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Corfu lies in the Ionian Sea, just to the west of the Greek mainland and close to its northern border with Albania. In fact, the north of the island is only about 2 miles from the Albanian coast.

It is a straggly-shaped island, about 40 miles in length, but only around 5 miles wide for much of its length.

This long, thin shape, reminiscent of a sheep's bent leg, means that Corfu has about a hundred miles of coastline and that no part of the island is more than four miles from the coast ... as the crow flies!! By road, a mite further!!!

Most of Corfu's tourist resorts are located in a string down the more sheltered east coast, with the capital, Corfu Town, being on a promontory halfway down, facing the Greek mainland.

Corfu Town is a marvellous blend of architecture, where shopping streets alternate with narrow alleys, with washing hanging from balconies. A colourful mix of cultural influences provides a fascinating place for visitors to explore, with spacious squares, a French arcade, traditional Georgian mansions, a Byzantine church and Venetian monuments providing great variety. An old fortress is cut off from the town by a moat.

The island's airport is less than 2 miles south of Corfu Town.

Gouvia, north of the capital, is a popular resort with families, couples and singles alike. It comes really alive at night, with a buzzing atmosphere.

Benitses, eight miles south of Corfu Town, is one of  the liveliest resorts on the island, attracting under-30s in the main. Yet, fishermen still set out in small caiques from the harbour!

The popular twin resorts of Ipsos and Dassia can be found 7 miles north of Corfu Town. Ipsos has a scenic setting, with fine views across the bay and to green hills inland.

Further north, Nissaki is more up-market than other resorts. The small beaches and handful of tavernas makes this resort an excellent choice for relaxing, quiet holidays.

In complete contrast, Kavos, near the southern tip of the island, has a five-mile sweep of sandy beach and is the most action-packed spot in Corfu. It is loved by youngsters seeking noisy bars and abundant nightlife.

Meanwhile, Sidari, at the northern tip of the island is also one of Corfu's largest resorts.

Wind-carved, sandstone cliffs provide a beautiful back-drop to the long, sandy gently-shelving beach of this bustling resort, which offers a great choice of restaurants.

On the west coast, Glyfada has a huge beach of fine sand, backed by towering slopes. Less than three miles away is the mountain village of Pelekas, famous for its glorious sunsets.

There are several other wonderful tourist resorts on Corfu, to suit all tastes and all ages.

Is there any wonder that it has been one of the top holiday islands in the Mediterranean region for decades?