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Corfu Travel Guide

Planning Your Time

Corfu is often explored in a day—many people pass through quickly as part of a cruise of the Greek islands. Two days allows enough time to visit Corfu town and its nearby and most famous sites. With four days you can spend time exploring the island's other historic sites and natural attractions along both coasts. Six days allows you time to get a closer look at the museums, churches, and forts and perhaps even take a day trip to Albania. Because Corfu is small, it's easy to make day trips to outlying villages and return to accommodations in or near Corfu town. Alternatively, you could spend a night at the hilltop Pelekas or farther north at the seaside Paleokastritsa. To really get off the beaten path, take the coast road northeast from Corfu town and around Daphnila bay to Agni and from there into the most mountainous part of the island, or head west from Corfu town into the mountains and ancient olive groves to stay near Ano Korakiana, home to Etrusco, the best restaurant on Corfu, and many would say Greece itself. If you're planning a visit to the northwest, avoid the tatty beach towns of Sidari and Roda: both have been ruined by overdevelopment and neither beach is particularly clean or inviting.

As for Corfu town, where should you start upon your arrival? Catch your breath by first relaxing with a coffee or a gelato in Corfu town's shaded Liston arcade, then stroll the narrow lanes of the pedestrians-only quarter. For an overview of the immediate area, and a quick tour of Mon Repos palace, hop on the little tourist train that runs from May to September. Corfu town has a different feel at night, so book a table at one of its famed tavernas to savor Corfu's unique cuisine.

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