The island of Corfu is rich in both historical sites and areas of natural beauty and interest. You can combine your holiday in Corfu with trips to nearby destinations that will teach you the history and legends of our region. Some of the most famous and interesting destinations are listed below.
Narrow alleyways (kantounia), beautiful old houses and architectural monuments, churches and unique atmosphere: the Old Town of Corfu is one of the attractions that visitors do not get enough! The Fortresses, the Palace, Spianada, Liston, the church of St. Spyridon, the Cathedral of Corfu, are just some of the attractions in the Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007.
It is built on a small island on the eastern edge of the Old Town of Corfu and Spianada, the large square. The Old Fortress stands as a guardian of the city of Corfu from the 6th century, when it was built by the Corfiots. They used the ruins of Paleopolis, the ancient city that was destroyed by raids, in order to built it.
It is said that someone who is on the New Fortress, has the best panoramic view of the city of Corfu. The fortress lays on the hill of San Marco, above the old harbor. It was built by the Venetians in the 16th century, to strengthen the defense, as the Old Fort was not sufficient any longer and has become known by the Italian name Fortezza Nuova.
Achillion Palace, which was named by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, has amazing lands and gardens with sculptures of himself Achilles garden. The interior is excellent, full of family mementoes and portraits, and many gold plated, bright murals and frescoes. It is located in Gastouri, the entrance costs 4 euros, and is open from 8am to 5pm. The village of Gastouri is 10 km south of Corfu town, through the olive groves and the green nature of the island.
Within the area covered by the archaeological site of Paleopolis in Corfu is the green estate of Mon Repo. It is approximately 3 km from the town Corfu and in total covers 258 acres of vegetation on the hill of Ascension, and includes an impressive palace with breathtaking sea views.
One of the most beautiful districts of the island, Kanoni of Corfu, is located on the outskirts of the modern city, on the southern peninsula of the hill of Ascension, where there is also the archaeological site of Paleopolis. Kanoni of Corfu was named at the French domination of Corfu, where the generals decided in 1798 to set up there the most important fortifications and their artillery. The French cannon is still in place.