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20 Jul
Corfu: A idyllic grecian island getaway

By Tiffany Ryes

For a memorable Grecian getaway, why not go off the beaten track? Skip the crowded vacation spots, the overrated resorts, and visit the small, sleepy, coastal towns on the island of Corfu.

While one of the first islands to open to global tourism in the 1960s, Corfu isn’t as crowded as you might think. The island remains rich in unspoiled stretches of infamous coast and quaint inland towns that you can visit for a more immersive yet intimate and quiet Greek holiday. Carpeted by lush, wild olive trees and dotted with historical, whitewashed buildings, Corfu is one island that should be on top of your island-travel bucket list.

Corfu is an eclectic combination of the cosmopolitan and historical, with posh resorts and vibrant streets juxtaposed with Byzantine-era churches and Venetian-style fortresses. From beach-combing to sight-seeing to sailing and on to wining and dining, if you’re looking for an unforgettable Greek vacation, you can definitely find something to love about Corfu.

Viewing Corfu from the coast

A Corfu holiday is never complete without viewing the island from the turquoise Mediterranean waters and experiencing all of its coastal sights and sounds by boat. An abundant range of boat-rental companies throughout the island’s coast can cater to your island wanderlust. Boats and yachts are available for every budget, starting from 50 euros per day, with petrol charged separately.

Nissaki is an idyllic starting point for exploring the island’s northeast coast, viewing the quaint white-washed buildings and maybe even dropping anchor at a few bays and coves to swim, sunbathe—or have a private picnic.

Companies such as Kaminaki Boats in Nissaki offer a fantastic way to experience Corfu, with a collection of self-drive boats for you to explore in at your own pace, starting from Kaminaki and northward to Kassiopi or southward to Ipsos. Stops in between include boathouses, tavernas and small, historic coastal towns.

Kaminaki Boats offers smaller 15-horsepower boats for two to six passengers for a more leisurely pace along the coast. If you want to cover more ground (or sea), you can also rent 30-horsepower speedboats. These are faster and more efficient, accommodating up to eight people at a time. Driving the boats is easy, and newbies who haven’t driven a boat before can have driving lessons and tests before renting.

More luxurious options for exploring Corfu

Aside from boat rentals, Corfu also offers a diverse range of charter sea cruises such as sailboat, yacht and catamaran rentals for group and private cruises. This allows you to explore farther off Corfu’s coasts and around the northern and southern Ionian Islands, such as Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkas, Meganisi, Paxos and Zakynthos.

Seasoned sailors can rent private sailboats for a more unique and exclusive navigation experience with boats for up to 10 persons starting at just a little over $1,500 per week. Marina charters offer not just yacht rentals, but also transportation to and from port and airport. You can choose the type of yacht that best suits your charter, budget, water activity, itinerary and lifestyle. From solitary sailing through the Ionian Islands to private, luxury cruise parties, Corfu’s charter companies have everything for everyone.

From Athens, you can reach Corfu by plane, which takes an hour or less. There are several flights available daily in Athens. There are also flights to the island from Thessaloniki. For those who are coming to Corfu by car, the best route is from Athens to Igoumenitsa. From here, ferry rides to Corfu are available every half hour, with the crossing taking one to two hours. Car rentals and driving services from the airports are also available, and there are many scenic routes to take on land on the way to the island.

 

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