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Corfu, Greece – the city between twin peaks
Corfu is an island where myth and history meet culture and luxury. Legend has it that this was the final island Odysseus landed on before return to his homeland and as a result it has always been able to draw in visitors. The landscape provides a great backdrop for hikers and has provided inspiration for several writers including the Durrell brothers. This beautiful island is a great place to find a mix of cultures, delicious food and pick up some souvenir olive oil!
Patchwork of cultures
Over the years Corfu has been ruled by a number of different cultures which have each left their own mark on the island. The Palaio Frourio or Old Fortress was once a Byzantine castle but was transformed during the fifteenth century when the Venetians took over the island. Now it has become one of the top attractions in the area, known for its lighthouse with breath taking views and Byzantine museum. Also, tracing its origins back to the Venetians is the St Spyridon Church, a Greek Orthodox church where the islands patron saint is said to rest.
The Esplanade, a large parade ground in the middle of Corfu Town, was built during Napoleon’s rule of Corfu. If you’re staying in a central hotel then the park is a short stroll away and a gorgeous place to spend a sunny afternoon. At the northern end of the Esplanade is the Palace of St George and St Michael, once home to the British high commissioners of the 1800s but which now houses the Museum of Asian Art with its impressive, well documented collection of artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age. Some of the palaces’ rooms have been decorated in Regency style to give visitors a taste of how its original inhabitants would have lived.
Other cultural points of interest include the Municipal Art Gallery and the Corfu Reading Society which is known to host lectures and concerts. The city’s walking tour have various themes from history to food and are a great way to get a real feel for Corfu Town.
Island of olive oil
Corfu is well known for its olive oil which comes from the millions (yes millions!) of olive trees on the island, some of which are estimated to be as much as four hundred years old. With such plentiful supplies of this amazing ingredient, it’s little wonder that Corfu Town is rich with top quality restaurants and tavernas that come highly recommended. In addition to some well-established Greek eateries serving traditional dishes there are also a number of excellent Italian restaurants harking back to the days when Corfu was a Venetian strong hold.
The Liston is a great place to grab an upmarket bite and an even better one to find a drink: the ginger beer is something of a local specialty. There are a numerous bars along the street some of which are located on the rooftops of hotels with great views out to the horizon. If you’re looking for sweet treat, then head over to one of the city’s many bakeries for some homemade baklava.
Taste for exploration
Just outside of Corfu Town is Mon Repos Estate where you’ll find the Museum of Palaeopolis which gives a comprehensive history of the town and its archeology. However, the grounds are what makes the estate truly special as you can explore the sites of two ancient ruins before settling down for a picnic lunch near what is left of the Temple of Artemis.
Corfu is a great spot for keen walkers and many hotels will provide maps and guides to some of the must-see spots including Mount Pantokrator, Korission Lake and the Nymphes, where water goddess were once said to bathe. The beaches on East of the island tend to be more sheltered with calmer waters that are great for snorkeling and swimming but if you’re looking for picture postcard sandy shores then it’s worth checking out the Western coast too.
As is true of most of the islands in Greece the best way to get around is by boat. Again, these can be rented from local companies or you can join one of the day cruises that allow you to reach some of the more isolated beaches as well as explore the surrounding islands and caves.
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Hotel Sunshine Corfu Hotel & Spa Corfu-Town
Corfu is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, attracting thousands of visitors each year from around the world. Corfu offers a wide range of accommodation ranging from low-cost hotels, luxury hotels and apartments to villas and family hotels. Amongst hundreds of Corfu hotel accommodations, Sunshine Corfu Hotel & Spa stands out like a real gem! Located right on the beach, in the picturesque village of Nissaki and only half an hour’s drive from the Corfu city centre, our hotel is simply love at first sight! Built amphitheatrically on a green hill of olive and pine trees, with uplifting panoramic sea views of the Ionian Sea, Sunshine Corfu Hotel & Spa is an all inclusive paradise that offers the perfect combination for your summer holidays: wonderful location, wide range of comfortable accommodations, excellent food, kids´ entertainment, day activities for young and old alike, Spa facilities, night animation, cool bars and most of all, the Sunshine hotels team of professionals at your service, to perfect every moment of your summer holidays in Corfu! more
Hotel Hotel Mayor Mon Repos Palace Corfu-Town
The Hotel Mayor Mon Repos Palace is situated at the peak of Garitsa Bay, nearby the picturesque old town of Corfu. Guests enjoy magnificent views over the garden or partial views of the Ionian Sea. Each unit is decked out with an LCD satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, fridge, and private bathroom. Accommodations include a freshwater pool with sun loungers, and air-conditioned rooms with a balcony. Guests can enjoy singing and entertainment each night. A buffet breakfast starts the day at the on-site restaurant where guests can enjoy a number of international dishes. Intercontinental dishes can be enjoyed during the evening as well. Small meals, coffee, and drinks are offered during the day. Just about three kilometres from Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport and roughly four kilometres from Corfu Port, the well-known Hotel Mayor Mon Repos Palace is in the midst of beautiful old towns, Roman baths, and car rental services for guests who love to explore on their own. more
Hotel Corfu Holiday Palace Corfu-Town
Overlooking the Ionian Sea, Hotel Corfu Holiday Palace is a high-end hotel surrounded by lush greenery and gorgeous ocean views. Corfu town centre is a 15-minute drive from the property. There's an accommodation type to suit most travellers. Some feature private pools, others boast floor-to-ceiling windows with awe-inspiring views, while all include earthy shades, luxurious bathrobes, slippers, and the availability of a butler service. An array of exciting leisure activities cater for kids and adults alike. Bowling, ping-pong, two stunning pools, and tennis courts can be found on site. Water sports like snorkelling and fishing are right on the doorstep, and at the end of the day, a spa and wellness centre are perfect for relaxation. There's no end to the number of fine-dining opportunities. Four amazing restaurants include sumptuous local and international cuisine. A pool bar and sushi restaurant add to the dining experience. The Archaeological Museum, one of the many top tourist attractions, is a ten-minute drive from Hotel Corfu Holiday Palace. more
Hotel Hotel Corfu Secret Corfu-Town
The 3-star Corfu Secret is a romantic boutique hotel, only 13 km from Corfu Town and 600 meters away from the Blue Flag beach of Ipsos. It offers a wonderful panoramic view to the entire Island, rooms and suites with all modern facilities and a prestigious atmosphere but always at a reasonable price. If you book from official website you take our Best Price Guarantee. In Hotel Corfu Secret you will live your Corfu dream that you waited for all year, but time does not run so fast. Yes, your precious holidays. Corfu Secret will take care of it. You just enjoy it. Experience here wonderful moments; it is the perfect place for weddings for romantic honeymoons for relaxing vacation in Ionian Islands. Combination of the breathtaking view, natural scenery and relaxing environment along with the family atmosphere and hospitality greet the visitor and offer luxury holidays. more
Hotel Folies Corfu Hotel Apartments Corfu-Town
Boasting a fireplace in the lobby and airport drop-off service, Folies Corfu Hotel Apartments stands in Corfu Town. Port of Corfu is within one and a half miles. All of the 30 guestrooms are smokeless and feature sofa bed, coffee/tea making facilities, free Wi-Fi, TV, minibar, balcony, air conditioning, and in-room massage. Stocked kitchenettes and baths are available. Folies Corfu Hotel Apartments prides itself in its car rentals on site. Other amenities include wedding services, luggage storage, outdoor pool, children’s pool, ski storage, terrace, garden, and laundry facilities. Continental breakfast is served on a daily basis. Guests can enjoy throat-soothing drinks in the in-house bar lounge and poolside bar. Nearby eateries serve delicious meals. Corfu Archaeological Museum is one and a half miles away. more