Vigla means “lookout point” in Greek, and Vigla will definitely give you a beautiful vantage point from which to enjoy Greece’s Emerald Isle of Corfu.
This is a place for those who appreciate a touch of seclusion on their holiday. If you chuck your walking boots into your case along with your flip flops you’ve also picked the right spot to go strolling among the island’s pine forests and perhaps up its dominating mountain peak, Mount Pantokrator.
You don’t need to shut yourself off, though. The neighbouring village of Kalami has a pebble beach and good small-town tourist facilities. Nearby Kolouri is bigger and livelier. And if you fancy some water sports head on to Ipsos Beach, around half-an-hour away.
Corfu Town is well within reach, too. One of the prettiest towns in the whole Mediterranean; this beautiful historic capital mixes UNESCO World Heritage status-worthy streets with excellent quality shopping that covers the bases from fashionable to traditional.
In Kalami you’ll find one of Corfu’s nicest natural beaches. With a Blue Flag for cleanliness hanging over its horseshoe bay, and trees running down the slopes towards the sea, it’s a picture-perfect Greek island setting. It’s pebbles rather than sand on the seashore, but that doesn’t keep the visitors away, with plenty of boating and water sports activities laid on to keep them happy.
Neighbouring Kolouri is a little quieter, but no less attractive. The bay here is more famous as an anchorage for boats – both shiny luxury yachts and fishing boats servicing the local restaurants – but it’s perfect for swimming too, and the village harbour is a genuine beauty spot.
Travel a little further and you’ll find many more beaches, including the pebble and shingle affairs at Ipsos and Dassia, the first offering lovely mountain views and some water sports, the second with good access to all the facilities of local luxury hotels.
Head north from Vigla and you’ll soon be in one of Corfu’s prettiest seaside towns, Kassiopi. It’s kind of an assembled greatest hits of Greek island life, with beaches, some late-night spots, traditional tavernas, beautiful countryside, a Byzantine castle, a fishing harbour and views of Mount Pantokrator inland and Albania over the sea.
Corfu Town is a capital worthy of the title of one of the prettiest Greek islands. Its history of French, Italian and British invaders has given it a unique mix of architectural styles among its striking streets and squares – there’s even a cricket ground. The town’s remained a quite exclusive magnet for visitors and today has all the restaurants, bars, cafés (some in classic Parisian style) and boutiques that a yacht-dwelling visitor needs to get through a stay.
For pure fun for all the family, head to Aqualand. Don’t be put off by its strange setting right in the centre of the island, the watery attractions are all in evidence in its 75,000 square-metres, and the surrounding pine forests give it a very pretty setting. Suitable for everyone from toddlers on up, there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy at this top quality water park.