Imagine. You hop off the boat, plane, hot air balloon or magic carpet, eyes wide and full of excitement at the prospect of your first holiday on the world famous island of Corfu. Your mind is swimming with ideas and dreams of what the next few days might entail. You’ve heard so many things about this Greek paradise, you can’t wait to get stuck in. But then, your excitement turns to worry. What if you forget something, what if you miss your opportunity? When will you get another chance? Will you get another chance?
If this sounds like you, then it pays to think ahead. Corfu is a large and beautiful island, with a vast array of things to see and do. With so much on offer, it can be hard to decide what you are going to have to leave out. So, to help you with this problem, below we have listed the most unmissable experiences on the island of Corfu.
Take a journey into Corfu’s underwater world:
The diving scene in Corfu is incredibly diverse, known for being one of the best in Europe. You can either head out to some of the reefs on the western coast of the island, to experience the octopus, barracuda and grouper fish that live off the island’s shores, or head over to the east coast, for something entirely different. In this region of the island’s waters, you’ll be treated to a number of sunken wrecks as well as an unexploded Second World War contact mine. Just make sure you don’t get too close!
Party like its ’99 in Kavos:
Corfu is an island popular with the younger generation thanks to its lively bar scene. However, anyone above the age of 18 can travel to Kavos, the island’s nightlife capital, to spend some time enjoying a wide variety of modern bars and clubs, as well as some more traditional Greek tavernas.
Step back in time with the Roman Baths:
We all know that Greece is home to a rich and culturally diverse history, and Corfu is no exception to that. While Greece’s ancient civilisations may have gone the way of the dodo, remnants of them still exist in the form of ruins scattered about the island. One such example is the Roman Baths, found in the small village of Benitses on the island’s east coast. Here, the forward thinking ancient Romans would come to relax and wash themselves, although you won’t be doing any washing in the baths in the present day. The walls of bath houses and adjoining villas might still be standing, but the actual baths have been reclaimed by the land. Still, this stunning location oozes history, and is a great place to get a sense of what life was like all those years ago.
Relax on the Beach of Paleokastritsa:
Simply put, there is no way you can visit the island of Corfu without taking some time out on one of its incredible Mediterranean beaches. However, with so many to choose from, it can be hard to settle on just one. While we suggest you try more than just one beach, as they each have their own personality and unique setting, we highly recommend Paleokastritsa Beach as your first port of call. This stunning example of a Greek beach has everything you need, from white sand and crystal clear waters, to beautiful woodlands and mountainous scenery.
Cliff Blaylock, owner of www.deepblueyachting.co.uk, invites you to experience Corfu along with a whole host of other islands aboard his luxury yacht, the Glaros.