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Spending wintertime on the Greek Islands can be a challenging experience. If you’re expecting all the buzz that usually goes on in summer, you might be a bit disappointed. Big islands indeed have a life of their own in winter; however, not everything will be open when there are fewer tourists around.
What To Expect On The Greek Islands During Winter
The major cities are more popular than smaller villages for a winter stay because more shops and services are already open to cater to locals. Additionally, you can find the picturesque parts of town less crowded, with fewer souvenir and tourist shops open to the public during the winter season.
In any case, flying to a Greek Island during winter, either for a week-long holiday or a short city break, can be a very relaxing experience that will let you live the way locals do and enjoy an island that is not as overpopulated as summer.
Let’s now explore Corfu in winter in particular. The island is big enough to have a winter life of its own, so you’ll undoubtedly be able to find interesting things to do in Corfu in winter.
Corfu In Winter
Locally known as Kerkyra, Corfu is one of the most popular Greek Islands for summer vacations. It’s a very popular holiday spot on the Ionian sea, a favorite among British, Italians, and other European visitors.
Things To Do In Winter In Corfu
Discover A Different Atmosphere In Corfu Town
Usually crowded, noisy, and busy in summer, to say the least, a trip to Corfu in winter will certainly show you a new side to the city. Corfu town will be quieter, the traffic less intense, and walking from one point to the other can reveal an enjoyable exercise.
As we’ve already mentioned, you might not be lucky enough to get ahold of souvenirs, but you will definitely find better prices in some shops, such as the ones selling local products. Besides, shop owners are often open to offering you better rates when you visit in winter.
In Corfu town, it’s also possible to enjoy local cuisine in the many restaurants, tavernas, cafeterias, and bars that do remain open, and even enjoy a chat with a local without being disturbed by the usual summer crowds.
Go For A Stroll Along The Seaside Paths
Corfu is home to a network of different trails and hiking paths that extend alongside the island’s coast and the island’s interior areas. Paths and trails make the island a perfect destination for those who love to take mild exercise in the open and still avoid the scorching temperatures typical of Corfu during the summer.
If you’re planning to spend some time exploring Corfu on foot, get the right gear ready. Go for a comfortable pair of hiking boots, a raincoat, and a comfy outfit that allows you freedom of movement. Corfu is an island that usually receives a lot of rain during the cold season (and that’s precisely why we can enjoy a verdant landscape in summer), so make sure that you have waterproof gear, including a small waterproof backpack for all your necessities. Winters can be harsh; use layers to avoid getting cold during your walks.
Explore The Traditional Villages
Not everyone is aware, but Greece is a country with lots of mountains, and this also applies to the Greek Islands, not just the mainland.
One of my favorite things to do when the cold season arrives is to set out on trips to the mountains to explore the villages, discover the local traditions, and — why not? — discover a completely different face of Corfu that in summer is not so easily revealed.
A visit to a mountain settlement is also an excellent opportunity to taste dishes that you won’t otherwise be able to find in restaurants that usually serve tourists. If you’re a foodie or merely curious about Greece’s typical flavors, these mountain trips can be the perfect opportunity to enjoy new tastes.
A visit to the mountains in the winter might be affected by the weather conditions, so it’s always a good idea to venture up the hills once you’ve checked your trusted meteo app. Adding an extra layer to your outfit can only be of help.
Enjoy A Diverse Nature
Corfu’s natural landscape is one of a kind. We’ve already mentioned the mountains and the green, lush vegetation, which add an exotic touch to the scene. But there’s much more! Corfu boasts unique beaches, as well as valleys and lakes. Visitors can usually distinguish Corfu’s three distinct environments: the coastlines, the lowlands, and the mountains. Each of these areas is better enjoyed surrounded by the tranquil winter atmosphere.
Live A Different Kind Of Winter
If you’re originally from a country where winters are really harsh, Corfu will enchant you. Like any other Mediterranean destination, winters tend to be shorter and less extreme. And although it might be a rainy destination, you will also be able to enjoy quite a few sunny days, something that will cheer you up and boost your mood.
Corfu (together with other Greek Islands) are working non-stop to increase the number of winter visits. In an effort to promote tourism during the colder months, many hotels remain open, public transport services run with frequent schedules, flights from Athens are not reduced, and daily ferries still run.
Moreover, entrance fees to many attractions are often cheaper than in summer. In winter, it’s easier and more convenient to visit museums, churches, and monasteries, as well as archaeological sites.
Renting a car is another way you have to explore the island. You’ll be free from bus schedules while also taking advantage of less overpopulated roads, which will make driving much less stressful.
Where To Stay On Corfu
It’s always a good idea to go to bigger towns to have a higher range of opportunities to have fun. The island’s capital, Corfu Town, is the perfect place for a winter stay in Corfu. You can also choose to rent a flat in order to enjoy that unique at-home feeling as well as to save on meals if you’re traveling on a budget. If your budget allows you to spend a bit more, it can be a great idea to book a home or a villa with a fireplace for a more relaxing and winter-like atmosphere.
Vip Luxury Villa Privilege Classic & Exclusive Corfu is a great place to stay in Corfu Town, just a few kilometers from the airport. If you don’t want to drive, the property offers a convenient paid airport shuttle service.
Villa Nino is located near the village of Viros, in the heart of the countryside of the island. It is surrounded by stunning rural views, even though you’re only a fifteen-minute drive from Corfu Town. The villa is great for a large family or a group of friends as it has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Only 2 km from the city center and the airport, City Villa is a very convenient option in the area known as Alepu. It has unique natural views both of the lake and the sea, and it’s just 2.8 km from Alykes Potamou Beach, a unique place for those who enjoy walking by the sea in winter. A key feature of this villa is the elegant hot tub, perfect for a cold summer evening!