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Hiring a car in Corfu

Pick up your hire car at Corfu and get ready to explore the pearl of the Aegean.

60-second guide to Corfu

in its own head

"Poseidon chose to set up home here, so if it's good enough for the gods..."

but more realistically

Corfu has an amazing link to myth and legend. Not only Poseidon, but Odysseus, the Argonauts and Hercules all spent time on the island. If you're not into all that, you can just concentrate on the beautiful beaches, lively tavernas and exclusive night clubs.

the vibe

In Corfu, you choose your own pace. While away your time with lazy days in small coastal villages, or head to Kavos for a spot of hedonism. Surprisingly, the two places seem to co-exist quite happily.

the natives

Corfiotes are an easy-going and friendly bunch - must have something to do with all that sunshine. They're well used to sharing their island with foreign visitors, so wherever you go, expect a warm welcome.

the weather

Known for its hot summers, the best time to visit Corfu is in the autumn, when the seas are warm and temperatures stay in the mid-20s well into October. The winter is mild and things start to heat up again come May.

the local speciality

With the sea right on their doorstep, the Corfiotes are big on marine cuisine. Fish is baked or grilled whole and served with herbs, olive oil and lemon juice.

the celebrity

Before marrying Liz and making a career out of putting his foot in it, Prince Philip spent his formative years in Corfu. As did naturalist Gerald Durrell, whose love of the natural world was first kindled on the Greek island.

did you know?

Roger Moore raised his eyebrow to devastating effect when making Bond film For Your Eyes Only at the Achillion Palace. One of the island's giant turtles is also featured as an extra in another scene.

they say

"Of all the wonderful and fascinating parts of the planet I have been privileged to visit, Corfu is the nearest approach to home for me." - naturalist and author Gerald Durrell

5 to see in town...

1. Palaia Anaktora and gardens

If you're feeling regal, take a stroll around this wonderful set of old Roman buildings, which were once home to the King of Greece. Don't forget to visit the royal gardens for a peak through exotic trees at the shimmering bay below.

where to park?

You can park at the Viktoros Dousmani Street car park.

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2. Spianada, Corfu Town

The beating heart of Corfu Town, the huge square of the Spianada has it all - even a cricket pitch! But if the crack of leather on willow is not for you, there are plenty of bars and cafes perfect for people-watching.

where to park?

The nearest car park is the Municipal Car Park in Viktoros Dousmani Street.

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3. New Citadel, Corfu Town

Towering over Corfu Town, the New Citadel, or Neo Frourio, is the best place for spectacular views. Take a tour around the Venetian-built fort, then head a little way down the hill to pick up the latest catch from the fish market.

where to park?

The nearest car parks are in Eleftheriou Venizelou and Siorra Vittoria.

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4. Museum of Sea, Benitses

A haven for Jaws enthusiasts, the museum is a testament to one man's love of the ocean. Diver Napoleonta Sagja's collection covers sharks, corals and many other curious finds from the Greek seas.

where to park?

The museum does not have its own car park, but there are several car parks scattered around Benitses.

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5. Paleokastritsa Beach

Legend has it that Odysseus was shipwrecked here during one of his many adventures. As it is one of the most beautiful spots on Corfu, it's safe to say he landed on his feet. Emerging out of lush olive groves, the beach lies in a beautifully secluded cove.

where to park?

Some of the beaches have parking facilities, or alternatively you can park along the coastal road.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Mount Pantokrator

Head to the north east of the island for stunning sea views from the island's highest peak - on a clear day you can even see Italy. Mount Pantokrator means 'The Almighty' and there is a 17th-century monastery at its summit if you're feeling spiritual.

how to get there?

Head north on Leoforos Alexandras, following the coastal road towards Kerkyra - the journey should take around 50 minutes.

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2. Aqualand

If you've overdosed on all the cultural delights Corfu has to offer, then embrace your inner child and head to Aqualand, the island's premier water park. Restaurants, bars and apartments surround the main attraction - a cornucopia of slides, flumes and swimming pools.

how to get there?

Head north on Leoforos Alexandras and follow the Ethniki Odos Palaiokastritsis for around ten miles. The drive will take around half an hour.

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3. Agni Bay

Agni is an oasis for anyone seeking a bit of peace and quiet. The pebble beach leads to crystal-clear waters - perfect for snorkelling. Three excellent tavernas compete to sate your appetite after a hard day's sunbathing.

how to get there?

Head north on Leoforos Alexandras, join the Odos Palaiokastritsis, following signs to Kentroma. Traffic permitting, the journey should take around 40 minutes.

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4. Kalamaki Beach

As popular with turtles as tourists, the wide sandy beach at Kalamaki is a favourite spot for the great reptiles to lay their eggs. It's also a great place to watch the sunset, and if you fancy sticking around for the evening, there's plenty of nightlife to enjoy when the sun goes down.

how to get there?

Follow the Ethniki Odos Palaiokastritsis for approximately five miles, then follow the Kassiopis-Limnis towards Kassopei. The journey will take around an hour.

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