Corfu is the second largest of the Greek islands located in the Ionian Sea. It is arguably the best known of the Greek islands and has been a popular tourist destination for a long time – a far back as the 9th century BC Homer was describing it as a ‘beautiful, rich land’. Today, the tourist industry has seen a boom in the accommodation options available to visitors, and a villa is one of the best ways to experience the island, offering great locations, privacy and the flexibility of self-catering. Below are some of the best options for villa holidays on Corfu.
Money Tree Cottage could just be the perfect romantic getaway. Its location couldn’t be more attractive. It sits in the tiny village of Apolissies in the east of the island, a collection of traditional houses perched on a hilltop. It offers stunning views across olive tree covered hills to the coast and the clear blue sea beyond. The house itself used to be the town’s meeting place, and is a stone two-storey affair with open-plan living areas. The real gem is the courtyard terrace. Shaded by wisteria, grape vines and the money trees that give the cottage its name, it come complete with plunge pool, barbeque and artful lighting that gives the perfect romantic atmosphere of an evening.
Best for families
Robin’s Nest Villa is an ideal getaway for a family holiday. Set apart from surrounding houses amid lush countryside of olive trees and cypresses, there is plenty of space for the kids to run around. And there’s also a swimming pool to help them cool off. Private and peaceful, the villa’s hilltop position affords stunning views of the northwest coast and a small group of islands that lies just beyond. A short drive gives access to beaches and hidden coves, as well as various watersports for the older children, and the supermarkets, bakery and restaurants of the local town. This traditional stone villa can sleep up to six, with double and twin bedrooms.
Best for groups
Villa Alexandros offers the perfect package for holidaying with a group of friends. With enough space to sleep ten people comfortably, in a main house and an annex, it is also situated apart from any immediate neighbours. A huge outdoor terrace and its own private swimming pool mean that visitors are unlikely to want to live the villa. But should they do so, it is a mere ten-minute walk down through tree covered hills to the local beach at Nissaki Bay, from where visitors can access other beaches dotted along the east coast, and partake of the local cuisine at one of several charming restaurants.
This post comes from Carley, who believes Corfu is the perfect holiday destination for everyone! When she’s not trying to persuade everyone around her to visit the Greek islands, she can also be found blogging over at the GIC The Villa Collection blog.