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Experience The Best of Corfu…

Town & Country  | Sea & Scenic

What are the first three things that spring to mind when you imagine a holiday on the island of Corfu?

Most would probably give the following answer:

Stunning beaches and crystal-clear seas that encircle the island with glistening water in shimmering shades of blue. Perfect for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and diving, or taking a small boat to secluded coves shaded by silver green olive trees.

Corfu Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful architecture, the result of Venetian, French and British influences that have gracefully touched the island over the centuries and influenced its culture, cuisine and its people.

Corfiot history and tradition, nature and wildlife, prevalent in the old villages which are often set against a stunning backdrop of lush green mountains. Villages, untouched by time, and cared for by mother nature, with bursts of colour and unlimited beauty, old settlements where birds, bees, butterflies, and all creatures great and small gently come and go.

But, until now, you may have found yourself having to settle for just one of the above, staying in a single location, or accommodation, usually near the sea, and making the visit to town, the countryside or the local villages a short day out.

However, now there’s a completely new way to experience the very Best of Corfu and here’s how…

Imagine the following scenario. Arrive at Corfu airport and within a short taxi ride, unwind in one of our handpicked selection of Corfu town’s finest hotels, where you can relax and ease into the holiday mood by soaking up the culture and buzz of Corfu town, then dinner in one of the town’s many restaurants, and a good night’s sleep.

Wake up to a lazy breakfast in the hotel and go sightseeing around the bustling streets of the old town and the Esplanade. When you’re ready, your rental car will be delivered at the hotel and you’ll be transported to the elegant four star Boutique B&B, The Merchant’s House, in Corfu’s oldest Village, Old Perithia, in the attractive northeast corner of the island.

Here you can spend 2, 3, 4 or more days, taking a step back in time and getting to experience the local tradition and hospitality of an historic mountain village in a designated area of natural beauty, where the village and the bees hum by day, but by night you have the whole place to yourself as the tavernas gently wind down until the next day.

Finally, having now managed to relax enough to be practically horizontal, go horizontal full time by staying at Chrismos Luxury Suites near Kassiopi, and a few steps away from the sea. Just 20 minutes drive by car, Chrismos offers fifteen tranquil beachside accommodations, a private pool and garden, direct access to the beach and a convivial lounge café and restaurant.

So, whether it’s a few days, a week, 10 days, or more, you can now experience the very Best of Corfu, an experience that you may find so warming, that you’ll wish to return again and again.

The Old Fort, Corfu Town

The Old Fort, Corfu Town

Kassiopi, northeast Corfu

Corfu’s Oldest Village

copyright 2013 text & photography Merchant’s House PR & Publishing | contact: editor@old-perithia.com for further details or use of images.

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Spring In Corfu. The beaches may not be open, but the countryside is humming

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For anyone sat at home in the UK or elsewhere, wondering why it’s still raining in Spring and planning their summer holiday, then why not think a little more laterally next time the Easter holidays are approaching or, even better, just after they’ve finished.

Although Corfu may be best known for its beaches and azure blue seas, what placed it firmly on the map some years ago were the wonderful Durrell stories based somewhat around the nature and wildlife that fills the island.

In Old Perithia (Ano Peritheia) northeast of the island and nestling beneath Corfu’s highest mountain, Mount Pantokrator, is a Heritage Protected Village in A Designated Area of Natural Beauty – and, although it’s only 15 minutes from the beach, ideal for when the summer really sets in, in spring this 14th century gem of Venetian village architecture is bursting with the best that mother nature has to offer.

The butterflies appear in their hundreds, birds tweet, bees buzz about the place and locals can be seen wandering the mountains through the colourful wild flowers in search of ‘horta’ (wild greens to take home and cook) and for the trained eye, wild asparagus too. Dive into one of the village tavernas and eat fresh ‘from the mountain to your table.’

You can stay in the one 4 star boutique b&b in the village, The Merchant’s House, a faithfully restored row of three houses, dating back to 1650 and built entirely by hand, using the same methods that were employed all that time ago.

As you sit on the terrace and listen to the sounds of the Ionian night descending over the clear skies above the mountains, you’ll soon forget about the rain back home and fall asleep dreaming of the next day’s walk and simply getting back to nature. It’s still not too late, Easter in Corfu is in early May this year…

Photos copyright Merchant’s House Publishing, 2013 Corfu, GRImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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