Fly To Corfu, Greece
Dotted with charming weather-beaten villas and Byzantine churches typical of Greece, Corfu, or Kérkyra in Greek, is by far the greenest Ionian island. The northern half of the island is dominated by mountains, while the coastlines to the west and east are steep and dramatic.
Spend your days wandering the age old passageways of Kassiopi or search the central boulevard of Corfu. There’s even a Do-It-Yourself spa experience to be had at Canal D’Amour – a seashore where you can lather yourself in rich, natural minerals.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Corfu, Greece. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Greece is in Athens: 60 Kifissias Avenue, PO Box 61152, 15125, Maroussi, Athens. Phone: +30-210-6106645.
See and do
Corfu is brimming with ancient attractions, beaches and fabulous walking trails. The oldest village in Corfu, Old Perithia, is a Heritage Protected Site located 408m above sea level. It used to serve as a hideaway for pirates and there are 8 churches and over 100 houses in the area. There is also a massive open parade ground and park, old Fortress and 19th century Regency Palace.
Nymphes is a large village in Corfu where, according to legend, Nymphs used to use the village’s waterfalls to bathe in. It’s a lovely area to walk around and you should stop at the Agriculture Co-operative which produces local sweets and alcohol. You’ll get to taste samples and buy goodies to take home. Just outside the village you’ll find Askitario, a historic monastery.
10km outside of Corfu is Kynopiastes – a traditional village which is an absolute must-visit if you enjoy checking out old mansions, churches, a 17th century monastery and the only museum on the island which is devoted to the olive tree. You’ll also find a world famous restaurant here.
Lakones is a typical Corfu village lying on the slope of a lush green hill. A walk is a must for great views and photo opportunities and you can cool off at one of the coffee shops in the area. There are plenty of 18th and 19th century houses about as well as churches.
There are also enough things to keep you busy in Corfu like Aqualand, Benitses (a former fishing village) and at least 12 different beaches from which to soak up the Greek sunshine.
There is an adequate bus system for getting around the island. Blue buses operate around the town and green buses serve the rest of Corfu. There are also plenty of taxis or you could opt to rent a car and explore Corfu yourself. One of the best ways to see the island, though, is to rent a boat and go sailing, or even rent a bicycle – check out EasyBike Brainbox, a bike sharing scheme.
Corfu International Airport – CFU
Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport is about 3km south of Corfu and serves domestic flights on Olympic and Aegean Airlines and a number of charter planes.
Arriving passengers can enjoy spectacular views of local landmarks Pontikonisi and Vlaheraina Monastery, as well as the hills of Kanoni.
Food and beverage: There is one restaurant open 24 hours during the summer. There are also 4 smaller food concessions in the check-in area.
Currency Exchange: ATMs, a foreign exchange service and bank are available in the terminal building at Corfu Airport.
Airport Hotels: none on site but nearby: Hotel Bretagne (10 minute walk) and Hotel Dalia (500m).
Car Hire: Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Sixt.
Airport Hub: Corfu International Airport (code CFU) is a hub for Aegean Airlines.