Corfu: A Greek Adventure
There is a reason why so many iconic romance movies and novels have played out in the Greek islands. It is a place where love incubates in the gentle warmth of the sun and the equal warmth of a people who believe in its restorative power. Myth has it that Corfu was the island to which Poseidon, god of the sea, brought his love, the beautiful nymph Korkyra, to wed and then named the island for her. It is 227 square miles of landscape that seems to have been painted by a Master with the specific intent to seduce. Warm golden beaches, clear azure waters, emerald vegetation and starkly white villas play host to an ancient culture of fishing, olive groves and food to tempt the gods. It is like nature’s clinic for the most flagging of spirits and its gentle balm awaits a mere 3 hour flight from Stansted Airport.
Corfu is not just a holiday destination it is an invitation to become an honorary member of a culture that celebrates life to the fullest. If you are renting a private villa, then shop with the Corfiots at local markets bursting with fresh fare that will tempt the most discerning palate and inspire even the least competent of cooks. Or, eat at one of the many tavernas that pride themselves in holding the most determined of wills ransom to excess in eating, drinking and exuberant dancing. There is something about the music of a bouzouki that will draw the most inept dancer onto the floor, whooping, dipping and kicking. There is also an abundance of lively entertainment and exciting nightlife on offer at the many luxury resorts on Corfu.
There is no better way to recover from late night partying than to relax on the magnificent golden sands of Corfu’s beaches or walk along the ocean’s edge, letting your bare feet luxuriate in the warm softness of its texture and the soothing coolness of the water. For the hardier visitor there are many water sports available to ensure an exhilarating day in the sun. Weekend entertainment may include attendance at a promenade concert presented by one of Corfu’s 3 prestigious philharmonic societies, or tours of the many historical sites that dot the island. Remains of antiquity like the city of Corcyra with its tomb of Menekrates have survived the WW11, German Luftwaffe bombardment along with many examples of Venetian architecture.
Corfu was not only favoured by the gods of ancient Greece: Up until the early 20th century it was the regular holiday destination of much of Europe’s royalty. Today it offers the same irresistible inducements to visitors from around the world and keeps them coming back for more.