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The island of Corfu (or Kérkyra as the locals call it), situated near mainland Greece and Albania, has been called a 'beautiful and rich land' since the times of Homer: green mountains, olive groves, the blue Ionian Sea, both rocky and sandy shores, fertile soil and historical heritage of different European nations are all characteristic of the island.

Now, with its little resort towns, Corfu is real heaven for those who seek tranquillity. It is home to over 100,000 people and is visited by around a million tourists every year.

This Island has been closely related to Greece since time immemorial - itself the Greek name for Corfu comes from Greek mythology. Before the island became part of the Kingdom of Greece, its local inhabitants had to endure many battles and conquests.

The capital of the country - which, by the way, has the same name - is filled with heritage of the Roman Empire, Byzantium, and Venetians, the British and the French, all of whom have once ruled it. It’s a diverse city where you can find an Italian town hall, beautiful city strongholds, little French cafés, and heritage of the Roman era and the British colonists. The Old Town of Kérkyra is protected by UNESCO.

Even though the island capital - unlike its coastal resorts - doesn’t have any splendid beaches, it more than makes up for it with the nearby small, wooded suburban resort of Kanoni. The Alykes resort, situated beside the capital, is an excellent place for water sports – here you can try water skis, diving and other forms of entertainment created by the locals.

The island retains its traditional ways to this day – fishermen head out on the water every morning, and grapes and olives are harvested each autumn. A little further away from the sea you’ll find several traditional settlements – don’t miss the opportunity to visit them. Since the island is so small, the local towns and villages can easily be reached on foot.

Summer view over the Ionian Sea, Paleokastritsa resort, Corfu Island, Greece
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Summer view over the Ionian Sea, Paleokastritsa resort, Corfu Island, Greece

Once the colourful native plants begin to bloom, the island of Kérkyra – which is densely populated by olive and cypress trees – starts to look and smell fantastic. During late April and May, air temperature here reaches 20-24 degrees. The hottest months are July and August, when thermometer scales jump to over 30 degrees. Even though it rains a lot during November, air temperature in Kérkyra remains roughly 14-15 degrees even during winter.

The mountains, situated in the northern part of the island, give you the opportunity to take in some truly mesmerizing sights such as Mount Pantokrator, which at its peak is 900 metres high. Here you’ll find both rocky shores and sandy beaches, which makes it possible to not only enjoy the sunny waters, but also brush up on your diving and sailing skills. The much more urbanized northern part of the island is currently undergoing active development.

The south of Corfu is more laid-back and traditional. Here, the relief becomes flatter, and the emerald sea – more shallow. The long local beaches guarantee excellent rest.

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