The second largest of the Ionian Islands, Corfu is situated in the Ionian Sea in northwest Greece. If you’re looking for a cosmopolitan Greek getaway with a long season of high temperatures and sunshine then this is perfect.
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The island has a rich multicultural heritage with historic monuments and natural landscapes, all of which are surrounded by crystal clear seas. Home to the first ever Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra and the first School of Fine Arts, Corfu attracts visitors from April to October with temperatures peaking in the low thirties during the height of summer.
When is the best time to go to Corfu?
If you are keen on high temperatures and lots of sunshine then summer is the best time to visit as average daily highs exceed 32 Celsius in July and August with an average of 11 hours of daily sunshine. The golden sandy beaches provide some respite from the intense heat as gentle sea breezes blow onshore, but if you’re keen on a dip then the sea temperatures are a very pleasant 22 to 24 Celsius.
Perhaps the highest temperatures are not your thing? If that’s the case then late spring or early autumn can be a great time to visit Corfu, as temperatures still reach the mid to high twenties, making it for comfortable for getting out and exploring. Rainfall increases dramatically through early autumn though with thunderstorms pushing into the eastern Mediterranean.
During the winter many of the hotels and resorts are closed and direct flights from the UK are less likely.
Spring in Corfu begins wet and breezy with March having the second most windiest month of the year and an average of 98mm of rain. However, it turns drier, sunnier and warmer as the month goes on with May seeing 31mm of rain and temperatures approaching the mid twenties.
Summer is the hottest, driest and sunniest season with average temperatures reaching a peak of 32.3 Celsius in August. Sunshine averages around 11 hours per day throughout the season with rainfall becoming a lot less likely with only 9mm on average during July. The air is also fairly dry over Corfu, so it is rare that it will feel muggy by day or by night, but comfortable enough to eat al fresco.
September continues to see high temperatures will an average of 27.3 Celsius, but sunshine amounts reduce to 8 hours and rainfall increases dramatically to an average of 104mm. Through the season this trend continues and many of the popular resorts close by the end of October. Visitors coming during autumn should be prepared for some rain.
Winters in Corfu are mild and wet with temperatures still averaging around 14 or 15 Celsius. Spells of heavy rain can be quite significant with December seeing the wettest month with an average of 178mm of rain. The island becomes much quieter at this time of year as direct flights from European cities are usually stopped until spring.
Corfu tourist information
If you fancy stepping back in time then you must visit the old town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site with Renaissance, Baroque and Classical repertoire. The Venetian architecture combined with the tiny alleyways, secluded squares, cobbled streets and vaulted passages make it a pleasure to explore and will make you feel like you’ve travelled to Naples or Genoa. The largest square in the town named Spianada is at the heart of the city and forms a stage for cricket games and musical concerts throughout the year.
The Theotokou monastery in Paleokastritsa is very popular with tourists. It was founded in the 13th Century and still to this day has around half a dozen monks living there.
Walking and diving
Corfu is known for both its walking and diving and is considered one of the best places in Greece to Scuba dive. The Corfu trail is ideal for the experienced walker as it covers the entire island covering 136 miles with a variety of landscapes to take in. This takes an average of 8 to 10 days to complete, but if you don’t fancy that, then you can always do a smaller bit of it. With regards to diving there are multiple sites around the island suitable for this, from sheltered coves to caves and coral reefs.
Corfu is also very close to the two nearby islands of Paxos and Andipaxi, located to the southeast. These can easily be accessed by boat and there are various day trips taking you here.