The charms of Corfu’s west coast have been known for some time, but thankfully it remains largely unspoiled. Europe’s nobility, including Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) of Austria and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany holidayed here in the 19th century – and Prince Philip was born there too, into the Greek royal family. Wooded hillsides of olive groves slope down towards the sea, and sandy bays alternate with rocky coves and villages of brightly painted houses.

Initially following the long-distance Corfu Trail, our enchanting holiday was a journey from south to north, walking on ancient footpaths and winding tracks above the coast, between olive groves, cypresses, maritime pines and holm oaks. The eclectic mix of hotels in which we stayed were all located in quiet, peaceful grounds, and most commanded superlative views of the sunsets which added an extra allure to this gem of an island.

We often travel with Inntravel who are a very reliable partner when you just want to walk, eat and sleep (leaving the rest to them). Hotels, guest houses and B&Bs often supply picnics for the all-day walks and there was a very memorable one on this occasion. We were leaving for our next stay and the hotel presented us with a large insulated ‘cake box’ stuffed full of good things but it wouldn’t fit in our rucksacks! It was a delight and huge relief to empty it at lunchtime 🙂