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Towering, cypress-dotted mountains and long sweeps of golden sand combine to make Corfu one of the world’s most popular holiday hotspots – a status the gorgeous island has held since the 1960s.

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A wide range of accommodation options – from boutique hotels to lively, family-friendly resorts, with various waterparks and amusements in easy striking distance – makes this Ionian island an ideal destination for travellers of all stripes. Hardcore hikers fly in to take on the 190km-long Corfu Trail, which wends its way along beaches, through olive groves and up peaks across the length of the island, while art lovers can immerse themselves in the region's creative history (make special note of works created by the impresarios of the 18th century's pioneering Ionian School of painting). 

But if you’re simply after sun, sea and sand, this is just the place: from buzzy beaches to empty coves, some of Greece’s best stretches can be found right here. Throw in the peaceful monastery at Paleokastritsa, and the pretty, cobbled streets of Corfu Old Town, and it’s no wonder that the island has kept holidaymakers so blissfully happy over the decades.