Sporting holiday activities on the island of Corfu

There’s always been a mistaken assumption that when you book a Villa holiday on an island like Corfu, the only thing you’ll be able to do is lounge around and soak up the sun. Anyone’s who has ever visited the island will tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Corfu is awash with activities. Every pastime and hobby is catered from astronomy right through to plane spotting. If you’re of a sporting persuasion, then you’ll be spoilt for choice on your Corfu villa holiday. The island caters for just about every sporting activity. So if you intend to keep fit and active during your 2 week stay at your holiday villa, don’t just rely on the occasional dip in the sea to keep the muscles taut, hire yourself an oxygen tank and go diving, do a spot of paragliding or schedule in a session of beach sport. The choice really is yours.

So what activities has Corfu got to offer? Well, if you’re into supervised beach sports, then you’re in for a treat. Take your pick from water-skiing, paragliding, kite surfing, jet skiing, windsurfing or ring boating. Obviously, if you would rather do something a little gentler, then you can always rent a pedalo or a canoe. If you’d rather spend your time in the water, then Corfu is tailor-made for you. Obviously, the swimming is great at most times of year, and because the water is so clean and clear it’s perfect for snorkelling. However, if you’re feeling a little braver, then you might consider scuba diving. Corfu’s coast is perfect for scuba diving, with its abundance of coves and bays, warm waters, sea life and spectacular underwater rock formations. You can even take pictures or film the experience as you dive. You don’t need to be experienced either, as Corfu has many diving schools where you can take courses with trained professionals.

Staying on the water, you might also consider hiring a boat and doing a little spot of sailing or yachting. Corfu has several marinas, but one of the best is set in the natural harbour of Gouvia Bay, which, for many years, has been considered by sailors to be the link between the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. The marina is one of the finest in the Mediterranean. If you’re not an experienced sailor, then there are a number of sailing schools where you can be taught the ropes and be provided with the appropriate equipment before you cast off onto the ocean waves.

Although Corfu is an island, your sporting activities needn’t be restricted solely to the water. There are plenty of other sports on offer to landlubbers. You can choose from cricket, croquet, bowling, fishing, golfing, horse riding, tennis, walking or biking. Naturally, Corfu is famous for its golfing facilities. Many aficionados of the sport make a beeline for the island every year. If you fancy a round or two of golf, then there are a number of quality courses available, but perhaps the most spectacular is the one owned by the Corfu Club. Located in the beautiful and peaceful Ropa Valley, in Ermones, this 18-hole golf, par-72 course, with its excellent clubhouse and restaurant, combines the natural landscape of the area with well thought out hazards, making it a fine course for players of all standards. The course is as enjoyable for the scratch player as it is for the long handicap one.

So, whatever you plan to get up to on your Corfu villa holiday, one thing is for sure – there’s no excuse for slacking. Relax, by all means, but you might as well take advantage of all the island has to offer.

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