The Greek island of Corfu is located on the north side of the Ionian Sea. It is a popular tourist destination, boasting beautiful beaches, lush countryside, historic sites and impressive mountain walks.
Corfu is the place to be in summer as the stunning island enjoys seemingly endless sunshine. Festivals take place across summer, bringing music, food and craft stalls into the rural villages and Corfu Town like magic. Corfu Town itself, is home to lively restaurants, fascinating architecture and many curious alleyways to explore.
Due to its popularity, Corfu is a staple on Mediterranean cruise itineraries with many companies including the island as a port of call. The excellent weather allows for a long cruise season, from February to December.
Cruise ships dock at the New Port (Neo Limani) of Corfu, which is approximately a 20-30 minute walk from Corfu Old Town.
The passenger terminal has the following facilities:
- Duty-free shop
- Car rental facilities
- Welcome desk to give visitors local information
- Public bus running between the terminal and the Old Town.
How to Get Around
It is easiest to explore the Old Town on foot. As a ‘living’ medieval city, there is a lot to see and plenty of atmosphere to soak up, so walking really is the best way to enjoy all it has to offer. It is a good idea to pick up a map from the passenger terminal, to help navigate the tangled alleys and streets of the historic centre.
There are many stunning sights outside of town. Consider taking a tour or renting a car to explore what the rest of the island has to offer. Car rental is relatively inexpensive, and readily available from the passenger terminal. To reach many of the beaches, villages and attractions further afield, taxis are often the best way to get around.
Public buses also offer routes to popular destinations around the island.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 30 minute journey to the Old Town.
- It is a 10 minute journey to the Old Town.
- It is a 25 minute journey to Achilleion Palace
- It is a 30 minute journey to Pelekas.
- Currency - Euro (€) is the official currency of Corfu. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent denominations, as well as €2 and €1, with 100 cents equalling one euro. Notes come in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 denominations. There are many ATMs in Corfu Town, as well as banks that offer currency exchange. Many bars and restaurants won’t accept cards as payment, so keep cash on hand, particularly when travelling beyond town.
- Time Zone - Corfu operates on Eastern European Time (EET), which is 2 hours ahead of Universal Standard Time (UTC). The island switches to Daylight Savings at the end of March, turning the clocks forward 1 hour. Daylight Savings concludes during October.
- Weather - Corfu enjoys a long, hot and sunny summer season, with temperatures peaking in July when the average high is 31 degrees Celsius. The weather is pleasant for most of the year, as mild winters mean that even in January the average temperature is 10 degrees Celsius. The winters are wet, experiencing considerable rainfall.
- Achilleion Palace - This stunning palace was built for Empress Elizabeth of Austria and features a decadent interior, many sculptures, manicured formal gardens and the impressive terrace Colonnade of the Muses. It is located 10 kilometres south of Corfu Town and is easily reached by taxi or bus route #10. In summer the palace is open daily, from 8am to 5pm.
- Pelekas - The village of Pelekas is a little known treasure on the island, and a great way to avoid the crowd. Home to sandy beaches, olive groves, water sports and great traditional eateries, Pelekas also offers warm hospitality and peaceful views. You can get to the village either by taxi or by bus route #11.
- Corfu Old Town - Wandering through the streets of the lively Old Town is a highlight of any visit to Corfu. There are Farmers’ Markets to explore, alleys with local craft stores and stunning architecture all around. Scattered through Old Town are synagogues in the Jewish quarter, churches – including St Spyridon Church with its landmark tower – as well as several museums. The most scenic area of Old Town is Liston, which contains beautiful gardens, high-end stores, great restaurants and the impressive Old Fortress. The Byzantine Old Fortress is open from May through October, 9am - 9pm Tuesday to Friday, and 9am - 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.