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Corfu – an enjoyable September break!
The island of Corfu, or Kerkira as it is known in Greek, is the northernmost of the Ionian islands. Being so close to the mainland the island is very verdant and fertile, with orange and olive groves covering large areas of the island. I also loved how rugged the shoreline was, with picturesque wild beaches hiding in pretty coves.
Being a mountainous island, Corfu has several stunning viewpoints with views stretching to the mainland Greece and neighbouring Albania. In fact, day boat trips to these two destinations are very popular along with an alternative of visiting Paxos and Antipaxos. The sea around these islands is stunning, the water is so turquoise that this stretch is often called Mediterranean Caribbean. It really is dreamy and numerous caves add even more to the experience. No wonder renting a boat is a very popular past time in Greece!
One of the main reasons why this island is so good for families is that it never gets too hot, even in summer the average temperature is 29-31 degrees – very comfortable compared to the southern islands. Having travelled in mid-September we were spoilt by hot and sunny weather but Corfu is excellent for spring breaks, too, when the hypnotising smell or orange blossoms fills the air. The average temperature in April is 20 degrees and is ideal for exploring Corfu old town.
This UNESCO heritage site is the perfect example of Byzantine and Venetian architecture. Having travelled to Venice back in July, it was astonishing to see how similar the buildings looked! Corfu old town is built between two ancient fortresses and is resembling an open-air museum.
Did you know that Prince Philip was born in Corfu and you can visit the historical Mon Repos palace where he spent his early days?
I highly recommend hiring a car or a quadbike and explore the island. I especially loved the unspoilt southern coast, covered in pine and olive trees – beach hopping there was the highlight of our trip and we particularly liked the secluded Rovinia beach.
It is a bit of a hike down the hill, but totally worth it! Another trip highlight was stumbling on Halikounas lake full of flamingos! The Korission lagoon attracts thousands of flamingos every year and the best time for bird watching is between May and early October.
The hotel we chose as our base was MarBella Corfu, a very comfortable and popular family resort that is one of our best sellers in Corfu. The location is very scenic, overlooking the mainland and away from the hustle and bustle of busier parts of the island yet only 30 min away from Corfu town and the airport by local bus or a taxi.
The resort offers several board basis options from Half Board to All inclusive. We went for a half-board option allowing us to have lunch in local taverns and enjoying buffet dinner at the hotel. We found the buffet to be really good, always with generous portions of Greek salad, good selection of grilled meats, fish and vegetarian dishes.
The menu was changing daily and we never got bored with the food choices available. All-inclusive clients have a chance to dine at the a la cart restaurants three times per week, so upgrading is really worth it.
Marbella Corfu boasts a blue flag beach and we loved the options of swimming off the pebble beach as well as diving right into the sea from the platforms.
Our Superior Seaview room was very comfortable and contemporary, with a balcony overlooking the sea. We really enjoyed aour holiday to Corfu as it was a fantastic balance between relaxation and exploring.
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