“A bunch of friends decided to take on the Amalfi coast and Greek Islands for the June holiday. This was my first trip to Europe and I could not have asked for a more breathtaking location.”

Every location we visited, reminded me of some place at home. Corfu made me think of Wilderness, Knysna. It was vast and quiet, despite being in peak season. We arrived at the smallest airport and rented a car for our 20min drive out to Hotel Elena. As the plans turned out, we spent Elan’s birthday traveling, putting a bit of a damper on the special day, but we made an effort to celebrate the night before. 

When we arrived at the hotel, they had surprised us by decorating the hotel room for Elan’s day. They provided us with Greek cake and champagne, as well as rose petals on the bed. 

The water on Corfu is not as clear as the other islands, but I feel like this destination made up for it in the warm hospitality and non-crowded spaces. We picked out a restaurant located close to the hotel and we decided to have the birthday dinner there. To our delight, the family-run eatery was perfect in every way. Checking boxes with the view of the beach, the quality of food, the generous portions and reasonable prices. We returned the following evening for some traditional Greek dancing, a big highlight of the trip, with lots of laughter.

We bought some goggles and flippers and took turns in pairs to swim out and look for sea life and try our hand at underwater photography. Turns out that the underwater housing is even more buoyant than a person and should not be attempted without a weight belt.

On our travels to the next location, we stopped over at Corfu Old Town and explored the cobblestone streets a bit. I experienced Corfu as a destination where we could breathe and regroup, so we set off to our next stop feeling revitalised.

Next stop: Mykonos!