Time zone

Greece is in the East European Time Zone(EET) and it is 2 hours ahead Grrenwich Time(GMT2).

ON the last Sunday in March at 04.00 in the morning clocks should be changed to summer time,that is one hour ahead(3 hours ahead Greenwich time-GMT3),while on the last Sunday of October at 04.00 in the morning clocks should go one hour back ,according to winter time.

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Shopping

Generally speaking,shopping hours are as follows:

Monday,Wednesday and Saturday from 09.00 to 15.30

Tuesday ,Thursday and Friday from 09.00 to 14.30 and 17.30 to 21.00

Department stores ,shopping centers and shops in busy central areas are open from morning to night daily.In addition,shops are open 7 Sundays a year.

There are two sales periods a year on Corfu and the rest of Greece,one in winter(January-February)and one in summer(July-August).Corfu has no reason to envy other cities in Greece.In the back streets in the Old Town you will mostly find souvenir shops and shops selling local,traditional products,while the town is famous for its jewelers.

Visitors to Corfu from countries outside the European Union are entitled to 23% tax free on products bought.This is only valid for purchases over 120€ and in shops which display  ‘’Tax Free Shopping’’ in the window.This is not apply to food and alcohol.

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Petrol stations

There are petrol stations located in central parts of Corfu as well as many places all around the island,should you need to fill up your car.Prices range from 1.6€ to 1.85€ per liter and fluctuate regularly.For more information regarding directions and prices,go to fuelprices.gr.

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Passport-Visa

Citizens of the European Union only require an ID card/passport  for entry to Greece for unlimited stay.Citizens of the United States of Amrica,Canada,Australia,New Zeland and other countries outside the European Union may stay for up to 90days and require a visa for entry to Greece.

For more information ,visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs site(mfa.gr/en/visas/).

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National holidays
  • New year’s day(1 January):First day of the new year
  • Epiphany(6 january):Celebration of the baptism of Christ by St.John the Baptist,in the Jordan river.
  • Clean Monday:The celebration date changes every year.It is a day of fasting for Christians marking the beginning of Lent for the orthodox church as well as the ending of the Carnival season.
  • Anniversary of the revolution of 1821(25 March):Double celebration for Greeks,as the national revolution against Turks in 1821,as well  as the Annunciation of Virgin Mary,the announcement of the happy news by Archangel Gabriel to Mariam regarding the birth of Jesus Christ,are both celebrated on this day.
  • Good Friday:The celebration date changes every year.The day commemorating  Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.
  • Holy Saturday:The celebration date changes every year.The last day of Holy Week and of Lent.At midnight the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated.
  • Easter Sunday:The celebration date changes every year.The most importand Christian celebration celebrating  the Resurrection of Christ.
  • Easter Monday:The celebration date changes every year.The second day of Easter.
  • International workers day(1May):Dedicated to the Chicago workers riot in May 1886 demanding an            8-hour work day and better working conditions.
  • Dormition of Virgin Mary(15August):One of the most importand orthodox celebrations,celebrating the passing and burial of Virgin Mary,with glorious ceremonies in many parts of Greece.
  • ‘’NO’’ Day(28 October):On this day the Greeks celebrate dictator Ioannis Metaxas’s refusal,on 28th October 1940,regarding Italian claims,leading to Greece taking part in World War 2.
  • St Spyridon(12December):Saint Spyridon is the patron saint of Corfu and the day of celebration,all the back streets in the Old Town smell of delicious donats with honey and cinnamon made of worshipers,according to custom.
  • Christmas(25December):One of the most glorious celebration of Christianity,celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • Synaxis of Theotokos(26December):Second day of Christmas and celebration of Synaxis of Theotokos,congregation of believers to honour the Mother of our Savior.
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Healthcare

Citizens of European Union(including Norway,Iceland,Switzerland and Liechtenstein)traveling to Corfu enjoy the right to free public health care,on production of the European Health Insurance Card.

Otherwise,any care needed,except for emergency room visit must be paid for.

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Getting here

Corfu Airport: Flying to Corfu , for most Europeans, is an easy flight lasting less than 3 hours. Corfu’s International airport (Kapodistrias) is located on the edge of Corfu (Kerkyra) town, it is modern and compact. During the summer months (May to October) there are regular charter flights from most European countries to Corfu. Domestic flights (from Athens) operate all year round.

Corfu Port: Corfu’s port is at the edge of Corfu (Kerkyra) town. Ferries from Greek mainland (Igumenitsa and Patra) offer a regular service as well as ferries from Italy (Venice, Ancona and Brindisi). Corfu port is also a popular stop for visiting cruise ships.

Driving to Corfu: Some drive to Corfu, the regular ferries from Italy and the Greek mainland to Corfu make the trip easier to plan. The roads of Corfu are generally in good condition, even if unavoidably steep and twisting in some locations.

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Banks

Banks on Corfu are open Monday to Thursday from 08.00 to 14.30 and Friday until 14.00.There are plenty of ATMs so you will have no difficulty withdrawing money.

Note that credit cards(Visa,Mastercard,American express)are accepted in major hotels and most shops and restaurants.

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