Corfu island is the most popular of the Ionian Islands. It is a very green island and a mixture of the civilizations that have passed through at various times.
The town of Corfu (Kerkyra) impresses and charms the visitor with its two forts, narrow streets, tall houses, arcades, Venetian-built Town Hall, the church of Saint Spyridon – the islands patron saint, flower-filled gardens and balconies with superb ‘wrought-iron’ fences. Flooded with sights, Corfu is a small paradise on earth.
Corfu is the capital of the island, marked by the colors of the architectural monuments of the diverse civilizations, which ruled the island. The old city of Corfu is a well-balanced medley of Venetian, Frankish and English art and architecture. Most typical examples are the Old and the New Fortress, surrounding the entrance of the port. A stroll around the old city will bring you to the narrow, cobbled streets, called “kandounia”, with narrow buildings and arcades in the ground floor. The North Side of the Port is surrounded by impressive Venetian Villas. In the city center you can enjoy characteristic monument of the French rule, “Liston”, across Spiniada square, a small replica of the celebrated Parisian Rue de Rivoli, with innumerable arches and the renowned streetlights. Spiniada, the sizeable Adam Square, is where the noblemen and the ladies of Corfu used to come on Sundays to play or watch a game of cricket, a habit obtained since the British rule. In the city outskirts “Mon Repos” is located, the summer resort of the former royal family with frescoes of great artistic value.
From Paleodastritsa to Kaoni, from Achillion to Pontikonissi and the Corfu’s northern coast, one will find crystal water, scenic coves, greenery and vegetation that ‘sinks’ into the deep blue sea.
It is an amalgam of natural beauties, traditional features and archaeological sites – it lies to the north of the Ionian sea at the entrance of the Adriatic. It is the second largest island in the group known as the Seven Islands, or Eptanisa. The greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu has three million olive trees as well as flower-strewn countryside and Adriatic-style villages – splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches. On this island you will be able to combine relaxation with good times and a full nightlife.