My travel notes from Corfu island

               I think the charm of the Ionian islands such as Lefkada, Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Corfu is given by the incredible color palette of the surroundings. Here, you are blessed with a color therapy. The blue tones of water that blends harmoniously with the verdant vegetation and the bright white of the buildings are resting for the eyes and the soul. In addition, these islands reflect, in one way or another, the influence of nearby Italy as a consequence of the Venetian domination. Unlike the other islands, Corfu stands out by the French and the British influences that have shaped the locals’ lifestyle, culture and traditions.

                The Mediterranean climate, with an average monthly temperature over 230C (73,40F) from May to October, the diverse beaches along the 217 km of coastline, as well as the rich historical relics are the ingredients to spend a holiday that satisfy the most diverse requirements. However, you have to keep in mind that on this island, it is raining quite often compared to the rest of Greece. We visited it at the beginning of September and it rained every day. Fortunately, there were short summer rains, so we sunbath every day. Since we were in the airplane we have experienced the weather of Corfu. I was watching through the porthole over the island in the sun, but in a few minutes grey clouds surrounded the plane. It needed four attempts for landing because of the heavy rain. As soon as we were on the ground we faced a heavy cold rain. But after about an hour, the sun was smiling to us as a welcome.

                Our holidays in Greece are a mixture of exploration and laziness. In Corfu, however, I felt the need for more laziness. Maybe it was because the beach of Acharavi that stretches for 3 km with its golden sand, shallow crystalline waters and the lush greenery invite us to enjoy it as much as we can.

                The most beaches I liked are in the area of ​​Paleokastritsa, followed by the beaches of Agios Gordios, Sidari, Logas and, of course, Acharavi. I considered Paleokastritsa to be the most beautiful area due to its six diverse and picturesque beaches. Here you have a complete experience, each beach offering beautiful scenery, cristal clear waters, umbrellas, sun beds and water sports facilities. Furthermore, the impressive Paleokastritsa monastery is an oasis of tranquility and also a place of sightseeing the amazing bays around. If you get hungry, you will find it difficult to choose among the many taverns. Agios Gordios, flanked by mountains, is the perfect place for a relaxing stay and for admiring the sunsets. My eyes absorbed the 3600 spectacular and diverse landscapes around. Sidari and the famous Canal d’Amour formed an idyllic and unique place due to the stunning sandstone formations, the canals and the coves that were dug in the clay. Unfortunately, the water erosion gradually swallows the offshore rocks. We have admired the most spectacular sunset on the “7th Heaven Café”, located in the northwest of the island. Nearby, „Logas, the Sunset Beach”, is situated at the base of several hundred meters high vertical rock walls. It was an unforgettable experience!

                  The capital of the island, Kerkyra, built on a promontory is an amalgam of architectural styles. Unfortunately, we had only two hours to walk through the old town and to visit the New Venetian Fortress. The city is tenderer with its historical relics so do not bypass it.

Today, millions of tourists enjoy this beautiful island. When will you visit it?

 

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