Why Holiday in Corfu?
Corfu is one of the more popular Greek holiday islands and is well served by charter and budget airlines. This beautiful, lush green Greek island comes as an unexpected and unforgettable surprise for first time visitors. Avoiding the busier south, Perfect Blue offer hand-picked properties among the picture postcard fishing harbours of the north-east and sandy bays on the west coast.
Corfu has an immensely long and chequered history. Renowned as a place of beauty, culture and hospitality since ancient times, Corfu plays her part in many ancient myths and legends. Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian powers have all held fort on Corfu's shores and although excavations are relatively few there are many traces of these great powers to be found around the island and in the excellent archaeology museum.
Of particular note is the swish bay of Agios Stephanos, where boats pull up to the sea-front tavernas and you can swim from the beaches into the sheltered waters.
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A real favourite
Our villa holidays to Corfu have always been highly popular. Dangling between the tip of Italy and mainland Greece, the sheer beauty of this lush green crescent comes as an unexpected and unforgettable surprise for first time visitors to the island. Take this and the rich and varied history of the island combined with the legendary friendliness of the locals (the tradition of 'filoxenia' - to show friendliness towards strangers - still holds strong in Corfu today), it's little wonder that Corfu has been such a popular destination with the British for so long.
Avoiding the busier south, Perfect Blue have handpicked Corfu holiday villas that are 'off the beaten track'. For picture postcard fishing harbours and bays we chose the northeast coast, whilst the west coast offers the best beaches and most dramatic countryside. Book a Corfu villa holiday with Perfect Blue and enjoy the very best that this wonderful island has to offer.
Resorts in Corfu
This island capital has a unique mix of architectural influences and is packed full of history as well as an excellent variety of restaurants, shops and attractions. Ambling through the maze of narrow streets Sicilian, Venetian, French and English influences are revealed at every turn.
The Old Town (Palaiopoli) is situated between the Esplanade Square and the new fortress. This large square (also called Spianada) became a public space during the French occupation. On the west side of the square The Liston is a stunning French designed building inspired by the famous Rue de Rivoli in Paris and is home to some of the smartest caf‚s and bars anywhere in Corfu.
There is plenty to discover including the Old and New Venetian Fortresses, the Town Hall Square, the Square of the Saints, the Ionian Academy and the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint Georges.
Barbati beach is a white stretch of shingle against an azure sea, some twenty kilometres north of Corfu Town. Waterskiers ride the waves, swimmers dodge the little caiques and motor boats potter past. Just north of Barbati is the little hamlet of Glyfa, with its two tavernas, and just beyond Glyfa, on its own acreage of land, right at the lip of the water, screened from the view of everyone except the passing boats, is one of the oldest and most venerable villas on the island, the Barbati Olive Press, and its recent sister, Alexia.
Between the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean and the dramatic backdrop of the slopes of Mount Pandokrator sits the small hamlet of Nissaki. This lovely village has managed to escape any large scale tourist development and, as such, enjoys an unhurried pace of life and a truly relaxed atmosphere.
Nissaki Bay with its three picturesque coves - each sheltering its own pebble beach and clear blue waters and one with a tiny anchorage backed by a couple of fine tavernas. The area is a favourite destination amongst experienced and discerning travellers to Corfu.
For those that prefer to get out and about on their villa holiday, the ideal way to explore is by boat either on a small private excursion such as 'Nautilus' boat trips or independantly by hiring your own small boat for the day. For those that enjoy driving, the lovely North East Coast of Corfu is easily accessible by road as are the inland areas of Corfu.
A 20 minute drive to the North of this Greek island brings you to the start of the long sandy beaches of the North Coast, the nearest being Kalamaki and the busier more modern resorts of Acharavi and Roda and some wonderful scenic drives inland. A drive to the south takes you to several tiny hillside or seaside villages and some spectacular scenery.
Yet, despite its fame, this delightful village retains a traditional and peaceful atmosphere and is geared very much towards anyone hoping for a quieter, family holiday. Having said this, Kalami does have a small number of bars and several excellent tavernas - of which we can particularly recommend both Pepes and Dimitris - so you will never be short of good places to eat and drink. There are also a few craft shops and mini-markets so, without being overdeveloped, Kalami can provide you with everything you need during your stay.
The beach is mainly shingle and slopes into sparkling waters, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. You can also hire pedaloes, canoes and boats with which to explore the 'secret' coves and beaches that are to be found all along the coast.
A favourite with the Durrell family over half a decade ago, we believe the traditional charm and character of Kalami will continue to captivate families to this very day.
Perfect Blue have selected properties that are peacefully situated just outside of Kassiopi itself, but are within an easy walk. Kassiopi boasts a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars with something to cater for every taste. If you fancy listening to some great music whilst enjoying a relaxing drink, we can highly recommend 'Illusions' and our favourite restaurants have got to be 'Little Italy' which, as the name would suggest, specialises in exquisite traditional Italian dishes and Jannis for great Greek food eaten 'al fresco' by the sea.
Lively, but certainly not rowdy, Kassiopi strikes a perfect balance for those who don't want to have to travel too far to find plenty of entertainment but definitely aren't interested in the nightclubs and loud music bars of bigger, more 'touristy' resorts.
In addition to its choice of shops and excellent tavernas, Agios Stephanos has its own small, pretty beach with wooden jettys which are ideal for sunbathing or fishing - or you could take a trip to the blue flag beaches of Kerasia, which are only a twenty minute walk away through some lovely countryside. The stunning Avlaki beach with its watersports, tavernas and dinghy sailing school, is also just a short drive away.
Agios Stephanos has so much to offer: a beautiful village in a peaceful location; superb beaches right on your doorstep; wonderful views of the mainland and Albania. Little wonder then that visitors choose to return to this heavenly spot time and time again.
Instead of one main beach Paleokastritsa has 6 beaches. The main one is Agios Spyridon,it boasts turquoise waters and white sands, plus lots of sunloungers and umbrellas. From here you can take a water taxi to the more secluded ones, too. Then there's the beach up at Agios Georgios North a 5-kilometre stretch of golden sand just 30 minutes drive away. The diving centre to the north of the beach is one of the most popular on Corfu.
Agios Gordis attracts a cosmopolitan mix of visitors from different countries and various ages, and is very much a family orientated resort, it is quite small and there are no discos or loud music bars to disturb the equilibrium. This doesn't mean however that Agios Gordis offers little in the way of entertainment - far from it.
There is a good choice of traditional tavernas and some excellent restaurants that will keep you amply fed and watered throughout your stay. There are a couple of nice bars in which you can enjoy a cool sundowner after a day on the beach - or even a nightcap on your way home, and a good selection of craft shops and grocery stores in which to shop. There is even an ATM and an internet cafe on offer, so - without being remote or isolated - Agios Gordis offers the perfect alternative to the hustle and bustle of everyday living and a chance to recharge your batteries in an idyllic setting.
Perhaps the best known of the resorts on the North coast of Corfu, Sidari has grown up around two fishing villages and has become especially popular with English tourists. Set in a bay that is surrounded by wooded hills, Sidari has a long sandy beach flanked by smaller sand and shingle beaches either side. This Blue Flag beach shelves gently into the warm sea making it an excellent beach for swimming and a safe one for children to go paddling. Water sports are also available for the more energetic!
Beach lovers will enjoy exploring this coastline where the soft sandstone cliffs have been eroded over the years to form numerous little coves and bays that create hidden beaches and secluded spots. The Canal d'Amour, a channel calved into the sandstone cliff by the sea, is a popular attraction.
Sidari offers a lively atmosphere with plenty of tavernas, restaurants and bars open late into the night. This good-sized resort also provides plenty of shops and amenties. Those seeking a quieter more authentic Greek experience will enjoy discovering tavernas in nearby villages and on beaches along this beautiful coastline.
The old greek traditional village on the hill is at the other end of Moraitika which is known as the 'Old Village'.The village is virtually unspoilt with the tiny houses and alleys overgrown with bougainvillea, also a far cry from the busy , modern strip. Going up the hill you pass the attractive Church of Theotokou Kimiseos with a quaint belfry on the right. There is a great view of the coast from this area.
There is a scenic beach right in front of the Moraitika village, which is ideal for swimming. If you have it in you to go scuba diving, there is an exclusive Diving Center that imparts both preliminary as well as advanced courses on the art of diving. For short excursions, a visit to the neighborhood beach of Aghios Ioannis is highly recommended.
Getting to Corfu
Flights to Corfu are available from the following UK airports: Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster, East Midlands, Exeter, Gatwick, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Stansted, Teeside.
The majority of flights depart on Mondays and Fridays. Daily flights to Corfu are available from Athens Airport.
Upon arrival at Corfu it is a short walk to the arrivals hall and luggage reclaim is next to passport control. There are toilets in the luggage claim section. Trolleys are free of charge and situated inside the baggage hall.
If you have booked a private transfer or car hire, you will be met by your Perfect Blue driver or car hire representative. They will have a card showing PERFECT BLUE HOLIDAYS and your name. You will be taken to the main car parking area to collect and return your car. Cars can also be collected by the clients themselves which will have been pre-arranged.
If you have not pre-booked a taxi with Perfect Blue, outside the airport is the taxi rank to the left of the building as you exit.
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