A holiday favourite since Victorian times Corfu is located in the Ionian chain of islands that lie off the north-west coast of mainland Greece.
Corfu's popularity has exacted a high price over the years. This was one of the first of the Greek islands to be "discovered" by holiday firms and some say far too many of the island's beach resorts have embraced the downmarket demands of package tour operators.
This is largely true for much of Corfu island where beautiful bays of golden sand and pretty fishing villages have been overrun with cheap hotels and happy-hour karaoke bars.
It must be admitted, Corfu was once an embarrassing byword for bar-crawling British lager-louts on bargain booze holidays.
Fortunately, large parts of Corfu escaped the worst of the Brit invasions and some of the loveliest beaches and most romantic villages in the Greek islands can still be found here.
The most popular holiday hotspots are concentrated in the resorts that surround Corfu Town and along the island's north coast.
Visitors looking for more sedate resorts will find them all around the long coastline while many villages deep within the island's lush, green interior, have escaped the holiday hotel boom altogether.
Whatever holiday you prefer there are plenty to be found online these days. Corfu is also a popular destination for independent travellers and cheap rooms are found everywhere.