For most people, the idea of a visit to the Greek islands conjures images of warm sun; vast vistas of blue sea; fresh, local cuisine; and a simpler, slower paced life. Many of the 227 inhabited Greek islands—each with its own character and attractions–are dream destinations for travelers all over the world. However, for those who are choosing a Greek island property as an investment or residence, there are far more things to consider than just hotels, nightlife and the best beaches.
How accessible is the location? Is there life beyond the typical tourist season? How will I fit into the community?
Many international residents believe that Corfu’s location, environment, year-round activities and unique culture and community make it the perfect choice for international buyers who are a primary residence or second home.
Corfu is safely nestled in the Ionian Sea close to mainland Greece, Albania, and the boot of Italy and easily accessible from Athens and international airports. Because Corfu and its sister islands are in a relatively protected location, they offer calmer seas and warmer temperatures in the late fall and winter. Unlike the many of the starkly beautiful Aegean islands, Corfu is a green, jewel of an island with lush olive groves, elegant cypress trees, thousands of wildflowers, mountain ranges and striking views of the sea—enhanced by the backdrop of the Albanian and Greek mainland coasts.
Corfu is a place where one can live and relish year-round activities that go beyond typical tourism. Most tourists who visit Corfu inhabit only one small part of the island for a short time. While venues that cater solely to the short-term visitor exist, residents who want to avoid such spots can easily do so, finding other delights. Clear water, hiking trails, herb-scented fields, palatial manor houses and tiny chapels coexist alongside the arts, theater, shops, sports venues and epicurean pleasures for every taste and budget.
According to one international resident, “Corfu does not shut down in winter like many of the other Greek islands, which means international residents can experience a full life on Corfu year round.”
Corfu has been inhabited from prehistoric times. Over time, visitors, conquerors and immigrants alike have influenced the architecture and culture of the ancient island. This means that international residents can experience the richness of Greek culture and life, along with the cultural influences of the French, British and Venetians. This openness to other cultures still exists today, as roughly 5 percent of Corfu’s population of 115, 000 is international. As a result English, is the second language and widely spoken.
An international business woman who recently relocated to Corfu commented that when she is in northern Europe and the US, her life seems to fly by, but when she is back home in Corfu time stands still.
What better place to have time stand still than Corfu? Learn more about for property for sale in Corfu at www.cpacorfu.com. See also CPA Corfu—the Key to your Dream Property in Corfu to learn more about CPA and why this is the right time to buy!
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