To be perfectly honest, Corfu didn’t exactly feel ‘Greece’.
If it’s white washed buildings hanging off breathtaking cliffs you’re after, then perhaps Santorini is for you. And if it’s partying and nightlife that tickles your fancy, Mykonos should be on your list.
But the island has its own charm and Corfu Town particularly, is a beautiful example of a seaside, old walled town with winding alleys, tavernas and shops. It’s so pretty and its architecture so unique (including 2 castles which has earned it the title of Castle Town) that it is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Corfu is the greenest of all the Greek islands and for that, it boasts a thriving olive and olive oil producing industry.
Here are my 5 things not to miss if you’re visiting.
I could not believe my luck stumbling upon Etrusco in my dining research. Run by the Italian and Corfiot Botrini family restaurant empire, Etrusco is understated Corfiot fine dining at its best. For years running they have received every local award possible as well as ranking high in international circles including Golden Chefs Caps. It was recently named the best restaurant in Greece under the category of best local produce and regional cuisine. Located about 25 minutes from Corfu Town, it is housed in a beautiful villa where the dining room stretches out on to a terrace that overlooks a glass encased kitchen. We opted for the 8 course degustation that kicked off with a showcase of local Corfiot produce strategically placed on a glass boxed map of the island. Each creative course left you longing to try the next with the highlight for me being the risotto with prawn and green melon.
One of the most popular beaches on the island, Glyfada wasn’t as packed as I thought it would be and with a long stretch of sand, clear, turquoise waters and lots of sunbeds, it makes for a great beach day. It’s located about 15-20 minutes drive from Corfu Town.
Walking through Corfu Town each evening was a sure highlight. The main part of the old town is centred around Liston Square and shadowed by the old fortress. It’s filled with souvenir shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Many restaurants cater purely to tourists so do your research if you’re not happy to eat just anything. Along the water you’ll find a couple of cool wine bars and tavernas.
Located around 25 minutes from Corfu Town are the sparkling blue waters of Barbati. Get here early if you want a sun bed and umbrella – despite the fact there a load of beach clubs lined one after the other. Otherwise there’s plenty of free beach to spread out on.
Frozen yoghurt, frappes & baklava
By now you know I’m a sweettooth. Frozen yoghurt bars and bakeries are plentiful on the island, so don’t leave without trying some. The classic baklava was my favourite but you can get just about any type from caramel and strawberry to pistacchio. And while I don’t drink coffee, a cold shaken one in summer is fine by me! Frappe can be ordered at all bars and beach clubs.
More summer holiday posts to come!
Signing off in transit (a long way away from Trastevere!)