Writing in My Family And Other Animals, Gerald Durrell said: “My childhood in Corfu shaped my life. If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood.”
The Greek island is certainly enchanting, and if The Durrells TV show has inspired you to visit the Ionian gem, let us put a spell on you. Here’s what to do when visiting the island’s bewitching landscape for yourself.
1. Corfu Town
The series sees the family move around the island’s epicentre, Corfu Town.
Exploring here you’ll find plenty to see, it’s a Unesco World Heritage Site after all. Stroll through the city’s fortress or look at the architecture of some of the many churches.
2. The White House
Why not pay a visit to the place that was once home to Gerald Durrell himself?
Now a restaurant, the White House in Kalami in the north west corner of the island overlooks the bay and serves delicious traditional Greek dishes.
3. Beautiful beaches
The island boasts many beautiful beaches. Try watersports like windsurfing or scuba diving, or just relax on the sand in the sunshine: there’s something for everyone.
One worth a visit is the spectacular Ágios Geórgios Págon nestled between Cape Arílla and palisades culminating in Angelókastro.
4. Hike the Corfu Trail
Get away from the crowds and experience the island’s natural beauty by walking a section of the 137-mile Corfu Trail.
Stroll along the beaches, over sand dunes and through forests of juniper trees to experience Corfu’s more rugged beauty.
5. Visit the palaces and villas
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There are striking palaces and villas left on the island from the period of British rule, like Mon Repos.
This villa, south of Corfu Town, was built as a summer residence for the British Lord High Commissioner in the 1820s before eventually being gifted to the Greek royal family.
It was also the birth place of the Duke of Edinburgh and is now used as an archaeological museum.