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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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like Corfu, Crete, Lesvos and Zante will not be able to fly the Blue Flag after spot checks led to their being withdrawn
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'