Corfu has been inhabited from prehistoric times, due to its fertile land and natural wealth.
In the course of time, people from innumerable places have inhabited the island, either as visitors, conquerors or immigrants and many of those different people loved the island and converted themselves to Corfiots. Villages called Lakones (Sparta is the capital of Lakonia), Skripero (the Arab word for fortress is skrep), Kastelani (castello is Italian for fortress), Kyprianades (Kypros is Cyprus in Greek) but also typical Corfiot family names like Sarakinos (Saracen), Athineos (Athenian), Kritikos (Cretan), Bogdos and Bogdanos (names of Serb origin) and many, many others are only some of the traces that betray some of the homelands people left behind to come to Corfu.
This constant influx of “foreigners” has accelerated the last 40-50 years with the rise of tourism. Hundreds of thousands of people of different backgrounds visit Corfu every year, and invariably some of them are so enchanted by the island that they decide to stay.
As a result, Corfiots are generally easy-going and open to different ideas and attitudes.