Τhe Grand Lady of the Ionian
Magnificent palaces, Venetian mansions, castles, romantic alleyways, beautiful beaches and unique gastronomy, Corfu promises to meet up to the most demanding guests. The island is identified by a series of mythical images: Venetians, English, French, Russians, Greeks: all lived and flourished here, and left their traces on the island’s numerous sights and attractions. They sculpted a diverse culture that you will discover in every musical note of Corfu’s marching bands, in each glass of kumquat liqueur, in the labyrinthine alleyways of Campiello, in every love affair that ignites in the Canal d’Amour. Corfu – or Kerkyra as it is known in Greek – will seduce you.
Romantic trails with cosmopolitan air
The city of Corfu exudes tradition and at the same time cosmopolitan atmosphere, combining with harmony both the past and the present, the nightlife and the luxury of relaxation. The two forts, old and new, that dominate the city, Spianada Square – which is considered the largest of the popular Balkans- Mon Repos, the Town Hall and the theater San Giacomo, are only a few of the main attractions of the island. The famous Pontikonisi, Kavos and Palaiokastritsa are some of the places you must see, before leaving the island.
Corfu has countless beaches, organized and isolated, with crystal blue waters that will satisfy all your tastes.
Canal d ‘amour: The famous Canal of love is a masterpiece of nature, but also the most romantic attraction of Corfu. Tradition says that couples who swim here together they stay forever in love!
Kassiopi: It is the favorite of the locals, as it is more secluded than the others. You can swim in crystal waters and enjoy the sun.
Sidari: A large sandy beach located just beside the famous Canal d ‘amour. The water is quite cold, although shallow, ideal for families with children. It is fully equipped and with easy access to restaurants and cafes.
Issos: Many call this beach as the “Sahara” of Corfu. It provides a natural landscape of incomparable beauty that should not be missed and it is fully organized.
Glyfada: The most popular beach in Corfu that is fully organized. Lush hills rising above the golden sand are reflected in the calm waters.
Palaiokastritsa: Famous for its cold, turquoise waters. It is well organized and has been awarded a Blue Flag.
Gordis: Clear blue waters, wide sandy beach and lush natural landscape. It is fully equipped with direct access to many restaurants and beach bars.
Paradise: This beach is only accessible from the sea and it’s one of the most beautiful in Corfu. Large vertical white steep cliffs rising above a narrow shingle beach with crystal clear waters.
Longa: One of the most special beaches in Corfu and ideal to enjoy a romantic sunset. Do not hesitate to spread on your entire body and face with clay from the rocks.
Corfu Town is a gem for sightseeing with many monuments from the Medieval times, including the Old Fortress, the New Fortress, Liston Promenade and the Church of Saint Spyridon, protector of the island.
Old Fortress: The Old Fortress of Corfu stands next to Spianada square and Liston. It is an impressive castle built on a peninsula into the sea and connected to the mainland by a narrow bridge. A lighthouse stands on its top and offers great view of the town and the sea.
New Fortress: This fortress is also known as the New Fortress of Corfu, in constrast to the Old Fortress near Spianada square. It played an important role for the protection of the town against pirates and enemies in the Medieval times. The entire fortress is an intricate network of compartments and galleries.
Saint Spyridon : The church of Saint Spyridon is located in the Old Town of Corfu, right behind Liston. It has the largest bell tower of all churches in the city and it is its red dome that visitors first see when they arrive by boat to Corfu. This saint is the protector of the island, as the myth says that he saved the town from a plague in the 17th century.
Paleokastritsa Monastery: Built in the 13th century on the hill of Paleokastritsa, the monastery houses a small museum with Byzantine and post Byzantine icons. The museum gives great views to the sea and it is open to visit.
Mon Repos Palace: Mon Repos used to be the summer residence of the former royal family of Greece. It is located on the way to Kanoni, Corfu Town, among a lovely green setting.
Old Perithia: Old Perithia (Palea Perithia) is a ghost village located on the slopes of Mount Pantokrator, the highest mountain in Corfu. Although the village today is almost uninhabited, it is frequently visited for its Venetian architecture and the impressive atmosphere.
Achillion Palace: The Palace was built in 1890 exclusively for Elizabeth (Sissy), the Empress of Austria. It used to serve as the summer retreat of the Empress, who named it Achillion after her favourite Greek hero, Achilles.
Kanoni and Mouse Island : The region of Kanoni and the Mouse Island (Pontikonisi) is the most picturesque spot of Corfu Town. High up on a hill, there is a canon and from there people can see the Mouse Island and the little church of Panagia Vlaherna, linked with the mainland with a narrow pathway.
Fishing: Fishing in Corfu can be done almost anywhere with a rod and line for small shore fish or if you want, try your skills for larger fish.
Hiking: For an island blessed with so much nature, hiking is simply a natural thing to do.
Tennis: You will never find yourself too far away from a tennis court in Corfu
Yachting: Evidence of being a sailing paradise is the endless number of masts you see in any marina or anchorage in the island.
Surfing and sailing: Where there is wind and water you can be sure there will be kiters and windsurfers, Corfu is no exception to this rule.
Scuba diving: The entire north east side and most of the west side of the island are full of amazing places to put a mask and look underwater, deep or shallow.
Golf: The mountainous nature of Corfu does not lend a helping hand to golfers but the Ropa valley is a well respected golfing area close to town embedded in deep nature.
Do not leave without trying the traditional dishes such as pastitsada (greek pasta with braised rooster) and sofrito (thin slices of veal fried with white sauce). The local soft drink called tsitsibira should be also added as a must choice.
Pomo D ‘Oro: Elegant and classy, right in the heart of the city. One of the most creative dishes you can try is the advanced bouillabaisse with cuttlefish ravioli.
The Venetian Well: It’s the most atmospheric restaurant in Corfu at Kremasti Square. It serves a range of expressive dishes and wonderful potato gnocchi with beef and gorgonzola cream, you must taste.
Comeco: It’s located in the village Triklino and specializes in excellent meats. Do not miss the pork and nouboulo (something like prosciutto) and the local salado (traditional greek salami).
Marina’s Tavern: It is located in the Old Town of Corfu and serves dishes directly from the hands of Marina. Do not forget to try homemade pies, marinated anchovies, rolled pork in the oven and meatballs.
Toula ‘s: A seafood restaurant right on the beach that serves the specialities of Toula. Try the excellent tuna with tomato and trees and the traditional bourdeto with scorpion fish.
Café Bar Petrino: A visit here is ideal for your afternoon coffee or for your evening cocktail.
Aktaion: Just outside the town, enjoy a cocktail overlooking the Temple of Apollo.
You can reach Corfu, just like many of the Greek islands, either by sea or by airplane. The island has the international airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias”, which can be reached by direct flight from Athens in less than an hour, but also from Thessaloniki. Corfu is connected by air with several European cities with charter flights, if you come from abroad. If you decide to reach the island by boat, you must first go to Igoumenitsa by car or by bus (there are frequent routes from Athens and Thessaloniki). Igoumenitsa is about 320 km from Thessaloniki via Egnatia road and about 480 km from Athens via Corinth, Rio-Antirio Bridge and Preveza.
Alternatively, you can go by road to Patras and take the ferry boat to get to Igoumenitsa in about six hours. The port of Corfu town has many daily ferries from Igoumenitsa, while there are also routes from Igoumenitsa to Lefkimmi port at the south of the island. If you come from abroad, also from the port of Patras there are ships that go to Italy with a stop in the port of Corfu and Igoumenitsa and from Italy the same boats stop in Corfu before ending up in Patras. The port of Igoumenitsa is also connected with the ports of Brindisi, Ancona, Trieste, Bari and Venice.