Corfu


Old fortress of Corfu town, aerial view

Majestic images: Mon Repos, the 19th century summer residence built for the British High Commissioner, the Kaiser’s Observatory, where Wilhelm II looked out at the sea. Equally majestic are the iconic city mansions, the Liston Arcade and Spianada Square – the largest in the Balkans.

Venetians, English, French, Russians, Greeks: all lived and flourished here, and left their traces on the island’s numerous sights and attractions. They sculpted a diverse culture that you will discover in every musical note of Corfu’s marching bands, in each glass of kumquat liqueur, in the labyrinthine alleyways of Campiello, in every love affair that ignites in the Canal d'Amour.

History

Corfu, the Grand Lady of the Ionian, is identified by a series of mythical images: Nausica, the daughter of King Alkinoos, the man who saved Odysseus when he was shipwrecked in the Country of Phaeacians (which many have identified as the island of Corfu); Sissi, the sad Empress of Austria, the Achilleion, the palace she built.
Old Greek church in flowers, Corfu town
The old Venetian fortress, a tourist attraction
Corfu – or Kerkyra as it is known in Greek – will seduce you...

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