Visit of Corfu
Welcome to Corfu, a magical island that will give you many emotions and fun. Whether you are as a couple, with friends or with family, do not be afraid: there really is something for everyone. Obviously, we are in Greece: sun, wonderful beaches and crystal clear water await you every day. For a detailed guide of the best beaches, we invite you to consult the SPECIAL PAGE OF KANOA from this link.
We are absolutely certain that, given the accommodation offer and, above all, the beauty, you will spend most of your evenings in the island’s capital. Spianáda, the Cathedral, Paleó Froúrio, Paléo Anáktora, Paléo Poli, Campiello… there is so much during your visit to Corfu. Stroll through the beautiful cobbled streets. But the beautiful capital is not the only destination; the water park of Agios Ioannis, the suggestive monasteries of Vlacherna and Paleokastritsa, Paleopolis, the Church of Saint Spiridon …
VISIT OF CORFU TOWN
Kerkyra, with its suburbs and its immediate surroundings, is one of the main tourist destinations for visit of Corfu and all of Greece. City of Venetian style and undoubted beauty, which, we are sure, will immediately enchant you; especially in its old part, probably one of the most fascinating jewels of modern Greece; a city that preserves, intact, the charm of past times, with its cobbled streets, ancient buildings, two ancient fortresses and the historic walls that surround it; a city to live in, with its taverns where you can savor typical cuisine, cafes and bars where you can spend some time sipping a drink, and the air and the scent of the sea that pervades every corner; a city to discover at any time of the day: during the day, in the late afternoon with the light of the sunset that makes it even more magical, or in the evening, all lit up.
Kerkyra, whose historic center has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; right here, you will have so much to see; starting with Campiello, a neighborhood whose name conveys the idea of the Venetian legacy of the city quite well. It is an agglomeration of rather narrow alleys and tall buildings, including old cellars, paved squares, hidden courtyards and even a suggestive Venetian well.
Spianáda, is the real beating heart of the city; it is a large square corresponding to the Piazza d’Armi from the Venetian era, now home to parades and numerous demonstrations and events. Here are held concerts of the Philharmonic, the parade of masks at Carnival, cricket matches, and more.
Walking among Corfiot busts and statues, you will come across the splendid Palace Listòn, the most famous of the buildings overlooking the Spianáda, with its arcades that now house many bars and restaurants. The historic palace was built between 1807 and 1814 by Fernando Lesseps, father of the engineer who opened the Suez canal; it was built on the model of the buildings overlooking the famous Rue de Rivoli in Paris. The north side of the Spianáda is closed off by Palea Anáktora, or Old Palace; it is a building, the seat, first, of the British governor of the Ionian islands, and, subsequently, the residence of the sovereigns until 1913.
In the historic center, the splendid Agios Spiridona, an Orthodox church from the 16th century, does not go unnoticed; it is dedicated to the cult of San Spiridone, the local patron saint, whose relics are kept in the building and carried in procession 4 times a year. Splendid church, small and cozy, with paintings and frescoes, and a beautiful bell tower (see photo above). Not to be missed while visiting Corfu.
Paleo and Neo Froúrio, respectively Ancient and New Fort, are the two fortresses, which act as a sentinel to the city. Built in the Byzantine era, and enlarged during the period of Venetian domination, Paléo Froúrio is the ancient fortress on the hill overlooking the sea, overlooking the Spianáda. In summer, it is advisable to venture out in the afternoon, after particularly hot hours; a strenuous climb awaits you walking between the steps. Arm yourself with a lot of patience, especially if you are in the company of children. The effort, however, is worth everything when you are at the top, where a cross is placed, from which you will enjoy an unrepeatable panorama. The entrance ticket costs € 6.00 and is free for children.
Neo Froúrio is the New Fort of San Marco built by the Venetians in 1576 and enlarged in the 19th century by the English and French. It has two interesting entrance portals.
About a quarter of an hour away, Achilleon (photo) is almost an obligatory stop for those visiting the island. This is the beautiful 19th century palace, built by the will of Queen Elizabeth of Austria, which later became, for a short time, the residence of Princess Sissi (for this reason it is also known as Sissi’s Palace).
The exteriors are beautiful, with a splendid garden, the statue of Achilles, and a wonderful view, while the interiors leave something to be desired, including the (alleged) bedroom of Elizabeth, rather sparse. Overall, however, we would still like to recommend a visit to the structure.
The entrance ticket is €10.00 for adults, but for families there is a great deal to take advantage of for a total of 20 euros (we went in with our 2 children). An audio guide is included in the price. Free admission for children under 5 and invalids. For more information, please visit the official website from this link.
Photo ©, Dr.K.
These are the remains of an ancient Byzantine castle, located on a promontory overlooking the sea, in a strategic point from which the entire region and the southern Adriatic could be monitored. Contrary to what one might think, the strong point for which it is worth getting here (a long and endless winding road) is the view and the view of the island: wonderful! A must when visiting Corfu. The structure, generally. it is open every day (except Tuesday), from 10:00 to 17:00, and the price for the visit is €2.00. From the capital, to get there, follow the signs for Paleokastritsa.
A beautiful water park, located in the heart of the island, exactly in Agios Ioannis. Easily accessible also by public transport: the number 8 bus arrives from Monday to Sunday, which leaves from the center of Corfu Town, or Piazza San Rocco; alternatively, by car, from the capital, you can arrive in just over 20 minutes, crossing the Epar.Od. Kerkiras-Peleka in a north-western direction.
With over 36 different water slides, 15 adventure pools, hot tubs and many other interesting games, Aqualand is truly the ideal solution for young and old to spend a day full of pure fun. There are areas for all ages, starting from 4-8 years, up to the most adrenaline-pumping attractions for children over 12 years old. Those who visit Corfu with children, should have no doubts, and should go to this water park.
The full ticket costs 30.00€ for people between 13 and 65 years: actually, not a few. Over 65s, and children between 5 and 11 years old, pay the reduced rate of €21.00, while admission is FREE for children up to 4 years old. Admission is rather convenient, however, by choosing passes for two to seven days. There is also a small discount by purchasing the ticket online, on the official website. The park is open from May to early October, from 10:00 to 18:00 (for those interested, reduced ticket from 15:00 to 18:00).
For all other information, we invite you to consult the official website from this link.
The Emperor’s throne from which to admire the whole island is located in an absolutely unique context and scenery. Kaiser’s Throne, in the past, was the observatory where Emperor William II loved to retire to meditate, enjoying the tranquility and peace that only this place was able to offer.
Located in the small village of Pelekas, on a hill 270 meters high, today it is an idyllic place in which to enjoy a breathtaking view of the island, with the sea visible from both coasts; and, above all, you will be captivated by wonderful sunsets, with the sun going to fall right between the two mountains in the western part of the site. Pelekas, is located less than 15 km west of the capital.
Paleopolis is an archaeological site surrounded by ancient walls where there are some ruins and historical buildings of the first settlement of the city of Kerkyra, founded by the Corinthians in the seventh century. B.C. It is really a nice walk in the shade of the olive trees, quite relaxing, in peace and tranquility, plane permitting: the site, in fact, is located near the airport, a few kilometers south of the center of Corfu, in the Kanoni peninsula. . Along the way there are several buildings including the Monastery of Santa Eufemia, the open-air theater, the Congress Center, Palazzo Tito, a post-Byzantine church, and, above all, the ruins of a splendid Paleochristian Basilica, dating back to 450 AD. and of a small Doric temple called of Kardakio dedicated to Poseidon or perhaps to Aesculapius. Admission to the site is FREE, except for MON REPOS, a neoclassical style villa built in 1826 by the English governor Frederick Adam for his summer holidays, for a fee it can be visited by 3 pm.
The highest point on the island, about 900 meters high, located north-east of Corfu Town. It can be reached by passing through Ipsos before the intersection with the panoramic road to Barbati, and then with an uphill road, where you cross small villages. Getting to the top is not exactly easy: a winding road full of curves, gravel, and with significant slopes, especially in the last stretch; in any case, it is truly unmissable for all those who arrive on the island, with a wonderful 360-degree view. Especially recommended before sunset, for the magic it can give. On the mountain you can also visit the monastery of the same name, a small Orthodox church in a truly suggestive position. The panorama is only clouded in beauty by the presence of antennas and repeaters. A must when visiting Corfu.
Pontikonissi, literally is the mouse island, and is one of the most photographed places on the island; a tiny islet, reachable from the center by taking the promenade, Viale Leoforos Dimocratias, until you reach the end of the peninsula that borders the Halikiopoulo lagoon; a narrow pier joins the mainland to this islet in which the small, suggestive monastery of Vlacherna stands out, with its dominant white. It is really impressive.
Good visit Corfu.
All information contained herein is for informational purposes only. Opening and closing times and ticket prices are subject to change and, above all, may vary depending on the current regulations regarding COVD-19. Before leaving, please inquire about the rules applied on the island and in Greece and the GREEN PASS.