Corfu is served by direct flights from Athens and several European Airports and by ferry from Italian ports and the Greek port of Igoumenitsa. Several cruises have Corfu as their preferred destination.
Corfu is one of the best known Greek islands worldwide and a popular tourist destination. It attracts thousands of tourists and has become a favorite destination for summer holidays. The historical and religious monuments, the picturesque villages, the beautiful nature and the hospitality of the locals offer memories difficult to forget.
One of the most cosmopolitan islands of Greece, Corfu is located on the northern side of the Ionian Sea. It charms visitors with the Venetian style, the lovely beaches and the relaxing feeling. Corfu Town charms visitors at first sight with the Venetian style that reminds very much of Italian towns, like Venice and Florence.
The island is bound with the history of Greece from the beginning of Greek mythology. Myth reports that it was in Corfu where Ulysses met the daughter of Alkinoos, Nausica, who nursed him back to health at her father's palace and then gave him a ship to return to nearby Ithaka. This enraged Poisidon who petrified the ship and which is now an island in the small bay of Palaiokastitsa where Alkinoos palace is said to have been. The famed Argonauts were also said to have found refuge at Alkinoos Palace where Jason married Medea after abducting her from the King of Kolhida.
Corfu’s history is laden with battles and conquests. The legacy of these struggles is visible in the form of castles across the island. Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way. From medieval times and into the 17th century, the island was recognized as a bulwark of the European States against the Ottoman Empire.
A place with long history and rich tradition, Corfu island, also known as Kerkyra, has many wonderful sights. Many conquerors arrived on the island through centuries. The Venetians, the French and the British left their mark on the island architecturally and culturally. In 2007, the city's old city was designated for the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The entire island of Corfu can be portrayed as a living museum that provides a beautiful journey throughout the history and culture of this place.
The Old Town is a gem for sightseeing, with the two Venetian fortresses, interesting museums, Spianada Square, where locals play cricket with British teams, a legacy of the presence of British on the island and the wonderful paved Liston street, with its arcades with coffee shops, a copy of Rue de Rivoli in Paris. Behind Liston, there is the church of Agios Spyridon, protector of the island. On a hill near the town, Kanoni has a wonderful view to the small church of Vlacherna and the famous Mouse Island (Pontikonissi).
The island of Corfu, in Greece, is one of the Greek islands of the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest Greek island in the Ionian Sea with a population of 113 000. The principal city of the island is also named Corfu.
Corfu is served by direct flights from Athens and several European Airports and by ferry from Italian ports and th
The town has many museums. Visitors should not miss:
The Archaeological Museum enriched by many findings from the ancient cities of the island, in particular from the Archaic period like bronze and marble statues, clay pottery, and parts of ancient temples.
The Byzantine Museum of Antivouniotissa featuring rar