Known as the Emerald Isle (thousands of trees clinging to hillsides afford this title), Corfu has been a holiday favourite for many years and the tourism industry is well established, catering for thousands of visitors every year.
Bookworms will also know the island as the setting of Gerald Durrell's autobiographical novel My Family and Other Animals.
There are plenty of resorts to be whisked away to after you've landed at Corfu Airport (CFU). Neighbouring Ionian Islands are also easily accessed from Corfu and many tourists choose to fly here and then board ferries to reach smaller islands nearby.
Of those who stay on Corfu, numerous Brits head straight to the bars, restaurants and clubs of exhilarating Kavos. It is a resort dedicated to dancing, drinking and days spent recovering on the beach and the nights here are loud and lively.
Those looking for peace and quiet need not look too far. Kassiopi is a small fishing village in the east and has kept its quiet charm, while Arillas has just enough tavernas to keep tranquil holidays from getting repetitive.
Other popular resorts on the mountainous island include Sidari and Roda in the north, Benitses, Kontokali, Dassia, Nissaki and Ipsos in the east, while out west are Paleokastritsa, Glyfada, St George, also known as Agios Saint Georgios, and Pelekas, which has earned a reputation for gorgeous sunsets.
Corfu Town is an interesting place to stay, and there is plenty of history and culture to indulge in.
There really is a resort for every type of holidaymaker, whether it's a group, family, singles or couples holiday, and whether you're looking at staying in a hotel, villa or self-catering apartment.
Corfu holidays are ideal for diving into watersports action or for sailing opportunities, and there are enough golf courses to keep every level of golfer busy for a few hours.
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The peak months of June to September see the highest temperatures in Corfu, with a daily average of 26C. Spring and autumn can be pleasant but expect rain at any time outside of summer.
Easter; March/April: The Holy Week is celebrated here with plenty of pomp and ceremony. Mix in with the locals and savour the sights, sounds and (cooking) smells of the church services, chanting in mass and the serving of traditional dishes.
Varkarola Festival; August: Saint Spyridon saved the island from a Turkish siege in 1716, or so the legend goes. A boat “fight” takes place in Paleokastritsa before fireworks light the night sky.
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Relaxing: Spend a relaxing day ambling around the charming village of Kassiopi. Take in the views from the pretty harbour, sample some of the local dishes and enjoy the beautiful lush scenery that surrounds the area.
Active types: Ipsos is a big watersports resort where sporty types will be able to try out a variety of activities such as scuba diving, water-skiing and parasailing.
Romance: Time stands still in tranquil Kalami, where couples can get away from it all and experience the ultimate in relaxation. The beautiful secluded bay, scattering of pastel-coloured houses and maze of winding streets make this the perfect escape.
Kids & teens: Aqualand will delight kids of all ages. Set against the background of lush green forests, children will love letting off steam on the numerous slides and flumes. Free sun beds and umbrellas mean mums and dads can enjoy the day too with a well-earned rest.
Nightlife: Buzzing Kavos is where party animals looking for a good time should head. Dance until dawn in the numerous bars and clubs then flop on the beach the next day to recover. Just be ready to do it all again the following night!
Shopping: Vibrant Corfu Town will give you plenty of options to pick up souvenirs in its variety of shops and stalls.