Our helpful Head 2 Head this week looks at two different beach destinations – one in southwest England, and the other just off Greece’s northwest coast.
Cornwall is one of the UK’s most picturesque counties, offering breathtaking surf spots, picturesque countryside, and some of the most welcoming hosts in the country. Alternatively, Corfu is a lush green Greek island known for its beauty and beaches, exciting nights and tranquil days.
Which is better for value, for sun, for nights out, and for things to do? Once again, there can be only one overall winner – so let battle commence!
The Mediterranean weather in Corfu during the summer is generally warm and dry. While it has a slightly cooler climate than some of its neighbouring islands, the average summer temperature will still be in the high 20s and the island will likely see just one day of rain per month in May, June, July, and August.
Cornwall’s weather is less easy to predict. You may be taking your chances with the sun during a staycation, but clear summer days in the southwest of England are glorious, and there’s still plenty to do even if the weather isn’t perfect.
In summary: We’ve got to give this first round to Corfu, because in peak season you can generally rely on clear and sun-drenched days.
Cornwall is a great UK beach destination for a party. While the town of Newquay has calmed down since when it was marketed as “Britain’s answer to Ibiza”, you’ll find plenty of fun-filled bars and excellent club nights to enjoy throughout the summer.
The nightlife in Corfu is cosmopolitan and quite renowned. Kavos offers an exciting nightlife particularly for younger visitors hungry for a lively party, while Corfu Town delivers a range of quieter, more charming night venues.
In summary: This one is close, especially considering the rise of excellent restaurants and gentrified bars across Cornwall. However, the sheer range, number of resorts, and even boat parties in Corfu means that it tips the scale here too.
Corfu’s Blue Flag beaches are 9 golden, sandy, sunny reasons to visit the island every year.
On the other hand, Cornwall has almost as many Blue Flags as Corfu, while many other parts of its beautiful coastline have been given Seaside Awards. Then there’s Fistral Beach in Newquay, which regularly holds the European Surf Championships and plays host to events, gigs, and festivals throughout the summer season.
In summary: We’re giving this round to Cornwall, where the cliffs are dramatic and the coast is perfect for a day’s sunbathing, swimming, or surfing. You’re also likely to find that Cornwall’s coastline is less crowded than Corfu’s.
A Cornwall holiday is always a popular choice for families. The beaches are playgrounds for the whole family and there is no end of things to do, including zoos, aquariums, theme parks, and a wider range of attractions.
Corfu is great choice for families too, with its warm climate, dreamlike scenery, and plenty for kids to explore and do.
In summary: This was a difficult choice, but the round goes to Cornwall for its giant choice of things to do, as well as the family-friendly atmosphere throughout the county.
Corfu’s attractions involve trips to other beautiful Greek islands, secret coves to swim around the coastline, waterparks such as Aqualand, plus a number of museums and galleries for visitors looking for culture and history.
Meanwhile, Cornwall offers the sensational Eden Project, family theme parks, castles from the time of King Arthur, aquariums, National Trust houses and gardens, plus galleries and museums.
In summary: It really depends on the kind of holiday you are looking for, but we think that the variety and number of Cornwall’s attractions means that it deserves to win this round.
Value for money
While you can always find a good holiday deal if you look hard enough, one of the biggest financial benefits of visiting Corfu is the fact that you can enjoy a choice of board basis, including All Inclusive. This means that you can pay a single price and have all your food and many of your drinks included before you step on the plane.
Cornwall has camping options as well as hotels and Airbnbs to stay in, meaning that there is a great choice of prices and boards to pick from.
In summary: This round goes to Corfu, where you can book an All Inclusive holiday and relax, knowing that your meals are already paid for.
How they stack up
It’s oh-so-close, but this Head 2 Head has to go to Corfu holidays. The bright warm climate, the value for money, the vibrant nights out, and the pure joy of visiting somewhere abroad means that this delightful Greek island wins – just!
Don’t ever underestimate a holiday to Cornwall though. In England’s rural southwest, you’ll find so much to do and see that you’ll struggle to fit it all in during a single holiday.
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