Corfu Island Greece Hotels
Corfu HotelsWhile most of Greece’s islands have a stark, barren beauty, Corfu is quite the Garden of Eden. Reliable winter rains mean that it is filled with lush olive groves and green, rolling hills; a welcome retreat in the heat of a Grecian summer. Its beauty and fertility hasn’t gone unnoticed – since the ancient times, Corfu has been a centre of learning and civilisation, as well as demonstrating more recent French and Italian influences, giving the island a thoroughly cosmopolitan air. Things to seeCorfu Town, the island’s main city, is a supremely elegant, refined place. You can get a taste of Italy in the Liston, the main square, built in Venetian style. Leading off along the main avenues, the architecture takes a French twist, with belle-époque buildings and boutique shops. In the old town, around the fortress, is where it is most Greek, with traditional shops on tiny streets selling local delicacies, such as fig cake and olive oil. Then it’s time to enjoy the beaches: Dassia Beach, north of Corfu Town, is one of the most popular, with miles of golden sand and a string of beach bars and restaurants. Glyfada Beach, on the west coast, is quieter and more rustic. One of the island’s most romantic spots is close to the village of Sidari: the Canal d’Amour is a channel created by 2 towering sandbars – utterly picturesque and laden with legend. Hotels in CorfuCorfu has a huge variety of beach hotels on offer, from luxury spa resorts to budget inns and villas – and the wide competition means that it’s easy to snap up a great hotel deal in Corfu. If you choose a luxury hotel, you’ll have access to private beaches, a full range of spa services and 24-hour room service. Suites are spacious, with generous balconies offering panoramic sea views. If you’re in search of a discount hotel in Corfu, you have a choice of guesthouses and self-catering apartments. Rooms are light, airy and well-equipped, while onsite restaurants and pools create a relaxed stay.Where to stayFor a cultural break on the island, Corfu Town is ideal. Its winding streets are packed with museums, shops and restaurants, so you won’t be short of things to do. Most of the hotels are along its coastline, offering sea views, and they range from resort hotels to budget apartments. If you’d prefer a luxury beach break, stay in Dassia, just up the coast. There’s good selection of upscale hotels and villas. If you want sun, sea and sand on a budget, try Paleokastritsa on the west coast, close to Glyfada Beach, where you’ll find a choice of discount accommodation.How to get to CorfuCorfu Airport is located just 6 miles from central Corfu Town. Flights operate all year from Athens, but in the summer, charter flights are available from numerous tour operators, with direct flights from many European cities. From the airport, you can take a taxi into Corfu Town, or hire a car. Many of the larger hotels operate airport shuttle services. A bus network provides the major tourist destinations with a good service. Arriving by cruise ship or ferry from mainland Greece or Italy is another option. The port is located in Corfu Town, so it is convenient for getting around.