Where the Venetians, the French and the British used to live.
With the passage of time the island may have changed, but we can still feel the spirit of a distant glorious past . Its rich multi-cultural heritage, its historic monuments, its stunning natural landscape, its crystal clear seas, and its excellent weather all year round explain why Corfu is one of the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean destinations weaving a powerful spell on its visitors.
Corfu (Kérkyra), unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under the Ottoman oppression. 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.
In the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical “repertoire” came 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 travelled to Genoa or Naples.
The two imposing fortresses (the Old and the New) impress visitors. A stroll through the quaint, cobbled back streets, the beautiful Town Hall Square and the sublime Kambielo is certain to remind you of somewhere in Italy and arouse your romantic side. Liston, the church of Agios Spyridonas, the Palace of Archangel Michael and St. George as well as many other worthwhile monuments are among the highlights. Other famous attractions on the island, outside the town, include the highly praised Pontikonisi with its highly photographed Vlahernon Monastery, the Palace of Princess Sissy (Mon Repos), Gouvia Marina and Korission lake.
Corfu allows you the opportunity to have exciting experiences as it has numerous beaches -Glyfada, Benitses, Palaiokastritsa etc- as well as other explore villages -Palia Perithia, Kassiopi, Lefkimmi, Pelekas etc.
During your stay on the island you should try the traditional local cuisine at taverns and restaurants. With regard to nightlife, Corfu has it all.
One thing is for sure. You will leave here satiated with beautiful picture postcard images.