Corfu was the Greek island that inspired naturalist Gerald Durrell’s writing in the 1930s, including hit books and leading to TV adaptations, most recently The Durrells. And it’s little wonder – this lush Ionian island is blessed with beaches and beauty spots worth documenting. Follow in Durrell’s footsteps with these Corfu highlights.
Agios Spyridon beach and nearby Antiniotissa – aka the ‘lake of lilies’ up in the far north east of the island – were favoured picnic spots for Durrell and his nature-loving family. To this day, both play host to thriving eco systems and a dazzling array of beautiful bird life.
Make tracks for the sandy shore in the beautiful mountainside coastal village of Barbati. From there, pick one of the trails that head into Corfu’s wild exterior, fragrant with citrus and cypress-fringed valleys – exactly as abundant and gorgeous as it was in Durrell’s day.
The whole messy Durrell clan, including 10-year-old Gerald, his widowed mother, oldest brother Larry, gun-mad Leslie, and diet-fanatic sister Margo – not forgetting Roger the loyal family dog – once called The White House on Corfu home.
Nancy and Larry Durrell scandalously swam nude in the deep clear waters by the old shrine of St Arsenius, in the area just along from Krouzeri Beach – Lawrence later breathlessly recalled that they felt ‘baptised anew’. Find it near Agni Bay.
Treat yourself to an indulgent lunchtime ‘bourdeto’ – described memorably by gifted writer Larry as 'eel meat with red sauce', a proper old-school Corfu speciality served at beloved Agni beach restaurant Toula’s.