Corfu is considered as one of the most beautiful islands of the Ionian Islands. The island is connected with ancient Greek myths and throughout the centuries it has been conquered by several conquerors. Your Corfu holidays should definitely include visits to the various castles and fortresses around the island. The old town of Corfu has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Holidays in Corfu are ideal if you are fans of sightseeing. Visit the Palaia Anaktora, the Achilleion and the Pontikonisi and you will not be disappointed. If you happen to be spending your Corfu holidays during Easter you will be surprised by the unique traditional celebrations by the locals.
Must see places in Corfu
With its rich, unearthed history, the old town of Corfu has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is both fascinating and nostalgic to explore. Take a walk through the small side streets and discover the Venetian influence that is felt in the buildings and the city’s cathedral, whilst a large number of sacred, old churches are dedicated to various patron saints.
One of the most popular monuments and worth visiting is the Medieval Castle “Palaio Frourio”, an old Venetian fortress that presents fascinating sound and light production plus many other concerts and cultural events. Another must see, is the Palace of St. Michael & George, the regency-style former palace and royal gardens of the King of Greece and birthplace of the Duke of Edinburg. Don’t miss the chance to visit “Paleo Limani”, stroll the long pier to admire the brightly coloured fishing boats and stop in one of the vibrant cafes in “Plateia San Rocco” and listen to a free concert or watch a game of cricket. Last but not least, the Corfu Promenade, walk in the footsteps of the aristocrats who used to frequent the grand Liston Promenade in the city centre and relax at the elegant cafeterias, upscale restaurants and bistros that are nestled in its handsome arches, a visit to Liston is always a treat.
Corfu has plenty of picture-perfect, beautiful long beaches. Most of them are usually crowded, although peaceful and quiet beaches are also not missing, especially those in small bays of the northeast coast, it is certain that a visitor has many options. Beautiful beaches are found all around the island, such as the Paleokastritsa beach, Agios Gordis beach, Nissaki beach and many others. Corfu holidays can be a great travel experience for families, couples or a group of friends, as it has something special to offer for everyone.
Except the exotic beaches for swimming and water sports, Corfu is a hiker’s paradise for all the family with a wealth of countryside paths and hidden nature spots to explore. Choose from the walks that best suit your fitness levels and enjoy the different sights they offer. The top hiking trails are “Arkoulas” forest & monastery, “gardeno” valley, lake “korission”, “agii deka” mountain and mount “pantokrator”.
Entertainment & Festivals
From beach parties and open-air concerts to traditional and religious festivals, summer is a time to celebrate, dance and have fun in Corfu. The top summer festivals you shouldn’t miss if you are around are the “Varkola” music festival, Corfu Sardine festival, the feast of Saint Spiridon, the light and sound show and the festival of folklore dancing.