Corfu is a beautiful green island, which enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate. Corfu is a very popular tourist destination. Up until the early 20th century, it was mainly
visited by the European royals and elites, including Empress Elisabeth of Austria. It is still popular with the global elite and in the island's northeast the homeowners include members of the Rothschild family.
British naturalist Gerald Durrell wrote three well-loved books about his 1935–1940 childhood on Corfu: “My Family and Other Animals”; “Birds, Beasts and Relatives”; and “The Garden of the Gods”.
The island's history is laden with battles and conquests. Corfu was long controlled by Venice and repulsed several Turkish sieges, before falling under British rule following the Napoleonic Wars. Corfu was eventually ceded by the British Empire along with the remaining islands of the United States of the Ionian Islands, and unification with modern Greece was concluded in 1864 under the Treaty of London. Corfu is renowned for its long tradition and rich culture which is unlike any other Greek island. In 2007, the city's old city was designated for the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Here you will also discover a compact world of beautiful beaches and stunning mountain peaks, ancient ruins and picturesque villages. There is something for everyone on the island, whether you prefer peace and quiet or a lively cosmopolitan holiday destination.
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