Corfu has long been a popular holiday destination and it’s easy to see why. It has a mild Mediterranean climate and sits in the crystal waters of the Ionian Sea, making it a great destination for beach holidays. It’s no surprise that families love Corfu holidays: there are excellent beaches, water sports and a lively nightlife scene with many tavernas and restaurants serving delicious food.
During July and August, the average maximum temperature is around 31°C, with May and September averaging a warm but pleasant 23°C.
Corfu Island International Airport – just a few kilometres south of Corfu Town on the east coast, the airport is within easy reach of the north eastern holiday resorts, with transfers taking around an hour.
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Corfu has a fantastic choice of places to stay and you can often find excellent deals from us at Airtours to help make the most of your budget. You can choose from All Inclusive packages at top resort hotels by the sea, or take an apartment and look after yourself with a Self Catering stay.
You can be as busy or as relaxed as you like on your Corfu holidays. If you love to shop then there many opportunities to browse and buy locally-made products, but if you'd rather simply soak up the sun then it's your choice. Try visiting some of the historic parts of the island. There are some fascinating discoveries to be made.
Corfu Town, and its Old Town, are a reminder that the island looks far more to the west than the Aegean islands of eastern Greece. With Venetian, Neapolitan, French and British influences, the architecture is an enchanting mix of styles.
Chapels, secret garden squares and old mansions are around every corner of the maze of narrow streets, and a 16th century fortress can be found in the town. The past is mixed with the present here, and you’ll find many shops and plenty of restaurants, bars and tavernas for taking a well-earned break in.
If a fun nightlife is what you're looking for then Corfu fits the bill perfectly. You'll find bars, discos and clubs in the town as well as the many resort areas that will keep you going until you drop. Beach parties, karaoke competitions, rave nights and a lot of music and dancing are the norm. Highly popular places to go include Glyfada, Ipsos and Dassia.
Sometimes just lying around on the beach or by the pool, chilling out with a drink in hand is what makes the perfect holiday. It doesn't matter if you're on your own, on holiday as a couple or a group, or taking a break with the family, there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and beach activities to enjoy in Corfu.
When the batteries are fully recharged you could try something different, such as learning how to dive, going snorkelling or windsurfing. Maybe push the boat out and try some water skiing or jet skiing. For the really adventurous, parasailing gives a whole new perspective on where you're staying as you soar above the sea.
Families – The coastal resorts of Roda and Sidari offer everything you could want for an exciting family holiday. Hotels offer kids' clubs to keep the younger ones entertained while parents head off to the beach or the pool, or for a spot of shopping.
Couples – There are many little jewels tucked away in quieter corners where couples can enjoy fine food and drink and get away from the rat race for a week or two.
Adventurers – When the weather is cooler, what could be better than hiking up Corfu's highest mountain, Mount Pantokrator? Or you can drive up the winding road to get spectacular views across the island and to neighbouring Albania.
Language: Greek is the official language though you'll find English spoken in all the resorts.
Local Time: Two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly To: Corfu Island International Airport.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 4 hours from London Heathrow.
Tourist Information: Find out more about Corfu here
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Temperature: From June to September temperatures can be very hot, with averages between 28°C and 31°C, though it drops to pleasantly warm in May and October.
Best time to visit Corfu: If you prefer your weather a little cooler then May and October will suit you better, but you'll still find plenty of warmth in the air. If you’re a sun worshipper, you may prefer June, July, August and September. The winter months bring rain, the reason why the island has so much greenery.
By Bus: Buses run regularly in Corfu and you can ask us at Airtours for timetables and destinations.
By Taxi: They may be a little more expensive than a bus but they're easy to find and a lot less hassle.
By Hire Car: Explore the lesser-known parts of Corfu with a hire car.
By Bicycle: Cycling is a good way to explore the island and you can also hire motorbikes.
By Motorboat: You don't need a licence to hire a motorboat. You'll get a completely different take on the island as you potter around the coast.
For foodies: The Loustri Pie Festival does what it says on the tin. It's a pie festival where professional and amateur chefs compete to create the best pie. Once the contest’s is over, there's live music and plenty of local wine followed by dancing; exhausting but fun.
For music fans: Many villages in Corfu hold a festival during the summer months. These are authentic local festivals with music and dancing and, naturally, vast amounts of food and drink.