A country stroll
Corfu has a massive network of country paths, which together cover most of the island. A whopping 220 kilometres of trails wind between traditional villages, busy resorts and secret beaches. The Corfu Trail can be negotiated on foot, by bicycle or even on horseback. Corfu’s varied terrain means that walkers are never in the same landscape for more than an hour. You’ll go from mountaintop to waterside in no time at all, meaning there’s no better way to see the island.
Walking the trails isn’t all about scenery and wildlife, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the rich history of Corfu too. You’ll pass a number of traditional Corfiot villages, complete with photogenic climbing flowers, sun-bleached walls and friendly smiles from the locals.
Stop by one of their tourist-free bars for a coffee or a beer, and you can ask about the area’s culture. If you journey far enough on your Corfu holidays you’ll pass Taxiarchis Chapel and its impressive frescos, or the ruined Monastery of Arkoudillas which is truly a sight to behold.
A city full of opportunity
Corfu Town – the capital of the island – is 20 minutes away by car or bus. This means that even in your private retreat of Ermones, you’re never too far from the action. This magnificent city is ideal for photos, shopping, eating and even romance.
The winding streets of the Old Corfu Town district are filled with market traders looking to sell hand-crafted Greek products and, between these, jolly taverna owners beckon you in to try the best national specialities. Above the city sits The Old Fortress, a historical structure which protected the town against three Ottoman sieges.
Corfu Town is also your best bet for nightlife. Taxis run most of the night and if you let a driver know you’re planning on returning late they’ll usually make arrangements so you’re not waiting for a car when you get out of the bar.
There are hundreds of great restaurants, serving both local and international cuisine in Corfu Town. So you can eat and then afterwards take your pick of bars, each playing their own favourite music – from live jazz, to chart DJs.
Alternatively, if you’re after a quiet night with a loved one, take a stroll down to the marina and enjoy the soft lights and cool breeze from the Ionian Sea.