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Corfu, or Kerkyra, if you're Greek, is the second largest of the Ionian Islands (after Kefalonia) and along with its smaller satellite islands forms the edge of Greece's north-western frontier. Corfu`s north-eastern coastline lies off the coast of Albania, from which it`s separated by straits varying in width from only 3 to 23 km (2 to 15 miles), while the the island`s southeast coast lies opposite mainland Greece.
Two high and well-defined ranges divide the island into three districts, of which the northern is mountainous, the central undulating, and the southern low-lying. Mount Pantokrator in the north is the island’s highest mountain at 906 metres and is a favourite amongst Corfu’s bird watchers as Egyptian vultures, Bonelli’s and Booted Eagles are regularly sighted. Corfu's mild all-year round climate makes it is one of the greenest of the Greek islands with a rich avifauna. Unfortunately, hunting is a popular pastime here so the birds are understandably more cautious than in some other Mediterranean locations. Nevertheless, around 200 species have been recorded on the island.
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