where their family home, the 'White House' is easily spotted, and has the same appeal as it did then.

Villas in Corfu - Greece
Kouloura's tiny harbour is famous for it's breathtaking views, and Yialiskari is popular with sailors for safe anchorage. Kassiopi is a busy fishing village, a good centre for shopping, excursions and all round entertainment,with an ancient fortress perched atop.

High above, the little hamlets such as Vigla keep watch over the Ionian sea, and have magnificent views of Albania in the distance. Aghios Stefanos is a pretty little harbour round a horse-shoe shaped bay,with waterside tavernas, a few shops and great watersports.

Further south, near to the salt-water lagoon at Lake Korision, lie the remote sandy beaches of Halikouna, Prasoudi and Alonaki. The lagoon itself and its unspoilt sand dunes extend for miles and is a designated nature reserve, home to an array of wildlife including turtles, lizards and various migrating birds.

Halikouna has soft sand dunes, and it nestles in the midst of green rolling hills. Tavernas and bars provide lunch time dishes and drinks, and there is a range of water sports facilities for the more active amongst us!

Villas in Corfu - Greece

Local Cuisine

Being so close to Italy, Corfu has some of the finest and most varied cuisine in Greece, thanks to the influence of the Venetians. Specialities include the famous bourdetto (a spicy fish stew traditionally made from freshly caught scorpion fish), the scrumptious range of seafood pasta dishes and locally made ice creams.

Corfu has many Ouzeris, simple bars often around harbours, which offer a selection of 'mezes'. Traditional 'meze' can range from a few olives and a little feta cheese, to a large platter of peppers, tomato, octopus and Calamari.

Saints' days

Corfu's patron saint is St Spiridon, famous for performing miracles. It is said that when the Turks attacked on August 11th, 1716, St Spiridon appeared with a lighted torch, scaring the invaders away. This day is celebrated every year, along with his official 'name' day, on December 12th.

Climate

Corfu has a unique climate, different from the rest of Greece. Its waters are calm and sheltered from summer breezes, with hot summer months from mid May to mid October.

Getting there

There is a good choice of direct charter flights to Corfu from UK airports including Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, E.Midlands, Stansted and Newcastle. easyJet operates a regular scheduled service from Gatwick.

Corfu News and Events For Corfu
With its superb beaches, picturesque mountains and friendly people, Corfu has long been a favourite of British travellers. Although the island is no stranger to mass tourism, it also has some exquisite unspoilt corners, where our properties are located. We have a very select programme of villas in Corfu, all in prized locations with private pools. Some are in the north west of the island, within easy walking distance of local beaches and tavernas. We also have a selection of properties in the south west near Halikouna lake.

Celebrating Easter in Corfu
Easter is often more celebrated than Christmas in the Greek Orthodox church, but even if you are not a devout Christian you cannot help but be moved by the ceremonies. This year, Greek Easter falls on Sunday 12th April. Usually there is a five week difference between western and eastern Christian celebrations of Easter, whilst once every four years it falls on the same date.

'Megali Evdomada' or 'Holy Week' traditionally goes as follows:
• Monday – This is the day to go to church and kiss the icon of Christ.
• Tuesday – A day of mourning.
• Wednesday – All household chores must be finished on this day.
• Thursday – Communion services are held all day and churchgoers bow before Christ on the cross.
• Friday – A day of mourning, and of rest. At dusk, the 'Epitafio' (funeral bier) is paraded around the town or village, then at midnight the 'Anastasi' (Resurrection) marks the culmination of Holy week. Greeks usually attend midnight mass, and everyone brings a lit candle home to bring good luck to the household for the year ahead. The Lenten fast is broken with 'mageirista' meat soup, red eggs and cheese pies.
• Saturday – Another service is held and the churches are filled with flowers.
• Sunday – A celebration day where families and friends gather together, roast a lamb or goat, and there is music and dancing throughout the day.

In Corfu, an important musical contribution is made by various choirs and philharmonic orchestras, these latter being a cultural influence left over from British rule. The presence of thousands of Corfiots, as well as foreign visitors, give another dimension to the gravity of the occasion.

The church of Kassiopi, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the second most ancient church on the island, is the starting point of the holy procession on Good Friday at around 8pm. On Holy Saturday, at 11am, the First Resurrection and the Pot Throwing custom take place - locals throw pots out of their windows, smashing them onto the streets below!

In Corfu town, the service is held in the Upper Esplanade Square, starting at the Church of Agia Paraskevi. The Resurrection is seen in with a roll of drums and an impressive firework display, ending with the bands traversing the streets of the town playing cheerful music, with people running behind them singing. At the traditional harbour of Kassiopi, at precisely midnight on Good Saturday, the local priest followed by his congregation will call out "Christos Anesti" (Christ has risen) giving the signal for fireworks to shoot up from the Castle of Kassiopi and the harbour piers, lighting up the night sky and creating a fantastic finale to the ceremonies and heralding in the celebrations.

Kalo Pasxa – Happy Easter! By Lauraine Pearl,
from Christina Hutchinson, Greece Area Manager
20/02/2015