This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Corfu. To help you make friends with Corfu before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Corfu has been conquered many times in its history and it was ruled by Illyrians, Romans, Normans, Sicilians, Byzantines, Neapolitans, Venetians, Ottomans, British, and Italians -- it was even a part of the United States of the Ionian Islands. With such a stormy and long history, it is not surprising that buildings from different eras and cultures wait the visitor on each corner. It was mentioned back in Greek mythology, so the list of things to see in Corfu is large and the Old Town is a UNESCO Heritage Site. The most interesting places to visit are the Venetian citadel in the Old Town, the Corfu City Hall, the Maitland Monument, the Lazaretto Island, the ancient city of Corcyra, and the Kaiser's Bridge.
There are many hostels in Corfu, but finding a free hostel in the high season can be tricky, especially for larger groups. The city is virtually infested by tourist from all parts of the world (although most tourists come from Western Europe). There are many clubs and festivals in the summer but Corfu is rather quiet for the rest of the year. Also, many Corfu hostels are open only during the summer season, but there are enough places even during the colder winter months. Hostels in Corfu are situated near the beach in the central part of the island. Corfu beaches are very beautiful with great views and there are many restaurants where you can taste Greek salad and gyros, among other delicacies.
Corfu was a popular high-class resort among rich aristocrats in the second part of the nineteenth and the first part of the twentieth century. Nowadays, it is still a top world resort by any standards, but more people can afford having a holiday on the island. Corfu remains a great place to visit and you can easily spend at least two weeks during the summer, so booking in advance at your Corfu hostel is important.
Written by local enthusiast for Corfu hostelsGeorge Traveller