Corfu Town: insider's guide
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Corfu Town: insider's guide

Corfu ● Ionian islands ● 29 September 2017

Magnificent palaces, imposing fortresses, romantic cobblestone alleys, gastronomic surprises and stunning beaches. This is Corfu, the most elegant Ionian island, the queen of Ionian Sea and a sample of the Italian architecture in Greece. It is not an exaggeration to say that Corfu Town is one of the most romantic places in Europe, and of course it is not a coincidence that UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site. Book your accommodation in Corfu Town, and be prepared to enjoy a top experience by the sea and inside the paved paths and the monuments of a traditional town that comes directly from the past and charms everyone.

In Corfu Town, magic unfolds the Venetian Old Town, under the arches of Liston, the Catholic Cathedral as well as the Spianada Square (Corfu) where the heart of the island beats. The landmark of Corfu, Fortrezza (=old fortress in Italian), with the Doric-style church of St. George is simply charming, an unforgettable journey in time.

The meandering begins in the alleys of the Old Town, where the gardens of the palace of St. Michael and George, also known as the People's Gardens, will impress you. The Town Hall Square is home to the majestic building, which once hosted the Loggia of the Nobles and later on San Giacomo Theatre, the first Greek theatre to stage Italian opera.

The famous Liston is an impressive early 19th century arched colonnade, where you can enjoy coffee in a stunning setting, while Spianada Square (Corfu) is one of the biggest squares in Europe and the place where not only the young but also the cultural heart of the island beats to the tunes of the brass bands, also known as philharmonics.

Of the many museums in the town, the Museum of Asian Art is worth visiting. Don't forget to wander in Achilleion (Corfu), one of the most famous royal villas in Europe, located in one of the most beautiful spots in Corfu Town. It was built in 1890 exclusively for Elizabeth (Sissy), the Empress of Austria. It used to be the summer retreat of the Empress, and after her assassination, it was sold to Kaiser of Germany. Mon Repos (Corfu) is also a worthwhile palace, which used to be the summer residence of the former royal family of Greece and nowadays is a significant tourist attraction of the island, which hosts a museum with many Ionian treasures.

The culinary tradition in Corfu has strong Italian influences, so be ready to find many traditional trattorias anδ luxury Italian restaurants in the Old Town. Of course, Corfiot cuisine is part of the Greek cuisine with many creative dashes of the Ionian Sea, such as the famous pastitsada, which is meat with spices and thick macaroni.

Where to Stay

Hostel & Appartment in Corfu, Greece comfyhostel/studios
Ipsos Corfu, 49100 Corfu, Greece

Comfyhostel/studios is located in the village of Ipsos, Corfu, just an 8-minute walk from the long beach. Corfu town and port is a 20-minute drive away. Corfu International Airport is 18 km away.

Hotel in Corfu, Greece Bella Vista Beach Hotel
Bella Vista Beach Hotel
Benitses, 49084 Corfu, Greece

The family-run Bella Vista Beach Hotel is located just 60 m from the beach in Benitses village in Corfu. The picturesque capital of the island with many historic buildings and the main port is at 14 km and Corfu International Airport is 11 km away.

Hostel in Corfu, Greece Angelica's Backpacker's Hostel
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Angelica's Backpacker's Hostel
Agios Ioannis, Karousades, 49031 Corfu, Greece

Angelica's Backpacker's Hostel is located in Agios Ioannis, Kourasades, approximately a 15-minute walk from the organised beach of Sidari. Corfu Town and Port is 35 km away. Corfu International Airport is 40 km away.