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Located in the tranquil Ionian Sea, the Greek island of Corfu enjoys a rich history that espouses many of the most important regional legends and mythology. Once famous for the numerous battles which were fought within its shores, Corfu is now a well-known tourist destination. This is due to its inviting climate, its amazing archaeological finds and of course, its magnificent beaches. So, what are some of the main considerations to take into account when travelling here? Let us examine a handful of key points.
The primary airport that many use to arrive here is Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport. One of the major carriers here is Olympic Airlines. However, Aegean Airlines also operates out of this hub. The terminal offers additional connections to Paxol, Lefkada, Kefalonia and Brindisi (Italy). So, most travellers will need to catch a connecting flight from Athens International Airport. Some airlines which service this airport are:
In other words, there are no direct international flights to Corfu. You will need to purchase a connecting ticket from another hub.
The beaches here are known for their crystal-clear waters which are warm throughout the year. Although some sections are extremely busy in regards to tourism, there are other locations which tend to be much more isolated. Some spots which are definitely not to be missed include Nissaki, Avakli, Kavos, Kerassia and the particularly secluded (and aptly names) Channel of Love.
As was mentioned earlier, Corfu is known for its splendid examples of archaeology. There are numerous sites and museums to explore. The two most prominent museums are the Archaeological Museum of Corfu and the Museum of Art of Corfu. However, there are also opportunities to catch a first-hand glimpse of this history. The Palace of Achilleion, Mount Pantokrator, the Castle of Angelokastro and the mausoleums of Vido are some great examples. There are many guided tours available to each of these locations.
Another must-see destination is known as the Old Fortress. This citadel is perched upon a rocky peninsula and offers excellent panoramic views; ideal for snapping a few photos during your stay. There is also a small church, a Doric temple and a lighthouse. It is said that the distant shores of Albania can be seen from a towering lighthouse on the clearest of days.
Corfu is a massively popular tourist hot spot. So, there are generally large crowds between the months of June and early September. As the temperatures here are quite mild, it might be a good idea to book reservations for the late autumn or the early spring. Regardless of when you decide to arrive, there is no doubt that you and any of your guests will thoroughly enjoy your stay at this truly stunning destination.