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Corfu Guide

Why Corfu?

The second-largest of the Ionian Islands was one of the first Greek destinations to embrace mass tourism. Yet Corfu has far more to offer than just sun, sea and souvlaki. It is located just west of the Greek mainland and the southern coast of Albania. Shaped like a sickle, with its hollow side facing inwards, the island is about 65 kilometres long and 32 kilometres across at its widest point.

There are 217 kilometres of coast, although anyone venturing inland will find that the interior has at least as much to offer as the shore. Much of Corfu is mountainous. At 906 metres above sea level, its highest peak, Mount Pantokrator, is visible from most places on the island.

These days, Corfu caters for everyone, including those who prefer to travel independently or who want to elude busy resorts.

Corfu is an island which enchanted poets and kings It’s the port which linked the East to the West.

This place offered shelter to Ulysses , the divisive hero of Homer, it was chosen by Poseidon to indulge into his love for Amphitriti, and still it continues to welcome and inspire its visitors to this day: With its pretty, romantic, natural, historic and above all spontaneous nature, visitors find Corfu to be a really charming place. Visitors tend to ask hotel reception desks the same question: “Can I stay here a little more?;”

Europeans no longer consider it to be an exotic destination, however it continues to be one of the most fascinating places in Europe. It offers an impressively varied flora, desert beaches, crystal water, narrow paths through thick, perennial olive trees , Byzantine churches , medieval villages, traditional Greek taverna’s (small restaurants) as well as modern accommodation and amusement facilities. Corfu is a place which refreshes the mind and reactivates the human senses.

The climate of the archipel of Corfu is warm Mediterranean. The summer here is warm and relatively dry with a blue sky, often cooled by seasonal breezes, offering the ideal conditions for Surfing, while rarely is it interrupted by rains. The mountainous areas are cooler. The winter here is mild. Rainfall occurs mainly from November till March. On average, there are 3000 hours of sun per year with an average daily sunshine duration of 8,5 hours.

Worth a look?

Most definitely. Corfu Town is a thriving metropolis in comparison with most other Greek island “capitals”, and is also very attractive. The town was a target for several foreign armies in the course of its long history, and the two fortresses which now protect its harbour were built by the Venetians, who ruled the island for four centuries and whose influence continues to give the town an Italian feel. From the old fort, or Palaio Frourio, there is an impressive 360-degree view over the town and the coast beyond it.

Just behind the fortress is the Spianada, a pleasant green space that incorporates a cricket pitch, a legacy of the early 19th century, when the British conquered the island. Running along the Spianada is the Liston, an attractive avenue part-shaded by trees, partly covered by arcades. With its many restaurants and cafés, it is a perfect spot from which to watch the world go by.

Should I venture inland?

Most visitors concentrate on the coastal areas of the island, which means that they miss the opportunity to experience inland’s life, being untouched by mass tourism.

Corfu’s second-largest town, Lefkimmi, is located in the middle of the countryside and its inhabitants seem not to realize how many people visit other parts of the island during the summer months. The streets are quiet and there are no tourist shops. Many of the houses have a lemon tree or a couple of vines outside; colourful flowers bloom in old paint tins and olive oil containers and chickens peck in the yard.

On the contrary, the most popular inland destination in Corfu, the Aqualand Water Park is located in the area of Agios Ioannis, while driving to the west from Corfu Town. Within the park there is a selection of slides, tubes, pools, rafts, pirate adventures – anything that can be turned into a water-related attraction.

I want to be alone

This could be the moment to take a trip up Mount Pantokrator, the highest point on the island. Remarkably, considering it compares in altitude to the highest peaks in England, you can drive all the way to the top. Cyclists might want to pedal up the slope starting in Ipsos.

The road winds up and up, through a series of seemingly impossible curves that carve their way through the grey rock; in spring, the mountainsides are carpeted in flowers. The summit itself, bristling with radio masts, is a disappointment, until you look around and absorb the breathtaking view: the map of Corfu, with its bays and headlands, seems to come to life before your eyes.

If you don’t have a head for heights, the Korission Lagoon is a more down-to-earth destination. Take the main road south towards Kavos, turning off at the signpost towards Issos beach. A marked path to the right just before the beach leads to the dunes that surround the lake; from there it is a case of wandering where the fancy takes you.

Where is the best scenery?

One of the most dramatic spots on Corfu’s north-west coast is Paleokastritsa, a rocky promontory on the top of which is a ruined castle, the Angelokastro. Paleokastritsa itself is a rocky, densely wooded headland around which nestle a variety of different beaches and coves. Each beach offers different facilities, with a diving school in Ampelaki, and trips out into the bay on a glass-bottomed boat starting from the little harbour of Alipa.

The buildings that pepper the hillsides comprise a mixture of rooms for rent and small hotels, each with a path down to the beach.

Perched on a rock above the beaches is Paleokastritsa Monastery. Inside the gate is a lovely courtyard filled with plants, and a small, intricately decorated orthodox church. But the high point, in every sense, of a visit to this part of the island, is the Angelokastro. The road, which in places is barely wide enough for a single vehicle to squeeze along, winds through the picturesque villages of Lakones, Makrades and Krini before reaching a taverna, above which is the final slope to the castle.

A royal connection?

Members of Royal families first came on Corfu when Empress Elisabeth of Austria chose the island as the location for building a summer palace in the late 19th century. The result was the Achilleion in Gastouri. After Elisabeth had died it was sold to the King of Prussia, Kaiser Wilhelm II, who visited it regularly until the First World War.

The palace is open to visitors to explore a handful of ground-floor rooms. Far more interesting are the terraced gardens, with their classical statues, palm trees and walkways shaded with wisteria.

When should I go?

Corfu’s season starts with a weekend of celebrations marking the Greek Orthodox Easter and continues until October.

During the winter the island is extremely quiet, with many hotels and restaurants remaining closed. In the height of summer, temperatures average 30 C or more; the sun is slightly less fierce in May and September.

Tips

Wear good hiking boots. Footpaths are often broken at places with large potholes. Boat trips do not start until towards end of April and ends late October. People are friendly in general. If you are travelling with little kids, expect them to be cuddled by locals (especially old people). Please don’t be offended by this.

Shops open in the morning around 08:30-09:00 and then they close between 13:00/14:00 – 17:00/18:00 and then are open again 18:00-21:00. If you want good landscape photos, walk upwards from usual tourist spots.

PALEOKASTRITSA CAR RENTAL

Considered by many to be the most beautiful spot on Corfu, upon seeing it for the first time, it is stunning. Situated on Corfu’s North-West coast, it is a short drive from Corfu town (20min) or from other large resorts, like Sidari (30min). With it’s beautiful coves and large, submerged caves, Paleokastritsa is a must see for someone visiting Corfu this summer.

AGIOS GEORGIOS CAR RENTAL

Further up the North coast of Corfu, we arrive at Agios Georgios or Saint George. With it’s large crescent beach and golden sand, Saint George is a beach lovers paradise. Surrounded by large cliffs and relatively untouched by large scale tourism, a day trip to Agios Georgios is a perfect holiday from your holiday

ARILLAS CAR RENTAL

Situated between Agios Georgios and Agios Stefanos is the small beautiful town of Arillas. Sleepy in nature and perfect for the person wanting to get away from it all. Arillas has a great beach, clear water and really good food. Also, it is close enough to other large resorts, where you have the services it can’t provide.

AGIOS STEFANOS CAR RENTAL

Continuing North from Agios Georgios, we arrive at Agios Stefanos. A large bay with crystal clear water and small rolling waves, Agios Stefanos is a more mature – built up version of Agios Georgios. There are plenty of bars, resaurants, car hire and other services to fulfill your holiday wishes this summer.

SIDARI CAR RENTAL

Almost directly North, we arrive at the town of Sidari and one of corfu’s main resorts. Situated between the cliffs of Logas, Canal D’ Amou and Agios Ioannis – Sidari has a perfect mixture of natural beauty and holiday fun. From water sports, boat trips, excursions, great food to relaxing beches – Sidari has it all for you this summer season

RODA CAR RENTAL

Heading East from Sidari, we arrive at the town of Roda. More built up than the other towns we have seen until now, Roda is a busy intersection between the towns to the West and Acharavi and the towns of the East. With many shops and some lively bars, Roda is a nice place to stop for a drink or two. Make sure to drive along the beach for some nice restaurants.

ACHARAVI CAR RENTAL

The largest and most built up town on Corfu’s North coast is the resort town of Acharavi. While it does have a long pebbly beach, Acharavi’s main attraction is its shopping and restaurants. With live music, fun bars and yummy food, Acharavi is a great place for a meal and some fun. Additionally one can relax in one of the many beautiful beach bars.

KASSIOPI CAR RENTAL

Last but not least, we arrive in Kassiopi and one of Corfu most stunning harbor towns. While sporting only a small rocky beach, the water is gorgeous and crisp. With water sports and some amazing ruins, kassiopi is a must see while visiting Corfu’s North coast. Also, while in kassiopi, don’t forget to try some of the amazing sea food that is served up fresh everyday.

CORFU PORT CAR RENTAL

Corfu Port Car Hire

Corfu Cruise ship terminal Car Rentals

Car Hire at Corfu Port at competitive prices. Hire a car at Corfu cruise ship terminal and explore the island easy. We deliver upon your arrival!

Hire a car at Corfu Port by Sluta Leta. We provide personalised car hire in Corfu cruise port at competitive rates.

 

When arriving on a cruise ship, renting a car is the ideal and most convenient way to explore Corfu island. No matter how long time you have available, there are so many options for sightseeing to fit all needs.

 

When you hire a car in Cofu port from Sluta Leta, we provide you a road map of Corfu island and advise you on the best route to follow and fill each moment of your available time on the island.

 

Sluta Leta Rental cars in Corfu port is the economic and most convenient way to explore Corfu island. We offer personal attendance at the Cruise ship dock arrivals, so no waiting upon your arrival. Your journey will start straight away in our new, reliable vehicles.

 

Our aim is to provide premium car rental services with the highest value for money.

GOUVIA MARINA CAR RENTAL

Gouvia Marina Car Hire

Car rentals at Corfu Marina Gouvia

Gouvia Marina Car hire by Sluta Leta is the correct choice for professional service and new models. Book your Gouvia Marina Rental car now to be delivered by your yacht.

Hire a Car at Gouvia Marina Corfu and explore the beauties of the island.

If you are arriving to Corfu Marina by yacht you will need to rent a car in Marina Gouvia in order to make your way to the island’s beauties or for business purposes.

Sluta Leta offers high quality vehicles at the most competitive prices. When you hire a car at Gouvia Marina in Corfu from Sluta Leta we will give you all the information you need to make your route on the island.

CORFU AIRPORT CAR RENTAL

Corfu Airport Car Hire

Corfu Airport Car rentals

Corfu airport car hire is the best way to reach your holiday resort after landing in Corfu island. Rent a Car in Corfu airport by Sluta Leta and avoid queues and shuttle-bus delays.

Corfu airport Car hire by Sluta Leta. We provide personalised car rentals in Corfu airport at competitive prices.

 

Sluta Leta provides personal attendance on our Corfu airport car rentals, so you will not have to wait on the queues upon your arrival. You will not have to search for it in a huge parking lot with some hundreds of rental cars in it. We check the condition of the car together and we show you the use of the vehicle.

 

Whether you feel exhausted or full of energy after the flight, the upcoming holidays will bring the balance. Choose Sluta Leta rent a car at Corfu airport to save time and start your holidays immediately.

 

Return of the car is very easy. Just drop the car off at the departures gate. You can find us at the airport’s departure gate. You do not have to search for parking or wait on queues, just unload your luggage and you are free to go!

 

Our aim is to provide premium car rental services at the highest value for money.

AQUALAND CAR RENTAL

Aqualand Resort Car hire

Car rentals in Aqualand Village

Hire a Car in Aqualand and visit Corfu town or the most popular and beautiful beaches of Corfu which are located maximum 15 minutes drive by car.

Aqualand village is ideally located in middle Corfu and provides easy access to both east and west coast beauties. Hire a car in Aqualand and visit Agios Gordios, Glyfada and Pelekas beach, the most popular and beautiful beaches in middle and west Corfu, which are located maximum 15 minutes drive by car.

 

Looking for some nightlife? Hire a car in Aqualand and drive to Gouvia, Dassia and Ipsos where the best summer nightlife in Corfu is located!

 

If you are interested in local people’s lifestyle, you can rent a car at Aqualand and drive to Corfu town for some local bars. Kavalieri hotel provides a romantic atmosphere with an amazing view of Corfu town in the evenings, when Liston square will be full of Greek people enjoying a coffee or beer any time of the day!

ERMONES CAR RENTAL

Ermones Car Hire

Car Rentals in Ermones

Ermones Car hire at competitive prices by Sluta Leta. Rent a Car at Ermones and explore Corfu island. We deliver at your place in few minutes.

Ermones Car Hire by Sluta Leta at competitive prices. We deliver your rental car in Ermones at any hotel, Villa or holiday accommodation.

 

Rent a car in Ermones and visit the beaches around, Corfu town and Aqualand waterpark in few minutes.

 

The distance from town and the frequency of the busses running are not suitable for those who want to explore more of Corfu’s beauties. The best solution is to rent a car in Ermones. If you want to hire a car in Ermones Grand Mediterraneo hotel or any other holiday accommodation choose Sluta Leta for professional service and quality cars.

IPSOS CAR RENTAL

This seaside village is located 14 km away from the town centre of Corfu and is the most commercial area of the northeastern part of the island.

Ipsos boasts a long beach, offering many opportunities for enjoying activities in the water or on the beach, while there are pubs, clubs, restaurants and taverns for everyone’s tastes. From the beach you will be able to enjoy the view to the magnificent mountain of Pantokratoras and the Albanian mountains.

DASSIA CAR RENTAL

Dassia is an area that surely meets everyone’s requirements: places for having fun at night but also a nice beach with lots of facilities for spending your time during the daytime.

The sandy beach of Dassia – with tiny pebbles – is very long and well-organized with sun beds, umbrellas and a great variety of water sports installations. The shallow and still water is ideal for families with children, while from the beach you can enjoy the view to the Albanian mountains. Finally, for those who like sailing, there are boats available for rent.

CORFU TOWN CAR RENTAL

The old town centre of Corfu is the best attraction of the island, along with the natural environment and the crystalline water.

The narrow roads (the so-called kadounia), old churches, great mansions and the museums of the town centre gain the attention of visitors. Moreover, the Old and New Fortress are of great cultural importance. Do not forget to visit the amazing Liston, the well-known pedestrian street which is the most visited location within the town centre.

PERAMA CAR RENTAL

An amazing area, only 8km away from Corfu’s town centre, with a lovely beach surrounded by hills and lush greenery.

The area of Perama is located just opposite Pontikonissi Island and used to be one of the most famous resorts during the ‘80s and ‘90s, while it still offers a lot of accommodation opportunities. Most of the tourists visit the taverns of Perama, since the majority of them overlook the sea along with Pontikonissi Island. Close to Perama is the region of Gastouri, where you can find a lot of churches and houses of historic significance, as well as the Achilleion Palace of the Empress of Austria, Sissy.