Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek), is the northernmost of the Ionian islands, and has a long history. The island was occupied by the Venetians, the French, and the British throughout history. Walk the streets of Corfu town and experience the islands multi-cultural heritage through the architecture and influence left behind.
Corfu has also been featured heavily in literature and served as the place where Odysseus met Princess Nausicaa in Homer’s Odyssey. If you’re interested in making your own journeys across the ocean you can explore Corfu and its surrounding area by boat. In particular consider visiting Paxos. This island is only about an hour and a half away from Corfu but offers a very different experience as Paxos is a much smaller island with small fishing villages dotting its coast. If you want to see even more you can even take a 15-minute boat ride to the smaller island of Antipaxos to enjoy crystal blue clear waters and soft white sands.
Of course, one of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is tasting the food a region has to offer. One unique flavor that can be found in Corfu is the kumquat. This small citrus fruit was brought to the island by a British botanist and grows in many places. Today it is an important part of Corfu’s culture and it is the perfect ingredient for a traditional Greek “spoon sweet”, marmalade, ice-cream, or even liqueur!
Enjoy days in the sun as you wander the fascinating historic town, gaze across the lush green landscape, take in the scent of olive groves and citrus trees, and explore the beautiful pebbly beaches with cerulean waters. If this sounds relaxing Corfu awaits you!