Corfu is the
second largest island of the Ionian Sea and it covers an area
of 592 square kilometers and a luxuriant coastline of 217 kilometers.
It is situated in the north side of the Ionian Sea, in the entrance
of the Adriatic Sea, two and a half miles from the beach of
Albania. The mythical island of the Faiakes is an ornament of
the Ionian Sea, but it is also one of the most beautiful islands
in Greece, combining the green mountains and the long sandy
beaches. The mild and rainy climate of the island brings out
the rich flora which creates the unique color of the island.
The beautiful beaches form many bays. The best known of them
are: Ipsos, Garitsa, Limnothalassa Chaliopoulou (in Pontikonisi),
Mantoukiou and others. Also, there are some capes like in Kavo
Sidero in the City of Corfu, Agia Barbara, Kassiopi and Agia
Aikaterini in the north of the island, Kefali, Asprokavo and
Leukimmi in the south, Agios Stefanos in the west, Arilla, Falakro
and Ag. Isidoros.
Three rows of mountains cross the island. The highest peak is
Pantokratoras (914m). Between the mountains there are many fertile
valleys, like Lefkimmi and the grassland of Ropa that are washed
by many rivers, which, however, are dry during the summer. Around
the island there are many small islands of the same beauty and
clean beaches, like in Corfu. Opposite the city of Corfu there
is Bido (ancient Ptychia) and Lasareto, northwest stands Erikousa,
Mathraki, Othonoi and in the south the beautiful Paxi and Antipaxi.
natural beauties of the Mediterranean climate, that
result in cool summers and mild winters, the history
and the rich cultural tradition, have made Corfu into
an excellent holiday resort that attracts many Greeks
People of Corfu offer their hospitality to the visitors of the
island, who experience a unique opportunity to enjoy comfortable
and unforgettable vacations.
A mosaic of all nationalities and races walk through the picturesque
alleys, known as the traditional "kadunia" of Corfu, which create
an atmosphere of past times. In this scenery, one can find the
ideal place for vacations, since he/she can choose between the
small fishing-islands for quite and relaxing staying or the
cosmopolitan places with loud night life. Also, the villages
that are built in the green valleys are the ideal place for
those who love the country or the innumerable beaches for those
who love the extreme water sports.