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Conquered from mortals and immortals, it is undeniable that Corfu needs no introduction. It possesses its own exceptional beauty, a true jewel in the Ionian Sea. Interweaved with the Adriatic Sea, the land of the Phaecians and the last destination of Odysseus, is the crossroads between the East and the West. Notorious for its verdant vegetation and its endless sea, Corfu refers to other levels of aristocracy. Just a promenade to the cobblestone alleys and the imposing squares of the duchess of the Ionian promises a nostalgic journey through the centuries. Corfu is a natural wonder itself, a mysterious island that combines the old with the new, the mountains with the sea, the classic spirit with the eccentric soul. The jewel of the island, the Old Town of Corfu, is just an echo of the Byzantine splendor of the East and the geometry grandeur of the West, a confluence of cultures in the very depths of the genuine soul of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cobblestone alleys perfumed with the air of the Venetian nobility, monumental legacies of the British and imposing arcades of the French blend in a mosaic of cultures. Exotic scenes and sceneries with turquoise waters, pictorial villages and Venetian aristocracy, verdant valleys and natural wonders; grasp your keys and start driving to the endless beauties of Corfu. And the scenario of your journey begins. Beauty is incomparable in the villages of Corfu distinguished for their distinctive character of another, bygone area while endless beaches with emerald, sapphire and turquoise waters guarantee dives into paradisiacal sceneries. Corfu will not try to conquest your soul. Just like this, she will leave you discover all of her secrets on your own time. An alluring amalgamation of aristocratic elements proves that Corfu is an island with millions of faces. How would it be possible to fall in love with Corfu at the first sight? And when you journey will come to an end, you will definitely travel back again to discover the other mysteries of Corfu, because there will always be a next time. Inspired for its spectacular sunsets over Homer’s rich land, Corfu will never let you go, an escape to a genuine utopia of serenity! Are you ready to unveil the extraordinary mysteries of Corfu?

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The Capital of Corfu

The Town of Corfu is the capital and harbour of Corfu located on the east side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful cities of Greece, the architectural heritage of the town showcases a unique patchwork of European influences. From impressive building and imposing mansions to state-of-the-art squares, outstanding palaces and impregnable fortresses, it is certain that you will fall in love with Corfu Town. In fact, Corfu Town has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is interesting to mention that the town is reminiscent of Naples city in Italy while the design of Liston Square was inspired from Rue di Rivoli in Paris. Just off the Spianada Square, the biggest square in the Balkans, one can visit the imposing Old Town of Corfu. The beautiful square was built in the design standards of the Royal Gardens of Europe with elements of the French architecture. The building of Liston is one of the most beautiful buildings of the town distinguished for its arched terrace and its luxurious cafeterias. Other interesting monuments include the New and Old Venetian Fortresses, the Ionian Academy, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, the Town Hall and the Isles of Kanoni and Pondikonissi.

The Canal d’ Amour

The Canal d’Amour, else known as Sidari, is a sandy cove with blue waters located on the north side of the island. The beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu distinguished for its verdant vegetation, its imposing cliffs and its crystalline waters.

The Islands of Paxi

The Islands of Paxi is something more than a fairytale! Refugee for Amphitrite and Cleopatra, the Benjamin of the Ionian is a mysterious paradise. Glorified from the designs of Leonardo da Vinci, Paxi is a tropical paradise where every corner seems as if has sprung from his paintings. Whatever Paxi might lack in size, it replenishes in landscapes and colours; besides they say less is more. A divine island with turquoise waters and verdant vegetation; even the first impressions will surpass your expectations! Since their big bang, Paxi was the destination for ultimate relaxation. Besides, what else could be a place born when Poseidon struck his trident to Corfu with the intention of creating an island to isolate his beloved Amphitrite? What less could fit the god of the seas other than a complex of Lilliputian islands covered with green forests and surrounded from turquoise waters? The crystalline waters resemble pure illuminations of the most beautiful colours of the world while thousands of olive trees reach the sea in the rustles of the windy waves. However, the exotic finesse of Paxi does not only comprise from the steep cliffs, the divine colours and the historical paths; the locals are the true soul and spirit of Paxi showcased from their dialect and their incredible stories that come from Venice. One thing is certain; the Paxians will eventually transmit their love for Paxi to you! Blessed with authentic sceneries and lilliputian landscapes, Paxi will give you unforgettable memories. Undoubtedly, Paxi is the ultimate place to live illicit love, to stimulate your divine inspirations and to detoxify from the sounds of your life. Just let yourself travel to the classical sounds of the musical festival of Paxi and you will find your dolce vita with the black wine from the vineyards of Antipaxos! Besides, what could be more exciting than meeting your new love? 

The Isle of Pondikonissi

The Isle of Pondikonissi is the trademark Corfu located at the entrance on Halkiopoulou lagoon. It is a verdant island home to the monastery of Transfiguration of the Christ. According to Homer’s Odyssey, Corfu was the last destination of Odyssey on his journey back to Ithaca. On his way back, his ship was transformed into a green rock from God Poseidon owing to a strong storm. This rock is Pondikonissi! Pondikonissi can be visited by a short boat excursion from Kanoni Isle.

The Old Fortress of Corfu

The Old Fortress of Corfu is one of the most imposing fortifications projects of Europe. The fortress is built on a rocky peninsula on the east side of the modern city of the island. It was constructed from the Venetians on the foundations of an earlier Byzantine castle during the 15th century that used to be connected to the land by a moving bridge, known as contafossa. The entrance of the old fortress is available through the square of Spianada. The old fortress of Corfu is a symbol of the Venetian occupation. Today, numerous exhibitions and musical concerts are held within its premises.

The Palace of Achillion

The Palace of Achillion is located in the village of Gastouri. Built in 1980, the palace was used exclusively as the residence for Elisabeth of Bavaria, else known as Sissy, the Empress of Austria. As the Elizabeth’s favorite destination was Corfu, she decided to build her palace in this location while she decorated the garden with sculpted statues of the Olympian Gods and designed the palace with mythical hero Achilles as its central theme, as she loved Greek mythology. However, the palace was deserted following the assassination of Elisabeth in 1898 until it was bought from Kaiser Wilhelm II from Germany. By then, the palace became a hub of European diplomacy whilst it was also used as a military hospital and headquarters for the French during the First and Second World Wars. The location of Achillion provides excellent views towards the southern side of Corfu.

The Village of Palia Perithia

The Village of Palia Perithia is a mountainous village located on the north side of the island. Built in the Byzantine times, Pali Perithia is a deserted village that has been declared as a protected settlement. Walking around the settlement, one will have the opportunity to explore abandoned old houses with spectacular views to the sea and the mountains. Although the village is uninhabited, it is quite interesting that there are some taverns operating at the central square of Foros. Palia Perithia remains an enchanting exploration for travellers that continue to hold a special place in the hearts of Corfiots

Archaeological Sites

The Ancient Temple of Artemis Gorgou is located in the present suburbs of Garitsa bay on the hill of Analipsi. The ancient temple was built in archaic style around 580 BC and served as a sanctuary dedicated to Goddess Artemis. According to archaeologists, it is considered to be the Doric temple that was built exclusively with stone. The temple of Artemis Gorgou has been described as an architectural masterpiece of the Ancient Greece art and one of the largest temples of its time. The most important finding is the pediment of the temple that is considered to be one of the finest samples of the archaic sculpture.

The Archaeological Site of Paleopolis was the heart of the ancient city of Corfu located on the south side of the modern city of the island. The fortification projects are considered to be of high architectural interest that date back to the 4th century BC. Archaeological excavations brought to light sections of the ancient agora. According to archaeologists, numerous buildings of great architectural significance including workshops, sanctuaries and luxury residences must have been erected in the wider area. Ancient Corcyra hosts the traces of the ancient town surrounded from the ancient walls. The most important findings include the ancient market, the port facilities, the baths along with numerous public and religious buildings. One can visit the archaeological collection of Paleopolis to admire numerous findings from the site.

The Monument of Menekratis is located within the ancient cemetery of Corfu in the suburbs of Garitsa. The circular tomb dates back to the 6th century BC. Distinguished for its impressive archaic inscription in the Corinthian alphabet, the monument of Menekratis is considered to have one of the oldest inscriptions in Greece.

The Roman Baths of Corfu were discovered in 1985 in the villages of Arahavi and Benitses and the ancient town of Paleopolis. The baths in Arahavi were probably part of a large Roman building complex while the baths in Benitses distinguish for their mosaics. The baths in Paleopolis are found in the greater proximity of the Basilica of Paleopolis dating back to 200 AD. The preserved part of the building includes the hypocaust and the heating chamber.

Castles & Fortresses

The Castle of Aggelokastro is located at the top of the highest point of Corfu on the northwest side of the island. It was built from Michael Comnenus B in order to protect the inhabitants from the Venetians during the 13th century. The castle is considered to be one of the most important byzantine castles of the country that used to form a defensive triangle with the castles of Kassiopi and Gardiki. Today, traces of the chambers and the church of the Archangel Michael and Gabriel are the sole significant remains.

The Castle of Kassiopi is located over the homonymous village on the northeast side of the island. It was originally built from the byzantine emperors Maurice and Basil II in the 6th century BC while it was restored from Michael Comnenus B in order to protect the inhabitants from the Venetians during the 13th century. The byzantine castle used to form a defensive triangle with the castles of Aggelokastro and Gardiki. On August 15, the traditional celebration in honor of Panagia Kassiopitissa is held within the castle.

The Castle of Gardiki is located on the southwest side of the island. It was built from Michael Comnenus B in order to protect the inhabitants from the Venetians during the 13th century. The byzantine castle used to form a defensive triangle with the castles of Aggelokastro and Kassiopi. Gardiki castle is considered to be one of the most imposing fortification projects in the Ionian Islands.

The New Fortress of Corfu is built on the hill of Saint Marcus on the west side of the modern city of the island. The fortress was originally built from the Venetian military engineer Francisco Vitelli in the 16th century while the inner buildings were constructed during the British occupation. It was built on two levels with the intention of protecting both the port and the hinterland. The new fortress played an important role in the Second World War, as it was used as a shelter. The fortress offers panoramic views over the town of Corfu. Today, numerous exhibitions and musical concerts are held within its premises.

The Old Fortress of Corfu is one of the most imposing fortifications projects of Europe. The fortress is built on a rocky peninsula on the east side of the modern city of the island. It was constructed from the Venetians on the foundations of an earlier Byzantine castle during the 15th century that used to be connected to the land by a moving bridge, known as contafossa. The entrance of the old fortress is available through the square of Spianada. The old fortress of Corfu is a symbol of the Venetian occupation. Today, numerous exhibitions and musical concerts are held within its premises.

Churches and Monasteries

The Church of Agios Spiridonas is the cathedral of Corfu located in the old town of the island. It is dedicated to Agios Spyridonas, the patron saint of Corfu, while it is distinguished for one of the highest bell towers in the Ionian and its Venetian architecture. Inside the temple, one can admire impressive wall painting from Aspiotis, the marble templon and the holy relics of the saint. The relics of the saint are carried around the city in litany accompanied from the local bands four times a year on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, August 11 and the first Sunday of November.

The Church of Panagia Antivouniotissa is one of the oldest churches of Corfu located in the old town. It dates back to the 15th century while it is distinguished for its wooden ceiling, its imposing murals and its rare ecclesiastical icons. Today, the byzantine museum of Corfu is housed within the premises of the church representing more than five centuries of byzantine religious art.

The Monastery of Panagia Paleokastritsa is one of the most important monasteries of Corfu located at the hill above the homonymous beach on the northwest side of the island. The byzantine monastery was constructed in 1228 while the monk cells date back to the 18th century. The monastic courtyards, the flowery archways, the monk cells, the oil presses and the storerooms are distinguished for their beauty. Inside the monastery, one can visit an interesting ecclesiastical collection with holy vestments, books, vessels and byzantine icons. From the monastery of Paleokastritsa, one can admire panoramic views over the surrounding areas.

The Monastery of Platytera is one of the most historical monasteries of Corfu located in the neighborhood of Mandouki near the city of the island. The monastery was built in 1743 while it was rebuilt in 1801 following its destruction. Platytera monastery distinguishes for the tomb of the first governor of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias, and its bell tower. Inside the monastery, one can visit an interesting ecclesiastical collection of byzantine icons made from important artists including Klontzas and Koutouzis.

Monuments

The Achillion Palace is located in the village of Gastouri. Built in 1980, the palace was used exclusively as the residence for Elisabeth of Bavaria, else known as Sissy, the Empress of Austria. As the Elizabeth’s favorite destination was Corfu, she decided to build her palace in this location while she decorated the garden with sculpted statues of the Olympian Gods and designed the palace with mythical hero Achilles as its central theme, as she loved Greek mythology. However, the palace was deserted following the assassination of Elisabeth in 1898 until it was bought from Kaiser Wilhelm II from Germany. By then, the palace became a hub of European diplomacy whilst it was also used as a military hospital and headquarters for the French during the First and Second World Wars. The location of Achillion provides excellent views towards the southern side of Corfu.

The Ionian Academy was the first academic institution of Greece. It was established from British philhellene Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford in 1824. The academy used to have law, medical and philosophical schools taught from renowned Greek scholars. Following the union of the Ionian to the State of Greece, the Ionian Academy was closed to support the newly established university of Athens.

The Ionian Parliament is a beautiful neoclassical building found in the Old Town of Corfu. The unification of the Ionian Islands with the State of Greece was voted from the Ionian Parliament in September 0f 1963. Today, the building hosts numerous cultural events and artistic exhibitions.

The Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, else known as the Royal Palace, is located on the northern side of Spianada square. The palace was built from Sir Thomas Maitland, the British Lord Commissioner of the Ionian and it served as his residence and the residence of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. Following the union of Corfu with the State of Greece, the palace served as the Royal Residence for King Othon until the Second World War. Today, the palace houses the Museum of Asian Art with a wide collection of unique art species, the Municipal Art Gallery and the Municipal Art Café in its garden.

The Square of Liston is an excellent architectural sample of the Napoleonic period that was built from the French Imperial Commissioner Mathieu de Lesseps in 1807. The square is filled with arcaded terraces and elegant cafeterias inspired from the design of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. Liston square runs along the western side of the square of Spianada.

The Square of Spianada is the largest square in the Balkans located in front of the Old Fortress of Corfu. It was built in the design standards of the Royal Gardens of Europe from the French. Cricket matches are played on the esplanade, the sole place in Greece where the sport is practiced. In the perimeter of the square, one can find the Liston Square, the Place of Saint Michael and Saint George and the church of Agios Spyridon.

The Town Hall of Corfu is one of the most impressive architecture samples of Venetian architecture located in the Old Town of Corfu. Initially, the building was used as a noblemen club while later it was used as the Noble Theatre of Saint Giacomo, the first Greek opera house. In 1903, the building turned into the town hall of the island.

The Villa of Mon Repos is located on the southern side of the modern city of Corfu. It served as the summer residence of the English Commissioner Thomas Maitland while it also housed a school of fine arts. Empress Elisabeth of Austria used to reside in the village until she bought the Achillion Palace. Following the unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece, the palace was granted to King George I as a summer residence. In 1990, the palace was restored and today it houses the archaeological museum of Paleopoli.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Corfu is located in Garitsa district of Corfu Town. The museum collections consist of findings from the ancient city of Kerkyra, the castle of Kassiopi, the temple of Artemis Gorgon and the tomb of Menekratis. The most important findings include the stone lion of Menekratis and the pediment of Gorgon, which is considered to be the oldest temple stone pediment of Ancient Greece.

The Asian Art Museum of Corfu is housed within the Place of Saint Michael and Saint George. In 1919, Grigorios Manos, a collector of Asia Art, donated his collection to the Greek State in order to create a museum. More specifically, he donated 9.500 art works. More donations were made from other collectors. The museum boasts impressive collection of Chinese porcelain, Japanese printed pictures and Indian sculptures. This is the sole Asian art museum in Greece.

The Ceramic Art Museum of Corfu is housed within the premises of the New Fortress of Corfu. The museum showcases some of the finest samples of the Corfiot craftsmanship on ceramics.

The Historical and Folklore Museum of Corfu is located in the village of Sinarades. The museum collections consist from exhibits since 1860. There is a representation of a rural house with their original decoration and furnishing. Moreover, there are various Corfiot traditional costumes, musical instruments and rural occupations tools.

The Ionian Museum of Banknotes is housed in the former Ionian Bank Building at the Square of Heroes. The museum showcases an almost complete collection of the Greek currency from 1822 until today. The collection of the museum is considered to be one of the most complete of its kind in the world.

The Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu is housed within the premises of the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George. The art gallery has received many donations from local artists that are showcased in the permanent exhibition. Some of the most notable donations were made from Charalambos Pachis, Fillipos Markotsis, Nikolaos Ventouras, Pavlos Prossalendis and Spyros Karvellis.

The Museum of Dionysus Solomos is dedicated to the famous Greek poet who wrote the lyrics of the Greek National Anthem. The museum showcases a collection of memorabilia and photographs from his life and works. The museum is located in the Corfu Town.

The Museum of Ioannis Kapodistrias is dedicated to the memory of the first governor of Greece. The museum is housed in the summer home of Kapodistrias in Koukouritsa and it showcases exhibits commemorating his accomplishments.

The Museum of Nikolaos Mantzaros is dedicated to the composer to the Greek National Anthem and the Anthem of the Olympic Games. The museum portrays the history of the Philharmonic Society of Corfu since 1840, in which Nikolaos Mantzaros was the first director. Exhibits include old musical instruments, rare early recordings and photographs.

The Museum of Traditional Costumes and Folklore Music is located just outside the village of Pelekas. The collection consists from traditional costumes from Corfu and the rest of Greece along with musical instruments.

The Museum of Olive Oil is located in the village of Kinopiastes. The museum displays a well maintained traditional olive press with authentic items of the village life in Corfu.

The Sea Shell Museum of Corfu is located in the village of Benitses. The museum collections are considered to be one of the biggest shell collections in Europe.

Natural Beauties

The Isle of Kanoni is one of the most photographed places of Corfu located four kilometers away from the modern city of the island. The isle was named following the cannon erected from the French in 1798. Situated in a beautiful lush area, Kanoni offers panoramic views to the isle of Pondikonissi.

The Isle of Pondikonissi is the trademark Corfu located at the entrance on Halkiopoulou lagoon. It is a verdant island home to the monastery of Transfiguration of the Christ. According to Homer’s Odyssey, Corfu was the last destination of Odyssey on his journey back to Ithaca. On his way back, his ship was transformed into a green rock from God Poseidon owing to a strong storm. This rock is Pondikonissi! Pondikonissi can be visited by a short boat excursion from Kanoni Isle.

The Lagoon of Korission is the largest wetland of Corfu with great aesthetic and ecological importance located on the southwest side of the island. The salty lagoon is distinguished for its wild beauty, its sand dunes and its diverse flora and fauna while the coastal areas of the lagoon are characterized from different types of Mediterranean vegetation. Korission Lagoon has been included in the European Network of Natura 2000 due to its rare wild fauna.

Promenades and Villages

Agios Matheos is a mountainous village located on the western side of the island. Nestling on the verdant mountain slopes of Gamilios, the charming settlement boasts a traditional character with old building and beautiful churches. It is highly recommended to follow the paved road that leads to the Monastery of Pantokrator distinguished for one of the best views of Corfu. One can also visit the castle of Gardiki for its fortified architecture. Agios Matheos is also known for its homonymous beautiful sandy beach with its emerald waters.

Ano Korakiana is a mountainous village located on the northern side of the island. The lovely settlement has been inhabited from the medieval times, and has managed to maintain an authentic atmosphere with traditional elements. Ano Korakiana has a long tradition in folklore music and ceramic art. In fact, various musical events are held in the village. The surrounding landscape is blessed with verdant vegetation and panoramic views ideal for lovers of bicycling, hiking and trekking.

Argyrades is a mountainous village located on the southern part of the island. Nestling on the verdant mountainous slopes, the lovely settlement distinguishes for its panoramic views to the surrounding areas. Argyrades has managed to retain its architectural heritage from the days of the Venetian occupation with well preserved houses and narrow streets. Characterized as a preserved settlement from the State of Greece, the charming village is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility. Argyrades is also known for its strong cultural traditions with many festivals and celebrations. One can also visit the Lake of Korission for its rare flora and fauna.

Benitses is a seaside village located on the east side of the island. Renowned as one of the most cosmopolitan resorts of Corfu, the lovely settlement is an ideal destination for families. The marina of Benitses can accommodate numerous yachts. Benitses is also known for its delicious fresh fish taverns. One can also visit the Achillion Palace for its architectural heritage, the Shell Museum of Rhodes for one of the biggest shell collections in Europe and the traditional village of Gastouri.

Chlomos is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Corfu, the lovely settlement has managed to preserve its traditional spirit. Sitting peaceful on the mountain slopes, the village provides stunning views to the eastern and western coasts of Corfu. Hlomos is also known for its spectacular sunset and its delicious taverns. In a close distance from Hlomos, one will find the traditional mountainous villages of Agios Dimitrios and Kato Spileo. Other areas worth visiting include the village of Boukari for its beautiful seaside setting and the bay of Agios Georgios for its long sandy beach.

Corfu Town is the capital and harbour of Corfu located on the east side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful cities of Greece, the architectural heritage of the town showcases a unique patchwork of European influences. From impressive building and imposing mansions to state-of-the-art squares, outstanding palaces and impregnable fortresses, it is certain that you will fall in love with Corfu Town. In fact, Corfu Town has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is interesting to mention that the town is reminiscent of Naples city in Italy while the design of Liston Square was inspired from Rue di Rivoli in Paris. Just off the Spianada Square, the biggest square in the Balkans, one can visit the imposing Old Town of Corfu. The beautiful square was built in the design standards of the Royal Gardens of Europe with elements of the French architecture. The building of Liston is one of the most beautiful buildings of the town distinguished for its arched terrace and its luxurious cafeterias. Other interesting monuments include the New and Old Venetian Fortresses, the Ionian Academy, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, the Town Hall and the Isles of Kanoni and Pondikonissi.

Doukades is a mountainous village located on the northwest part of the island. The lovely settlement has managed to maintain its traditional atmosphere. It is certain that you will enjoy a promenade through the village. Doukades is also known for its delicious taverns. It is highly recommended to follow the road towards the hill of Agia Anna with the chapel of Agios Simios to enjoy panoramic views of the endless sea.

Episkepsi is a mountainous village located on the northern part of the island. Lying on the mountainous slopes of Pantokrator, the lovely settlement will charm you from its verdant and thick vegetation. Through olive groves, Episkepsi stands out for its traditional character with picturesque houses and charming coffee shops. The village is also known for its carnival celebrations.

Gastouri is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. The lovely settlement is build on the verdant slopes of Agii Deka Mount offering panoramic views to the surrounding areas. The traditional character of Gastouri is evident through the cobblestone alleys and the stone mansions. The most important monument of the village of the Achillion Palace that was used as the residence for Elisabeth of Bavaria, else known as Sissy, the Empress of Austria. It is worth mentioning that the Monastery of Pantokrator offers fascinating views. If you happen to be here on August 6, don’t miss the traditional celebration in honor of the saint.

Gouvia is a seaside village located on the east side of the island. Built on the site of the old Venetian harbour, Gouvia hosts the main marina of Corfu welcoming many yachts and sailboats from all over Europe.

Kalafationes is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Listed as a traditional settlement, the village has managed to preserve its authentic character enriched from rich olive groves and dense vegetation of chestnut trees. The surrounding area is an ideal place for hiking and nature lovers. It is also worth visiting the neighboring village of Varypatades distinguished for its cultural and religious celebrations.

Kassiopi is a seaside village located on the northeast side of the island. The lovely settlement has a magnificent backdrop of Pantokrator Mount and verdant hills covered with olive groves and citrus trees. The most outstanding monument of the village is the byzantine castle of Kassiopi that used to form a defensive triangle with the castles of Aggelokastro and Gardiki. It is also worth noting that excursion boats operate from the harbour to all over the island of Corfu.

Kinopiastes is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. The lovely settlement has a traditional atmosphere with old mansions and charming alleys. Kinopiastes has a rich tradition in music organizing numerous concerts. The most important celebration is held on August 15. One can visit the monastery with its interesting collection dedicated to the history of the olive tree. Kinopiastes is also known for one of the most delicious taverns of the island.

Lakones is a mountainous village located on the northwest side of the island. It is a charming settlement with luscious verdant sceneries. Nestling on the mountain slopes of Araki above Paleokastritsa, Lakones offers numerous routes for hiking adventures with panoramic views. Travellers will have the opportunity to see women dressed in traditional costumes and buy homemade products from the little shops.

Lefkimmi is a seaside village located on the southernmost side of the island. It is one of the most traditional villages of Corfu nestling on a fertile plain with olive tress and vineyards. It is worth visiting the beautiful settlements of Melikia for the church of Agios Isavros with its spectacular wall paintings, Paleohori for its panoramic views, Potami for its delicious taverns and Riglades for its traditional character. From the settlement of Riglades, one can follow the asphalt road that leads to the lagoon of Lefkimmi that has been declared as a protected area from the European Network of Natura 2000.

Liapades is the third biggest village of Corfu located on the west side of the island. The beautiful settlement distinguishes for its Ionian architecture and its panoramic views. Head to the valley of Ropa to admire the views to the abundant olive groves and discover your own corner of paradise at the numerous beaches and coves of the area. The central square of Liapades is the heart of the village. Numerous track and trails are available for lovers of walking in the surrounding area.

Nimfes is a mountainous village located on the northern side of the island. Blessed with verdant vegetation, the lovely settlement is known for its impressive waterfalls. Nimfes is an ideal destination for lovers of hiking and nature.

Palia Perithia is a mountainous village located on the north side of the island. Built in the Byzantine times, Pali Perithia is a deserted village that has been declared as a protected settlement. Walking around the settlement, one will have the opportunity to explore abandoned old houses with spectacular views to the sea and the mountains. Although the village is uninhabited, it is quite interesting that there are some taverns operating at the central square of Foros. Palia Perithia remains an enchanting exploration for travellers that continue to hold a special place in the hearts of Corfiots.

Pelekas is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Corfu, the lovely settlement has an authentic atmosphere. Pelekas is an outstanding sample of the Venetian architecture of the island. From the hill of Kaiser’s Throne, one can admire one of the most spectacular sunsets of Corfu. It is also worth visiting the monastery of Myrtidiotissa and the museum of traditional costumers and folklore music of Corfu.

Perivoli is a mountainous village located on the southern part of the island. The lovely settlement has managed to preserve its authentic and traditional character nestling on a verdant valley with olive tress and vineyards. It is worth wandering through the narrow alleys of the Perivoli. One can also visit the beautiful beach of Marathias for its emerald waters and the harbour of Boukari for its fish taverns.

Sinarades is a mountainous village located on the western part of the island. The scenic settlement distinguishes for its traditional character and its natural sceneries. The surrounding area of the village is embossed with wonderful trails blessed with verdant vegetation. The most important monuments of Sinarades include the Folklore Museum of Middle Corfu with representations of the typical rural house of the island. From the location of Aerostato, one can enjoy breathtaking views to the bay of Agios Gordios.

Strinilas is a mountainous village located on the northern part of the island. Nestling on the highest mountain of Corfu, the settlement stand in the most outstanding location of the island with panoramic views to the surrounding areas. Strinilas is widely known for its fine local wine Moshato. Travellers will have the opportunity to discover the rural life of Corfu in Strinilas, and live a different experience away from the masses. It is also worth visiting the medieval village of Spartilas for its spectacular views to the northeastern coastline of Corfu. Lovers of adventure can follow the hiking route that leads to the summit of Mount Pantokrator. On August 5 and 6, one of the greatest religious celebrations of Corfu is held in Strinilas.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Bay of Arillas, Northwest Corfu

Spot: Beach of Agios Gordios, West Corfu

Spot: Beach of Loggas, North Corfu

Spot: Isle of Kanoni, East Corfu

Spot: Throne of Kaiser, West Corfu

Spot: Village of Aharavi, North Corfu

Spot: Village of Hlomos, South Corfu

Excursions

Boat Trip:The Islands of Paxi is something more than a fairytale! Refugee for Amphitrite and Cleopatra, the Benjamin of the Ionian is a mysterious paradise. Glorified from the designs of Leonardo da Vinci, Paxi is a tropical paradise where every corner seems as if has sprung from his paintings. Whatever Paxi might lack in size, it replenishes in landscapes and colours; besides they say less is more. A divine island with turquoise waters and verdant vegetation; even the first impressions will surpass your expectations! Since their big bang, Paxi was the destination for ultimate relaxation. Besides, what else could be a place born when Poseidon struck his trident to Corfu with the intention of creating an island to isolate his beloved Amphitrite? What less could fit the god of the seas other than a complex of Lilliputian islands covered with green forests and surrounded from turquoise waters? The crystalline waters resemble pure illuminations of the most beautiful colours of the world while thousands of olive trees reach the sea in the rustles of the windy waves. However, the exotic finesse of Paxi does not only comprise from the steep cliffs, the divine colours and the historical paths; the locals are the true soul and spirit of Paxi showcased from their dialect and their incredible stories that come from Venice. One thing is certain; the Paxians will eventually transmit their love for Paxi to you! Blessed with authentic sceneries and lilliputian landscapes, Paxi will give you unforgettable memories. Undoubtedly, Paxi is the ultimate place to live illicit love, to stimulate your divine inspirations and to detoxify from the sounds of your life. Just let yourself travel to the classical sounds of the musical festival of Paxi and you will find your dolce vita with the black wine from the vineyards of Antipaxos! Besides, what could be more exciting than meeting your new love?

Activities

Bird Watching: The flora and fauna of Corfu is quite remarkable. The island has the perfect environment for thousands native and migratory birds. In fact, Corfu has many areas with high ecological value that serve as major stations and shelters of migratory birds. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Corfu, one will have the opportunity to encounter more than 150 native and migratory bird species including Eleonora’s Falcon, Montagu’s Harrier, Pygmy Cormorant, Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, European Flamingos and Egyptian Vultures. Korission Lake on the southwest side of the island provides an important ecosystem for many birds. Other areas include Pantokrator Mount and Antinioti Lagoon on the north side of the island that provide a shelter for the permanent bird population of Corfu.

Bicycling: The countryside of Corfu is an ideal place for cycling lovers. The diversified landscape offers numerous sceneries for explorations. With more than one hundred villages scattered, cyclists will be amazed from the hinterland beauties. As Corfu is renowned for one of the densest road network of the country, it is certain that cyclists will never run out of tracks and trails. The south part consists from hills and the beautiful lake of Korission along with deserted sandy beaches on the western side. Ropa valley dominates the central part filled with vineyards and meadows while the west coast is adorned from mountainous landscapes. On the northwest side, there are many hills with scattered villages in the countryside and Mount Pantokrator dominates the northeast side. There are numerous bicycle rentals on the island where you can rent a bicycle and discover the beaches and villages of Corfu.

Cricket: Conquered from Great Britain, Corfu has a long tradition in cricket. In 1997, the Hellenic Cricket Federation was established in order to host the tournament of cricket in Corfu. The spirit of cricket revives in Corfu at the five cricket grounds of the island during the International Schools Cricket Tournament. The most extraordinary cricket ground is the Spianada Square in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Corfu Town.

Diving: The varied coastline of Corfu offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. Kassiopi Reef, Kalami Reef, Odysseus Rock, Pipitos Reef, Agni and Othoni Shipwrecks, Nissopoulo Isle, Barbaro Caves and Poseidon Cave are some of the most interesting diving spots. One will find diving centers at the beaches of Aharavi, Gouvia, Kontokali, Nissaki, Paleokastritsa and Santa Barbara.

Golf: Blessed from perfect climate conditions and lots of sunshine, Greece is an ideal destination for golf enthusiasts. Although golf in Greece is not so popular, Corfu Golf Club is one of the five golf centers of Greece where golfers can practice their swings.

Hiking: Corfu hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. The Corfu Trail, the main hiking trail of the island extending over 220 kilometers, was established so that hiking and trekking enthusiasts can discover and explore the mysterious beauties of Corfu. The trail is marked and maintained with signals. Since the wildest sceneries of the island are located on the north side, Corfu Trail leads from the south to the north. Following the route, one will have the opportunity to visit Arkoudilas Forest, Gardeno Valley, Lake Korission, Agioi Deka and Pantokrator Mountain and the deserted village of Palia Perithia.

Horse Riding: Corfu offers invigorating experiences for the lovers of horse riding. The natural sceneries of the island are blessed with verdant vegetation and donkey paths to mountain trails ideal for the lovers of horseback riding. You can find riding schools in Ano Korakiana, Kalami and Kombitsi.

Kayaking: The opportunity to practice kayak in Corfu is definitely an unforgettable experience. You will have the chance to admire spectacular rocky formations and the beautiful beaches. You will find kayaking rental shops at the beaches of Avlaki, Glyfada, Kalami and Paleokastritsa.

Kitesurfing: Corfu is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The beaches of Halikounas and Issos on the west side of Corfu and the beach of Arahavi on the north side of Corfu are ideal spots for kitesurfing when the winds blow with low intensity.

Mountain Biking: The rich natural diversity of Corfu is highly suitable for mountain and road biking. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of the island. As Corfu is renowned for one of the densest road network of the country, it is certain that mountain biking lovers will never run out of tracks and trails. The south part consists from hills and the beautiful lake of Korission along with deserted sandy beaches on the western side. Ropa valley dominates the central part filled with vineyards and meadows while the west coast is adorned from mountainous landscapes. On the northwest side, there are many hills with scattered villages in the countryside and Mount Pantokrator dominates the northeast side. There are numerous mountain biking rental shops on the island where you can rent a bicycle and discover the beaches and villages of Corfu.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Pantokrator in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Corfu. (1) One of the most beautiful routes runs to the northeast part of the island through the settlements of Faiakon, Kassiopi and Thinalio. Passing through the villages of Nimfes, Episkepsi and Strinilas, one can stop at the deserted medieval village of Palia Perithia and continue to the mountainous terrain of the highest mountain of the island namely Pantokrator Mount. Make sure you always check the maps of Corfu before you get into your car!

Paragliding: Do you love adventure sports? Corfu offers numerous tracks for beginners and advanced users of paragliding in order to admire the high view of the nature of the island. Hold on tight and the direction of the winds will always blow on the right way! Recommended areas include the Agios Gordios Beach, Myrtidiotissa Beach, Pelekas Village and Mount Pantokrator. One will find a paragliding center at the beach of Agios Gordios.

Sailing: While sailing in the Ionian Islands, you might even feel like you are in another world! Blessed from emerald and turquoise waters, the Ionian boasts a different atmosphere from the Aegean. Renowned for their mild summer weather conditions, the seven islands provide excellent shelters with astonishing sceneries full of vegetation and crystalline waters. Weather conditions in the Ionian are favorable, as the winds blow from the northwest from 3 to 5 on a Beaufort scale. The main marina of Corfu is the marina of Gouvia with numerous docking facilities that can accommodate up to 1.110 boats. One of the most popular sailing destinations of Corfu is the east side of the island. Although the west coast can get rough, depending on the wind directions, one will finder shelter in some of the most spectacular bays including Paleokastritsa. Ideal anchorage spots include Agni bay on the northeast providing shelter from the prevailing northwest winds along with Kouloura and Kalami bays on the northeast side of Corfu. It is highly recommended to sail to the Diapondia Islands, namely Ereikousa, Othonoi and Mathraki, off the northern coast of Corfu and Paxi Islands off the southern coast of Corfu.

Windsurfing: Corfu is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing,. The west coast of Corfu offers the best wind conditions owing to its rocky morphology. The most popular windsurfing spots include the beaches of Agios Georgios, Avlaki, Halikounas and Issos. One will find windsurfing centers at the beach of Issos.

Beaches

Afionas is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu distinguished for its wild beauty sceneries and its verdant vegetation.

Agios Georgios Pagon is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the northwest side of the island. Awarded with the Blue Flag, the beach is renowned for its crystalline waters and its peaceful environment. The surrounding area is an ideal destination for hiking and trekking lovers. Agios Georgios Pagon offers spectacular sunset views.

Agios Gordios is a sandy cove with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu distinguished for its verdant surrounding sceneries and its fine waters. Agios Gordios is an organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and canteens.

Agios Ioannis is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the north side of the island. It is a tranquil beach ideal for those looking for tranquility and isolation.

Arahavi is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Corfu with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and taverns.

Arillas is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the northern side of the island. It is one of the quietest beaches of Corfu ideal for those looking for tranquility. Afionas offers spectacular sunset views.

Canal d’Amour, else known as Sidari, is a sandy cove with blue waters located on the north side of the island. The beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu distinguished for its verdant vegetation, its imposing cliffs and its crystalline waters.

Drasti is a mysterious cove with turquoise waters located on the northern side of the island. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Corfu. Keep in mind that accessibility is difficult. The easiest way is by boat.

Ermones is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the western side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu renowned for its verdant surroundings and its crystalline waters. One will find a diving center at the beach.

Gardeno is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southwest side of the island. The long beach distinguishes for its verdant sceneries and its tranquil environment. Gardeno is ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. The beach is partially organized with umbrellas and sunbeds.

Glyfada is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Corfu with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and taverns.

Halikounas is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Ionian ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Halikounas is also ideal for windsurfing enthusiasts. 

Issos is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu famous for its endless sandy dunes and its rich flora. Issos is an ideal destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts.

Kanouli is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the western side of the island. It is one of the quietest beaches of Corfu ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Kavos is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the southern side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Corfu with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and beach bars.

Loggas is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the northern side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu distinguished for its sandy dunes, its imposing cliffs and its verdant vegetation. Loggas offers spectacular sunset views.

Marathia is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Corfu with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, and beach bars. Marathia offers panoramic views to the endless sea.

Nissaki is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu distinguished for its verdant vegetation and its fine waters. Nissaki is an ideal beach for snorkeling due to its crystalline waters and its rich marine life. One will find several delicious seafood taverns close to the beach.

Paleokastritsa is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the west side of the island. Characterized as one of the best beaches of the Greek Islands, Paleokastritsa is known for its cold waters and its excellent views. It is one of the most popular beaches of Corfu with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars and taverns.

Santa Barbara is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Corfu with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars and taverns.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktail Inspirations

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Coffee Corners 

En Plo: Coffee, Corfu Town

Galaktopoleio Alexis: Breakfast, Old Town of Corfu

Liston: Coffee, Corfu Town

Mikro Café: Coffee, Corfu Town

Old Fortress Cafe: Coffee, Corfu Town

Panetteria Starenio: Pastries, Corfu Town

Petrino: Coffee, Corfu Town

Gastronomic Delights

Agni: Greek Cuisine, Agni

Bikolis: Greek Cuisine, Peroulades

Bioporos: Greek Cuisine, Lake Korission

Etrusco: Italian Cuisine, Kato Korakiana

Kafesas: Greek Cuisine, Argyrades

Klimataria: Seafood, Benitses

La Cucina: Italian Cuisine, Corfu Town

La Famiglia: Italian Cuisine, Corfu Town

Marina’s Tavern: Greek Cuisine, Spilia

Maria: Greek Cuisine, Sidari

O Foros: Greek Cuisine, Palia Perithia

Paxinos: Corfiot Cuisine, Benitses

Rouvas: Greek Cuisine, Corfu Town

Spiros Karidis: Seafood, Boukari

Stamatis: Mediterranean Cuisine, Vyros

Tavernaki: Greek Cuisine, Kassiopi

The Venetian Well: Mediterranean Cuisine, Corfu Town

Trilogia Restaurant: Mediterranean Cuisine, Kassiopi

To Steki: Greek Cuisine, Doukades

Trypas: Greek Cuisine, Kinopiastes

Cocktail Inspirations

Amaze: Cocktails and Drinks, Corfu Town

Baccarat: Cocktails and Drinks, Corfu Town

Bristol: Cocktails and Drinks, Corfu Town

Cavallieri Roof Garden: Cocktails and Drinks, Corfu Town

Lemon Tree: Cocktails and Drinks, Agios Gordios

Malibu Summer: Cocktails and Drinks, Dassia

Tartaya: Cocktails and Drinks, Dassia

Vintage Cocktail Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Sidari

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include a wide range of agricultural products due to the mild climate of Corfu. The island is renowned for its virgin olive oil, its fine wine and its golden honey. One of the trademarks of the island is the kumquat of Corfu that has been awarded with a protected designation of origin from the European Union, as it grows only in Corfu.

The local specialties of the island include bourdetto, a dish made with scorpion fish or salty cod accompanied from red pepper sauce, pastitsada, a dish made with cockerel cooked in a casserole with cinnamon, paprika, onion and tomatoes served with pasta, soffrito, a dish made of beef stewed in a white sauce, tsigarelli, a dish made with wild herbs with garlic and paprika, bianco, a dish made of scorpion fish with lemon juice, savoro, a dish made with fried fish in a rosemary sauce, and mandolato, a dish made with white and black nougat.

Events & Festivals

Saint Spyridon is the patron saint of Corfu. The relics of the saint are carried around the city in litany accompanied from the local bands four times a year on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, August 11 and the first Sunday of November.

One of the greatest cultural celebrations of Corfu is the carnival. Rooted from the Venetian occupation, the Corfiot Carnival resembles the Venice Carnival. The most outstanding event is the parade of the carnival held at Liston Square.

The celebration of Easter in Corfu is one of the most spectacular experiences of the glorious Christian celebrations of the country. On Holy Friday, the local bands and choir of Corfu accompany the procession of Epitafios through the town to the Spianada Square while locals celebrate the resurrection by throwing clay pots from their balconies on Holy Saturday.

Every march, the Festival of the Corfiot Folklore Musical Associations takes place at the Municipal Theatre of Corfu.

Every 21st of May, the Marathon of Corfu is held in honor of Achilles.

Every summer, the International Festival of Corfu is held in the island. The festival hosts numerous musical concerts with musicians all over the world.

Every 2nd of July, the traditional celebration in honor of Panagia Vlaherna takes place at the homonymous church in Kanoni.

Every August, the Varkarola Custom is held in Corfu, where choirs in boats sign the traditional romantic songs of the 19th century, known as kantades, while fireworks are thrown in the sky. The custom has its roots in the Venetian period.

Every 6th of August, the traditional celebration in honor of the Transfiguration of the Christ takes place on the isle of Pondikonissi.

Every September, the Cricket Festival takes place at the Spianada Square in Corfu Town. The festival holds its roots from the British occupation.

Every October, the Beer Festival takes place in Corfu.

On Christmas, the bands and choruses of Corfu parade around the town playing and signing the Christmas Songs.

History & Mythology

Mythology

Corfu played an important role in the Homeric epic of Odyssey, as it was the island of the Phaecians, where Odysseus washed up following his escape from Calypso. The bay of Paleokastritsa is considered to be the place where Odysseys was disembarked. Princess Nausika was the one who rescued Odysseus and supplied him with a ship for his journey back to Ithaca. Other arguments state that the ship collided into the isle of Pondikonissi following a thunderstorm caused from God Poseidon. Another myth associated with Corfu is the one with Argonauts and Jason’s journey to retrieve the Golden Fleece from mythical Colchis. The legend suggests that Jason and Medea took refuge at the Palace of Alkinoos in Corfu. The original name of the island, Kerkyra, is also associated with the love story between God Poseidon and nymph Korkyra, the daughter of river god Asopos. God Poseidon fell in love with her, and brought her to the island in order to gave birth to Phaecas, the first mythical king of Kerkyra.

History

Archaeological excavations show that the island has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period. Ruled from the Phoenicians, Corfu experienced development in maritime as it was an important commercial center trading with all the regions of the Adriatic Sea. Corfu requested military support from Athens for the battle against the Corinthians during the Peloponnesian War, thus forming an alliance that lasted for one century up until the Macedonians conquered Corfu in 338 BC. However, the island was successively occupied from the Spartans, the Illyrians and the Roman from 229 BC to 337 AD. Corfu managed to keep its autonomy in the Roman Empire, in return for the use of the port from the Romans. Christianity was introduced to the islanders on 40 AD from two disciples of Saint Paul. Following the separation of the Roman Empire, Corfu united with the Eastern Roman Empire and experienced regular pirate invasions from the Barbarians and the Saracens. Thereafter, Corfu came under the domination of the Normans followed from the Venetians. In 1267, the French King of Sicily introduced the Catholic religion to the island until it returned to Christianity under the Venetian rule in 1386 for four centuries. The Venetians left an everlasting legacy to Corfu, one of the most aspiring symbols of Venetian architecture in Greece. As Venice was conquered from Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797, Corfu came under the domination of the French. Bonaparte came as a liberator due to the ideology of the French Liberation, who burnt the Golden Book with the privileges of the Nobles in public, and the local people began dreaming of their own independence. In 1799, the English, the Ottomans and the Russians disembarked on the island and conquered the entire island. Although an attempt to establish the Ionian State was made from Constantinople, Corfu returned to the French domination in 1807 followed from the British occupation in 1815. At that time, Corfu experienced rapid development. It is highly notable that Corfu helped the rest of Greece in the Greek Revolution although it was never under the control of the Ottomans. In May 21 of 1864, the Ionian Islands were donated to the King of Greece from the British. Corfu shared the misfortune of Greece in the years of the Second World War until the late 1860s, when the island began to experience tourist development.

Travel & Transport

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By Air: Corfu has an international airport with scheduled flights on an annual basis. From April to October, there are charter flights from numerous countries of Europe. The journey from Athens usually lasts forty five minutes to one hour. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Bus: KTEL Buses operate routes from the Kiffisos Station in the city of Athens to the city of Igoumenitsa on a daily basis. The journey usually lasts seven to eight hours. From Igoumenitsa, there are daily boat routes to Corfu.

By Boat : Corfu is accessible by boat from the harbor of Igoumenitsa in Central Greece and various harbors in Italy including Bari, Brindisi and Venice. The journey from Igoumenitsa usually lasts two hours. Corfu is also connected with the islands of Ereikousa, Mathraki, Othonoi, Paxos and Antipaxos. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

By Car (520 Kilometers): In order to get to Igoumenitsa, you will have to follow the National Road of Athens to Lamia and take the exit towards Lamia, Karditsa and Trikala and then follow Egnatia Highway. The journey usually lasts nine hours.

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4 seasons

Corfu is a destination for spring and summer, autumn or even winter! Blessed with natural monument of great biodiversity, Corfu literally has everything. It is a mountainous verdant island with an endless coastline and an interesting morphology. The northern and southern parts of Corfu are dominated from the highest mountains of the island while the island stands out for its three natural laggons that serve as shelters for migratory and native bird species. So, which season will you choose?

Spring in Corfu

In spring, Corfu is blessed with the wealth of vegetation and an abundance of colours and scents. Due to the favorable climate conditions and winter rainfalls, the island is filled with verdurous vegetation all year round. The spring nature will enchant you under the Corfiot sun, the colorful wild flowers and the blue sky and sea. Combined with the unique traditional character of the Easter, the beauty of Corfu’s countryside in spring can undoubtedly take your breath away!

Summer in Corfu

Summer is considered to be the most popular season for Corfu with an endless coastline and numerous beaches. Whether you want to sail your winds in the Ionian or you desire to explore the beautiful seaside villages with their turquoise waters, Corfu will definitely offer you an unforgettable summer experience. Packed with ideal climate conditions and lots of sunshine, summer in the island offers enjoyable dives in the sea without the suffering from the winds and the high temperatures.

Autumn in Corfu

In autumn, the captivating colours and the blossoming flowers will definitely capture your attention! Autumn is also beginning of harvesting of the products of Corfu. Agroutourism activities can be found on the hinterland of the island! Bird watchers will have the opportunity to encounter many endangered, migratory and protected bird species in various parts of the island. Lovers of nature will get ecstatic from the verdant sceneries of Corfu, as it holds the reigns of a verdant paradise all year round. Especially in October, one will have the opportunity to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Corfu accompanied with a relaxed lifestyle. Autumn is a great season to explore the mountainous villages either by walking or driving. Cycling and hiking through the island is an ideal way to admire the impressive natural sceneries. Grab a map and explore the unexplored!

Winter in Corfu

Hymns, carols and music decorate the island of Corfu in winter. Blessed with a mild climate and a noble finesse, the Christmas spirit of Corfu is a really pleasant experience. Winter is an off the season period to visit Corfu and experience the authentic character of the island, away from mass tourism. Whether you want to discover the mountainous village or your desire to enjoy numerous activates in the natural sceneries of Corfu, winter is a perfect season to visit the island.

An Excursion to Diapondia Islands

Whether your travel to Mathraki Island for its verdant vegetation, Othoni Island for its mountainous sceneries or Erikoussa Island for its rich tradition in olive making, the Diapondia Islands are a true getaway escape for paradise just off the northern coast of Corfu!

Discover Erikoussa

Just six miles from the wild sceneries of Cape Drastis in Corfu, one will have the opportunity to explore the pristine sceneries of Erikoussa. The island is blessed with olive trees that attest the rich tradition of Erikoussa in olive oil making. Worth visiting sights include the traditional oil mills of Erikoussa for their fine olive oil, the church of Agia Triada for its bell tower, the beach of Porto and Brangini for their crystalline waters, the lighthouse of the island for its panoramic views and the area of Pera Katergo for its wild beauty. Lovers of hiking can explore the hinterland of Erikoussa through the numerous trails that lead to the highest point of the island. Where green meets blue, Erikoussa is immersed in its verdurous vegetation and the clear blue sky offering pristine moments in a natural oasis!

Explore Mathraki

Holding the reigns of the smallest island of Diapondia Islands, Mathraki lies four miles just off the Cape of Arillas in Corfu. Rich in vegetation, you might even feel like that the island is deserted. Old stone paths are offered for lovers of exploration to enjoy the beautiful hinterland of the island that lead to the highest point of the island namely Merovigli. Mathraki distinguishes for its pristine beaches that will fill you with moments of absolute serenity and heavenly peace. Worth visiting sights include the sunset from the bay of Apidies that has been transformed into a shelter for the local fishermen, the church of Agios Nikolaos for its impressive wall paintings, the beaches of Fyki and Portelo for its crystalline waters, the boat trip to the uninhabited isle of Diaplo for its crystalline waters and the panoramic views from the settlement of Benatika.

Experience Othoni

Lying on the westernmost extremity of the country, Othoni is the largest island of the Diapondia Islands. An unspoilt paradise with relics of Venetian fortresses and pristine sceneries, Othoni is offered for hiking explorations to beautiful sceneries. Worth visiting sights include the cave of Calypso for its rich stalactite and stalagmite decorations, the beach of Aspri Ammos for its crystalline waters, the church of Agia Triada for its traditional celebration in August, the lighthouse of Kastri for its panoramic views, the settlements of Horio and Vitsentziatika for their traditional character and the boat trip around the island of Othoni for discovering the beautiful sceneries of the area.

Bird Watching in Corfu

The flora and fauna of Corfu is quite remarkable. The island has the perfect environment for thousands native and migratory birds. In fact, Corfu has many areas with high ecological value that serve as major stations and shelters of migratory birds. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Corfu, one will have the opportunity to encounter more than 150 native and migratory bird species including Eleonora’s Falcon, Montagu’s Harrier, Pygmy Cormorant, Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, European Flamingos and Egyptian Vultures. Korission Lake on the southwest side of the island provides an important ecosystem for many birds. Other areas include Pantokratoras Mount and Antinioti Lagoon on the north side of the island that provide a shelter for the permanent bird population of Corfu.

Discover the Deserted Village of Palia Perithia

Built in the Byzantine times, Pali Perithia is a deserted village that has been declared as a protected settlement. It was one of the wealthiest villages of Corfu dating back to the 14th century. Walking around the settlement, one will have the opportunity to explore abandoned old houses with spectacular views to the sea and the mountains. Although the village is uninhabited, it is quite interesting that there are some taverns operating at the central square of Foros. Palia Perithia remains an enchanting exploration for travellers that continue to hold a special place in the hearts of Corfiots.

Driving Explorations

The countryside of Corfu is an ideal place for driving explorations. The northeast side of the island distinguishes for its dramatic contrasts of the mountains and the sea while the northwest side of the island distinguishes for its verdurous vegetation. One of the most beautiful routes leads to the Monastery of Panagia Paleokastritsa that passes through a verdant forest of cypress and olive trees. Another interesting route leads to the beach of Agios Gordios passing through a beautiful road full of olive trees and vineyards. It is also worth following the road that leads to the village of Spartilas and Strinilas on the southwest slopes of Pantokrator Mount. The circular route that moves around Pantokrator Mount offers beautiful contrasts of scenery with extensive panoramic views. The route starts from the village of Aharavi, passes through the villages of Roda, Skripero, Paleokastritsa, Tsavros and Nissaki and leads to the village of Kassiopi.

Easter Celebrations in Corfu

Easter in Corfu is undoubtedly an experience of a lifetime! Beauty, culture and tradition between the East and the West form a unique mosaic of customs and traditions. The Corfiot Easter traditions have their roots in pagan customs tracing back to the Western and Eastern civilizations. The most spectacular distinguishing of Easter in Corfu is the concerts of classical music and opera music. The celebrations begin on Palm Sunday, where the procession of the relics of Agios Spyridon is held in the old town of Corfu followed from the philharmonic bands of the island. On Good Monday, the Corfiots prepare the traditional brioche of foyatsa and the macaroon of mandolato. The hymns of the story of Mary Magdalene are sang in the churches of Corfu Town on Good Tuesday while the Holy Unction is held in the Municipal Theatre on Good Wednesday. On Good Friday, the processions of the Epitaphs take place in the villages of the island; the most notable one is the one of the Cathedral of Corfu followed from three philharmonic bands that play Adagio by Albinoni, the Marcia Funebre by Verdi and Suentura by Mariani. On Good Saturday, another procession of the relics of Agios Spyridon is held in the old town of Corfu accompanied from the philharmonic bands of the island and the bells ring at 11 o’clock denoting the ‘morning resurrection’ when the Corfiots throw ceramic pots off the balconies of their houses. This custom has pagan origins, as Ancient Greeks used to break things in order to wake up Persephone, the goddess of spring who was residing abducted from the god of the underworld namely Hades, and accelerate the beginning of the spring season. Another explanation of the custom comes from the influence of the Venetians who used to throw old objects out of their windows on New Years Day, so that it could bring them lots of new things. On midnight of Holy Saturday, the Corfiots gather at the central squares of the island to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; the most impressive one is held at the Spianada Square followed from fireworks. Some of the most popular churches known for their impressive liturgies include the church of Agios Ioannis in Corfu Town, the monastery of Agia Efimia on the hill of Mon Repos and the monastery of Platytera in the village of Mandouki.

Emerald, Sapphire and Turquoise Waters

Blessed with verdant vegetation and turquoise waters, Corfu hosts some of the finest beaches of the country. Sidari to Agios Stefanos distinguishes for its spectacular geology and the renowned Canal d’Amour, Sykia to Roda differentiates for the panoramic views to the Albanian mountains, Barbati to Kerasia is renowned for the most sheltered beaches of Corfu, Benitses to Bouka is an endless area with pebbled, rugged and sandy beaches, Kavos to Lefkimmi is renowned for its unique natural beauty, Paramonas to Issos distinguishes for some of the most isolated beaches of Corfu, Ermones to Agios Gordios is notorious for its golden sunsets and its spectacular beaches and Arillas to Paleokastritsa is renowned for its verdurous vegetation and its emerald waters. If you are more active, do not hesitate to hire a boat from the marina of Gouvia to discover your own corner of paradise!

Enjoy your Cocktail at Cavallieri Bar in Corfu Town

The bar of Cavallieri Hotel in Corfu Town is one of the best places to enjoy your cocktail with panoramic views of the town of Corfu!

Enjoy your Coffee at the Square of Liston

Liston Square is an excellent architectural sample of the Napoleonic period that was built from the French Imperial Commissioner Mathieu de Lesseps in 1807. The square is filled with arcaded terraces and elegant cafeterias inspired from the design of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. Liston square runs along the western side of the square of Spianada. This is one of the best places to enjoy your coffee!

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Corfu offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Explore the Unexplored: Mysterious Corfu

As Corfu holds the reigns of the second largest island of the Ionian, it is inevitable to discover its mysterious beauties all at once. Of unparalleled beauty is the unknown side of Corfu, mainly the northern part of the island. Head to the deserted village of Palia Perithia for the imposing ruins of another era and the verdurous slopes of Pantokrator Mount on the northeast side for the impressive views. Drive to the villages of Ano Korakiana, Petalia, Sinarades, Strinilas, Sokraki and Spartilas for their authentic atmosphere, explore Nimfes village for its beautiful waterfalls and enjoy the views of Paleokastritsa from the mountainous village of Lakones. Hike to the castle of Aggelokastro to feel like an Olympian god, discover the village of Kinopiastes for its medieval spirit and explore the village of Kastelani for the views to the western coasts of Corfu. On the southern side of the island, one should definitely visit the natural oasis of Lefkimmi, the lake of Korission for its wild beauty, the village of Argyrades for its architectural heritage and tis cultural tradition and the village of Riglades for its traditional character. Explore the villages of Sinarades and Varypatades on the western coast of Corfu for their authentic atmosphere and head to the settlement of Chlomos for its spectacular sunset. Grab your keys, get a map and drive to the mysterious beauties of Corfu. Besides, Corfu will never let you go, there will always be a next time!

From Corfu With Love: Kumquat of Corfu

Kumquat was first cultivated in Corfu from the British in 1860. It uniquely flourishes on the northwest side of the island due to the fine climate and the special soil. The liquor and the mandolato are the most famous products of Kumquat in Corfu. In fact, Corfu Kumquat has been awarded with a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union. If you want to discover the production methods of the trademark product of Corfu, you can visit the Distillery of Mavromatis.

Hiking Higher than Highest

Pantokrator Mount is the highest mountain of Corfu located on the northeast side of the island. If you are adventurous enough, you can either drive through a series of windy roads or hike from the route that starts in the village of Palia Perithia. The views from the summit are rewarding!

In the Sounds of the Philharmonic Society of Corfu

Musicians dressed with impressive uniforms and melodies swirling in the rythms of the waltz attest the rich musical tradition of Corfu that dates back to the Venetian times. From the San Giacomo Theatre, the first opera theate of the Balkans, music plays an important element of the culture of Corfu. Nikolaos Mantzaros, the musical composer of the Greek National Anthem ‘Hymn to Liberty’, was the director of the first music academy of Greece that was established in 1840. Today, there are 19 philarmonic bands that support the musical education in Corfu through their presence at festivals both in Corfu and other places.

Legends and Myths: Canal d’ Amour

Canal d’Amour is one of the most beautiful places of Corfu located on the north side of the island. The cove is distinguished for its verdant vegetation, its imposing cliffs and its crystalline waters. According to tradition, couple who swim through the canal will get married soon!

Masquerades of the Carnival of Corfu

One of the greatest cultural celebrations of Corfu is the carnival. Rooted from the Venetian occupation, the Corfiot Carnival resembles the Venice Carnival. The most outstanding event is the parade of the carnival held at the Liston and Spianada Squares. Another interesting event is the enactment of Petegoletsia Custom, a form of street theater where local people sit in their windows at the central alley of the Old Town and exchange gossip in the local dialect. The carnival usually takes place at the end of February or early March.

Observing like an Olympian God

Are you wondering where you can enjoy the most beautiful views of Corfu? Then, head to village of Lakones to enjoy the panoramic views and hike up to the summit of Pantokratoras Mount to feel like an Olympian God. Visit the castle of Aggelokastro and the church of Panagia Mandrakina in the Old Fortress of Corfu for their astonishing views and drive to the village of Sokraki to enjoy views of the mountains and the sea. The chapel of Agios Symios in Doukades village and the church of Virgin Mary in Avliotes village distinguish for their views and the site of Aerostato is known for its breathtaking views to Agios Gordios. And let’s not forget about the church of Vlaherna and its views to the isle of Pondikonissi!

Rib Voyages and Sail Journeys In and Around Corfu

While sailing in the Ionian Islands, you might even feel like you are in another world! Blessed from emerald and turquoise waters, the Ionian boasts a different atmosphere from the Aegean. Renowned for their mild summer weather conditions, the seven islands provide excellent shelters with astonishing sceneries full of vegetation and crystalline waters. Weather conditions in the Ionian are favorable, as the winds blow from the northwest from 3 to 5 on a Beaufort scale. The main marina of Corfu is the marina of Gouvia with numerous docking facilities that can accommodate up to 1.110 boats. One of the most popular sailing destinations of Corfu is the east side of the island. Although the west coast can get rough, depending on the wind directions, one will finder shelter in some of the most spectacular bays including Paleokastritsa. Ideal anchorage spots include Agni bay on the northeast providing shelter from the prevailing northwest winds along with Kouloura and Kalami bays on the northeast side of Corfu. It is highly recommended to sail to the Diapondia Islands, namely Erikoussa, Othoni and Mathraki, off the northern coast of Corfu and Paxi Islands off the southern coast of Corfu.

Splish Splash at the Water Slides and Splash Pads of Corfu

From spectacular rides and water slides to unique splash pools, the waterparks in Greece is all about keeping the fun alive! If you are one of the travellers looking for waterparks, Corfu has it for you! Aqualand in Corfu holds the reigns of one of the biggest waterparks of Europe.

Taste the Corfiot Cuisine

The Corfiot cuisine is one of the most exquisite cuisines of Greece that has been influenced from its various conquerors. The Corfiot cuisine is rich in the flavors of the Mediterranean mostly influenced from the Venetians. Some of the most tasteful specialties include include bourdetto, a dish made with scorpion fish or salty cod accompanied from red pepper sauce, pastitsada, a dish made with cockerel cooked in a casserole with cinnamon, paprika, onion and tomatoes served with pasta, soffrito, a dish made of beef stewed in a white sauce, tsigarelli, a dish made with wild herbs with garlic and paprika, bianco, a dish made of scorpion fish with lemon juice, savoro, a dish made with fried fish in a rosemary sauce, and mandolato, a dish made with white and black nougat.

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Afionas Beach: Thomas Rührlinger by Panoramio

Agios Gordios Beach: Eleni Mitropoulou by Flickr

Canal d’Amour: Shutterstock

Cape Drastis: Shutterstock

Corfu Town: Shutterstock

Ermones Bay: Michael Button by Flickr

Korission Lake: Kurt Bauschardt by Flickr

Liston Square: Shutterstock

Old Fortress: Shutterstock

Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George: Dražen Kosijer by Flickr

Paleokastritsa Bay: Shutterstock

Palia Perithia Village: Chris Tarmey by Flickr

Pondikonissi Isle: Shutterstock

Spianada Square: Shutterstock

View from Pantokrator Mount: Shutterstock

Wild Beauty: Frédérique Voisin-Demery by Flickr