As a previous resident of this beautiful island I know it very well, I've selected a range of villas in what will become your favourite locations. What's constant across the selection is each villa's location within easy reach of the coastline and local facilities and, the quality of the property.
Villas in Corfu's North East Coast
One of the most picturesque stretches of coastline in the entire Mediterranean, the powerful Mount Pantokrator dominates the north of the island and here it tumbles straight into the azure waters of the Ionian Sea, forming rocky headlands interspersed with stunning white pebble beaches. In several communities clinging to the lower slopes of the mountain and beside beautiful bays you can enjoy memorable lunches and dinners overlooking the sparking waters as you gaze across the straights to enigmatic Albania.
The Corfu villas are perched amongst the folds in the mountain giving privacy and stunning views from the poolside and most are within walking distance of beaches and coves. A favourite pastime is to rent small boats with outboard motors and essential sun canopies, to explore the sheltered coastline from the sea and discover charming tavernas in hidden bays. Places worthy of mooring along the coast include Nissaki, Agni, Kalami, Agios Stephanos and Kassiopi.
Villas in Corfu's West Coast
Corfu's West Coast is an entirely different proposition, more exposure to the open sea has created a ribbon of stunning sandy beaches right along the west coast. Often backed by steep cliffs, access in the olden days was often quite tricky but well worth it for the pristine beaches and friendly tavernas you'd find there. These days the access has been dramatically improved so everyone can enjoy their obvious pleasures, ideal for all the family. Slightly north of centre is the masterpiece that is Paleokastritsa; where the western mountain meet the sea it's formed several incredible bays, each with their own charming sandy beach and delightful spots to enjoy the views with a refreshing drink. Above the resort, stop at the Bella Vista and witness the views for yourself, it's an incredible spot. Also worth exploring and a day on the beach at Pelekas, Agios Gordis, Glyfada and perhaps Lake Korisson to the south, a freshwater lake right by the long beach that's a regular haunt for flamingoes.
Villas in Corfu's East Coast
In the 80's we cultured folk tended to avoid the non-stop party towns of Benitses and Perama. The East of Corfu has undergone a renaissaince in the past decade or so and now is one of the most desirable parts of the island, within easy reach of beautiful Corfu Town, very handy for the airport and close to the Achilleon Palace, with pretty little beaches along the coastline and fantastic places to eat. Whilst just to the north of Corfu Town in the bay formed by Mount Pantokrator there are lots of smaller, pretty bays and several picturesque marinas like Kontokali and Gouvia as well as some delightful sandy beaches.
Corfu Town is a joy to discover, it's incredibly picturesque and mixes influences from Italy, France and England. Fantastic cafes overlooking the cricket pitch (really) excellent shopping in the maze-like old town, atmospheric restaurants, churches and two impressive Venetian fortresses, still keeping watch for invaders.