Gorgeous natural landscapes, perfect weather, ancient monuments… these are just some of the many, many reasons to visit Corfu, an island off the northwest coast of Greece.
Known as the 'Emerald Island' thanks to its lush green sscenery, Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. Throughout its long history, Corfu has been owned by the Venetians, the French, the British and finally the Greeks.
In recent years, Corfu has earned a reputation as something of a party island. This is mostly because of Kavos, the seaside village with a buzzing nightlife and party scene.
But outside of Kavos, the island is actually a pleasant, calm and idyllic retreat with beautiful scenery and delicious food.
Take a step back in time in Kerkyra Town, the historic part of Corfu. This area is filled with quaint streets, small cafes and boutique shops selling genuine leather goods.
You can also visit the Old Fortress, a spectacular castle perched on a hill that juts dramatically into the sea.
If you venture inland, over cypress-covered mountains, you'll be treated to a number of tourist-free villages that are worth the journey.
Afionas, for example, is a picturesque village filled with bright bougainvillea and vivid geraniums. It's known for its many white houses dotted with bright blue shutters.
Foodies will feel right at home in Corfu, where restaurants serve up traditional Greek food as well as some local delicacies. Why not indulge in sofrito (veal cooked in wine, garlic and pepper) or tsoutsoukakia (meatballs in tomato sauce) washed down with a glass of ginger beer, a local favourite.