Travel Information about Corfu Island, Greece
Having decided to visit Corfu Greece, one of the most interesting islands of the Ionian Islands cluster at the Ionian Sea, prepare yourself for an unparalleled experience. An amalgam of natural beauty, traditional features, archaeological sites, and hospitable inhabitants, will definitely impress you.
Corfu Town, the predominant capital, is an impressive town with interesting monuments of history and art, natural beauty and a charming old quarter, which in combination with the broad avenues, the large squares and the Venetian slip roads, compose a unique town. The imposing old fortress with the church of Agios Georgios, which is connected to the town with a bridge, the famous new fortress and the palace of Agios Mihail and Agios Georgios at the central square, are truly magnificent. In addition, it is also worth visiting the Venetian-style Town Hall, which was built by a local architect during the English occupation, the comprehensive library of the Ionian University, the Ionian Round Building and the Ionian Academy are also worth visiting.
From the famous canon, which is perched at the tip of the peninsula, there is an amazing view of the islet Pontikonissi. Mon Repo, and the hill of Analipsi with the spectacular view and the ruins of the Doric sanctuary, are also worth visiting. Finally, the numerous churches and monasteries, as well as the splendid museums, all contribute to the allure of Corfu Town.
However, famous sites of Corfu Greece are not only found in the capital, but are scattered all over the gifted island. Ortholithi, a rock that emerges from the sea and the spectacular natural region Aerostato at Agios Gordios, as well as the paleolithic cave Spileo tou Pelaou at Agios Mattheos, are superb sightseeing. Furthermore, the temple of Agios Dimitrios at Ano Pavliana, the Byzantine fortress Aggelokastro at Paleokastritsa, the ecologically important lake Antinioti at Roda and the ruins of the Venetian castle at Sidari, are some of the musts. Last but not least, the amazing Achillion, which was the palace of Princess Elisabeth (Sissy) of Austria, at Gastouri, is a magnificent place with renaissance wall paintings and various statues with the one of Achilles prevailing, busts of the nine muses and other famous philosophers and a verdant garden with benches.
The island of Corfu is an ideal resort for both cosmopolitan and peaceful vacations. Paleokastritsa, the most scenic piece of Corfu, is a renowned resort full of bays, sandy beaches and olive groves, with a Byzantine castle-monastery skirmished on a verdant hill. Agios Gordios, is a much-frequented region built around strange rocks, verdant slopes and sandy bays. Alykes, with its large Corfu hotels, situated on the coastline of the island, and Arillas, enclosed by two small peninsulas, are ideal for the lovers of cosmopolitan lifestyle. In addition, Dassia and Dafnila, two extremely popular resorts, Kontokali and Messoggi, the beautiful tourist centers, the touristically developed Nissaki, Ypsos and Pyrgi, the capital town of Corfu of course and finally Benitses and Moraitika, famous for the intense nightlife, are the ideal areas for endless entertainment as they are packed with cafeterias, bars, clubs, restaurants, taverns, athletic facilities and other entertainment centers.
On the other hand, if you are in need of secluded holidays at quiet sites, you should visit Ano Garouna, a scenic village built amphitheatrically on two hills that face each other, and which is famous for the art of sculpture on stone. Ano Korakiana is a picturesque village with tradition in choir music and ceramics. Furthermore, the traditional village Pelekas, built on a magnificent hill offering amazing view, and Gastouri, a beautiful village with running waters built close to the sea, where the inhabitants have organized a philharmonic orchestra.
If you are in search of the superb Corfu beaches, you should visit the organized Mon Repo, Bania tou Alekou or the beach of the yacht club at the town of Kerkyra. Also, the sandy beaches of Agios Gordios, Agios Georgios, Marathias, Potamia and Gardenos, the hydrobiotope of Halikounas, the sandy and rocky beach of Sidari and the bays of Alykes, Dassia, Dafnila, Glyfada and Ypsos, are the places to be. Likewise, the incredible bay of Arillas, the beaches of Agios Stefanos and Afionas, the sandy beaches of Gouvia and Paleokastritsa and the pebble beach of Benitses, are only few of the exquisite beaches of Corfu Greece. Discover them!
If you are interested in visiting the island of Corfu Greece for your vacation, you can travel via airplane from Athens Athens directly to the Corfu Airport. From Athens you can also take the bus and travel to Corfu via Igoumenitsa, while there are bus itineraries from Thessaloniki as well. Additionally, from Patra you can take the ferry boat to Corfu. Corfu is also connected with Italy, Paxi and Sagiada.