Pontikonisi
Corfu lies to the north of the Ionian sea at the entrance of Adriatic. It is the second largest island in the group known as the Seven Islands, or Eptanisa. Together with the small island of Paxi and others that are still smaller (Antipaxi, Othoni, Erikoussa, Mathraki), Corfu constitutes a separate prefecture.
It has an area of 592 sq. km, a coastline of 217 km and a population of over 100,000 making it the largest Ionian island in terms of population.
Approximately 65% of the surface of the island is under cultivation and 59% of this area is covered with olives, cypress trees, citrus fruit trees, fruit trees and vineyards.
Olive oil is the chief product of the island which is considered to be among the best in Greece. The island also grows cumquat, the very small orange of Chinese derivation which is made into a sweet or a liquer. Cumquat
It's taste and aroma have made it a symbol of the island for tourists and is produced only in Corfu and nowhere else in Europe.
Its dense vegetation exists thanks to the mild climate of Corfu and to what is by Greek standards the high level of humidity. The summer heat is moderated by the humidity and the winters are mild.

The island can be reached by air from Athens (daily service from Athens airport and more than six flights a day during peak periods) or Europe. Ships go from Patras (132 nautical miles), Igoumenitsa (18 nautical miles) or Sagiada as well as from Italy (Bari, Brindizi, Ancona, Otranto) and the former Yugoslavia (Bar, Dubrovnik, Split). By road you can go from Athens or Thessaloniki by way of Igoumenitsa.


Photos and text taken
from "Corfu - Today and yesterday"
(Toubis Editions)
Toubis Editions