Have you seen the TV series ‘The Durrells in Corfu’? It’s a series about an English family that moves to Corfu in 1935. It is based on a true story. If you have the change, watch it before you go to Corfu! If you have watched it, you definitely want to visit the filming locations of ‘The Durrells in Corfu’. The three main and easiest to visit filming locations are described below. They contain Google Maps links and descriptions to make it easy for you to find them.
After at least 40 visits since I was 1 year old (1994), I can confirm that Corfu is one of the best and most diverse Greek islands to visit.
Danilia village is a traditional and very picturesque Corfiot village that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1953. It was then completely rebuilt and now functions mainly as open air museum, event and filming location. Many scenes in ‘The Durrells in Corfu’ were filmed here, as well as James Bond’s ‘For Your Eyes Only’. Recently (July 2022) they filmed ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3’ in Danilia. The village is owned by the Grecotel Imperial resort in Kommeno, who used to offer tours to the place for guests (and non-guests if you ring them up). However, they opened up Danilia to the public again, including a cafe on site. At the moment (summer 2023) the price to enter is € 10 per person, but you can spend those € 10 in the cafe-restaurant. Keep an eye on the Grecotel website and Google Maps
The Durrells family house (the one used in the series) in Kontokali bay: it might not be the actual house the Durrell family has lived in during their stay in Corfu, but it is the lovely and very recognizable family house that was used for the TV series. The house is part of the premises of the Kontokali Bay resort and Spa, and therefore not open to the public. However, if you park your car exactly here on the side of the main road from Corfu town to Gouvia, you can enter the water from Sotiriotissa beach and will find the house on your left hand side after 50 meters. The water isn’t deep so you don’t have to swim.
The White House in Kalami was the actual house where Lawrence Durrell (the oldest son of the family) lived. Today The White House functions as a restaurant and as a place you can rent during summer months. Is there any better way to follow into the Durrells’ footsteps than staying the actual rooms where Lawrence Durrell has been writing his novels? I doubt it!