The flexibility of hiring a car in a new travel destination is utterly freeing, especially on an island that’s as wild and beautiful as Corfu. The azure skies, golden beaches, ancient architecture, jaw-dropping corners and friendly locals are all excellent reasons as to why you should roadtrip around Corfu. Disclaimer: This post was commissioned by EasyTerra who make it super straightforward to compare and hire a car in Greece, not to mention other countries around the world.
Over the years I’ve have roadtripped around several countries; New Zealand, France, America, Scotland and Belgium to name but a few, but this trip was a little bit different. I was on a girls weekend with the fantabulous Jess and Kara; lovers of architecture, history, baklava, sunshine and singing power ballads.
But, don’t worry, I’ll spare you the car selfies we took.
Hiring a car genuinely made our trip fabulous. Corfu is 62 kilometres long and at the most 28 kilometres wide. It is the most northerly of the Ionian islands, which also include Zakynthos and Kefalonia.
1. Embracing The Freedom of Driving A Car
Want to get up at 6am to watch the sunrise from the other side of the island? Fancy snoozing until 11am and exploring until dinnertime at 8pm? Want to nip out to the local markets to buy a fresh feast and car boot full of wine to enjoy on your terrace for dinner? Sure.
2. Beautiful driving routes, both by the sea and up through the mountains.
Passing through the many little towns and villages, taking breaks in places where outside visitors are few and far between, you’ll get a deep sense of having really, actually, seen the country.
3. Beating the Crowds
We found ourselves more than once on a beach all to ourselves as far as the eye could see. We travelled in spring, so the summer season hadn’t started, but I bet even when the busy season begins, there will be secret spots that kind locals will tip you off about. If you’re nice to them… I hear that Agios Matthaios is a town that marches to the beat of its own drum, and gets less tourists than some of the others.
4. Utterly Epic Car Playlists
This I have to hand to Jess who DJ’d for most of the trips we made, and we discovered some epic tunes as well as rediscovering music that we hadn’t heard in an age, leading to me exclaiming “TUUUUUUUUNE” every so often.
5. Going off-map on our roadtrip around Corfu
Something we always love to do is go off the tourist map and some of the most beautiful vistas we found in Corfu were ones mid-journey from place to place. We would turn a fairly boring corner to be greeted with jaw-dropping beaches, castles and vistas all the way to the Greek Mainland. I was the navigator for a fair amount of this trip which certainly made it interesting for my friends, but we’re still mates now, so they didn’t mind too much.
6. Beating the weather
Because we could keep our schedule flexible (the various weather apps disagreed with each other and the actual weather conditions a fair amount) it meant that we could tailor our sightseeing to what the weather conditions were doing. We spent a few hours in a beautiful harbourside restaurant terrace as the rain poured down, and the next day lingered in the sunshine with cool Freddos in our hands.
7. Discovering Baklava Ice Cream
This needs no explanation, right? We pulled into a local bakery, and in their ice cream freezer (aka the owner’s pension) they had a Baklava flavour that was simply too delicious to resist.
8. Practising 3-point turns & parallel parking manoeuvres
An unusual bonus to a road trip, I’ll admit, but in parts of the Corfu villages the roads are fairly narrow and with a compact car they are the perfect place to practise 3-point turns and parallel parking manoeuvres. I swear hand on heart that successfully doing a 3-point turn in 2 points is better than winning an Oscar. We found that the local drivers are pretty patient too – they’ll let you in when turning into roads and don’t mind if you take a leetle bit longer to park.
9. Getting a taste of local life
We stayed in a local neighbourhood (hiring a lovely apartment with excellent feline locals) instead of closeting ourselves in a hotel room. It meant we had a taste of the neighbourhood, got to avoid the busy city centre and it located only a 5-minute drive from both Corfu Old Town and the airport – perfection!
I’ve also shared a post with our favourite places around Corfu that we discovered on our roadtrip and an unexpected marriage proposal…
Where has your favourite road trip been so far?
This post was commissioned by EasyTerra who make it super straightforward to compare and hire a car in Greece, in order to keep our wanderlust strong and the travel fund topped up for future fun and blog posts.
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