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Posted on Aug 15, 2012

Did You See The Most Amazing Greek Island? We Will..

Did You See The Most Amazing Greek Island? We Will..

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Ever dreamed of visiting an island?  But not just an any island, but  a super-cool island.  Many islands around the world are a great attraction to  visitors; and we’ve heard romantic, marvelous stories on some of them.  As a family who has been traveling the world for 18 months now, we’ve had the privilege of visiting several awesome islands. Some in Latin America, some in Southeast Asia, and even took a Mediterranean cruise to see a Mediterranean island, Cyprus.

So, what comes to mind when you think of a cool island?  As for me, Kobi, I think of a white or golden sand beaches, warm sunny skies, great restaurants and awesome attractions; and let’s not forget the great Pina-Coladas served by some beautiful women wearing next to nothing.  So when looking for such an island, you don’t have to look too hard. Most islands, I bet, will give you at least some of the above, and a few other will reveal to you some unexpected treats. Already as a teenager (many, many, many years ago) growing up in Israel, I always had dreamed visiting the Mediterranean island of Greece, especially Corfu.

I rather not bore you with the island’s history, geography and etc. but as we have been teaching our kids on the road the Myths of the Greek Mythology, we were thrilled to learn that the Greek name of the island, Kerkyra or Korkyra, is derived from the two powerful water symbols: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, an important Greek mainland river. Cool!!  Corfu with no doubt is one the most beautiful places of Greece.  It has vast golden sandy beaches, beautiful landscapes, and many traditional villages.  In addition, some great churches, museums and resorts. One of the things that we really love about islands has always been the clean air breeze, the open space and the unique culture of that spot. All three can be found in Corfu. If you like to find more info about it, I suggest also to to to Directline-holidays Corfu page

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Considering the fact that Corfu was one the first island opened to tourism, it has a lot to offer to its visitors.  Here are very few of what the island will reveal to you if you happen to visit:

THE ISLAND’S MAIN TOWN

The main port of Corfu is the largest in the Ionian Islands. It is one of the most elegant and impressive towns in Greece and every civilization that once occupied the island such as the Venetians, the French and the English has left some architectural elements.
It is a town of unique charm and character which reminds you of other towns such as Naples.

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Curfo Island

THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES

Like I mentioned earlier, the island of Corfu has some of the Ionian’s most beautiful beaches.
One can find a great variety of beaches all around the island. Unfortunately, considering the fact that we love budget travel, most of them have been turned into resorts offering many accommodations, restaurants and bars. The nice thing is that regardless of the massive tourism, most of the beaches can be found clean and welcoming.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

In addition to the obvious service, Corfu’s hotels are a place to find tons of information about the island. It proposes a large range of hotels, apartments, rooms, villas etc… as well as much general information about the island. No doubt the prices  vary and can meet your budget. If you like to spend more and get luxurious service, any of the resorts will meet your needs. On the other hand, if you are like us and wish to travel super economically, I suggest you enter TripAdvisor and look for cheaper deals. In many cases, you will find much better deal using advance online reservation rather than walk in.

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GETTING THERE

There are several ways to access the island. The most common methods are by air and sea. There are daily flights to Corfu  in and out the island. If you’re flying from Athens, there are several flights a day. The trip takes about an hour and costs around 120€-150€. The other method is by a ferry. There are ferries every hour to and from Igoumounitsa on the mainland about an hour away. Most people get to Corfu by coming from Brindisi, Bari, Ancona, Trieste or Venice in Italy.
The trip from Brindisi is about 9 hours. Ancona is about 16 hours and Venice around 30 hours. There are several different ferry lines that compete.

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THINGS TO SEE

Here is our best list from what have found. Now, we’re not been \there, yet; and don’t know if and when we will hit Europe at all (expensive!), but we’ve always been into dreaming, so join us as we dream about Corfu.

As usual, you some of the attractions will appeal to you more than others and that isfamily travel blog, life on the road with kids, travel with kids, world travel with kids, world travel with children, the nomadic family, budget world travel, framily travel tips, RTW family travel, 2012 best travel blogs, family travel southeast asia with kids, famiy travel central america with children, family travel south america with kids, annapurna circuit with children, life on the road malaysia, rtw family travel, rtw family travel peru, rtw family travel cambodia, rtw family travel ecuador, rtw family travel panama, rtw family travel costa rica, rtw family travel colombia, rtw family travel vietnam, rtw family travel thailand, rtw family travel south east asia, life on the road RV, philippines, malaysia, rtw family travel nepal, rtw family travel india why we suggest you do your homework before arriving.

Mount Pantokrator – Mt Pantokrator dominates the Northern part of the Island and is over 1000 meters high.

Aqualand – especially if you travel with kids like we do, this the best place to chill. Although Corfu has several water parks, this one is the largest.

Paleokastritsa – It is famous for being the islands most treasured beauty spot, and becomes busy with day trippers throughout the season.

Achillion Palace – The Palace is definitely a place to take your camera. This beautiful building in picturesque gardens overlooking the sea and Corfu town is one of Corfu’s top attractions.

Greek Nights – Although some of them are too touristic, many say that no Greek holiday is complete without a ‘Greek night’.

 Local Greek Festivals – There are many local festivals or ‘Paniyiris’ during the summer. Everyone is invited!

 

And so, we’re dreaming. Occasionally we’ll post those dream spots. Do you have any that make you drool? Let us know.

Bon Voyage!

 

 

Image courtesy of James Barker / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

3 Comments

  1. Ahem! I beg to differ about history and geography being boring… (I think I just exposed myself as a nerd!)

    • We rather not sound like a Lonely Planet guide and that is why we prefer to focus on personal feelings, dream, experiences etc. I guess to read about any location’s history etc. there are endless sites 🙂
      but regardless, we are thrilled that you read our posts 🙂
      Kobi

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