Luxury Villas in Corfu

From bustling family-friendly promenades to rugged, unspoilt wilderness, the Corfu of today blends two worlds: the Kerkyra (as the locals call it) of time-honoured literary works, and the vibrant tourist haven of today. Cobalt blue waters lap golden sands, charming villages are dotted among luscious hilltops, and cobbled streets line ancient towns.

You may have seen Corfu, depicted in popular comedy-drama the Durrell's (inspired by autobiographical accounts of Gerald Durrell), as a picturesque, rustic Greek island with artistic roots - and it is. With a Unesco-listed main town, warm European hospitality and long, warm summers, mythology and literature ring true (reportedly the Greek God, Odysseus, was soothed by the beauty of Corfu). 

Our destination experts have scoured the length and breadth of the island to discover the best intimate hideaways, rural idylls and beachfront locations for our Corfu villa collection.

Why visit?

There's something to suit the whole family on this sun-baked island: beachgoers will be impressed by its sandy coastline, culture fiends will appreciate its history and art, families will love its waterparks and lively esplanades, foodies will devour its gastronomic offerings, and outdoor adventurers will have plenty to do, from hiking and biking to thrilling water-sports.  

Read our Corfu guide

Why stay with us?

Style and character are everything at Oliver’s Travels, and our collection of handpicked villas in Corfu have this in spades.

We have destination experts who know the ins and outs of all our regions, picking villas, chateaux and holiday cottages in Corfu that aren’t only unique, but also in the best locations. What's more, our villas are 100% family-friendly, and have the ‘wow’ factor.

Our helpful concierge team are on-hand to make your stay extra special. Whether you want a fully-stocked fridge, a local in-house chef to cook your meals, housekeeping or any other extra service – consider them your holiday genie, who will happily grant your wishes.

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Luxury Villas in Corfu: Our Top Picks

Why visit Lanzarote

An island that enjoys hot summers and warm, moderate winters, Lanzarote is a fantastic, family-friendly destination all year round.

Part of the Canary Island group, Lanzarote is dominated by a unique volcanic landscape that makes for some incredible walking and hiking holidays. The mix of white and black sand idyllic beaches also provide a unique beach holiday, and many of our villas to rent in Lanzarote are close to the coast too.

Combining the best of an active and relaxing trip, the island is the perfect place to escape the everyday.

 


Food and drink

Though the Canary Islands are a part of Spain, Lanzarote does also have its own, identifiable cuisine. Have a taste of the traditional local food during your villa holiday in Lanzarote. Papas Arrugudas are skin-on potatoes boiled in seawater, often served with Mojo Sauce (fiery or garlicky, depending on the colour).

With many herds of goats still roaming around the island, it would be rude not to try the delicious cheese they produce. If you see them on the menu, be sure to also order the La Santa prawns - these are caught off the coast of La Santa, on Lanzarote.


Best beaches

Lanzarote is unique in that it is home to both white and black sand beaches, thanks to its dramatic volcanic origins. 

Head to the south of the island and Playa de Papagayo, for golden sands that are popular among holidaymakers. The clear water is ideal for snorkelling too. 

Playa Flamingo is another bustling tourist hotspot, with a coastline that is well-lined with bars, restaurants, and shops. If visiting somewhere more unusual is on your list, however, Playa del Charco de los Chicos is a must, with its black sand, red cliffs, and strange green lagoon.

Due to its island nature, beaches certainly won’t be in short supply during your villa holiday in Lanzarote. Get off the beaten track and explore the terrain with a gentle hike, where you’ll often be rewarded with secluded, unspoiled sand. Beach babe or avid wanderer - there’s so much varied coast to discover during your travels around Lanzarote.

Things to do

Don’t be fooled by the size of this small island - there’s much more to Lanzarote than lazing on the beach, not that we don’t recommend this too! 

Explore the dramatic origins of Lanzarote (which was actually formed after a volcanic eruption), and head to the island’s main attraction, Timanfaya National Park. Home to geological formations, the landscape of this area has an out-of-this-world feeling.

Grab your hiking shoes and climb the heights of Lanzarote - Montana Roja and Montana Corona are two locations that (once you reach the top) will reward you with jaw-dropping views. 

Step away from the resort hubs and discover the local markets, picking up trinkets and treats to commemorate your villa holiday in Lanzarote. You’ll also find museums and churches that offer a look into the history and life on the island.

Check out our Lanzarote Travel Guide for an more in-depth look at what to do on the island.

 

Why it's perfect for families

  • Good for babies: The gentle waves surrounding the island make Lanzarote the ideal place to introduce your little one to beach-side fun. Toddlers will love the marine parks - where better to see some of these animals up close for the very first time?
  • Good for kids: With two impressive waterparks, it’s no wonder that kids love Lanzarote too. Whizzing down slide after slide is bound to be the highlight of their trip...and perhaps yours!
  • Good for teens: Head to the outdoors and take your teens on a hike they won’t forget - Lanzarote is famed for its rugged terrain. Reward them with a local delicacy, and explore the island’s authentic restaurants.

Top tips

  • Wine: The best way to start your trip is with a glass of the local Lanzarote wine, which is grown in the islands unique volcanic land.
  • Sailing: Grab a catamaran from Puerto Calero and discover the Lanzarote coast. A fun day out for families, couples, and groups alike.
  • Food: You’ll find a number of chiringuitos on the island. These are relaxed, informal dining spaces, that often serve delicious tapas too.

What Oliver loves

With nightclubs and bars just a stone’s throw away from some of the most rewarding hikes in the Canary Islands, a trip to Lanzarote can be whatever kind of holiday you want it to be. Our villas in Lanzarote make sure that you have the most memorable trip - hence why many return year after year! 

Lanzarote's towns and villages

Lanzarote has a number of charming towns and villages that make for great bases or day trips during your trip. 

Each offer their own interpretation of the rich Spanish-inspired culture, holding their own local secrets and unmatched charm.

You'll find ancient churches nestled side-by-side some of the most popular restaurants on the island. Picturesque beaches just metres away from shopping malls and markets. Couples and families alike, all making the most of their villa holiday in Lanzarote, and the variety that the area has to offer.

Whether you're looking for isolation or immersion, our villas in Lanzarote offer the best of both worlds.

It doesn't matter if you're seeking lively tourist towns, known for their buzzing bars and nightclubs, or small laidback villages, the diversity of settlements on Lanzarote is unrivalled among the Canary Islands.

Oliver’s Hidden Gem

In the southwest of Lanzarote sits Los Charcones, a series of small natural pools. There's a tricky walk along the rocks that you have to undertake to reach them - watch out for the tide levels too, they can make swimming here dangerous. However, if you do get lucky (and are feeling brave) you will certainly be rewarded - you'll likely have one of these pools all to yourself.

Holding great importance in the history of the island, the town of Teguise was one of the first founded in the Canary Islands and was Lanzarote’s capital until 1847. Nowadays, this nod to the past can still be seen in the several museums and churches across the town.

The largest city on the island, and home to the port and airport. You’ll likely spend at least some time here during your villa holiday in Lanzarote - the city has a charming old quarter, as well gorgeous golden beaches and tons of restaurants too.

Once a town that visitors tended to just drive through, the love for Tias has thankfully grown. The area now has the advantage of being a well-serviced town, without the authenticity and culture of the place. 

A great spot for partygoers and families alike, the buzzing town of Puerto del Carmen has sweeping beaches, nightclubs, and (further inland) the famed Ranco Texas Lanzarote Park. Entertainment is at the heart of this resort town.

In the south of the island sits one of the newest resort towns, Playa Blanca. Once a sleepy fishing village, the area has grown considerably over the areas, now accommodating tourists from all over the world. Head here for the spectacular beach and waterpark!

This small coastal village is tiny in size - housing just several hundred residents - but in the summer months, tourists and locals alike flock to its island-famous beach. The rising popularity of the coast means that, despite its size, there’s still a good number of restaurants and bars to take your pick from.

Lanzarote travel: Getting there and around

Lanzarote is part of the popular Canary Island group, making flights there frequent from most UK airports, especially during the summer time. Once there, you'll find renting a car easy. Our villas also have onsite parking too. The beaches and mountains are best explored by foot, or maybe you want to hop on a boat and take in the rugged coastline from the sea?


By flight

You’ll most likely arrive in Lanzarote via plane. Being a tourist hotspot, there’s many flight options for you if travelling from the UK, and the journey takes around four hours. In the summer months, many families choose to spend their holidays on the island, so flights may be more frequent but also pricier.


By car

Renting a car on the island is not necessarily essential, but is recommended if you want to get the most out of your villa holiday in Lanzarote. Away from the city, the roads are easy to navigate, meaning you can beach-hop and explore the island to your heart’s extent.


By bike

There are places to rent bikes in the main tourist hubs of Lanzarote, and in the cooler months, we’d definitely recommend this cheap and eco-friendly mode of transport, especially for seeing the immediate area around your villa.


By taxi

Taxis are a more expensive way to get around Lanzarote, but they're an easy way to get from A to B if you require it. You'll usually be able to find them easily at the main tourist hubs.


By boat

Lanzarote is an island, so of course, it makes sense to head to the open seas and see the rugged coastline from a different perspective. Our concierge team can help you organise a boat trip for you and your party, during your holiday.

Top tips

  • Lanzarote doesn't have a train station, so public transport is limited to buses and taxis.
  • The buses are cheap and - in the resort towns and major hubs - relatively frequent.
  • However, if staying in more rural areas, please be aware that the buses may be less often/not stop there at all, especially during the weekends.

 

 

 

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