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Do you want to know what every tourist should see in Corfu? Then we present to your attention our detailed review. We will list all the attractions in Corfu that can make your trip to the island unforgettable.
What to see first in Corfu?
calculation reviews of experienced guides and recommendations of local residents. In our general opinion, the most interesting places in Corfu are as follows:
1. Corfu Old Town
Panoramic view of the old town of Kerkyra and the New Fortress
If we talk about the most visited and popular sights of Corfu, then we should start with the main and only city on the island – Kerkyra. The capital is famous for its narrow streets, the baroque style that is widespread here, manifested in original architecture, houses with cozy balconies and exquisite windows.
2. Spianada Square
Music pavilion in Spianada Square Dr.K. (talk)
The largest square in the country, created in the 19th century. Here are located such objects of history and architecture as the Palace of Saints Michael and George and the Maitland Museum. The territory is divided into two parts by a street, but each of them is buried in neatly trimmed shrubs and flowering trees. If you don't know what to see in Corfu in 1 day, come here.
3. Liston Street
shops, jewelry stores and cafes on Liston street Christian van Elven
A beautiful pedestrian street, which was previously only open to aristocrats. Today, numerous guests and residents of the island are happy to walk around the local cafes, restaurants and shops. Experienced guides in Corfu tell many entertaining stories about Liston. Therefore, it is best to come here with an attendant.
4. Palace of Saints Michael and George
Statue of Frederic Adam in front of the Palace of Saints Michael and George Martin Falbisoner
Exhibits of the Museum of Asian Art in the Palace of Saints Michael and George Jean Housen
Many excursions in Corfu consider this object a valuable point in tourist routes. The construction of the building at the beginning of the 19th century was carried out by the British for five years. The castle is made of limestone imported from Malta. The site was originally to be the home of the English High Commissioner, Sir Maitland. However, later it ended up in the possession of the royal family of Greece. Currently, the castle is given over to the Museum of Asian Art. The number of exhibits here is about 10 thousand samples.
Official website: http://www.matk.
5. Achillion Palace
Main entrance of Achillion Palace or Palace of the Sad Empress Marc Ryckaert (MJJR)
Achillion main staircase
Like many other attractions in Greece, this one is named after the Greek character Achilles. Palace Square is decorated with busts of ancient Greek philosophers and sculptures of mythical creatures. The castle itself was built in the 19th century at the behest of Elizabeth of Austria. Of particular interest are the interiors, which also tell about the heroes of Greek mythology, and the incredible hand-painted ceiling.
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6. Saint Spyridon Cathedral
The bell tower with the clock of the Cathedral of St. Spyridon among the historic streets of the old city
All guides in Corfu recommend that guests of the island not to disregard this temple. Inside the cathedral are the remains of St. Spiridon of Trimifuntsky, who helped the capital of the island miraculously avoid being captured by Turkish troops and a terrible plague epidemic. Locals claim that when the sun sets and the shrine is empty, Spiridon appears in his possessions and protects Kerkyra. Moreover, the Greeks are sure that the saint’s clothes wear out a lot from this, and therefore they change him into another dress every year. Old things are crumbled into shreds and handed over in envelopes to those who wish as a kind of amulet. No other excursions in Corfu are as successful as a visit to the Cathedral of St. Spyridon.
An entertainment complex for spending fun with the whole family Alexander Saprykin
What to visit in Corfu with the whole family? Luxurious complex with attractions. There is entertainment here for both children and adults (including those with disabilities). The territory of the water park is 75,000 sq. meters, which makes it one of the largest establishments of its kind in the entire state.
Official website: https://aqualand-corfu.com/
8. Archaeological Museum
Leo Menekrates, late 7th century BC in the Archaeological Museum of Corfu Dr.K.
The best option for where to go in Corfu for fans of history. Date of construction of the complex – the middle of the 20th century. The museum was built to accommodate numerous archaeological finds from the Temple of Artemis (previously the exposition was located in one of the island's schools, but there was not enough space for it).
Official website: http://odysseus .culture
9. Banknote Museum
Paper Money Museum in the building of the former Ionian Bank of Corfu Joanbanjo
In the collections of the complex you can see photos, old documents, checks, account books, coins and other items from ancient times. But the most important thing is the numerous banknotes of different eras: from the first that was printed in Greece in the early 19th century, and ending with the latest in 2002, already withdrawn from circulation.
Official website: http://www.alphapolitismos.
10. Vlaherna Monastery
Top view of the 16th century Blachernae Monastery and fishing schooners and boats along the concrete pier
The temple with the chapel of the Virgin Mary is located on a modest land area connected to the Kanoni peninsula by a concrete pier. The date of construction of the object is the 17th century. The monastery was erected in memory of the miraculous icon of the Mother of God, kept here and now. You can get to the peninsula by pleasure boat.
11. Monastery in Paleokastritsa
Flat belfry and courtyard of the monastery in Paleokastritsa
The current appearance of the temple has been preserved since the 16th-18th centuries. According to historians, the first building was built at the beginning of the 13th century. At that distant time, it served as a fortress, but was completely destroyed and then reconstructed. Today, the temple building houses a museum with icons from the Byzantine and post-Byzantine eras. Your trip to the monastery will be memorable, also because Paleokastritsa is considered one of the most picturesque and beautiful resort villages in the whole country.
Official website: http://www. monastiria
12. Paleo Frurio Fort
View of an old 18th century Venetian fortress in the Greek city of Corfu Marc Ryckaert (MJJR)
An ancient fortification, which was born thanks to the Venetians. The Greek authorities carried out reconstruction many years ago, and today the object is considered the hallmark of Corfu. Various celebrations and mass events are organized here. The powerful walls and panoramas opening from the top make a huge impression on the guests of the fortress. Please note that the climb to the top is quite difficult. Therefore, it is best to start the trip in the morning, before the sun bakes too much.
13. Neo Frourio Fortress
Neo Frourio Fortress on St. Mark's Hill near the old city harbor
Judging by the name of the fortress, it can be assumed that its construction was carried out quite recently. But it's not. In fact, it was built earlier than the Paleo Frurio fort. You should also climb the walls for an amazing panoramic view of the island. Numerous underground passages for the military base of the Greek Morflot were equipped under the foundation of Neo Frurio. The land of the ancient landmark was chosen to protect state security. However, tourists are free to visit it.
14. British Cemetery
The territory of the British cemetery in the city of Kofru Nikodem Nijaki
From 1815 to 1864 the island was under the patronage of Britain. It is for this reason that an English necropolis is located on the territory of Corfu. The most ancient tombstones date back to the beginning of the 19th century. There are graves of employees of the British administration and the British military who participated in the Second World War.
15. Mouse Island
Lush greenery covers the Pantokrator Monastery on Mouse Island
Translated from Greek, the name of the Pontikonisi landmark sounds like “Mouse Island”. It was given to her for the size and shape of the corresponding animal. According to an ancient legend, the island with a mountainous height was originally the ship of Odysseus, but in anger, Poseidon turned the ship into a rock. Pleasure boats run regularly from Kanoni to Pontikonisi.
16. Kassiopi Castle
South entrance to Kassiopi Castle Dr. K.
Kassiopi is a modest village, with a population of 1.2 thousand inhabitants, but with a rich history. It is believed that the first settlements appeared here as early as the 3rd century BC, during the reign of King Pyrrhus. The current palace was built on the remains of a Roman fortification in Byzantine times. In the future, the castle was already equipped by the Venetians. The building is located on a cape, and is best seen from afar from the harbor.
17. Angelokastro Fortress
The old fortress of Angelokastro or “Castle of the Angels” on the top of a steep slope
An ancient example of the Byzantine era. The impressive building was created in the 13th century by decree of the ruler Michael II. Near the fortress is a small church of the Archangel Michael. At one time, the fortress was of great strategic importance. Archaeological finds were discovered in 1997: several Christian tombs, indicating that the area was inhabited as early as the 5th-7th century AD.
18. “Canal of Love” in Sidari
The “Canal of Love” in Sidari is a small bay, compressed by rocks on both sides
If the attractions, resorts and hotels in Corfu are of interest to you for the sake of making a romantic trip, include a visit to Sidari in your excursion itinerary. The famous “Canal of Love” is located here, swimming through which, together with your soulmate, you can keep your feelings for centuries.
Crocodiles and turtles in the terraquarium in Corfu
Some inhabitants of the terraquarium can be touched and photographed
The inhabitants of the terraquarium are numerous fish, lizards, iguanas and snakes. Workers tell about the inhabitants everything that visitors want to know. Some reptiles are allowed to be photographed, touched and even picked up. Literally every day a new species of fish or reptile arrives here.
20. Tasting room of the Mavromatis distillery
Kumquat Liqueurs Produced by Edal Case
The tasting room began its work on the island almost two decades ago. And then, and today, guests can try the entire range of drinks from the legendary factory. During the tour, visitors watch a short film about the production of Kumquat, as well as original liquor-based desserts. At the end of the program, they are offered a trip to the store, where they can buy any Mavromatis drinks they like at the price from the manufacturer.
Official website: http://kumquat.gr/en
Corfu attractions: what else to visit in Corfu?
We have listed the main attractions of Corfu for you briefly. In addition to them, you should visit:
21. Monument to Admiral F. Ushakov
Stele in memory of F. Ushakov, Admiral of the Fleet of the Russian Empire on Corfu Sergei Leningradsky
An impressive sculpture created in memory of F. Ushakov. The famous admiral of Russia is a highly revered person not only on the island, but throughout the country. It was thanks to his efforts that Corfu was liberated from French troops at the end of the 18th century. In addition, F. Ushakov managed to return Orthodoxy to the island, despite the fact that this faith did not exist here for about five hundred years.
22. Agios Gordios Beach
Beach Agios Gordios in a beautiful bay surrounded by picturesque cliffs
Beautiful 1.5 km coastline in the west of the island. Surrounded by citrus trees, pines and hills. The territory is covered with both sand and pebbles (the latter is an order of magnitude larger). Vacationers are offered all kinds of entertainment. Including paragliding, boat rental, bungee jumping, various types of water equipment rental.
23. Paleokastritsa Beach
Stunning landscape of Paleokastritsa beach
The location of the line is the northwest of Corfu. The picturesque square is well equipped: in addition to the bays and the beach itself, there are cafes and taverns, rental shops. Arriving here in the evening, you can climb to the top of the hill and watch the sunset. Buses run to the point where the beach is located. Among the popular attractions among tourists is a trip on an underwater vessel. Other types of marine programs are also offered.
24. Mount Pantokrator
View from the top of Mount Pantokrator to the sea and the Albanian coast
This attraction is the highest point of the resort. You should climb it for the sake of an incredibly beautiful view of Corfu and even Albania, neighboring Greece. If you are lucky and the day is sunny, you can even see Italy (it is 130 km away). The height of Pantokrator is just over 900 meters, but climbing to the top is not easy. Because the path is serpentine.
25. Kaiser's Throne Viewpoint
Kaiser's Throne observation deck on top of a cliff above Pelekas village Lucian Duma
Observation deck equipped nearby from the village of Pelekas on the rocks. In previous years, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany often came here to rest, which gave the name to this place. Opening views: green Ropa, east and west of Corfu, the coast of Albania, the top of Pantokrator. If you want to take incredible photos, by all means go here.
We hope that those popular attractions of Corfu, photos with names and descriptions of which you have just viewed, will help you spend your holidays on the island in a fun and useful way. Read also about the sights of Crete and get inspired for your next trip to Greece.