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Swathed in cypress and olive trees, Corfu gleams like a green jewel in the Ionian Sea. Unsurprisingly, given the long stretches of coastline, this island will always be most famous for its beaches, and there are resort areas to suit everyone – whether you want to party hard in Kavos, or relax in a more tranquil hotspot. But there’s so much more to Corfu than the coast. You can spend hours exploring the winding, flagstoned streets of Kerkyra’s Old Town, keeping an eye out for the elegant Venetian influences on the architecture. Hikers will be eager to get their boots on for the Corfu Trail, which crosses the length of the island and reveals dunes, gorges and hidden olive groves. Whether you’re here to work on your tan, splash in the Ionian waters or seek out Medieval landmarks, Corfu holiday rentals will let you make yourself comfortable on this idyllic island.
While hotels are the automatic choice for many visitors to the island, you can add a whole new dimension to your visit by opting for one of the Corfu holiday rentals instead. By searching on ebookers, you’ll have a wide choice of airy, stylish places to settle, with Corfu holiday villas located in popular resort areas like Dassia and Barbati, as well as in Kerkyra town itself. For considerably lower rates compared to most hotels, you can enjoy more living space and a real kitchen where you can cook with some of the richly flavoursome local ingredients. By staying in a holiday villa in Corfu, you’ll feel like you’ve made a new home in the Greek sun, no matter how short or long your stay.
Corfu is as rich in history and culture as any European city, and you can see treasures that are thousands of years old at the Archaeological Museum of Corfu. There are relics here to appeal to everyone’s inner Indiana Jones, with the most striking being an immense Gorgon sculpture from an ancient temple, with Pegasus alongside her. You can also take a trip into the past by climbing up to Angelokastro, a Byzantine castle perched on the island’s highest coastal peak. Peeking through the battlements, you’ll be struck by sweeping views of the bright blue sea. Other iconic landmarks include the Neo Frourio and Paleo Frourio – a pair of forts flanking Kerkyra town. And then, of course, there are the beaches. There are almost too many to count, but Agios Georgios Pagon is a real looker, with smooth sands and perfect conditions for windsurfing, while Longas is the beach best suited for taking in awesome sunset views.
The island has plenty of buses to help you pack in as much exploration as possible. Of course, if you’re just staying in 1 resort area, and don’t want to budge too far from the beach, then you won’t really need to think about public transport at all. However, if you fancy getting out there and discovering the island’s many villages, forests and tranquil coves at your own pace, hiring a car can make it happen.