Beautiful Corfu cliffside coastline

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Known as the Emerald Isle for its lush green interior, the Greek island of Corfu has been a haven for holidaying Brits for some years and the shine simply cannot be taken off this jewel of the Mediterranean Sea.

Why go?

One of the prettiest of the Greek Ionian islands, Corfu is a firm favourite thanks to its laidback vibe and stunning coast...

From the heights of its mountainous interior, down through old-world villages and on to the sparkling shoreline where tourist resorts of varying sizes cater for visitors, the island is certain to please families, groups and couples looking to enjoy some famed Greek hospitality - not to mention a good dose of sunshine.

There are many tourist resorts on the strangely shaped island of Corfu (think a smaller Italy, with a slightly broken leg) and nowhere is too far away from the airport, which is smack in the middle of the east coast.

Corfu Town offers an interesting holiday, with the Old and New Towns contributing differing perspectives for visitors.

On the east coast are the beaches and resorts of Benitses, Kontokali, Dassia, Nissaki and energetic Ipsos.

In the north you'll find Sidari, Roda and Kassiopi, while out west are Paleokastritsa, Glyfada, Arillas and St George, also known as Agios Georgios. Also in the west is delightful Pelekas, which is renowned for its spectacular sunset views.

Party capital Kavos is on the island's south coast.

Distractions from the beaches and bars include watersports, sailing, mountain biking, hiking and golfing. The Achilleion palace, in Gastouri, was built by an Austrian Empress and is a worthwhile day trip. Scenes in 'For Your Eyes Only' were filmed here. If it's good enough for James Bond...

How to get there

Flights to Corfu are plentiful in the spring and summer but always book in advance to ensure you get the best deal...

Flights to Corfu take around three and a half hours from the UK and arrive into Corfu Airport (CFU), which also acts as a gateway to holidays in neighbouring Ionian Islands.

Corfu flights are frequent during the spring, summer and autumn, though you'll have to fly via Athens (ATH) if you wish to visit the island during winter.

Getting to and from the airport

As a busy tourist airport, Corfu has a good provision of transfers to your destination...

Taxis, buses and car hire are the options for transfers to your resort from the airport if you haven't opted for a package holiday and coach transfer.

But we aware that public transport is limited after midnight and taxi transfers may be a better for those travelling in small groups.

Where to stay?

Corfu has so much to offer every age group and budget when it comes to the best places to stay...

From tranquil harbour villages to a clubber's mecca, Corfu has it all covered. Package holidays are very popular on the island and fully-inclusive deals are widely available too.

For budget rental accommodation, Kassiopi in the north east is a great resort for those who want a touch of Greek village charm - the resort is located around a fishing port - but also some nightlife. Families like this little resort too for its safe but rocky bays.

For a sandy beach, nearby Roda is a great choice and it also has a good range of low key hotels and rentals. For those with larger budgets and those looking for more luxury and higher-end hotels, Gouvia nearby often proves a winner.

Further down the east coast is Corfu Town itself which attracts holidaymakers wishing to be near the large port and surprisingly cosmopolitan capital. This is a busy location with lots of traffic, so is not suitable for families, but it's a good choice for backpackers, younger travellers and couples who enjoy café culture and to be in the heart of the action.

In the south, Kavos is the famous party resort which attracts thousands of youngsters every summer season thanks to its club and bar scene. Accommodation is low to mid-range hotels and apartment complexes, with package deals very popular for budget conscious under-30s.

Agios Giorgos to the west is great for families with its safe, sandy beach, and here you can find upmarket hotels and even some very good spa resorts. Further north is Arillas which, while not rowdy, does have some nightlife and is ideal for couples and families who love a great beach. Great water sports are available here too.