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CORFU ISLAND

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The island of Corfu is located just off the West coast of Greece. Corfu enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate along with excellent beaches making it a popular destination for holiday makers.

Corfu is very green compared to other Greek islands. With hot dry summers and rainy winters, lush vegetation dominates along with over 2 million olive trees. These olive trees on Corfu are the main cultivation, although Corfu's tourism now provides the most income.

Our villa selection includes typical Greek houses, villas with swimming pools and beachside properties - all individually hand-picked by us. Thalpos Holidays are here to guide you on the perfect property that suits your particular needs.

If a beach holiday is what you are looking for, Corfu has many varied beaches for you to choose from and enjoy. From sandy, rocky coves to quiet and hidden beaches – you will find it here.

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Agios Georgios is a northerly beach where you will find a large sweeping sand cove – ideal for the bucket and spade. Chalikounas Beach is a hidden treasure on Corfu’s west coast. It is a long dune which divides Lake Korrison and the open sea. Due to strong winds on the west coast it is a paradise for wind surfers and kite surfers. Glyfada Beach is where you will find probably the finest stunning sandy beach on the island. There are several tavernas around the beach area so one can spend long sunny days soaking up the Ionian sun.

If lying on Corfu's sun drenched beaches, or lazing by the pool, is not your scene, do not worry. Corfu has much more on offer. Corfu Island boasts Mount Pantokrator, which is over 1000 meters high, offering breathtaking views across to the Island of Paxos. Then of course there is also the old town of Kerkyra - a must to visit.

"Corfu town is Venice, Naples, a touch of France and more than a dash of England, apart of course from being Greek" - Countess Flamburiari. Kerkyra or Corfu Town, is the capital of Corfu.

The town is a historic maze of narrow streets dominated by the 16th century fortress. Around every corner can you can find a chapel, old mansion or secret garden square. The café at the Liston was built by the French in the same style as those in Rue de Rivoli, Paris; and is probably the best place to 'people watch' while enjoying a Ginger beer. (The British also left Cricket, which used to be played on the pitch opposite the Liston). The narrow streets that radiate from the Liston have an array of small shops of every commercial nature, though they are dominated by the 'gold shops'. Corfiot craftsmen excel at designing and making Greek jewelry in gold – their unique designs coupled with competitive prices will certainly tempt you. Among the bustle, look out for those shops and stalls selling local items like wild honey, fig cakes and handmade lace. The most famous church on Corfu and the most visited is Saint Spiridon's Church, home to the island's patron saint, and is situated just behind the Liston. The church is impressive and worth visiting, but please ensure you are suitably dressed before visiting this holy site.

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The most important part of any Greek island holiday, and Corfu is no exception, is the food and wine! Corfu's Tavernas will not disappoint. Modern Corfiot food is fresh and exciting - gone are the soggy Mousakas served with chips! Nowadays you will find new and interesting at Corfu's tavernas. Since the introduction of the Euro, emphasis has been to keep prices down and quality up. Admittedly, it is more expensive than the days of the drachma, but Corfu still offers excellent value for money as a holiday destination.

A great way to explore Corfu is by hire car. The roads, although often narrow, are easy to drive. Visitors may also see the island by bus or a local taxi. Motor boat hire can be an unforgettable experience and a perfect way to see the stunning coastline of the island - we are certain it could be the highlight of your Corfu holiday experience!