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About Corfu Island

About Corfu

(Area 592 sq. km)

Corfu Island

Corfu , the wooded isle of the Phaeacians, Odysseeus’ last stop on his long journey home to Ithaca, is the best known of the Ionian islands.

It owes its sophistication and charm to the meshing of the different civilisations that have occupied the island and to the natural beauty with which it is so abundantly endowed.

On this cosmopolitan island, you’ll be able to combine relaxation with good times and a full nightlife, for Corfu is an international tourist center, which can satisfy the demands of the most difficult visitor.

The capital of the island is also called Corfu (Kerkyra). It is built on a promontory that projects into the sea and is separated into a northern and a southern section. East of the northern part lies the Old Fortress, cut off from the town by a moat. For centuries all the popular of Corfu lived within this citadel, which was founded by the Byzantines but greatly expanded and strengthened by the Venetians.

The town of Corfu is made up of completely dissimilar elements, left over from different civilisations. It presents an enchanting picture with its broad streets and spacious squares, the popular Spianada – the town “green” – contrasting with its narrow back alleys paved with blocks of stone (known as “Kantounia”), houses with a strong Italian influence, the famous Liston, a French arcade, traditional Georgian mansions, a Byzantine church, Venetian monuments, balconies with wrought.iron railings and window grilles.

 Sightseeing in Town

Corfu Island

The Archaeological Museum,tel.: (26610) 30.680, (26610) 38.124, the Byzantine Museum housed in the Church of the Panayia Antivouniotissa (closed for the time being);
the Museum of Oriental Art, tel.: (26610) 30.443, (26610) 38.124, in the English Palace of St. Michael and St. George;
the Town Hall, a superb example of Venetian architecture built in 1663; the Byzantine church of Sts. Jason and Sosipater (12th century) with fine frescoes;
the church of Corfu’s patron Saint Spyridon with its valuable icons and collection of gold and silver ex voto offerings; the Old Fort; the New Fort, constructed between 1576 and 1588; and the Platytera Monastery with its rare post-Byzantine icons.

 

Sightseeing on Island

Paleokastrltsa, 26 kilometres west of Corfu town, a miniature earthly paradise with its crystal clear waters, enchanting coves and lush greenery growing right up to the sea.

Corfu Island

Angelokastro, near Paleokastritsa, a Byzantine fortress dating from the 13th century.

Pelekas, 13 kilometres west of the town, a lovely village set on a rocky hill, whose summit – according to the Corfiots say – is the best place to watch the sun go down. Not far from Pelekas in the Ropa Valley is situated Corfu’s excellent golf course.

Kanoni, 4 kilometres south of town is the most popular spot on the island. Here a narrow causeway leads across the water to the Monastery of Vlacherna and from there one can take a caique to visit delightful Pondikonissi and its 13th century church.

Gastouri, a picturesque hill village, is the site of the Achillion, the summer palace of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria and the last Kaiser. The Palace has many beautiful gardens ideal for a romantic walk. A part of it places an important museum as well.

Other sights not to be missed include, on the east side of the island Kassiopi, Ipsos, Dassia, Gouvia, Benitses, Moraitika and Messongi. On its west side Lake Korission (Limni Korission), the only lake on the island.

In the northern part of the island are the resorts of Sidari, with its sandy beach, and Roda, whose beach is even longer. From Sidari you can take a boat to the three picturesque offshore islands of Erikoussa, Mathraki and Othoni. Their sheltered anchorages are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. But Corfu also has another side: a vital traditional facet to its personality still very much alive in the constumes of its village women and in its local festivals. Fine examples of folk art and crafts are displayed in shops allover the island: handwoven textiles and embroideries with intricate designs, objects of all kinds carved out of olive wood, silver utensils and lovely jewerly.

Corfu Island

Description & Tips

Corfu, the island of Phaeakia in ancient times, is considered as one of the most interesting and beautiful islands of Greece. It is a place heavily influenced by various European cultures, an element predominant in the architecture of the island. Corfu gives the impression of a travel back to the time of the knights. Nonetheless it is also one of Greece’s most beautiful islands and certainly the greenest one.

Excellent sandy beaches, lush landscapes and magnificent archaeological, historical and religious sites complete the picture. Each year Corfu hosts countless visitors from Greece and abroad, making it one of the most frequented and favorite islands.

Kerkira, the capital city of the island is one of the most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean with a strong Venetian element, but also with many English and French influences.

Corfu sightseeing

Corfu’s history ranges from ancient times until today. The island capital Kerkira has a majestic flair and features old Venetian buildings, small romantic alleyways along with many neoclassical houses.

We recommend you start your tour of Corfu in Kerkira, where you can explore:

  the Old Fortress, the New Fortress

Corfu Island

Description & Tips

Corfu, the island of Phaeakia in ancient times, is considered as one of the most interesting and beautiful islands of Greece. It is a place heavily influenced by various European cultures, an element predominant in the architecture of the island. Corfu gives the impression of a travel back to the time of the knights. Nonetheless it is also one of Greece’s most beautiful islands and certainly the greenest one.

Excellent sandy beaches, lush landscapes and magnificent archaeological, historical and religious sites complete the picture. Each year Corfu hosts countless visitors from Greece and abroad, making it one of the most frequented and favorite islands.

Kerkira, the capital city of the island is one of the most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean with a strong Venetian element, but also with many English and French influences.

Corfu sightseeing

Corfu Island

Corfu’s history ranges from ancient times until today. The island capital Kerkira has a majestic flair and features old Venetian buildings, small romantic alleyways along with many neoclassical houses.

We recommend you start your tour of Corfu in Kerkira, where you can explore:

  the Old Fortress

  the New Fortress

  St. Michael’s and St. George’s Palace

  the Kanoni area

  the Spianada square, surrounded by many other historic monuments

  the Liston place with its hanging lanterns

  the Ionian Academy

  Mon Repos Park

  Menecrates Tomb Monument in Garitsa Bay

  the archaeological site at Palaiopoli near Mon Repos

  the Churches of St. Spiridon, of Panagia Antivouniotissa and Panagia Spiliotissa

  The Museums (archaeological, byzantine, numismatic and Asian Art)

In other parts of Corfu you can visit:

  Achilleion in the old village of Gastouri, palace of the Austrian princess Sissy and later summer residence of the prussian Kaiser Wilhelm the 2nd, which is full of sculptures and busts of mythical and real ancient Greeks.

  The Monastery of Panagia and the byzantine fortress Agelokastro in Paleokastritsa.

  Canal d’ Amour in Sidari.

  Pontikonissi (The Mouse Island).

  The ruins of roman baths in Acharavi.

  Kaiser Bridge in Gastouri and the Sea Museum in Benitses.

  Pantokratoras: Corfu’s highest mountain with its old monastery.

  Logas in Peroulades with its breathtaking view.

Beaches of Corfu

Corfu Island

Corfu has wide beautiful sandy beaches but also small, isolated bays. Apart from the beach of Moraitica, you can swim in the nearby beaches of Messoghi, Aghios Georgios, Issos and Kavos.

On the northern coast of the island you will find the beaches of Agios Georgios Pagon, Arillas, Acharavi, the Dassia Bay, Kalami, Sidari, Peroulades and of course Paleokastritsa. Near Kerkira you will find the beaches of Mon Repos and Kontokali, while the beaches of Glyfada and Agios Gordios are located on the west side of the island.

Local kitchen & Nightlife

Corfu offers a wide variety of entertainment choices, from frequented big clubs and bars to quiet seaside cafes and ouzo tavernas. Also worth the visit are the public or religious celebrations in numerous villages throughout the summer.

The cuisine is influenced by various cultures that occupied the island during the last centuries. Some of the most known specialties are Pastitsada (Stew veal or rooster with thick pasta in red sauce), Sofrito (Julien of tenderloin in wine-garlic sauce), Savoro (Fish in a white spicy sauce), Bourtheto (Scorpion Fish in red pepper sauce), etc. A very famous sweet is the small orange fruit of the Koum Kouat tree, which is prepared and served in many different ways.