With its crystal clear waters and magnificent mountain view, the stunning Blue Flag-awarded Dassia beach is regarded as one of the finest on the island. And it is just one of the many splendid beaches adorning Corfu’s majestic 217 km coastline for the visitor to enjoy; explore those of renowned Paleokastritsa, Sidari with its stunning sandstone formations, the golden sands of remote Myrtiotissa, or the vibrant beach life at Glyfada.
Corfu – Homer’s kingdom of the Phaeacians – has so much to see. Visit the city’s Venetian Forts, the Achillion Palace built by Sissy, Empress of Austria. Explore one of the outstanding museums such as the Asian Art collection in the Palace of St Michael and St George. Check out the island’s marching bands in their full regalia or join in the unique Easter celebrations. While for fans of the Durrell brothers’ books, Kouloura and Kalami are a must. The town of Corfu should also be top of your list, with its cobbled alleys and the many buildings left by Venetian, French and British rulers.
Corfu offers a gastronomic feast with its fusion of Greek and Venetian cuisine of which the Islanders are fiercely proud. Local culinary treats you’ll discover on the menu at traditional tavernas include pastitsada – a delicious casserole of meat and pasta, sofrito – tender veal cooked in white wine and mouth-watering bourdeto, fish in a spicy tomato sauce. Each one guaranteed to enrich your holidays with the aromas and flavours of the Ionian Sea.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Corfu’s historic centre with its neoclassical influences will dazzle you. Check out the Palace of St Michael and St Georgiou, the Liston Arcade, the Reading Society and the Kapodistrias family mansion to name but a few. Whilst walking the famous alleyways of Campiello, with clotheslines hanging above you, and visiting the opulent hotels are also a ‘must’ for every visitor.
On the eastern side of Corfu town, the rocky shore crowned by two low peaks gives the island its name Koryfo – Corfu (meaning peak). The Old Fort (Palaio Frourio), built in the 13th century has much to offer including the British-built church of St George resembling a Doric temple. This open-air museum offers a journey through time. Towering above the northwest border of the capital, the other guardian, the 16th century Neo Frourio (New Fort), is a masterpiece of military architecture built by the Venetians.
The two famous landmarks of Corfu island are actually other islands: the diminutive Pontikonisi, which translates as Mouse Island, is just large enough to hold the Pantokrator monastery. Sitting right next to it, the famous islet Vlacherna, with its 17th century monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.
The Canal D’amour
Love beckons at Sidari, where if you swim in the Canal d’Amour, the myth says you’ll find your soul mate. This natural ‘tunnel’ in the sandstone rocks is just one of the sandstone formations found around the spectacular sand beaches around the town.
The Island’s imperial past is one of the reasons it enjoys the reputation as one the most glamorous and luxurious destinations in Greece.
Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary, the legendary Sissi, chose Corfu to build her palace. This elegant Pompeian-style building with luxurious, neoclassical living rooms has beautiful gardens where you can see the famous statue of Dying Achilles.
British High Commissioner Frederick Adam built this summer residence for his wife, Nina Palatianou in the early 19th century.
Situated in beautiful forested surroundings, it occupies the site of ancient Corcyra, as the city was then called.
The villa houses the Palaiopolis museum and botanical gardens with more than 2,000 rare plants collected from across the British Empire.