Steeped in history as colourful as Greek mythology itself, Corfu holds many secrets: amongst them a dramatically mountainous interior with its gentle and timeless rural life and a generous coastline dotted with picturesque coves, sandy beaches and rocky inlets.
On the island there is wide range of villas in Corfu, from pretty cottages that sit close to the water’s edge to spacious character homes, perfect for families, and exclusive hillside residences overlooking tranquil bays.
Ambience, art and antiquity
Corfu’s history is laden with battles, conquests and settlements, from the Phoenicians and Romans to the Venetians and British. The shady Liston arcade, built under Napoleonic rule, provides a meeting place for coffee while watching men in whites play cricket on the green.
The Venetian rule lasted for over 300 years before the French settled on the island at the end of the 18 th century. On the fall of Napoleon, the Ionian Islands fell under the exclusive protection of Great Britain until they were finally re-united with Greece in 1864. Corfu’s old town is a designated UNESCO Heritage site
So varied and rich is the landscape, so friendly still its inhabitants that the island offers some of the best opportunities of any Greek island for exploring off the beaten track, especially on foot. A car allows a wider exploration of this island’s fusion of cultures and experiences: head high into the fertile interior, with its cypress and olive groves, still yielding a rich harvest; or to a remote pebbled cove or seaside hamlet; discover the Jewish quarter and Corfu’s more recent history, before taking a seat at the Venetian opera house.
Corfu belongs, geographically and administratively, to the Ionian Islands complex. It has a surface area of 592 Km² and 214 Km of coastline. Corfu is 18 nautical miles from the Port of Igoumenitsa and 132 from the Port of Patra. There is a permanent population of about 115.000 people, of whom approximately 6.000 are non-Greek Europeans, predominantly British. English is the second language and very widely spoken on Corfu.