Sight seeing

Corfu Town

Corfu town is Venice and Naples, a touch of France and more than a dash of England, apart of course from being ‘Greek’ – Countess Flamburiari. The town is a maze of narrow streets dominated by the 16th century fortress. Around every corner you can find a chapel, old mansion or secret garden square. The Liston: built by the French in the same style as those in Rue de Rivoli, Paris; is probably the place to ‘people watch’ and at night, a magical time to visit Corfu town. The British also left Cricket, which was played on the pitch opposite the Liston. Sadly today, due to nearby parked cars, they no long play in this famous location. The narrow streets radiating off from the Liston, house small shops of every commercial nature, dominated by the ‘gold shops’. Corfiot craftsmen excel at designing and making Greek jewellery in gold. St. Spiridon’s Church, home to the islands patron ‘mummified’ saint, is just behind the Liston. The church is impressive and worth visiting but ensure you are suitably dressed. Facing the Liston Esplanade is the Old Fort which was built between the 6th & 19th centuries. It was built on a man made island and has some stunning architecture. The Palace of St. Michael and St. George to the left of the Liston, was built by the British and used as the official residence of the Governor. Prince Philip was born there. It was the site of the 1994 EU Summit meeting.
Corfu Town offers the opportunity to explore the history and heritage of the island and experience a more relaxed and traditional way of life.

Mount Pantokrator

At just under 1000 Meters above sea level Mount Pantokrator is the islands highest peak. It is located on the north east of the island and affords spectacular views of the north and east coasts along with Albania and mainland Greece. On its summit is a monastery and the church of Christ Pantocrator which originates from c.1350. Although the monastery is no longer in use the church still holds regular services.

Old Perithia

Perithia was built in Byzantine times around the 14th century when people fled their coastal homes in fear of the pirates raiding there coastal villages. Old Perithia grew and boasted eight churches, each one belonging to a different family in the village. There was a school, a police station and even a court. Over 1,500 people lived in Perithia. It is located high up, off the main road between Kassiopi and Acharavi. In 1912 the village was made part of the Municipality of Kassiopi. As tourism developed, down on the coast, more of the village inhabitants and families moved down to the ‘new’ coastal resorts. By 1955 the village was occupied only during the summer months. After these months the remaining villagers would come down to their olive groves to harvest their crops. By 1975 most of the villagers had moved further down the mountain and only a few remained.Sample the real taste of Greece, in the tavernas. As you sit in the square overlooking the terrace gardens and the now empty houses, reflect on how once they were full of life. Most of Perithia’s houses now stand empty and abandoned, broken down shutters at the windows and crumbling stone walls, bright blue sky shines through holes in roofs. Houses full of memories for the families that built them and still mainly own them. Take a walk around the village, venturing out further to get a feel of this amazing piece of Corfiot history.

Achillion Palace

The Palace is located in the village of Gastouri, only 10km from Corfu Town. It was erected in 1890 for Elizabeth (Sissy), the Empress of Austria as the solace of her soul. It was used as her summer retreat, later the Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany bought the Palace. Directly below, on the coast, is the unusual Kaiser’s bridge, the stone built jetty where the Kaiser set out on his yacht for swimming trips.

Paleokastritsa

Paleokastritsa has long been considered one of the most beautiful villages in Corfu and is a renowned Greek beauty spot with exceptional scenery along with the superb beaches. While visiting Paleokastritsa you can swim at six different sand and fine pebble beaches enclosed by tall cliffs, wooded headlands, olive groves, lemon and cypress trees and lush hilly countryside. Paleokastritsa is situated in the north-west of Corfu. The resort runs along the coast road that winds among the cliffs and sheltered bays. It is a hilly place full of twists and turns and unexpected views. Paxos and Parga A boat trip to Paxos and Parga is highly recommended. It takes 2-3 hours to get to Parga and then a further 90mins to get to Paxos. Its known for its picturesque simplicity and easy pace of life. Its the smallest of the Ionian islands lying South of Corfu. Parga gives a delightful impression of a coastal village, with its typical white houses situated around a small sandy bay.

Aqualand

Aqualand is a great family day out; Europe’s largest water park is situated in the centre of Corfu, open 7 days a week from May –October.

http://www.aqualand-corfu.com

Golf

Corfu’s golf course is one of the 19 greatest championship courses in Europe. Located in the Ropa Valley, this 18-hole golf, par-72 course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, with its excellent clubhouse and restaurant, combines the natural landscape of the area with well thought out hazards, making it a fine course for players of all standards. The golf club provides an ideal opportunity for a day out and its excellent club house serves lunches and snacks. During the season, the golf club holds various competitions which are open to those who wish to play.

http://www.e-city.gr/~corfugolfclub/index-2.html

Walking

Corfu has established its name as a paradise for walkers and Corfu’s long-distance footpath is said to meet all the expectations of the first hikers from the UK. Around 220km long, it runs around the length of Corfu island from the southerly white cliffs of Arkoudillas to Cape Agia Ekaterini in the north. Paths have been cleared and way-marked by yellow signs. There are 11 daily walks and terrain varies, from rough tracks to cobbled mule paths, minor roads and beaches. The best months to follow the trail are from February to June and from September to November. Details of the trail can be found at

www.corfutrail.org