A Family Holiday to Corfu

Swimming and sunbathing at the Agios Spyridon ...

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Corfu is the second largest island of the Ionian Islands and boasts of a lush terrain with long sandy beaches. Cypress trees and impressive rock formations grace the landscape of this quaint island. With a perfect blend of fun outdoor activities and cultural landmarks, a Corfu holiday with the whole family is certain to be a pleasure for all.

Choosing to stay in a villa for your family holiday is the perfect setting for a comfortable and intimate experience of a visit to Greece. Your family will appreciate the freedom that comes with a Corfu villa experience in comparison to the rigid schedules of hotels. Instead of having to be at breakfast at specific times, you can choose to eat whenever you want – down to a midnight feast of Greek delicacies. Family members can sleep as late as they like and even dine in their comfy pajamas. No rooms are off limits, and everyone can freely meander throughout the rooms. Corfu villas offer all the comforts of home.

The old citadel of Corfu city located at its e...

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A Corfu villa can be nestled in the mountains and offer panoramic views of the beautiful beaches that stretch throughout the coastline. Take in the beauty of the outdoors and a leisurely swim in your own private pool at your villa. For some outdoor adventure, why not ask the locals of the best places to visit and things to do in the area. Try living like a local – buying fresh produce, enjoying the local markets and visiting the bars in the area!

Corfu is home to many beautiful beaches lined with canopied lounges and offers a wide range of water sports. Kalmaki, Ermones and Gylfada beaches are just a few of the popular beaches in Corfu. These beaches provide the facilities for all your water sport pleasures. Take your family for a tandem ride of parasailing and get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful terrain of Corfu. Snorkel along the beautiful reefs of the Ionian Sea. Kayaks, paddle boats and banana rides are also available.

Palaiokastritsa, Corfu

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Enjoy a family day out to the Old Fortress. This fortress dates back to the 6th century, when Corfu was a part of the Byzantine Empire. The entrance to the fortress is arched and leads to a myriad of structures. The small chapel of Madonna Del Carmine leads to the Public Library of Corfu, which houses rare manuscripts. You can climb the ancient stairs to a magnificent polygonal well built in 1732 and reach the highest point at the clock tower.

Two of the most popular special events in Corfu are Easter and the Varkarola. The religious celebration of Easter takes place every year in the middle of April, and the streets of Corfu light up with parades, music, fireworks and feasts of Greek delicacies. The Varkarola is an exciting cultural event in Paleokastritsa and occurs on the first Sunday in August. Boats with singing choirs enter the bay of Paleokastritsa while fireworks light up the sky. These are perfect times to take a Corfu family holiday.

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