Corfu

Corfu belongs to the Ionian Islands, with its capital the city of Corfu. The island is divided into 11 municipalities. Is one of the most densely populated islands in the Mediterranean, with 107.879 inhabitants. It is an island mansion with particular finesse and vividly Venetian Anglo-French elements. The city's patron saint is Saint Spyridonas, whose remains constitute a pole of attraction for thousands of tourists annually.

Attractions

Old fortress: To the East of the old city is the most important defensive structure of the Mediterranean. Built in the era of the Byzantine Empire, in order to surround the city and provide security. The most important monuments in the area is the land and sea towers, the prisons, the English, the English Hospital barracks and  the chapel of Agios Georgios. In the area of the fortress also housed the Byzantine collection, the public library, the archives, the clock tower and  the lighthouse. Interesting is the fact that to get from one point to another, you use tunnels, galleries and you will pass and two moats, to end up at impressive ramparts you will enjoy views of the sea and the old town.

The Angelokastro Angelokastro, built in the 13th century b.c., on a steep cliff at an altitude of 330. opposite the Paleokastritsa. Is one of the most important Byzantine castles of Greece and in his Prime could protect in case of emergency, the entire population of the region. Inside the ruins of rooms, warehouses and two large water tanks. You will also see the churches of the archangels and Agia Kiriaki which is built inside a cave, with 18th century frescoes.

 

The Church of Agios Spyridon is the patron saint of the island and the current Temple was built in 1589. The building's simple exterior, with an impressive castellated Tower, unlike the rich and imposing interior of the Church, which has many wonderful items and wonderful pictures. There you will be able to worship and admire the Tabernacle of Saint lying in a silver casket. The day of his grace, and in processions, circumambulation of Larnaca in the city.

Pontikonisi is a picturesque islet aboard a green rock, framed with cypress trees in the sea. At the top of the island there is a small Byzantine Church of Pantocrator, dated the 11th – 12th century. The island was a favourite destination of Queen Elizabeth from the palace of the opposite beach.  The sight of the island is one of the most beautiful in the world, where you can relax enjoying a coffee and fill from images.

Museums

The majority of the archeological museum exhibits hosted at the Museum, comes from the island of Corfu and are an important cultural heritage of the great naval force of the Ionian Sea. The collections of basically is from the archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman era, from excavations carried out in the various archaeological sites of Corfu and Epirus. The contents you will see statues, vases, pediments, marble, bronzes, funerary artifacts and odds and ends.

Kapodistrias Museum has been operating since 1981 and is located in the village of Ebropoyloi. Housed in the residence and the estate is part of the estate of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of Greece. The exhibits are donated by Maria Desylla-Kapodistria which was the Mayor of the island the period 1956-1959. You will see artifacts such as furniture, artefacts and personal items that belonged to the political from Corfu.

Solomos Museum  is located in the historic St. Mark's square. A tribute to our National Poet Dionysios Solomos, who during most of his life he lived in Corfu, where he died.(1798-1857) Dionysios Solomos wrote "Free Besieged" and "Anthem s liberty ', where the first two stanzas are the national anthem of Greece. The Museum is the House where the poet died and wrote. There is still the Office, an autograph, portraits, furniture, photographs and personal objects.

Marine Museum: In separate this Museum will show findings from the Indian and Pacific Ocean, and from the Mediterranean Sea. It is a private initiative of Sagia Napoleon collector and diver. Himself after long-term efforts, full of danger, cyclones and tides and having to deal with poisonous snakes and sharks in tropical seas, he along with his family to create an incredible collection of the wondrous world of the sea. You can see sponges, corals, snakes, sea urchins, fossils, stuffed fish, sharks and more.

Move

In Corfu two bus services operate flawlessly. The first is the municipal buses, located in Piazza San Rocco and you can scroll through the capital and its outskirts. The second is the bus that will take you safely to all remote sites. Comfortable you will also find a taxi, in the island's focal points, as well as radio taxi. Prices for the most popular excursions are predefined. Corfu is a very large island. To be able to see more picturesque villages, beaches and historical monuments, it would be better to move with private car or rent some from Office with rental cars.

Hotels 

Corfu has a well-developed tourist infrastructure and will be able to choose your ideal place to stay, through hotels, apartments, studios, suites and villas. For switching easily you might prefer something in the city centre, among the many impressive buildings and mansions. If you want something quieter, quite famous resorts and mountain or seaside villages, is at your disposal for a comfortable stay.

Fun

Meeting place for the whole of the city is the café and bar at Liston and in square Spianada. The operation starts in the morning, you can enjoy a coffee, until late at night. For live Greek music, prefer the centers located on the main road to the Gouvia. Throughout the island and in the most popular areas, you will find cafes, restaurants, beach bars and ideally for your appetite pulls. A unique experience is to be able to hear the Philharmonic Orchestras of Corfu that perform during the summer months memorable concerts. Great interest is Easter in Corfu, is impressive, the town fills with people and the atmosphere is devout. Revive customs like the breaking of the Corfiot.

Flavors

Throughout the island you will find restaurants for every taste, from fast food, pizzerias, and every kind of cuisine, such as Mexican, Italian and French. The Corfiot cuisine is influenced by the Venetian and this witness and the names of local dishes. You will not miss to try Pastitsada (cock braised with beef or spaggetti), noodle statue (spaghetti cut into small pieces, with fresh tomatoes, oil, chopped potatoes and red pepper) and fasoygia with petsalina (Venetian thick soup). Unique is the fig cake. I drink good wine, the famous Local beer and the notorious Kumkwat.

Shopping Guide

Corfu produces abundant oil and with traditional methods of making handmade soaps that you can find almost throughout the city. Produces very fine desserts, such as nougat and fogatsa. You will still find particular objects and artworks from wood and olive root.

 

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