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Corfu, the verdant island of the Phaeceans, is the best known of the Ionian islands on the north-western tip of Greece.
The island was once a cape on Epirus from where it broke off during the Paleolithic Era. Its geographic location south of the Adriatic Sea “paved the way” for a series of ορ geographic τις Λούτσες.΄Εα Venetian, French and British conquerors, who left their mark on the island’s history and culture.
Visitors are charmed by the island’s cultural mosaic, its natural beauty and the discreet hospitality of its inhabitants. Corfu has a unique ecosystem featuring age-old olive groves alternating with forested stretches on the mountain masses of Pantocrator, as well as impressive geological formations (the caves in Klimatia and Loutses). An extensive network of paths on Mt. Pantocrator and Aghioi Deca is ideal for trekking.
The astounding natural environment is enhanced with flora and fauna of particular ecological interest, found at the marshlands near the lagoons of Antinioti in the north-western part of the island, of Halikiopoulou next to the town and of Korissia in the south. The coastline of Corfu framing the clean and calm waters of the Ionian Sea, offer hours of cooling relaxation to visitors, as well as plenty of opportunity for fishing, diving and various action water sports, such as sailing, surfing, para pente and Ki-Surfing.
Corfu is also ideal for many more activities such as biking, airmodelling and naturally golf and cricket both established as a long tradition on the island. Visitors seeking “food for thought” will discover a plethora of historic monuments, art exhibitions, graffiti festivals, art events taking place year-round and popular village happenings staged during traditional festivals in the summer months. Corfu boasts 796 churches celebrating many religious festivals dedicated to the island’s patron saint, culminating during Easter which is celebrated with the participation of the entire local population.
A trip to Corfu would not be complete without a visit to the nearby islets. Paxoi is a small verdant island south of Corfu, barely 10 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide. The islet of Antipaxoi, located at 2 kilometers south of Paxoi, is even tinier. In the summer, small boats connect Paxoi and Antipaxoi. Upon disembarking on the quaint harbor of Gaios -- the head village of Paxoi -- travellers are transferred into a miniature world full of pleasant surprises. Visitors can walk across the island from one end to the other getting the feeling that they are crossing a huge garden of olive trees and vines. They can also swim or fish at the beautiful beaches of the islet. The seals Monahus monahus living in the isolated coastal caves in Antipaxoi are a sight not to be missed.
Finally, northwest of Corfu, the cluster of the Diapontia islets comprise three beautiful islets, Ereikousa, Othonous and Mathraki. Thick vegetation, lacy coastline, caves and quaint settlements form these three tiny heavens on Earth.