About Corfu

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Corfu (Kerkyra) is one of the most important and beautiful islands in Greece, perhaps the greenest island unmatched in natural beauty with sightseeing, dozens of beautiful beaches, and a well developed road network.

Corfu Town Old Fortress

Corfu Town Old Fortress

It is an island with a long history, notable in Greek culture and tradition for over 3000 years. It has been inhabited since the Paleolithic era and later by the Phaeacians as mentioned in the Odyssey.

Corfu Airpot

Corfu Airpot

Located in the northern Ionian sea at the northwestern edge of Greece. It sits at a distance of 600 km northwest from Athens, and may be nearer to Italy, but what it offers is well worth the visit. The flight from Athens takes only 45 minutes.

The Old Town

The Old Town

The first view of Corfu from the sea is the medieval town of Corfu. The city offers numerous attractions and monuments that need days to explore and admire.

Paxos Island

Paxos Island

Northwest of Corfu there are three small islands named Othoni, Mathraki, and Erikoussa, known as the Diapontian islands, and to the south are the islands of Paxos and AntiPaxos.

Medieval Corfu

Medieval Corfu

A Venetian period was followed by the French dependencies, first the democratic French and later the imperial rule of Napoleon, followed briefly by the Russians and finally the English protectorate period until 1864, when together with the rest of the Ionian Islands Corfu was unified with Greece.

View Of The Old Town

View Of The Old Town

All of these influences have left their marks, so on the island there are now buildings and monuments from the ancient Greek and Roman times onwards, especially in the old town which is actually an extremely beautiful miniature of Venice without the canals.

Liston Street

Liston Street

Here you can visit the old and the new fortresses and see the Esplanade Square, perhaps the biggest in Europe. The Liston, a meeting place for the nobles of the past, is now a social hub for all Corfiots. The Palace of Saint Michael and George houses many museums and exhibitions, both located around this square.

Achilleion Palace

Achilleion Palace

The Achilleion palace is in the village of Gastouri, 3 kilometers north of Benitses, and was built by the Empress of Austro-Hungary Elizabeth, also known as Sissy. The palace was named in honor of the legendary hero Achilles and reflects her love for classical Greece. Kaiser’s bridge on the beach of Achilleion was built by the German Kaiser Wilhelm the second, the owner of the Achilleion after Elizabeth’s death.

Corfu Music Bands

Corfu Music Bands

There is a significant musical tradition on the island. Corfu town has three main philharmonic societies, the Old Philharmonic, the Philharmonic of Mantzaros, and the Philharmonic of Kapodistrias,  whose orchestras regularly give excellent concerts. In many villages there are also bands, and on certain days they all play in Corfu Town to loud cheers from their supporters.

Corfu Carnival

Corfu Carnival

Corfu is famous for its Carnival.

It has its roots in the Middle Ages, when the Venetian conquerors of the island brought this custom back from their homeland. ... At the end of the parade, there follows the Burning of the King Carnival, which is said to carry the sins of the locals.

Dinning al fresco

Dinning al fresco

What we call Corfu cuisine is the gastronomic tradition that was shaped in Corfu and all the Ionian Islands. It is a special category of Greek cuisine with complex recipes and delicious dishes. The 411 years of Venetian occupation influenced the cultural identity of Corfu in all areas of both culture and everyday life. So, local cuisine was influenced by the Venetians, as were the island’s architecture, poetry, literature and language. All Corfiot cuisine and recipes come from Venice, adapted to the local products and the climate of the island.