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Christmas in Corfu

Maine
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Christmas in Corfu

We're thinking of spending Christmas in Corfu. Does anyone have any experience with this time of year there?

One of our reasons is that we've just begun to think about relocating there when we retire within the next few years. I've read lots about Brits who've retired there and I'm wondering if there are any US citizens.

Thanks for any insight.

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1. Re: Christmas in Corfu

The winters are a stark contrast to the summers. The weather is much colder with plenty of rain, which is why the island is so green. However it does pick up again from around March onwards but November, December, January and February can be long, cold and wet.

Many resorts close completely but Corfu Town is still very lively and is great in the winter and there are several fairly lively villages.

Some people love the winters, some people hate them - it's really down to personal preference and what you are looking for.

I have lived in Corfu for 17 years but have spent this last winter over in the US which made a nice change.

Easter is their main big holiday and it is wonderful time of year in Corfu. Christmas is of course celebrated but is much more commercial now.

You are right that there are many Brits living here permenantly. There are not that many US citizens but there are certainly a few around.

One that we know runs his own corfu holiday website: www.happyholidayscorfu.com/

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2. Re: Christmas in Corfu

We are hoping to go to Corfu just after Christmas, as we are in the process of buying a house. Can anyone tell us the best way to travel from London, i.e frequency of flights to Athens, and ferries, or Brindesi and ferry? Also the estimated cost. Thanks.

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3. Re: Christmas in Corfu

there will be a couple of charter flights during Christmas/ New Year's to/from Gatwick and Corfu. I know that they are scheduled to arrive here around 02:00 in the morning . Check with your travel agent . This will be very convenient for you, the flight will take approx 3 hours.

Other than that, check with Easyjet, BA and Olympic for flights to Athens. From Athens there are 4-5 daily flights with Olympic and Aegean.

Beware that Christmas time is hard to find seats, so you will have to move quickly and reserve your tickets.

The best time for me during Christmas is on the 24th Dec. afternoon at the Town Hall Square - city center, where various choirs, filarmoncs etc, pass by one after the other and play /sing Christmas carols.

We may not have snow but it tastes like Christmas then !!!

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4. Re: Christmas in Corfu

hi.

corfu is a very beautiful island and good for all seasons.corfu town has many good restaurants and cafes, it is lively and there are many interesting things to see.it is a very classy island just keep away from tourist traps which are very easy to avoid.

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5. Re: Christmas in Corfu

thank you for your reply - we are now going the first week in Feb as haven't completed on the house yet- do not usually book with a travel agent as do it ourselves, but in this case, we might have to! Need to get there mid-day so as to get to shops to get bed linen etc. Any advice would be very welcome, as have only seen Lidl the other side of the town so far and need to get to a supermarket for basic needs etc. Hope to get a hire car to meet us so that we can do this,otherwise nothing to sleep in when we get there!

Maine
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6. Re: Christmas in Corfu

Well, as a follow-up, we'll be in Corfu from 26 Dec to 4 Jan. We're staying at the Cavalieri in Town for two days, then we have a week at Panorama Apartments in Afionas.

We know it will be quiet, but we're meeting another American in town for dinner, and our aim is to see the island and decide where we'd like to retire next year.

We'll probably be looking at long-term rentals as it is so difficult to purchase property for Americans.

Anyway, we're looking forward to it, and even though the weather will not be ideal, it will be a lot warmer than the weather here in Maine, USA.

Any advice appreciated.

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