Autumn in Corfu is something of a well-kept secret. Even though it’s a much less popular time to visit the island than summer, when up to 1 million tourists arrive each year, the rewards for waiting until a little later in the year are high. Without the queues and free from the oppressive summer sun, you’re more free to explore what the island has to offer. Read on for our top 5 reasons to book an autumn trip to Corfu.
It’s much cheaper
If the sometimes astronomical prices of travelling to Greece in the summer puts you off, then opt for visiting in October instead; the sharp drop in tourist numbers translates also into a huge decrease in cost. You can still fly directly from a number of UK airports, including Manchester, Edinburgh and all London airports, yet at a fraction of the high-season price.
You can experience a more authentic, peaceful Corfu
By October, tourist arrivals in Corfu have dropped down to 30% of what they were in July. This means you can visit typical tourist hotspots without your experience being affected by the hordes of people that descend on the island throughout the summer. This will also allow you to experience a more authentic version of the island, rather than one which panders to the perceptions of tourists.
The weather is still excellent
With consistent sunshine (though admittedly with a few more rain showers than in summer) and average highs of around 23 degrees C in October, autumn in Corfu is balmy and comfortable. This makes the island the perfect destination for some late summer sun. What’s more, the sea is at its warmest at this time of year – if you fancy a dip, don’t miss your chance to swim at Mon Repos Beach just south of Corfu Town.
You can go on hikes without getting too hot
If walking or hiking is your thing, Corfu in autumn is perfect for you. Our top pick is the hike up to Angelokastro, near Krini on the western side of the island. A Byzantine castle which boasts panoramic views of the Adriatic, Angelokastro played a key part in defending the island from multiple attempted Ottoman invasions. The walk up to the top is about 2.5 hours long, but the view is definitely worth it.
You can learn more about the culture and history of Corfu
In the absence of the summer heat, take your opportunity to visit some of Corfu’s celebrated museums. At the Capodistrias Museum, for example, you’ll learn about the life, work and legacy of Corfiot diplomat and the first Governor of Greece, Ioannis Capodistrias. Furthermore, for a unique and especially child-friendly experience, visit Casa Parlante in Corfu Town, where you’ll discover the living history of the island’s 19th-century nobility through sights, sounds and smells.