FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN CORFU
You can travel to Corfu either by package or on your own.
Flying to the island
The self-employed tourist can get to Corfu from Helsinki with direct flights, as Norwegian flies the route during the summer season. In winter, the trip requires a change of flight.
Among tour operators, for example, TUI also organizes direct flights to the island during the summer, in which the travel time is significantly shorter. Flight prices range from 250 to 500 euros. It is often possible for Corfu to also find cheap package tours as a last minute sudden departure.
Accommodation in every price range
Corfu offers accommodation in both five-star hotels and budget inns. By negotiating the price, you often have to compromise on the location as well, but you should also check the offer of the home rental service Airbnb. There you can find an entire apartment or room in a good location at a competitive price.
Hurry up on the local bus or rent a bicycle
The atmosphere of Corfu is best felt by wandering its streets on foot, but unfortunately the best beaches cannot be reached on foot. However, bus service works well, with blue buses running within the city, while greens also run longer distances.
You can also explore the city from the saddle of a bicycle. There are bike rentals in the city where you can rent a fillar for a day or more. Mountain bikes are also available if more challenging terrain is of interest.
Car rental is a viable option if you want to explore the island more freely and on your own schedule.
SIGHTS OF CORFU
The beaches of Paleokastritsa are considered the best in Corfu.
Corfu’s medieval old town was built by the Venetians, and this is reflected in its Italian architecture and atmosphere. Admire the sculptures, statues and gardens of the city’s narrow alleys and picturesque squares.
The old town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has numerous cupolas and restaurants, although cheaper meals are worth eating outside. Great discoveries can be made in the city’s small boutiques, and leather products, for example, are sold much cheaper there than in Finland.
Corfu is also suitable for royals. One of the most famous sights on the island is the Achillion Summer Palace, built in the late 19th century by the Austro-Hungarian Empress Elisabeth . The palace is named after Achilles , the hero of the Trojan War , and its theme is Greek mythology. The palace has also become part of the film world, having served as a casino in the film James Bond.
The old Venetian-style fortress is an absolute must for a traveler especially interested in history. With the fortress you can admire the statues and how different style periods blend effortlessly into a single whole. During the same visit, you can also stop by the museum located in the fortress. The walls of the fortress offer magnificent views of the Corfu archipelago and the city. Also visit the Church of St. George, which is architecturally reminiscent of an ancient Greek temple.
The Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the village of Paleokastritsa is one of the most beautiful buildings on the island. The city of Corfu is twenty kilometers away from the monastery, but a bus takes you a 20-minute walk from the building itself.
In addition to the architecture of the monastery, the actual experience is provided by its magnificent gardens. Flowering cypresses and lemon and olive trees create a wonderful fragrant landscape. For a visit to the monastery, it is advisable to wear accessories that cover the shoulders and knees. However, if you have shorts on your feet, extra clothing will be provided at the entrance. The village of Paleokastritsa also has great beaches and good swimming spots.
THE BEST OF CORFU
Corfu has a lot to offer and the island is a great place for a car holiday.
International influences in Corfu cuisine
Corfu’s cultural diversity is also reflected in the island’s restaurant offerings. The island serves delicious traditional Greek cuisine, but influences can also be found elsewhere in Europe and especially in Italy and Turkey .
Local delicacies include at least Bianco fish stew, souvlaki steaks, pita gyros and bourdeto fish soup. Classics such as Greek salad and tsatzik are also worth taking advantage of on site.
Corfu’s currency is the euro, and the price level is slightly lower than in Finland.
The best outside the city
- The village of Paleokastritsa
- Sissi Palace
- Hike to the top of Pantokrator
- Day trip to Albania
The best local food
- Pita gyros
- Greek salad
The best activities on the island
- Aqualand water park