We all find ourselves in need of a break and some proper relaxation occasionally, so at the beginning of October we flew to Corfu for a week away. I’ve only ever visited Crete before, so I was looking forward to visiting a different greek island – and I’m pleased to say that Corfu was lovely.
We decided a few months ago to book a TUI all-inclusive holiday to make our week away as relaxing and simple as possible – and before you cringe at the thought of an all-inclusive, don’t! It was a lovely hotel, with excellent food and friendly staff – you just have to choose well. We opted for all-inclusive in order to take the pressure off of exploring and planning, and to ensure we had a relaxing week away – which was much needed!
Corfu might be known as somewhat of a party island – but it’s far from that. In fact, most tourists and locals do their best to avoid Kavos on the South side of the island, as this is the town considered to be the party central of the island – described as being tacky, loud and dominated by nightclubs and drunken tourists. Don’t let this put you off though, as the rest of Corfu island is beautiful and definitely worth visiting – just avoid Kavos and you’ll be fine!
While we were away, we fully embraced the laidback greek island lifestyle and spent our days lounging by the quiet pool, dodging the occasional spot of rain, eating gyros and swimming in the crystal clear blue waters of the Ionian Sea – so while we didn’t really leave our hotel (which was our intention – we didn’t book this holiday with the goal to explore the island), we did learn a few interesting facts about Corfu that I thought I’d share with you!
The first interesting fact about Corfu is that the island is actually far closer to the coast of Albania that it is to Greece – in fact, we were so close to Albania where we stayed on the North East side of the island that our phones were connecting to the Albanian networks!
We also learnt a little about kumquats while we were away – which is a fruit I’ve never actually come across before. They’re small, oval shaped citrus fruits that grow on trees around Corfu – and because they are so abundant on the island, the locals like to use them to make sweets, cakes, preserves and most importantly – liqueur. Interesting, right?
Corfu is a very mountainous island, which you’ll notice immediately if you ever visit, with the rugged coastline giving lots of beautiful bays and beaches to visit. The tallest mountain of Corfu is 914m – for reference, that’s taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (which is 830m high). That’s a big mountain!
Enough of the interesting facts about Corfu – and back to our holiday!
We were staying at the Tui Sensimar Atlantica Nissaki Beach, on the North-East side of Corfu. The staff were lovely, as were the restaurants – and the hotel didn’t feel too busy (probably because we were visiting in October!).
We enjoyed a lot of inclusive drinks, with a lot of Frappé for me – a Greek coffee classic. Even better when enjoyed by the pool!
The majority of what we ate during our week away was Gyros – because when in Greece, why not? If you haven’t tried Gyros before (if you haven’t, where have you been?) it’s traditionally pork, lamb or beef, thinly sliced and served in a fresh pita with tzatziki, sliced onion, sliced tomato and a few chips. My favourite were the pork gyros – although there were turkey ones on offer some days which were also very nice.
Wrap it up and you’ve got a delicious handful!
Gyros is one of our favourite Greek foods (alongside prawn saganaki, yum), and if you’re craving some in the UK head over to The Real Greek – they serve up some good, authentic food!
Our hotel was right on the beach, with just a short walk from our room to the Ionian sea. The water was so warm (relatively speaking, of course) that it was actually warmer than the pool!
The Ionian sea was some of the clearest water we’ve ever seen – crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling, if you come equipped.
TOP TIP – if you’re packing your bags for a sunny holiday in Corfu – don’t forget to pack a pair of super stylish rock shoes! You know, the kind you get on family holidays in Cornwall for rock pool fishing? The beaches in Corfu are very pebbly and hard to walk on, so to avoid stumbling around and hobbling in and out of the water – grab yourself a pair of rock shoes and embrace the fashion. After all, you don’t want to let pebbles stop you from enjoying the sea!
Facts about Corfu
A few more essential facts about Corfu:
- The currency in Corfu is the Euro
- It’s easy to fly into Corfu from a few UK airports to Corfu Airport
- Local time in Corfu is 2 hours ahead of London
- If you visit Corfu, you don’t need any special vaccinations – just make sure that your tetanus, diphtheria & polio jabs are up to date
- In case you didn’t already guess, Corfu locals speak Greek as their native language – and the majority of them also speak English
We had a lovely holiday in Corfu, and it’s an island we would consider returning to in the future – relaxing, laidback and beautiful.
If we return, we’ll probably book our own accommodation and travel so that we can do a little more exploring of the island – but, if you’d like a stress-free and easy holiday, booking a TUI holiday is a good way to do it.
You can find out more about the hotel we stayed at here. Have you ever been to Corfu? Where would you recommend visiting?
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