Luxury and boutique hotels in Corfu
The cypress-studded island of Corfu, just off the north-west coast of Greece, is surrounded by the crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea. The rugged interior is home to hilltop villages, and the entire island is peppered with sandy coves, pretty beaches and dramatic rocky outcrops with mythical status – legend has it a shipwrecked Odysseus washed up on these very shores. In Corfu’s Unesco-listed Old Town, you’ll find twin fortresses, winding cobblestoned lanes and a grand palace. Architecture not your thing? Bounce from bijou eatery to beach club to boutique stay instead.
When to go
Ah, the Mediterranean… temperatures in Corfu average around 25°C and rarely dip below 10°C, even in winter. May to October are the best months for visiting: the long summer months are milder than the Greek mainland, and the rest of the year tends to be a little wet.
PlanesCatch a direct flight to Corfu International Airport from hubs across Europe, including London Gatwick and Luton.
BoatsHop on a ferry for trips to mainland Greece and the other Greek islands: the journey to Igoumenitsa on the mainland takes around an hour, or you can sail further south to Paxi, Kefalonia or Patras.
AutomobilesYour own set of wheels is handy if you plan to explore the island, but the traffic (not to mention the laissez-faire attitude drivers take towards the Highway Code) means driving in Corfu Town can cause a bit of a headache.