What's the weather like in Corfu in May
The nine hours of sunlight gradually increases over the month by about 50 minutes. The shortest day of the month is May 1 with 13:54 hours of sunlight; the longest is May 31 with 14:46 hours.
The average sea temperature in May is about 21°C (70°F)--which may be great for hitting the ways.
There is very little rainfall in May, with only 5 days with chance of precipitation. The average monthly rainfall measures around 47mm. When it does rain, it may be as moderate rain or thunderstorms, with a slim chance of light showers.
The skies above Corfu Town in May are mostly partly cloudy, with blue skies clearing up as the month progresses. Humidity ranges from mildly humid (51%) to very humid (94%). Winds range from calm to moderate breeze, and typically blow in from the south and southeast.
May is characterized by consistent, warm temperatures, with a healthy rise over the course of the month. In the beginning of May, the average is about 16°C (61°F), with highs of 21°C (70°F) and lows of 11°C (53°F). By mid-month, averages are at 18°C (65°F), highs at 23°C (75°F) and lows at 14°C (57°F). By the end of the month, averages are about 20°C (69°F), with highs of 26°C (79°F) and lows of 15°C (60°F).
Corfu Hotels in May
The Siorra Vittoria (Stefanou Padova 36) is one of the deluxe hotels in Corfu Town. The mansion dates back to the early 1820s and although it has since been restored, the original authentic style has been preserved. This boutique hotel offers only nine luxurious rooms, which includes one exclusive suite on the top floor, and two superior rooms in an adjacent building. All rooms offer oak floors, wooden furniture, and modern comforts like goose pillows, marble-lined bathrooms LCD TVs, safe box, and minibar.
The Corfu Mare is an impressive looking hotel that often offers special room rates if you book in advance. The building was renovated in 2009 and looks stylish while still retaining a cosy atmosphere. Each one of its rooms and suites are equipped with satellite, A/C, mini-bar, safe, and furnished balcony or terrace. The hotel is about 1 mile outside the centre of Corfu Town but there are plenty of bars and restaurants just 150 metres away.
The tiny island of Mathraki nearby makes a great day trip. Just seven miles and 45 minutes off the coast of Corfu, you can easily take a boat out to enjoy the simple 2km beach. There are three restaurants and a few rooms and villas available for rent.
Corfu Beaches for May
The two kilometres Agios Georgios Pagon beach, located in the northwest of the island, is worth the drive out of Corfu Town. It somehow avoids the crowds even in peak season. You'll mostly see families on the sand or in one of the tavernas that dot the cliffs.
Bars and Restaurants
Khrysomalis is a local favourite known for its homestyle tzatziki, stuffed cabbage leaves and fresh artichokes in dill sauce. Famously, it was frequently patroned by the Durrells.
Alternately, To Tavernaki Tis Marinas, open from lunch to midnight, offers reasonably priced mains. Try the mousakas or grilled sardines. The cheerful staff and peaceful atmosphere is sure to bring you back for more.
If you make it out to Agios Georgios Pagon beach, stop at Xenykhtis ("The Night Owl"), a tiny grill that comes alive on the weekends.
Things to do in Corfu in May
On the 21st of May, the people of Corfu celebrate Enossis ton Eptanisson. This festival marks the anniversary of the Ionian Islands' Union with the Greek mainland and features a procession through the town, parades and brass bands.
Corfu has had a rich history and the place to go if you want to learn more about it is the Archaeological Museum, in the Garitsa quarter. This houses finds from the temple of Artemis as well as pieces excavated from the ancient city of Corfu. The museum is closed on Mondays.
As you would expect, there are several boat trips available from Corfu. One of the popular trips is a Cruise to Paxos and Antipaxos islands. You'll sail through crystal clear waters, passed mysterious sea caves before reaching the tiny island of Paxos. There's also a fair chance that you'll see a pod of dolphins playing around the boat at some stage during the day.