The jewel of the Ionian Sea, Corfu has been welcoming weary travellers since Odysseus was shipwrecked and soothed on its shores. Lush green hills roll down into brilliant-blue waters and picture-perfect villages cling to steep hills or are dotted around the coastline. While some regions of the ever-popular Corfu have succumbed to overdevelopment, being the largest of the Ionian islands has its advantages;
it is big enough to make escaping the crowds possible. Venture inland, through mountainous and wooded hills, to the fertile interior or hunt for those hidden sandy coves where gin-clear waters lap at the shimmering sandy shore. Corfu holidays mean preparing for the warmest of welcomes from the locals and once you add in delicious food and stunning scenery; you find that Corfu is among the shiniest of the gems in the Greek Island treasure chest.