Corfu (Kerkyra) is one of the most important and beautiful islands in Greece, perhaps the greenest island with dense vegetation on a landscape full of wild colorful flowers, bushes, and more than 2 million olive trees.
The island is unmatched in natural beauty with dozens of sightseeing, beautiful beaches for you to explore on a coastline more than 215km long, and a well-developed road network.
The undisputed Queen of the Ionian islands is surrounded by the famous Ionian turquoise sea and therefore is called the Emerald Island of Greece.
Corfu is located in the northern Ionian Sea at the northwestern edge of Greece, opposite the coast of the Greek mainland and southern Albania, it is the westmost part of Greece.
It sits at a distance of 600 km northwest of Athens, and maybe nearer to Italy, but what it offers is well worth the visit.
Northwest of Corfu there are three small islands, named Othoni, Mathraki, and Erikoussa respectively, known as the Diapontian islands, and to the south are the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.
Altogether they form the Prefecture of Corfu.
During the Middle Ages, the Latins gave the island and the town the name Corypho, derived from the Greek word Koryphai or Korphes.
Koryphai(ancient Greek) is the word for Tops or Peaks, paraphrased by the Latins to Corypho and later to Corfu, today’s international name of the island. So Corfu means the Island of Tops.
Domes Miramare Corfu
Once the hotel of choice for Jackie O and Maria Callas, Domes Miramare still delivers luxury, but with amenities that surpass 21st-century traveler expectations. White-washed walls, marble finishes, mosaic-tiled ensuites with walk-in showers, and outdoor patios come as standard; the VIP experience brings private swimming pools and jacuzzis that look over the Ionian Sea. Attentive service results in a bespoke itinerary of experiences, and this personalization trickles down to the spa, where tailor-made treatments are delivered with prestigious products, such as Elemis and Codage Paris. For a memorable experience, board the Miramaretta for a coastline boat ride.
Independent Hotel, Apartment
Consisting of four types of accommodation, Boukari caters to every holiday type. If you don’t want to be far from the beach, Villa Lucia has two-bedroom apartments by the coastline. Favor sunset-watching from the confines of your holiday home? The Villa Alexandra apartments have sea-view balconies. If you’re up for spontaneous adventures, stay at Hotel Penelope: the Vlachopoulos family, who run the hotel, have bikes for guests to ride along the shoreline. Finally, Villa Boukari Beach sits near the family restaurant, where a tasting of Mama Lucia’s lobster in special Corfu sauce shouldn’t be missed.
Rodostamo Hotel & Spa
Situated in the enchanting Kommeno bay, you’ll struggle to find better views. Admire the rays reflecting off the Ionian Sea while swimming in the hotel pool, or while in the jacuzzi of the Panorama Bungalow suite. But nothing can quite beat the glistening sight of the night-lit bay, to be viewed while consuming the local, fresh fish of the day at RR-Rodostamo restaurant. Olive trees, Fuschia-adorned white exteriors, and a lookout onto the historic Ypapanti Chapel provide further social-feed fodder.
The Rou Estate
Those who want an authentic Corfiot countryside experience without having to compromise on modern luxuries needn’t look any further. Nestled in the hills above the Ionian Sea, in the northeast of the island, The Rou Estate was an abandoned hamlet until British architect Dominic Skinner and his Dutch wife Claire reestablished it into a village in the 21st century. Now, the traditional houses have been converted into splendid villas, where exposed stone walls, cobbled patios, and traditional fireplaces are juxtaposed against standalone baths and, in some villas, infinity pools. The gardens and views over the Albanian mountains opposite the island further enforce the relaxing refuge vibe.
Bella Venezia is located in a renovated neoclassical building in a peaceful area in the heart of Corfu, just minutes from Spianáda square. The 31 air-conditioned rooms are spacious with classical furniture and free wifi. The hotel garden offers moments of relaxation, while also providing the setting for a delicious Greek breakfast made from fresh ingredients.
Cavalieri is a four-star hotel with 50 traditionally furnished rooms, with free internet, LCD cable television, and air conditioning. It’s located in a charming 17th-century mansion in the old city of Corfu, with a terrace offering an amazing view of the city, the Old Fortress, the sea, and the Albanian mountains. If you visit during the summer, enjoy a refreshing cocktail or drink in the roof garden.
Corfu Holiday Palace
Corfu Holiday Palace is a historic five-star hotel in Kanoni. It’s surrounded by pine trees and has views of the delightful islet Pontikonisi, one of the most famous sights in the area. The 256 rooms are beautifully furnished, with free internet access and air conditioning. During your stay, visit the health club, and either the beach, pool, or cocktail bar (or perhaps all three).
Folies is a peaceful shelter minute from the city center; spend relaxing moments in the enormous garden where an abundance of plants and trees offer natural shade. The hotel has studios and apartments in four buildings inspired by traditional Corfiot architecture. The atmosphere is warm and hospitable, and you can also have a swim in the palm-tree-wrapped pool.
This beautiful hotel is located in the heart of the old city, offering great views of Spianáda square and the historic pedestrianized street known as the Liston. The 33 rooms of Arcadion include hand-made furniture, free internet connection, and cable television. A rich breakfast is provided, plus the opportunity to enjoy a drink in the lounge bar.
If you decide to spend your holiday in the tourist resort of Kavos, Konstantina is your accommodation of choice, just meters from some of the most beautiful beaches in Corfu. It’s a family hotel, housing visitors for more than 25 years in 20 functional rooms. It also has a freeform, freshwater pool with a rather handy bar, lit up at night so you don’t miss it.
This 18th-century mansion in the old city of Corfu has a peaceful garden and nine renovated rooms. The latter is furnished with wooden furniture and comes with a marble bathroom, cable television, and air conditioning. Start your day with the breakfast buffet before wandering the surrounding narrow streets and visiting the nearby sights.
Divani Corfu Palace
Divani Corfu Palace is a modern four-star hotel in Kanoni, with a view of Pontikonisi and the crystal-clear waters that surround the islet. The hotel has 162 air-conditioned rooms, and also offers a fitness hall, a playground for the younger guests, a swimming pool with hydro-massage, and a restaurant serving Greek and international cuisine.
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