Nestled in the Ionian Sea, Corfu, along with its satellite islands of Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi, is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. The island is situated on the northwestern frontier of Greece and is a place of great history and wonderfully scenic beauty.
The capital goes by the same name and is home to the Ionian University. Corfu city consists of a labyrinth of narrow and pretty streets, paved with cobblestones. Many are too narrow for cars and other vehicles to pass, making them perfect for exploring on foot. Several lovely Corfu villas are situated both in the city and its surrounding areas, with shops and facilities close by.
For those wishing to enjoy the sea air, close to the Bay of Garitsa is a promenade overlooking the ocean. On the Spianada (or esplanade) the Liston, a colonnade with many cafés and bistros, can be found as well as a plaza and park.
Local cuisine includes several tasty veal dishes, including the sofrito, a rump roast, and pastitsáda, a pasta dish served with diced veal in a tomato sauce. Fish dishes are also popular, including the locally-caught cod, and among desserts on offer are some wonderful concoctions made with caramelized almonds, sesame seeds and pistachios. Also of interest is the delicious local ginger beer, tzitzibíra.
The northeast coast of the island is an ideal spot to spend some time at pretty much any time of year, in a choice of villas in Corfu. The island is a lush and green environment, mainly thanks to its winter rainfall and offers wonderful displays of tropical orchids, eucalyptus and acacias. Summers can be hot and humid, with the heat often relieved by the meltemi wind which refreshes the island, while winters are relatively mild.