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Corfu island news and views

A beach holiday favourite for several decades, Corfu is located in the Ionian chain of Greek islands that lie off the north-west coast of mainland Greece. One of the first to be "discovered" by package holiday firms parts of Corfu have been overrun with cheap hotels and happy-hour bars. But most of the downmarket damage has been confined to a few areas; large parts of Corfu have some of the most beautiful beaches and most romantic villages in the Greek islands.

Kassiopi harbour Corfu

A deal to develop a massive hotel complex on Corfu looks likely following the sell-off of a huge plot of public land to private developers for &euro23 million.

Corfu Achilleion

Despite being one of the favourite Greek island holiday destinations for Brits, the delights of Corfu are splashed across the latest Spanish edition of a leading travel magazine InStyle.

hellenic seaplanes otter

Corfu was one of the first to apply for a license to operate seaplane services from the main port to other islands in the Ionian Sea such as Paxos, Kefalonia,Lefkas and Zakynthos but other Greek Islands in the Ionian have not been as swift as Corfu with seaplane landing strips.

Achilleion Palace Sissi Corfu

Built in 1890 for Elizabeth (Sissi), the Empress of Austria, Achilleion Palace became her summer retreat with manicured gardens and picturesque views over the Ionian sea.

cruise ship costa fascino corfu

New cruise holiday routes will be opened up to the Italian Adriatic port resorts of Brindisi, nearby Bari on the southern tip of the Italian Adristic coast and the eastern seaport of Ancona, not far from Rome.

deep blue yacht

The main benefit of charting your own sailing boat in the Greek islands is that it creates an absolute and rare sense of freedom. Why limit yourself to just a few of these beautiful islands?

hellenic seaplanes otter2

The agreement to build a seaplane water airport on Corfu should pave the way for up to 100 seaplane services to Greek islands across the Aegean, providing tourist visitors with quick and easy access to holiday resorts.

Corfu's Paleokastritsa loses its Blue Flag

Some beaches on popular Greek island holiday destinations like Corfu, Crete, Lesvos and Zante will not be able to fly the Blue Flag after spot checks led to their being withdrawn

corfu-world-travel-awards 2014

The popular Greek holiday island of Corfu has taken the top title as Europe's Leading Beach Destination in this year's World Travel Awards 2014. The island took over the honour from last year's winner, the Algarve in Portugal, in a gala ceremony in Athens. The award, known as the 'Oscars' of the tra

jet2holidays airplane

Fast growing airline and holiday company Jet2holidays is to target in 2014 with plans to increase holiday visitors by 50% in 2014 to fly 30,000 holidaymakers

Bruce Willis

Holiday visitors to the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea may soon be rubbing shoulders with even more celebrities. Rumours are rife that Bruce Willis has bought a summer island.

Greece rubbish bins

Hotel owners on the are demanding a clean-up of island rubbish over fears for Corfu's reputation as a holiday destination. The Federation of Hotel Owners claims the issue of cleanliness is one of the most serious problems facing Corfu today.

Corfu Achilleion

One of the best known , the Achilleion or 'Sissy's Palace' is to get a major makeover. The old palace complex, which attracts thousands of Corfu holiday visitors each year, will get cash to restore and protect all four of its main buildings.

What Happens In Kavos

A recent TV documentary on the antics of drunken Brits on holiday in Kavos Corfu has come under fire from a Greek tourism minister. The Channel 4 TV programme 'What Happens in Kavos' followed the drunken trail of Brits in the notorious Corfu party resort.

Corfu Magloudes torpedo

There are many hidden Corfu holiday attractions for summer visitors to the island but few more curious than the ad-hoc monuments to the Second World War. Relics of the war can be found in some unusual places.

Kos airport holiday arrivals

There are not enough airport police to deal with the holiday arrivals on Kos each year, the Greek government has been warned. Although Kos island has the same number of annual holiday arrivals as Corfu, it has three times fewer police officers.

Solar panels

Regular visitors to the Corfu holiday resort of Pelekas may well have noticed just how 'green' it is as solar panels go up in their hundreds. But olive trees are hacked down to make way for them.

Corfu Villages book cover

Visitors who tire of beaches and look to get away from the holiday coast can find some beautiful inland villages on Corfu that are a throw-back to the island's past as detailed in author Steve Ford's welcome e-book.

Kassiopi beach

Holiday visitors to the Kassiopi beach resort on Corfu may find access to the sands blocked by US developers. The cash-strapped Greek government is believed to have sold off a prime stretch of beach to a New York-based company for €23 million.

Kavos rapist

A Greek rapist who attacked at least seven British women on the holiday island of Corfu has been jailed for a total of 52 years. The 39-year-old man, Dimitris Aspiotis, was known as the 'Beast of Kavos'

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