Corfu belongs to the group of Ionian Islands (Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Kefalonia, Ithaka, Zakynthos, Kythira) and this is the second largest after Cephalonia.
Located on the Adriatic sea port and a short distance from the mainland and the Albanian coast where the waters get the Corfu sea name known in the north as Cape St. Stephen (only 2 km).
This is the famous island of Corfu, endowed by nature with picturesque landscapes, fascinating coves, long sandy beaches, pine forests, cypresses. Archaeological sites, castles, monasteries, churches, museums, exquisite architecture in the capital and villages in the hinterland and excellent tourist infrastructure have given the island a cosmopolitan character and have made known throughout the world.
Capital of Corfu is the beautiful homonymous city. The Old Town has a Venetian urban layout built between two fortresses and romantic character: Paved walkways, beautiful squares and neoclassical buildings, churches and historical monuments. The New Town has a good layout and stretches back to the Old.
The old and the new Corfu
Corfu is divided into the old town and the new. The new city has a clear urban character and is structured as a modern urban center with avenues and tall buildings.
The old town of Corfu is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, very scenic and exciting.
The streets of Corfu, which consist of very picturesque alleys and cobbled streets are highly recognizable and have a special character.
Corfu combines Venetian and medieval architecture to deliver a very special character. The most picturesque square is the square of Kremasti with an ornate stone well, while the labyrinthine streets can confuse you a bit if you are with a rental car, but Corfu citizens are very polite and friendly, so they will help you find your way with their distinctive singing accent.
What worths to see and visit
The Esplanade Square is the largest square in Corfu and one of the largest in Europe.
The pedestrian area of Liston, located next to the Esplanade Square and is full of cafes and restaurants.
The Church of St. Spyridon, the patron saint of the island.
The Old Fort, where the entrance is from the Esplanade.
The Palace of St. Michael and St. George, located on the north side of the Esplanade square.
The “rule” is 4 km. From Corfu town and has magnificent views of Notre Vlacherna and Mouse Island.
Panagia Vlacherna, situated on the islet of Vlacherna and where you can go through a narrow footbridge located in the “normal” beach.
The Mouse, which is a green island in the middle of the sea and is the trademark of the island.
Achillion, built by order of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sissi, located in the village “Gastouri”, 9 km. From Corfu town.
The estate of Mon Repos, which is 3 km. From the center of Corfu.
Museums (Archaeological, Archaeological Palaiopolis space (Mon Repos) Antivouniotissa Asian Art, Banknote Ionian Bank, Ceramic Art, Solomos, Folklore Museum of Acharavi, Sea Museum and Serbian Museum).
Agios Gordis: It is one of the busiest beaches as it is surrounded by impressive cliffs and sandy with crystal clear turquoise waters.
Glyfada: It is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches with fine sand and clear shallow waters.
Ermones: The Ermones beach surrounded by lush steep hills and is ideal for diving as there operates a diving center.
Paleokastritsa Paleokastritsa has fantastic beaches with crystal clear waters, sand and pebbles.
Kavos: It is the most popular beach, well organized with great sand and shallow crystal waters.
Arillas: 35 km from the town of Corfu, lies the beautiful beach of Arillas 2 km. Of fine sand which is protected from winds by two small peninsulas.
Agios Stefanos: In Corfu there are two beaches named Agios Stefanos. One is located in the northwest of the island and is known as Avliotes. It is a popular, charming and sandy beach that has been awarded the blue flag. The other is located in the Northeast and is a beautiful beach filled with pebbles. From there you can rent a boat to explore the island.
Sidari: It has one of the most beautiful beaches of the Ionian Sea with white cliffs and turquoise waters and is renowned for the famous “Canal d ‘Amour” or “the Canal of Love”.