Corfu can be reached by aeroplane from either Athens or Thessaloniki and is serviced by regular flights. During the summer months, when tourist numbers increase significantly, there are a considerable amount of routes connecting Corfu with most European cities.
The International Airport of Corfu - Ioannis Kapodistrias, is also included in the 14 regional airports that are being modernized in a €1.2 million project following an agreement between the Greek Government and a strategic investor.
Corfu is also connected by sea to the port of Igoumenitsa, and with the ports of Bari, Venice, Ancona and Brindisi in Italy.
Corfu was the mythological haven of Jason and his Argonauts, whilst in the mythical sea adventure of Homer's Odyssey, it is the island of the Phaeacians.
It is one of the few Greek islands that have seen such a plethora of cultural influences over the centuries, and it is these dynamics that have made it the shining jewel of the Ionian Sea.
After the division of the Roman Empire, it remained under Byzantine rule and then Venetian, followed by periods of French and English domination - the latter of which was terminated in 1864 and led to the annexation of the island to the Greek state.
The island’s entire historical tapestry is marked by raids and looting as a result of its strategic position, whilst its integration with Greece was accompanied by two World Wars. Throughout all this, the locals have always been able to take advantage of the climate and the unique natural beauty of the island and lead it to growth and prosperity, making it one of the top Greek destinations worldwide.
The island is characterized by an abundance of lush vegetation and greenery, thanks to its year-round favourable climate and humidity throughout both the summer and winter periods.
Corfu is in full-bloom throughout the year, and its landscapes change in a palette of diverse colours that combine harmoniously with its marine elements. The olive tree is most prevalent, but the island's microclimate also allows a wide range of wild flowers and plants to thrive.
The area’s rich forests provide a safe haven for rare wildlife and a wide variety of birds.
The arts and culture have been cultivated in Corfu for more than 5000 years, with characteristic examples in music, painting, poetry, dance and theatre that are all embedded in the island’s past and present cultural offerings, with much for visitors to enjoy. The architecture of the island reflects its Venetian origins and the passage of leading civilizations over the centuries, that all combine to make Corfu a unique attraction.
Music is an ever-present and thriving art form in Corfu, and the island maintains a worldwide reputation for its Philharmonic orchestras and high-calibre musical events that take place annually. Amongst its major attractions are the Achilleon Museum, the Reading Society of Corfu (library) and the Municipal Art Gallery.