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12 Sep

The Line Of Duty actress will play Louisa Durrell, a middle-aged mother whose life is in meltdown. Her husband died years ago and now, in 1935, his money is almost gone. With her four unruly children going off the rails and her options in Britain limited by her gender, she decides to uproot her family and move to Corfu in an effort to heal the family and escape the world of uptight Englishness.

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12 Sep

After months of slogging and saving, we were determined to find that sweet spot in Corfu. Basing ourselves in a self-catering resort on the north coast, we knew we wanted to spend as little time as possible in hedonistic hubs like Acharavi, Ipsos, and Kavos. But we couldn’t exactly hide away in an exclusive villa or slinky yacht either. Our plan was to find somewhere inbetween. We found it — or them, I should say — in a series of white-pebble coves chopped into the north-eastern coastline. Stretching between Nissaki and Kassiopi, this winding stretch of road offers a turn-off every couple of kilometres, descending via a tangle of hairpin bends towards one glistening, cypress-bracketed cove after another. Every one would make a magazine cover.

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10 Sep

During our recent holiday on the Greek island of Corfu, one day we took a break from beach hopping to take a trip inland to Old Perithia, a 14th century village nestling beneath the island’s highest peak, Mount Pantokrator. The village, Corfu’s oldest, was once the wealthiest on the island, surrounded by vines, olive groves, walnut, almond and fruit trees, boasting eight churches and four substantial mansions in the Venetian style. By the 1960s and 1970s, families began to leave Perithia to work in the tourist industry in other parts of the island and the school, shops, houses and tavernas gradually all closed.

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08 Sep

Corfu is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, but there is another, more artistic, side to this beautiful Greek island. It has around 36 major villages and at least 18 philharmonic bands that fuel the islands musical tradition. There are hundreds of music associations and clubs scattered on the island. Some of Greece’s most talented musicians originated from Corfu and went on to become famous across the world. The island’s philharmonics bands are particularly famous due to their involvement in Easter celebrations. Their foundation was part of a wider trend that flourished in Europe during the 19th century, when thousands of music associations were founded. Corfiots, thanks to their studies at European universities, became part of this trend.

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08 Sep

Timeless attractions still exist alongside 21st-century resorts, writes Amy Laughinghouse

Before I set foot on Corfu, which kicks out into the Ionian Sea like the leg of a great muscled beast, I felt I already knew it. A few months earlier, I had fallen in love with this green Greek isle as I laughed my way through My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell’s hilarious account of his Corfiot childhood. Read More

07 Sep

Corfu's tourism board should thank Vasilis Metallinos and John Miliadis. "Corfu Nightscapes -- A Company of Stars" is the pair's stunning five-minute video comprising 60,000 photos taken between 2010 and 2014 by Metallinos. If you're not inspired to head to Greece after seeing it, you probably didn't full-screen this tribute to Hellenic beauty. The music is composed by Miliadis. Metallinos, 29, became interested in astronomy a decade ago and has been practicing astrophotography for the last seven years. What's on his list of must-have equipment and his secrets for capturing a "bigger" moon? He shared that and more with CNN. Read More

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