Corfu Island, Greece

Another academic year is over, which means another glorious summer holiday. We booked a ‘last minute’ flight two weeks before the end of July. The only requirements for our last minute holiday were 1) hot weather and 2) a good deal.

Inspired by the ITV series of The Durrells, we loved the look of the clear blue seas of Corfu island, so when we were researching holidays and found a ridiculously good hotel deal, we booked quick.

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Labrandas Sandy Villas in Saint George’s area of south Corfu opened in May 2018 and, to generate some good reviews I guess, we managed to secure a 5-day all-inclusive break in a stunning adults-only 4* hotel resort for just over £1000 for both of us.

We booked a standard room but when we arrived, we were upgraded to a swim-up pool room meaning we had access to a private pool right outside of our room. It’s attached to a family resort where you can also use your all-inclusive pass and the beach was a short walk through the resort.

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We were stunned by the views all around the island of Corfu: bright blue skies, dazzling emerald shores and a very lush, green island with trees and plant life all around.

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In the middle of our short break, we hired a car so that we could see more of Corfu town. It was only a 45 minute drive away and it was a scenic, snake route as you follow the coast line to the main town on the island.

We only spent a few hours in Corfu town but it doesn’t take too long to get a feel for the Venetian-style town. We walked around the harbour, the old town, the little streets laden with shops, cafes lining the square (Spianada Square) and got some pictures of the ancient Old Fortress.

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Look out for our film footage made using 2x GoPro (Hero Session 5). Ben’s youtube account can be found here.

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On our way to Corfu town, we set ourselves a fun adventure to try and find the house used for the the house in The Durrells show on ITV. We already mentioned that we are big fans of the recent series, and we probably would not have chosen Corfu as a holiday destination without their help.

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As you can see, it was a big success. We parked the car up and walked along a beach to where the house can be seen (after a short and painful walk across some pebbles). The house, which is abandoned and now locked up behind gates, is used for the exterior shots for the house in the series. As you can see the views of are breathtaking and the sea was so tempting that Ben even went for a refreshing swim in his boxers!

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