Corfu (Kérkyra), unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under the Ottoman rule. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries, the island has primarily become part of the Western rather the Levantine world.
Their culture wielded strong influence in the city: it was here that the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra and the First School of Fine Arts were founded. The sea, the sun and the wind have tastefully formed the island for thousands of years, creating an impressive coastline.
Beaches with golden sand or colorful pebbles, rocks in the place of sculptures exhibited at the most updated gallery, trees extending their shadow to the edge of the water. In the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical repertoirecame to be successfully applied to local artistic traditions.
Palaces, fortresses, austere public buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with lines of drying washing in tiny alleyways and small secluded squares. Strolling through a complex of narrow cobbled streets with stairways and vaulted passages, the so-called kantoúnia, will make you feel as if you’ve traveled to Genoa or Naples.
Harbor Kérkyras is formed in front of Kérkyra town and comprises the old harbor, which is mainly used for mooring by fishing vessels and pleasure boats, and the new harbor, which is the commercial and tourist port of the island.
The old harbor is formed W of jetty Mourágia and comprises a basin with quayed coasts for 185 m and depths of about 2 m near them.
Gouvia Marina is situated about 6 km from the town of Corfu and 7 km from the International Airport (IATA: CFU), on the south coasts of the bay Gouvia, in front of Kontókali settlement. It is considered the natural link between the Adriatic and the Mediterranean Sea as well as a port of call, to repose and enjoy the climate and the beauties of the island.
Korission Lake is an excellent place for bird watching. It is located in the south-western part of Corfu and provides an important ecosystem for a range of species, and a stopping area for migrating birds from Africa.
The beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, is a UNESCO world heritage site, where Renaissance, Baroque and Classical cultures come together and fuse with local artistic traditions. Palaces, fortresses, buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with the Greek architecture, small secluded squares and the so-called ‘Kantoúnia’ the vaulted passages that make you feel as if you’ve travelled to Italy.
After the village of Lakones, there is Angelokastro or Angles Castle or Castle Michel Angelo, which is a Byzantine fortress. The castle`s main purpose was to protect the inhabitants from the pirates and the Venetians.
The Achilio Palace is located in one of the highest spots of Gastouri village. It was built at the end of the 19th century when Empress of Austria Sissy was so excited by the island that she decided to built it.
Taverna Thomas offers many traditional dishes including the famous Pastitsada a Greek dish associated with the island of Corfu. One traditional pastitsada recipe features lean leg or shoulder of veal and macaroni, as well olive oil, minced onions, sliced garlic cloves, salt and ground black pepper, white wine, vinegar, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon, fresh or canned tomatoes, butter, and grated kefalotyri or Parmesan cheese.
Aktaion is located opposite the Old Fortress of Corfu. It provides amazing view to the Ionian sea, the bay of Garitsa and the old fortress.
Left from the main beach in Sidari is the famous Kanali tou Erota (Love Channel), an opening in the rock in the sea, a tunnel. Tradition says that whoever swam in this passage, on the other side will meet the love of his life.
Nudist beach. Stunning sandy beach with steep cliffs that offer privacy.
In the local dialect of Corfu 'Astrakeri' , is called the site, which has been covered by Astraka. This is an ideal beach for families because of its shallow waters and vast beach, not in length but in width, will delight children, especially on days when it blows, a common occurrence on the northern shores.
The cave is 22 km away from town of Corfu, but it is very close to Byzantine Fortress of Gardikiou. The Gardikiou Grava is a small cave, where tools, firestones and animal bones were found.
Ipapanti Cave is north from the famous Ermitis cliffs. It is an enormous cave, whose size allows boats to enter inside.
It is an amazing place hidden in the Ionian sea. Corfu`s golf course is one of the 19 greatest championship courses in Europe.