Ask an owner: The perfect day in Corfu

11.05.2023 Destinations

Corfu, this emblematic Ionian Island, is undoubtfully a dreamy holiday destination that offers the best of ancient and modern worlds. It is a place where the stunning beaches are surrounded by pristine mountains, and where the architecture of by-gone eras blends seamlessly with the luxury of modern-day living. The island is known for its unspoilt beauty, and it provides a tranquil escape from stress and worries with its dramatic natural settings, sparkling waters, endless activities, legendary monuments and diverse cuisine.

Moreover, Corfu is proud to host some of the top luxury villas in Greece that offer the perfect blend of luxury and comfort while located in some of the most pristine, tranquil and secluded locations on the island. All villas in Corfu are designed to cater for all your needs and provide the ideal base from which to explore the island. From hillside mansions with breathtaking panoramic views to coastal escapes overlooking crystal-clear waters, they are all sure to provide a luxurious and unforgettable holiday experience.

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The island is also home to many natural wonders and hidden gems that offer endless opportunities for exploration. Visiting the stunning beaches of Sidari, the Blue Lagoon or the Paleokastritsa is a must. The Old Corfu town, a UNESCO monument, with its Italian, French and British influences, also boasts many historic sites you should definitely explore. The island also has fantastic trekking and cycling routes that allow you to tour through the charming towns, countryside and secluded beaches.

Corfu is a place where history, culture, and natural beauty come together to provide a dreamy holiday. Come and discover Corfu’s charms and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.

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And to ensure you have all the indispensable incentives, we have asked a local, a villa owner that has provided some insider tips and treasured information to make your stay utterly wonderful.

To start with, we have selected one of our most sought-for villas in Corfu, Villa Daniela. A stunning villa that offers everything you could possibly want and even more. Set in the beautiful village of San Stefano, this villa has breathtaking views over the Ionian Sea and the surrounding mountains. One of the most exquisite Corfu villas, featuring a gorgeous open-air concept, high-end furnishings, and a beautiful infinity pool, this villa is perfect for those who are looking for privacy and peacefulness during their stay. Step inside and you’ll find a spacious living area complete with comfortable sofas, a large TV, and plenty of natural light. The bedrooms are equally impressive, boasting plush beds, elegant decor, and spectacular views. Moreover, villa Daniela is surrounded by lush vegetation, creating an oasis of calm where you can relax and let your worries melt away. Whether you’re looking for a quiet retreat, or a place to entertain friends and family, Villa Daniela will exceed your expectations. From here you will easily explore the local culture, tour around the dreamy coasts, head to discover the glorious monuments of the island, hit the golf course or simply relax; Villa Daniela is the ultimate choice among the top luxury villas in Greece.

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Now, time for the villa owner, a local, to unveil some insider tips.

Q: Let’s start with the hottest – and, probably, the most difficult – question. Which are the must-visit beaches when holidaying on Corfu?

A: Tough one indeed but I have the top 3 for you! With its crystal-clear turquoise waters, soft sand and stunning views, Kerasia, Avlaki and Glyfada beaches are not to be missed. Kerasia beach’s fantastic location ensures peace and tranquillity, while Avlaki’s calm pebbled coast is perfect for a day of sunbathing or playing with the kids. For more adventure, Glyfada beach offers water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing while boasting a long, sandy coast. The beaches also feature charming tavernas to enjoy fresh seafood and traditional Mediterranean cuisine while taking in the picturesque scenery. With such beauty and relaxation to be found at every turn, a visit to these beaches is a must for any traveller visiting Corfu.

Q: Good, you were quick and firm! Another difficult one: what about cultural sites, monuments and history?

A: Corfu has always been a place of beauty, charm, and history. Anyone visiting this picturesque island cannot miss out on the three most visited places worth exploring. Let’s start with the Mon Repo Palace, located in a lush green forest. This neoclassical architectural delight was the home of several Italina and British governors as well as the summer residence of the royal family and features a beautifully landscaped garden that will take your breath away. Next, is the Achilleion Palace, built in memory of the legendary Greek hero Achilles, this palace represents Empress Sissi’s passion for ancient Greek mythology. The palace boasts a beautiful sculpture garden and a stunning view of the Ionian Sea. Finally, no visit is complete without exploring the cobblestone streets of the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a mix of Venetian, French, and British architectural styles. It has narrow alleys, colorful shops, and ancient churches and comprises a brilliant sample of fortification engineering. It’s a must-visit for history lovers and those who wish to indulge in the local culture. Another must-visit is the Museum of Asian Art. A treasure trove of cultural artifacts, spanning centuries of history and showcasing an array of exquisite art forms, the museum offers 10,000 pieces on display, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Asian art. From ancient Greek pottery to intricate Japanese woodblock prints, this museum has something to delight everyone. With its stunning architecture and serene garden, a visit to the Museum of Asian Art will transport you to another world.

Q: Nice! Let’s touch another hot subject now. What about foodies? Where will they have the most heavenly culinary experience?

A: If you’re looking for the ultimate foodie experience on Corfu, then you can’t go wrong with a visit to one of the island’s top restaurants. At Venetian Well, for instance, you’ll be treated to a culinary extravaganza that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more right within the glorious Old Town. This restaurant offers a wide array of delicious dishes, but you shouldn’t miss out on their traditional pastitsada- a hearty meat stew with a spicy tomato sauce and pasta. Meanwhile, Toula’s Seaside is revered for their sofrito – a local delicacy made with veal, white wine, garlic, and vinegar, while its overall cuisine is an amalgam of traditional ingredients creating modern, fusion dishes with a flair of fine dining and haute gastronomy. And if you’re in the mood for something more rustic and Italian, head over to Nolita where you can try their mouthwatering creations that pair Greek, Mediterranean and Italian cuisines. In general, guests should definitely try mpourdeto – a bean stew with a spicy sausage and fresh herbs, or bianco – a simple, yet delicious fish soup made with garlic, onions, and potatoes, apart from pastitsada and sofrito.

Q: Any special events?

A: Easter is a magical time to visit Corfu as the island is filled with religious and cultural traditions that date back centuries, creating a unique and mesmerizing experience. From the procession of the epitaph on Good Friday in the Old Town to the raucous celebration of Pot Throwing (Mpotides) on Holy Saturday, the island is alive with energy and excitement. The weather is perfect for exploring the gorgeous beaches, lush countryside, and charming villages, all while indulging in delicious traditional Easter dishes and treats. It’s an unforgettable holiday filled with joy, beauty, and tradition. Moreover, in Corfu we have a tradition with Philharmonics, representing the soulful embodiment of traditional music and culture through their masterful performance, that traverse the streets of the capital on the first of each month, if Sunday, or when saints are celebrated. This is a custom that also takes place in some of the villages and creates a soul-moving event to attend.

Q: Last but not least. Any special advice or tip for a special activity like boat tour?

A: Embark on a nautical adventure from Corfu to Paxos, immersing themeselves in the scenic highlights of the Ionian Sea. This is a signature tour when staying in Corfu as guests will witness the glowing emerald water, secluded bays, and striking cliffs of the Antipaxos island, which are sure to take their breath away. The gentle sea breeze will carry them away, as they bask in the warm sunshine, and cool off with a refreshing swim. The heavenly islands of Paxos & Antipaxos will take visitors to a journey in paradise with turquoise waters, green touching the sea and dramatic, white cliffs.

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