Why are so many people choosing Corfu for their holiday or permanent home?
Corfu's weather is glorious - mild winters and wonderfully warm summers, always with a breeze and not as stifling as some of the more southern islands.
Corfu is very safe. Crime statistics on the island are the lowest in Greece, which in turn are the lowest in Europe. Theft is rare and violent crime virtually unknown.
Corfu is sophisticated. With a modern airport and port, the island is easy to reach from all European destinations. Commercial and social infrastructure is well developed.
Corfu is traditional. Family values are still esteemed. Life in the island's agricultural villages carries on as it has for centuries. Local food products are fresh and organic.
Corfu is low-key. Unlike Spain, stringent planning laws do not allow the construction of high-rise and large-scale residential developments. Minimum-sized plots are required to build single villas to preserve the charm and character of this beautiful island.
Corfu is a sound investment. Property prices are still relatively low and values have only one way to go - up. Buying in Corfu gives a good return for investments purposes.
Corfu is the most easily accessible Greek destination from countries of Northern Europe, with direct charter flights during the season, Easter and Christmas, 4 - 6 flights daily via Athens all year round and daily car ferry crossings from the Italian ports of Brindisi (7 hrs), Bari (8 hrs), Ancona (14 hours), Venice (24 hrs) and Trieste (26 hrs) for those wishing to drive. With budget airline Ryan Air now flying into these ports, Corfu has become even more appealling to those on a limited budget. Easy Jet also has good deals to Athens.
It is one of the best known European holiday resorts, particularly popular among English and German tourists, but other nationalities as well. Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi) built her summer palace "The Achilleon" in Corfu in 1890, The Duke of Edinburgh was born at Mon Repos Palace and many royal families and emperors from all countries spend their holidays in Corfu, including the former Greek royal family.
Today many famous international jet-setters own a summer residence or holiday on the island. Lord Rothschild and the Italian industrialist family Agnelli have homes here and the royal family of England (Prince Charles and his sons) have often been spotted. Various film and sports stars have been seen searching for properties. One is the actor Nicolas Cage, who fell in love with Corfu after he finished filming on the nearby island of Kefalonia and also Madonna and Richard Gere were spied house-hunting.