Speaking about Greek islands, we imagine the Aegean islet’s of Corfu depicted as “virgin”, intact and lost, even if it has transformed into an enchanting attraction for tourist and adventurers a long time ago. Yet we like to imagine that it remained tied to traditional rhythms and lifestyles.
And this is how the island of Corfu has created its new and fairytale-like identity, based on a mixture of different elements: the suggestions of ancient ruins, folklore, the amenity of its villages, the charm of its beaches, the wonder of sunsets that we often witness collectively, as if we were expecting a final applause with the sun that seems to sink into the waves.
The island is a “myth”: it represents a safe haven, space on which to escape from hectic everyday life, reconciling in an almost mystical embrace with nature.
But it is also a myth of unbridled fun, of special joy, exhibited through transgressions in a sort of permanent feast.
If the island is really that place of exception, where the flow of daily existence appears to be suspended, staying there almost inevitably represents an opportunity to live out of ordinary life. It’s like living a different life.
All this, and much more, is Corfu.