wooded isle of the Phaeacians, Odysseus' last stop
on his long journey home to Ithaca, is the best
known of the Ionian Islands.
It owes its sophistication and charm to the meshing
of the different civilizations that have occupied
the island and to the natural beauty with which it
is so abundantly endowed.
On this cosmopolitan island, you'll be able to
combine relaxation with good times and a full
nightlife, for Corfu is an international tourist
centre, which can satisfy the demands of the most
Corfu Town (Kerkira)
The capital of the island is also called Corfu
(Kerkira). It is built on a promontory that projects
into the sea and is separated into a northern and a
southern section. East of the northern part lies the
Old Fortress, cut off from the town by a moat. For
centuries all the popular of Corfu lived within this
citadel, which was founded by the Byzantines but
greatly expanded and strengthened by the Venetians.
The town of Corfu is made up of completely
dissimilar elements, left over from different
civilizations. It presents an enchanting picture
with its broad streets and spacious squares. The
popular Spianada -the town "green" - contrasting
with its narrow back alleys paved with blocks of
stone (known as 'Kantounia'), houses with a strong
Italian influence, the famous Liston, a French
arcade, traditional Georgian mansions, a Byzantine
church, Venetian monuments, balconies with
wrought-iron railings and window grilles.
Sightseeing in Town
• The Archaeological Museum: tel.: 30680-38124
• The Byzantine Museum housed in the Church of the
Panayia Antivouniotissa (closed for the time being).
• The Museum of Oriental Art: tel.: 30443- 38124, in
the English Palace of St. Michael and St. George.
• The Town Nail, a superb example of Venetian
architecture built in 1683.
• The Byzantine church of Sts. Jason and Sosipater
(12th century) with fine frescoes.
• The church of Corfu's patron Saint Spyridon with
its valuable icons and collection of gold and silver
ex voto offerings.
• The Old Fort
• The New Fowl, constructed between 1576 and 1588
(not open to the public)
• The Platytera Monastery with its rare
Sightseeing on the Island
• Paleokastritsa, 26 kilometers west of Corfu town,
a miniature earthly paradise with its crystal clear
waters, enchanting coves and lush greenery growing
right up to the sea.
• Angelokastro, near Paleokastritsa, a Byzantine
fortress dating from the 13th century.
• Pelekas, 13 kilometers west of the town, a lovely
village set on a rocky hill, whose summit -
according to the Corfiots say - is the best place to
watch the sun go down. Not far from Pelekas in the
Ropa Valley is situated Corfu's excellent golf
• Kanoni, 4 kilometers south of town is the most
popular spot on the Island. Here a narrow causeway
leads across the water to the Monastery of Vlacherna
and from there one can take a kayak to visit
delightful Pondikonissi and its 13th century church.
• Gastouri, a picturesque hill village, is the site
of the Achillion, the summer palace of the Empress
Elizabeth of Austria and the last Kaiser. The Palace
has many beautiful gardens ideal for a romantic
walk. A part of it places an important museum as
• Other sights not to be missed include, on the East
Side of the island Kessiopi, Ipsos, Dassia, Gouvia,
Benitses, Moraitika and Messongi. On its West Side
Lake Korission (Limni Korission), the only lake on
• In the northern part of the island are the resorts
of Sidari, with its sandy beach, and Roda, whose
beach is even longer. From Sidari you can take a
boat to the three picturesque offshore islands of
Erikoussa, Mathraki and Othoni. Their sheltered
anchorage are Ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
• But Corfu also has another side: a vital
traditional facet to its personality still very much
alive in the costumes of its village women and in
its local festivals. Fine examples of folk art and
crafts are displayed in shops all over the island:
hand-woven textiles and embroideries with intricate
designs, objects of all kinds carved out of olive
wood, silver utensils and lovely jewelry.
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