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Best Times to Visit Corfu

The best times to visit Corfu are April to May and September to November. Although there is never really a bad season in the Mediterranean, you'll find that winter temperatures are too chilly to swim off the shores of Corfu, while the summer months draw hordes of tourists. The shoulder seasons, however, offer warm, sunny weather and plenty of open (and bargain-priced) hotel rooms, not to mention some exciting special events like Carnival.

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April-May

Sandwiched between the rainy winter months and the tourist high season, you'll find pleasant weather and miles of sandy beaches free of fellow sunbathers. Although high temperatures only reach the 60s and 70s, clear skies make for a great backdrop to any hiking excursion or stroll along the coast. Keep in mind that this is the season of Greek Easter: Book your hotel at least a month in advance to ensure a place to stay for the celebrations.

Key Events:  

  • Greek Easter (April)
  • Unification of the Ionian Islands (May 21)
June-August

With temperatures soaring into the upper 80s, you'll have no choice but to spend time at the beach. But be aware that you'll be sharing that stretch of sand with plenty of other visitors. Reserve your hotel room at least a month in advance to ensure availability and the lowest price possible. Also, brace yourself for lines out the door at many of the best sites and restaurants.

Key Events:

  • The Varkarola (Litany of Saint Spyridon) (Aug. 11)
  • The Festival of Garouna and Ano Gerakiana (August)
September-November

For a relaxed Corfu getaway complete with prime beach weather and hardly any crowds, plan a trip for early fall. Average highs in September rest in the low 80s, perfect for a swim in the Mediterranean. However, you can expect temperatures to decline steadily as November approaches. It might be too chilly to don your swimsuit, but the weather is ideal for hiking and sightseeing.

December-March

Winter means rain, with the island seeing anywhere between 5 and 8 inches of precipitation each month. Average highs rest in the upper 50s, which can be great for exploring the island's many communities on foot (so long as you keep an umbrella handy). This is the season for Carnival. If you are planning to attend, you should make hotel reservations at least a month in advance.

Key Events:

  • The Feast of Saint Spyridon (Dec. 12)
  • Carnival (February)

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