CORFU - KERKYRA
Corfù is something you can't understand immediately,
but you have to discover it slowly, day after day, as “Feaci”
did in ancient times.
Thousand years ago they landed in Corfu with their legendary boats
and little by little they started to discover its colours, its perfumes,
its sounds and sensations.
Today you will be impressed by long sandy beaches, marvelous bay,
picturesque mountain villages, large olive tree forests and the
old town with its ancient stones and hidden lovely places.
You’ll find this and more in a modern island that still seduces
the visitors with its charm and its old traditions of a glorious
GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
The thick vegetation, the massive number of
flowers, the country full of olive trees and the Mediterranean nature
all around Corfu island are the result of the abundant winter rains
and a sweet climate all over the year.
The hottest months during the summer are refreshed by a nice wind.
Winter in Kerkyra, is never very cold, you’ll find in an average
temperature of 10/12 degrees daily.
Corfu, called Kerkyra by Greek people, belongs to the Greek Ionian
Islands (Corfu, Paxi, Lefkas, Kefalonia, Ithaki, Zante and Kythira)
and it is the biggest one after Kefalonia. Between Corfù
and the near coasts of Epyrus and Albany the sea is known as “Kerkyraiki
Sea” and in the Northern part it is called Aghios Stefanos
“stretto” (just 2 Km).
From a geologic point of view Corfu is similar to the near mainland
Corfu’s territory consists of many mountains, especially in
the Northern part where the region is characterized by Mt. Pantokratoras.
The North coast of Corfù is very irregular, that’s
why here you can find a lot of bay and small promontories, while
as you go down to the South you can find a more regular environment
with long sandy beaches.
Kerkyra is also surrounded by a great number of small little islands,
and we suggest you to visit a special designed section Bordering
islands to get more information about them.
During last years the island of Corfu has seen a great tourist development
and can offers today modern structures which still maintain its
You will see and appreciate this all over the island, where the
hospitality of the inhabitants together with their joy of life will
impress you from the first moment of your stay.
CORFU BY NUMBERS
| Expanse of Corfu’s prefecture
Expanse of Corfu island
Number of the towns
|640 Km² (are included
the following islands: Paxi, Antipaxi,
Othoni, Erikoussa and Mathraki)
between 4 and 30 Km
911 m (Mt. Pantokratoras)
HOW TO REACH CORFU
connected with Athens by daily flights that take about 1 hour.
Moreover, during the summer, Corfu island is directly connected
with many European cities by daily charter flights.
Some of the most important companies that work on Corfù are
British Airways, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa,
Swissair, KLT, LOT, Malev...
You can also find internal flights that from Kerkyra will take you
Cefalonia, Zante, Lefkas and Thessaloniki.
Corfu’s airport ‘Ioannis Kapodistrias’
is 2Km far from Kerkyra town.
There are many companies both Greek and Italian that from
Italy can take you to Corfù island by ferry boat (Minoan,
Hellenic, Anek, Superfast, Blue Star, Ventouris...) with departure
from Venezia, Ancona, Bari and Brindisi.
The journey can be direct or with a stop over in Igoumenitsa where
you need to change ferry boat.
Corfu is also well connected all the year round with Patrasso by
normal or fast ferryboat (6/7 hours) and with Igoumenitsa (1 hour
From Kerkyra you can also reach the near small islands of Paxi (1
hour) and Diapondia islands with departure from Sidari, A. Stefanos
or Corfu town.
Corfù is also possible to reach Athens (7/8 hours) and Thessaloniki
(8 hours) by a bus service line (KTEL) that operates all the year
For further info, timetables
and prices of flights, ferry and buses
GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND
Corfu you can use a very good bus service that can bring you to
all the most important villages (Paleokastritsa, Kavos, Ipsos, Sidari,
Gouvia, Kassiopi, Roda, etc...) leaving always from Kerkyra town.
If you own a vehicle the streets will permit you to reach every
place, and also the taxi service is well organised (see
It’s also very easy to rent bicycles, motorbikes, cars and
jeeps everywhere around Corfu.
During your holiday many tour operators will provide you trips by
boat or by bus to discover the island.
In the most tourist places there’s the opportunity to rent
a boat or to use taxi boat service.
those who own a boat there are many places where to leave it around
the island like Gouvia
Marina, North to Corfu town, which is a well organised harbour
for small and big boats.
In the city there are 3 different ports: the old port that is small and it's used nearly exclusively from fishings boats, the Mandraki that is under the old fortress and is full of sailing boats (telephone +30 6978892243) and the NAOK the most organised among those three. NAOK is also a nautical club from 1935 and it receives every kinds of boat, for information firstname.lastname@example.org or +30 26610 30470.
WHEN TO COME
May: The Summer season starts with hot days and
The island of Corfu is still empty with few tourists and it’s
the perfect period to find lonely and relaxing beaches. The sea
is mostly flat as there aren't strong winds and Kerkyra has a gorgeous
nature full of flowers.
Something very special happen in this period of the year: there
is the possibility to admire millions of fire-flies in the countryside
during the night!
This is also the right month for those who like to assist to the
Greek Easter celebrations.
June: It starts to be very hot and beaches become
the perfect place where to stay all day long. Also the temperature
of the sea starts to be perfect and the beaches begin to have tourists.
This is the best month to sleep in the night!
July: It’s very hot....but a fresh wind called
Maistros will save you every afternoon. The tourism starts to be
massive and people from all the Europe come to Corfu island to spend
In order to sleep well in the night it would better to have the
August: The same hot weather as in July but with
In this month you’ll see Corfu full of tourists, especially
from Italy, who fill beaches during the day and night clubs during
This is the ideal month for those who love crowd of people and night
September: The weather temperature starts to be
nice and the beaches with less
people are perfect in the midday.
There are few rainy days that change into a sunny sky with a beautiful
For the evening we suggest you to have a sweater since
the weather is a little bit cold, especially if you like to have
dinner under the Greek stars!
During summer season, from May till September
temperatures can change from 23 till 36 degrees and it doesn’t
rain a lot.
Very often there’s a fresh wind called maestros in all Corfu.
This wind starts normally in the afternoon and follows a North-South
We suggest you to avoid Corfu town during the hottest hour of the
day, while it is very nice to visit it during the evening.
Port of Gouvia
Nautical Center of Corfu
Public Phone Society (O.T.E)
|0030 26610 (town)
0030 26620 (south)
0030 26630 (north)
GENERAL INFO ABOUT GREECE
Documents: if you
are E. U. citizens no special papers are needed to visit Greece,
all the other citizens need their passports and for more information
they can contact their embassies or consulates in Greece.
Animals: before being carried
to this land they need a health certificate and an antirabic prophylaxis.
The certificate should be valid more than 12 months, more than 6
months for cats and it has to be made at least 6 days before arrival.
in Corfu town you can find St. Irini hospital where you can ask
showing your sanitary card.
There are many private clinics and doctors who speak English in
the city, beyond surgeries and pharmacies in many tourist resorts
of the island.
Clothing: only in churches
and monasteries proper clothes are required (trousers or long skirts
and t-shirts with sleeves).
Some churches supply shawls to the visitor who is not properly dressed
just before the visit.
Clock: time in Greece is
two hours ahead the Greenwich’s meridian.
Like everywhere in Europe also in Greece, in the Summer season
(March – September) the daylight saving time is effective.
Something curious ... Time in Greece is conceived in a very particular
way: here time is not running, there is no such concept of “being
on time” and the clock is just something to wear.
The Greeks themselves are aware of taking it easy under every respect
(but not in serving the tourist!) up to the point that G.M.T. is
not considered as the Greenwich Meridian Time, but as the Greek
Electricity: outlets in
Greece are double and not triple therefore we suggest traveling
with an adaptor.
Roads: the island has an
efficient road network, with main roads, secondary and no-asphalted
ones leading to the most unthinkable places.
The roads in Corfu island are not always in a good condition, so
be careful and don’t forget your security belt!
are many public telephone boxes from where it is possible to make
telephone calls with pre-paid telephone cards that you can buy in
every local shop.
It is possible to make national and international telephone calls
even from the OTE’s office (Greek Organization of Telecommunications)
open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 14:00.
In the office there are also some positions for public use.
The telephone code to call in Greece is 0030.
Money: being as well
member of the European Community, the currency in Greece is Euro.
The most famous credit cards can be used in Corfu to pay accommodation,
restaurants, rentals... and the traveler cheques can be changed
in every bank or exchange office.
Tips in restaurants are not obligatory, it’s up to you.
Antiques: is strictly forbidden to bring out from
Greece any kind of antiques without a proper licence.