Corfu

The Emerald Isle

From the stripes of the national flag to its sugar cube villas and sparkling seas, Greece wears a uniform of blue and white. But Corfu throws an extra colour into the mix – green. Known as the Emerald Isle, the second-largest of the Ionian Islands is covered in cypress trees, olive groves and wild flowers.

Low-key towns

Where you choose to stay will depend on the atmosphere you’re after. Gouvia and San Stefanos, in the north, are 2 of the quieter resorts. There’s plenty of space on the wide sandy beaches here, and the candle-lit tavernas tend to be family-run affairs.

Lively beach resorts

In Sidari and Roda, the pace picks up with the introduction of karaoke bars and cafés serving British breakfasts. That said, you’ll still find quiet coves on the coast when you need a bit of down-time. If partying is your main priority, make a beeline for Kavos, where strobe lights and DJ booths are the tools of the trade.

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Gouvia

Gouvia sits on the east coast of Corfu. Back in the 17th century it was a Venetian naval base, but now the village comes with more sophisticated waterfront credentials thanks to its smart marina. There are shops and lively bars in the centre, plus plenty of traditional Greek restaurants for meze. As for the beach, it’s a hotspot for watersports.

Kavos

Kavos is a very bubby place right at the southern end of Corfu. It sprang up in the Eighties as the island’s party capital, and it’s still bursting with enthusiasm as you’ll see from the numerous bars and clubs. The pace is non-stop on the beach, too, with its high quota of watersports – though you can always slow things down with a leisurely boat trip along the coast.

Sidari

Probably the most famous destination on Corfu’s north coast, Sidari is certainly one of the liveliest. This one-time fishing village grew during the Eighties to become a veteran resort with beds for some 14,000 visitors. These days you’ll find a huge array of bars and restaurants on its busy main strip, but you’ve also got pretty, secluded coves and lovely coastal walks, too.

Gouvia

Gouvia sits on the east coast of Corfu. Back in the 17th century it was a Venetian naval base, but now the village comes with more sophisticated waterfront credentials thanks to its smart marina. There are shops and lively bars in the centre, plus plenty of traditional Greek restaurants for meze. As for the beach, it’s a hotspot for watersports.

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