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Corfu (also known as Kerkyra) is the second-largest of the Ionian Greek Islands, which are located in the Ionian Sea, off the west coast of Greece.
Corfu is a beautiful island, with mountains, white sandy beaches, olive groves and picturesque fishing villages, and is an extremely popular tourist destination. The best way in which to really see what the island has to offer is to use a hire car. Exploring Corfu by rental car means that you will be able to travel comfortably and at your own pace.
Car Hire Corfu – Cities and Towns
easyCar has car rental facilities in Corfu Town and Acharavi, as well as at Corfu Airport.
Corfu Town (also known as Kerkya) is the island’s capital and is a great place to use as a base during a Corfu car hire holiday. The city’s main landmarks are its two fortresses. The Old Fortress is separated from Corfu Town by a moat, but is accessible by means of a bridge. The New Fortress is home to a bar and to the Ceramics Museum of Corfu. The Old Town area is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and you can explore its narrow streets and admire its beautiful Venetian-style architecture. Other attractions in Corfu Town include the Spianada, the largest square in the city, where you’ll find gardens and cafes, together with the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, which houses the Municipal Gallery and the Museum of Asian Art. You can use a rental car to reach other attractions in the area, such as Achillion Palace, in the village of Gastouri.
Acharavi is a family-friendly seaside resort in the north of Corfu. It has a sandy beach, which stretches for 3km, and plenty of shops, bars and tavernas. There are also a number of hiking trails in the area. You can use your rental car to reach other attractions nearby, such as the Acharavi Roman Baths and the Hydropolis water park.
Car Hire Corfu – Mountains and Beaches
Corfu has some fantastic scenery and if you hire a car, you can drive to the island’s highest mountain, Mount Pantokrátor, about 37km from Corfu Town. The views from the summit of the mountain are amazing and, on a clear day, you will be able to see Albania and Italy, as well as other islands.
You can also use a rental car to reach some of Corfu’s many beaches, which include the six beaches around the village of Paleokastrista, and Arilas Beach, which lies about 35km from Corfu Town.
Car Hire Corfu – Driving Tips
There are a few things to bear in mind when on a car hire holiday in Corfu. You must drive on the right-hand side of the road and carry your driving licence, passport and vehicle documentation in your rental car.
Bear in mind that some roads in remote areas of the island aren’t likely to be well-maintained and are often narrow, so keep your speed down and drive carefully. The weather is often hot, so opt for a hire car with air-conditioning.
If you are planning a Corfu car hire holiday, you can book a rental car online with easyCar now.