About Corfu

 

Why would you buy land in Corfu?

The reasons are numerous. Here are a few to consider:

Corfu is renowned as being one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean.

At the same time, the prices of real estate in Greece are bottoming-out, which means that property represents a good return of investment over time.

Corfu is a short flight (typically 1 to 3 hours) from most European airports. There are direct flights all year long from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Bristol, East Midlands and Newcastle airports in the UK as well as Switzerland, Sweden, Cyprus and several other European countries. So visiting your property or your loved ones back home is convenient and relatively inexpensive.

Corfu’s climate is mild and slightly wet in the winter and warm and dry in the summer. Expect 7-8 hours of sunshine daily on average.

Thanks to its shape and distances, Corfu offers easy access to both mountain and sea. You are never too far from the beach or the island’s fabulous mountaisn and hills.. There is an outstanding and varied scenery, as well as a great mix of pebble and sandy beaches.

Due to its history, culture and cosmopolitan air, Corfu, although not the biggest island of the Ionian sea, surpasses all others with its population of 110,000. Life has a touch of European elegance without losing its Greek origins. Corfu is also hosting the Ionian University and has a long tradition in classical music, bands and choirs.

What is special about Corfu compared to other places in Greece?

Corfu is truly unique in many respects.

Firstly, the weather is near-perfect. Summers are warm but mainly dry and winters are mild with a bit of rain. Other Greek islands can feel significantly hotter.

Secondly, the island has the ideal balance in population, not too little to feel lonesome, not too many to feel overcrowded. Because of its history and culture there are lots to see and do in every season.

Finally, the average cost of living is lower than in Athens or the famous islands of Cyclades and of course Europe.

If you have only one chance in a lifetime…

…don’t miss Easter in Corfu. It is the time when Corfu brings out to light all its natural and cultural beauty. You will feel overwhelmed by the flowers, you will feel surprised by the green, you will be taken away by music, you will get unprecedented feelings by the religious and celebrating events.

Easter here is bright beyond all expectations.

Natural beauty, culture and tradition. The East and the West, both together form a mosaic of culture, customs and language. Easter in Corfu presents this very peculiarity, customs and traditions which can be traced back to the Western and Eastern culture, in pagan customs which date thousands of years in the past. Celebrations which give a new breeze of life to the islands, rising them in a crescendo of joy and enthusiasm.

The most distinctive characteristic of Easter in Corfu are the concerts of classical music opera and church music giving strong emotions to both locals and foreigners.

Easter will give you an idea of the greatness of this island and what it means to be part of it.

How to get there

By Air

Regular and Charter Flights

Corfu is becoming more and more accessible each year with plenty of flights to and from various cities across Europe and Greece.

Corfu International Airport is connected by charter flights to most European cities.

Domestic Flights are available by Olympic and Aegean Airlines from Athens and Thessaloniki.

By Sea

Ferry Boats ( Domestic lines)

From Igoumenitsa departures are 6 am up to 10 pm. In the summer season departures are on average every quarter of an hour and the duration is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

International Lines to and from ITALY (Patras, Bari, Brindisi, Ancona, Venice).

Departures from Patras to Italy visit the ports of Corfu or Igoumenitsa accordingly, as well as in the opposite journey Italy to Patras.

Information is given by the port authorities of Greece, Corfu (+30 266103265) Igoumenitsa (+30 2665022235) and Patras (+30 2610341002).

By Road

Athens – Igoumenitsa 449 km (279 mi), approximate driving time 6.5 hrs

Patras – Igoumenitsa 255 km (155 mi), approximate driving time 3.5 hrs

Thessaloniki (Salonica) – Igoumenitsa 328 km (204 mi), approximate driving time 3.0 hrs

Sports and Activities

canoeing

Water sports: water skiing, pedaloes, parasailing, banana rides, ring boats, jet skiing etc. and endless hours of swimming in crystal clear waters on the beaches all around the island.

  •  Scuba diving
  •  Yachting
  •  Paragliding and parasailing
  •  Mountain biking
  •  Horseback riding
  •  Cricket
  •  Tennis
  •  Trekking and mountain climbing

Golf at Corfu

Anytime is golf time!

The Corfu Club’s beautiful course has been praised by many as one of golf’s best kept secrets in Europe. It was designed by the famous Swiss based architect, Donald Harradine and he has blended the natural resources of the lovely Ropa Valley including the river of Nafsika, with man made hazards to make the course a good but fair test. It is as enjoyable for the scratch player as it is for the long handicap one.

The tree-lined fairways and the sand traps combine with the several lakes and meandering streams, to make an attractive picture against a backcloth of high hills. A magical place full of animals and birds (kingfishers, herons, otters, fish).

The course has been recently renovated, with major work carried out on the bunkers and an upgrade to the irrigation system, therefore keeping the course in perfect condition at all times.

From March to November and sometimes beyond, there is warm sunshine and blue skies in Corfu but even in high summer on the golf course there is almost always a cooling breeze blowing in from the sea. Golf is also played throughout the winter in Corfu, so anytime is golf time!

There are three sets of tees thus providing enjoyment for all categories of players.

The turf is very good and easy to walk on and every hole on the course provides infinite variety – and it’s own problems.

Corfu is a great golf course and it’s fame is spreading rapidly as golfers come from all over the world to test their skill at golf and to enjoy an island which offers spectacular scenery, fine hotels, good food and a warm welcome.

The course is open 7 days a week.

Nature

One of the principal components of the Corfiot landscape is, without doubt, its lush vegetation in all its never-ending hues. Unlike other parts of Greece where any greenery withers and dries up in the summer months, in Corfu it remains fresh all year round; indeed, depending on the season, the island’s amazing verdure is diffused with the colours of trees in blossom or heavy with fruit and the flowers, wild or cultivated, that grow in such profusion. The shimmering blue sea forms a perfect backdrop to the assorted shades of green of the Corfiot countryside…

Flora

Floral

On an island inhabited continuously since ancient times, the type of vegetation has been determined not just by its soil and climate but also by human factors. Under Venetian rule, money was offered as an incentive for planting olive trees and replacing the wild variety with the cultivated one, while viniculture has also been an important occupation. The olive holds pride of place amongst the island’s vegetation; ancient, lofty trees with gnarled trunks, in endless groves that are veritable forests, look down imposingly on the surrounding countryside. Variety is added by the many cypress trees, palms and bushes. Some people choose to visit the island in January and February in order to enjoy the unique vista of almond trees in blossom against a backcloth of silver-green olive groves and the sparkling sea. The combination of factors that make up the island’s microclimate is very favourable to its wild flowers. Indeed, it could be said without exaggeration that Corfu is in bloom all year round. There are, for example, 36 self-sown varieties of orchid, a complex and sensitive plant.

Fauna

Fauna

Historical sources refer to the island as a hunter’s paradise. Today, however, the fauna encountered on Corfu has been considerably reduced. Yet the marked relief of the terrain, the peculiar characteristics of the olive plantations and the small yet far from insignificant clumps of woodland vegetation still provide shelter for a number of species of wildlife. Amongst the many kinds of reptile to be found here is the rare turtle, Mayremys caspica. Several types of amphibian live in areas where there is fresh water. More than 150 species of bird, many of them rare, either live here or pass through during migration.

Climate

The almost heavenly look of the Corfiot nature is due to the mild climate and the high percentage of humidity for the Greek standards (frequent rains from November until March).

The Summer heat is moderated by the humidity (highest temperature in July 33oC). The summer afternoons a north-western wind, “maistros” blows, which rarely exceeds the 4 Beaufort power scale

Winters are mild and are reminiscent of  even more southern latitudes.


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