Brits can never quite rely on their weather to do what it's supposed to (even when the forecasters manage to get it mostly right), but the knowledge that the long, cold darkness of winter is coming, makes a sunny Mediterranean holiday all the more seductive at this time of year. Sultry sunsets, halcyon cloudless skies and delicious intimate meals in the warmth of a gentle sea breeze are treats that can only be imagined... Unless you take the opportunity to avoid the bustling summer throngs and travel in the off-season. Set in the sparkling, azure Ionian Sea, Corfu is famous for its fabulous white sandy beaches, beautiful weather and sumptuous cuisine. Here are seven tips for how to spend your time on beautiful Corfu when you're not simply relaxing; away from the plague of office sniffles and autumnal gloom.
Kassiopi is a beautifully tranquil Greek fishing village on the wealthy north-east coast of the island. Its history is thought to stretch back to the 3rd century BC and after the Roman conquest of 230 BC, it was visited by a number of famous figures from the classical world, including the great orator Cicero and many Emperors. A picturesque delight, it should not be missed.
2. Palaiokastritsa Beach
If you were to imagine every detail that makes up the perfect beach, this might come close to being it. Lying on the north-west coast of Corfu, Palaiokastritsa Beach is a vision of dramatic rocky cliffs and coves, smooth white sand and warm gentle waters.
3. Corfu Reptilla Roda
Visitors to the reptile centre lavish high praise on this unusual attraction, which allows visitors to interact with all manner of snakes and lizards. Run by friendly and knowledgeable owners, you won't regret your visit, especially if you're travelling with curious children.
4. The Achilleon
The Achilleon is a palace-monument built in the neo-classical style by the Austrian Empress Elizabeth of Bavaria (also known as Sissi) in memory of her only son, who committed a murder and suicide in 1889. It is named after the tragic Greek hero of the Iliad, Achilles. The palace and its imperial gardens are now a museum and art gallery and will reward anyone with an interest in history, culture or art who takes the time to visit.
5. The Church of Saint Spyridon
Located in the Venetian-influenced architecture of the old city, the Church of St. Spyridon houses the preserved body of the island's patron saint. Over 300 years old, the cathedral displays a host of relics and votive works of religious art in the Orthodox style.
If you fancy something a little more energetic than strolling along a beach or catching up on reading material, why not visit Aqualand? Full of awesome water slides and tubes, the park is immensely popular with kids and adults struggling to wake up after a night out.
7. The Old Fort (Palaio Frourio)
The Romans were not the only maritime power to visit Corfu. The Palaio Frourio (Old Citadel in Greek) is an old Venetian construction, parts of which are gradually falling into the sea. Occasionally the interior is used for cultural events, taking advantage of this evocative fortress overlooking the Ionian Sea. Corfu has long been popular with British tourists for its proximity, cost, climate and surprisingly diverse range of attractions. Flights are comparably cheap at this time of year and hotels are keen to welcome visitors in the off-season, whilst reliable transfers from Corfu airport are easy to arrange before you depart.
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