The lush green island of Corfu, or Kerkyra, where Laurence Durell wrote some of his best novels, has rich historical links with Venice and Great Britain and is the birth place of renown Greek poets, politicians and musicians. It's known for its colourful festivals and festivities, many held around picturesque and authentic villages lying on the top or in the middle of the many mountains of the island and on the fine coastline, which features some of the prettiest beaches in Greece; sandy on the west and the north, pebbly on the east. Its charming capital, Corfu town, is known for its Venetian architecture and now a Unesco site. The diverse and lively nightlife of Corfu centres on the beach resorts of Kavos, Ipsos, Roda, Dassia and Gouvia as well as Corfu Town. The Gouvia coastal road has a particularly high concentration of diverse bars and clubs ideal for anyone wanting to make Corfu nightlife their top priority whilst on holiday.