With summer 2022 being the first time in a while that travellers have been able to choose freely where to go for a holiday, it’s almost difficult to pick where you want to go. Being spoilt for choice, you almost want to go everywhere! Luckily, one of the best destinations in Europe is open for business. <br> <br> Corfu has been one of the most popular islands in Greece for years, and with good reason. Few Islands offer the same variety of experiences, whether you’re in the mood for a great meal, a day at the beach whether that be surfing or swimming, or exploring the stunning natural views across the island. <br> <br> Corfu is also unique in that until the 17th century, the island belonged to Italy, and though it is now firmly Greek, the Italian influences still live on in the cuisine. In addition to Greek classics like moussaka and spanakopita, don’t forget to try local favourites like sofrito and pastitsada. In addition to that, the proximity to the Greek and Albanian coast means that you’re pretty much getting three destinations in one. <br> <br> Corfu has been one of the most popular islands in Greece for years, and with good reason. Few Islands offer the same variety of experiences, whether you’re in the mood for a great meal, a day at the beach whether that be surfing or swimming, or exploring the stunning natural views across the island. <br> <br> <br> <br>
Where to stay
Corfu is not a big island, but offers a lot of variety despite its small size. On the west coast, travellers tend to stay in resorts near the stunning sand beaches. These offer great value for money in beautiful locations, but are somewhat lacking if what you’re after is a private, luxurious experience. When exploring the west coast, don’t miss the two small islands nearby – Cannon and Mouse Islands, the second of which is only just big enough to hold a 17th century monastery. <br> <br> The east coast, on the other hand, offers a variety of more private beaches, as well as the stunning Old Town, a certified UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll feel like an old timey movie star – James Bond fans will know that this location is “for their eyes only”. Travellers who flock to the east coast tend to choose one of the stunning villas overlooking the Greek and Albanian coastline, which offer a more bespoke experience. <br> <br> <br> <br>
One such example is The Saints, offered by Simpson Travel. These pastel dreams sit in a cluster of six 1-2 bedroom cottages around a pool, and within walking distance of nearby Nissaki. This little town has been called “old school Corfu” and has everything you could ask for – tavernas, a shop, and one of the best beaches on the island. <br> <br> Including the flights, airport transfer and a concierge that will stop at nothing to get you whatever you’re in the mood for, a 7 night stay in these villas will cost from £1,379pp this July – and if you’re interested, we’d recommend booking soon, because they go quickly. <br> <br>
Villa Del Cielo
A little further west, Villa Del Cielo has been described as “probably the most magical property in Corfu” and featured in the Sunday Times as one of Europe’s top 100 villas. It’s easy to see why, with the 150 olive trees on the property, infinity pool and stunning sea views. For younger family members, the villa’s playground will occupy them for hours on end. <br> <br> Sleeping up to ten guests comfortably, prices start from €10,500.00 weekly in the summer months. This includes all mod cons, a daily housekeeper, and something we don’t think you’ll find anywhere else – a well maintained herb garden, planted by the owner for guests to enjoy. <br> <br> <br> <br>
If to the Old Town with its cobblestone alleyways is more your speed, Villa Avlaki is a stunning, neoclassical option only five minutes drive away. This walkable town with its famous alleyways and variety of tavernas and restaurants tends to be the reason why travellers come back to Corfu year, after year, after year. Even better, the nearby beach is home to the Canal d’Amour, a natural passage in the smooth rock where legend has it you’ll meet your soulmate. <br> <br> With an average price of £591 per night, a 7 night stay at Villa Avlaki will cost you 4,137.00. Don’t forget to check out the wooden ceiling decorated by a well-known Greek decorator and Byzantine icon painter. <br> <br>
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