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Best for: Verdant foliage, incredible beaches, families, shoppers
Corfu, or Kerkyra in Greek, is part of the Ionian Islands, a grouping situated close to the Continental mainland that features lush green foliage, a sharp contrast to the dust-in-your-throat aridity of the Cyclades chain. The most fertile of the Greek Islands, Corfu is covered with olive trees, vineyards and wildflowers during the six-month "growing" season. All the tropical greenery makes for some of the world's most striking beaches, some cut out of rocky tree-covered hillsides, others with secret coves. Like so many other Greek islands, the "old town" boasts its share of boutiques, cafes and historic sites -- but where Corfu differs is its impressive cultural blend, with Byzantines, Venetians, Turks and other civilizations having left their mark in typical conqueror fashion. There's even a French section, the Liston, an arcade lined with shops and cafes.