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

Appartment in Corfu, Greece Kerkyra Beach Apartments
Kerkyra Beach Apartments
Benitses, 49084 Corfu, Greece

Kerkyra Beach Apartments is located in Benitses Village, just a 3-minute walk from the beach. Corfu Port is 14.3 km away while Corfu International Airport is 12.3 km away.


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