Located off the West coast of Greece, the island of Corfu is one of the many islands enjoying the warm Mediterranean climate. It is one of the Ionian Islands, and is hot and dry during the summer with rainy winters that feed the 2 million plus olive trees that are to be found all over the island. Olives are the island’s major cultivated crop. Tourism to the island, however, has overtaken the export of olives.
Greeks, Romans, Venetians and French people have inhabited Corfu and all of them have left their mark on this small island. There are two forts available for exploration and the island is surrounded by myths and legends that include names such as Heracles, Homer, Odysseus, and Jason and the Argonauts. The main town of the island, also named Corfu, has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, which protects and preserves the many beautiful buildings and monuments on the island. It is interesting to note that the coast seen from the island is that of Albania and not Greece as most would think, and the channel that separates the two is less than 2 kilometres deep in places.