Corfu is one of the northernmost islands of the Ionian Sea. Located at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, near the coast of Epirus. The northeastern coast quite close (approx. 2 km) of the coast of Sarande, Albania. Its shape is oblong, wider in northern and narrows to the south. Its coasts have a total length of 217 km, forming many bays and capes. The terrain is mostly mountainous, especially in the north. Foreigners call peaks (in English Corfu), the two peaks that appear as they approach the visitor to the island. Higher peaks is the Almighty (the ancient tissue 914 m.) And Stravoskiadi (849 m.).
Corfu is known for its natural beauty and turquoise waters, majestic palaces and museums, historical sites and attractions worth visiting. The Italian architecture, the beautiful beaches, nightlife and traditional cuisine attracts every visitor. It stands for hospitality makes any visitor feel at home. Corfu town is a unique combination of old and new coexist in perfect harmony. There are many beaches a total length of 200 km, is ideal for swimming and water sports. The exploration of the island charms each visitor said that he sees close up the spectacular scenery and the most breathtaking views. A trip to the heart of the island and the picturesque villages provides each guest a picture from the traditional life of Corfu.
Gouvia Corfu is built on a natural bay, formerly fishing village and they got their name from the many goby or as they are called Gouvia kokovioi fish caught in the region. In 1537, the settlement was unsuccessfully besieged by the Turkish fleet, headed by Barmarosa. Two centuries later, after a similar attempt, the Venetians fortified the port and built a naval base there. The ruins of the Venetian shipyards built in the 18th century located next to the beach. From the formerly impressive structure where the Venetians repaired their fleet of ships, still remain some arches.
One of the most developed tourist destinations, very close to the town of Corfu are Gouvia. Thousands of tourists every summer choose Gouvia Corfu as there will find many restaurants with Greek and international cuisine, pubs, nightclubs, market, pharmacies, and generally, everything one needs for a holiday will find along the two main roads the settlement. Gouvia Corfu have an organized beach with shallow waters, ideal for swimming and water sports and a large, modern marina for docking and refueling of vessels. Gouvia Corfu linked to the city by bus which runs every half hour from early morning until late at night. Gouvia Corfu is built on a natural bay, formerly fishing village and they got their name from the many goby or as they are called Gouvia kokovioi fish caught in the region. In 1537, the settlement was unsuccessfully besieged by the Turkish fleet, headed by Barmarosa. Two centuries later, after a similar attempt, the Venetians fortified the port and built a naval base there. The ruins of the Venetian shipyards built in the 18th century located next to the beach. From the formerly impressive structure where the Venetians repaired their fleet of ships, still remain some arches.
Glyfada has a blue flag for its crystal clear waters. The beach of Glyfada is one of the nicest on the island, has a very popular beach bar located on the sand. The Glyfada beach is medium sized in length but very wide, covered with very fine golden sand. Tall hills, overgrown with olive trees and pines “embrace” this bay, located at the foot of the hill Pelekas, a distance of 16 km from the city center. The seabed in Glyfada beach is sandy and azure waters not deepen abruptly, so is suitable for families with young children.
Bataria Beach is one of the most spectacular beaches of Cassiopeia, with clear turquoise waters. Located on the road that runs north of the port, “nested” under slopes. Faced with the background, the Albanian coast. The beach batteries are beach umbrellas and sunbeds for hire. Beyond the beach are many pave the towels in the smooth rocks, on the edges of this small beach.
If you go through the rocks to the left of the beach you will reach another stunning beach, Beach Cannon Cassiopeia, which instead of sand, gravel or pebbles has large smooth rocks, which are spread out dozens of lounge chairs and umbrellas. This beach is accessible by a path above the Bataria beach.
Dassia Beach is in front of the village, just 13 km from the town of Corfu. It is one of the most developed tourist beaches. This is a relatively narrow beach with pebbles and sand, has warm waters and sheltered from winds. In the sea has been built a platform from which to dive and which is the basis for many water sports that are available at this beach. Dasia beach is organized with umbrellas, showers and changing rooms.
Nissaki beach on the Island is an idyllic beach with pure white pebbles and clear blue waters. The beach Nissaki is located protected from winds and is famous for its beautiful seabed, attracting among others, lovers of diving. It is well organized you can do water sports or rent a boat to explore the beautiful neighboring coves. At one end of the beach there is a pier where you can dive. If you follow the rocks on the left of the beach you will reach small bays with beautiful waters that are accessible only by sea. The Islet, from the picturesque fishing village it once was, has developed into one of the most developed tourist resorts, which is preferred by those who seek a peaceful vacation in a beautiful natural landscape. Beach Island there are some restaurants and a bar, with some of them being right on the beach.
Ipsos beach of is characterized by great length and in that lies just below the main road, in front of the tourist village of Ipsos, in the north of Corfu town. It is relatively narrow beach, covered with pebbles and has a shallow and clear water for which has received the blue flag of the European Union. The Ipsos beach is fully organized with umbrellas and sunbeds. It also has a wide range of water sports such as water skiing, banana etc. On the beach also operates a diving center for lovers of exploration of the seabed. This beach offers a unique view of the massif of Pantokrator and the green slopes. To enjoy this beautiful bay from above, head north on the main road. Above the beach you will find several taverns and restaurants and mini markets. Of course no shortage of bars and discos, as Ipsos is renowned for its lively entertainment it offers its guests.
Characteristic for its unique natural beauty, great Krouzeri beach, with white pebbles and surrounded by lush greenery, is a beautiful place to escape from everyday life. Krouzeri The beach is awarded with Blue Flag for its crystal clear waters, ideal for people who like peace and relaxation in a beautiful natural perivallon.Stin Krouzeri umbrellas and deck chairs, boats for rent and facilities for various water sports. There are some restaurants, while the hotel located above the beach has a restaurant, bar and swimming pool, open to the public.
Holidaymakers have the chance to swim in the beautiful waters in Krouzeri and snorkel, as the small coves around the beach are ideal for underwater exploration. Krouzeri The beach is about 25 km from Corfu town and is easily accessible by car. You will find it after the Island, on the road to Kassiopi.
Beach Agios Georgios Pagon
Agios Georgios ice Armenia is a beautiful sandy beach awarded the blue flag. This is one of the quietest beaches of Corfu with water that gradually deepens and is ideal for windsurfing. On the beach you will find water sports facilities, restaurants, and hotels. There is access from narrow downhill dromo.Brisketai 32 km. From Corfu town on the northwest coast of the island. The beach stretches about 3 km and has sandy coast and pebbles. You can go by boat to a beach which is not accessible by car, called «Porto». In the village of “ice” had filmed the movie «James Bond For your eyes only».
Paleokastritsa has separate bays with small picturesque beaches and is located 16 km. From Corfu town on the northwest coast of the island is completely organized. It has blue flag. You can do water sports, rent boats for the wonderful beaches “Rovinj”, “lake» «Paradise / Homo”, “Caves” which have no road access or make your dives from «la Grotta». You can visit the Monastery Palaiokastritissa and fortress Angelokastro.
Sidari Beach is located 33 km. From Corfu town in the north coast of the island. The beach stretches approximately 2.5 miles and is sandy. It has a blue flag. Characterized by the impressive clayey rocks. You can do excursions like visiting the “Diapontia Islands Othonoi- Erikoussa- Mathraki.”
Nowhere else on the island you will not see the rocks, so suitable to accept countless deckchairs and umbrellas, like those in Cannon Beach Cassiopi. It is a beautiful beach with big smooth rocks from which you can jump in the clear blue waters and a small piece of sand in the left part of it. Cannon Beach Cassiopeia is the favorite of the locals, as they are more isolated than the rest of the village, located on the edge of the green peninsula, facing the opposite coast of Albania.
Barbati beach is covered with white, small, round pebbles, in and out of the water and is approximately 1.5 km. The Barbati beach has been awarded with the Blue Flag for clean water. It is a beautiful beach at the foot of the highest mountain of Corfu, Pantokrator, with green slopes to mirrored in the clear blue waters. It is an organized beach where you will find umbrellas and sun beds for rent in front of the dozens of beach bars, taverns and snack bars located by the sea. Also, you can have fun with water sports available on the beach. It is also ideal for snorkelling.
Archaeological Museum of Corfu
Archaeological Museum houses finds from all over the island, but mainly from the archaeological site of Paleopolis, Cassiopeia and ancient cemeteries excavated. The rich ancient history of Corfu, starting from the Homeric era, has given great works of art and exhibits in this museum. The pediment of the temple of Artemis Gorgo is the most impressive exhibit of the Archaeological Museum of Corfu, while the so-called “Lion of Menekratis” also wins the admiration of visitors. One can see an interesting collection, showing the immense archaeological heritage of Corfu.
Museum of Paleopolis της Παλαιοπολης
Palaiopolis Museum is housed in the palace of Mon Repos, in the heart of the green namesake property. It includes exhibition of archaeological objects from excavations of Paleopolis, but combined with the perception that had the ancient world in the 19th century when the villa was created and began the excavations came to light findings. It finds from the ancient city of Corfu and extensive gardens hosting two Doric temples.
Byzantine Museum of Antivouniotissa
It was the church of the 15th century and converted into a museum with rare and special works of Byzantine art. The Alexander S. Onassis Public Museum in Corfu is the namesake church in the Old City. Inaugurated in 1984 and today includes collection of Byzantine icons and relics. The nave itself has turned into a museum: all functional objects placed in their original position, while the splints were used as the main showroom of the Byzantine Museum Antivouniotissa.
Asian Art Museum of Corfu
The Asian Art Museum is the most distinctive of the museums of Corfu is housed in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. It is one that makes Corfu separate, Asian Art Museum, devoted exclusively to the Far East and India, there is elsewhere in Greece! The Museum of Asian Art of Corfu is housed in the building of the Palace of Saints Michael and George, one of the impressive Old Town, in the Esplanade. The reason for its creation in 1928 was the donation of sinoiaponikis collection of Gregorios Manos. Today this unique museum includes collections of some 15,000 objects Asian art and rare works are often presented in international exhibitions, such as porcelain from China and Japan, paintings and sculptures etc. .
Municipal Art Gallery
Located in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, has a large and beautiful collection painters Corfu artworks. The permanent collections of the Municipal Gallery created by markets Municipality of Corfu and donations of art lovers or artists themselves, including collections of George Samartzi, Aglaia Pappas Philip Makotsis, the family of printmaking collections Jason Depounti of Aryan Komianou Mr. .a. The largest part of the collection of the Municipal Gallery Corfu Corfu includes works of painters of the 19th century, such as Charalampos Pachis, Paul Prosalentis the youngest, Angel Giallinas, Vincent Bokatsiampis.
Museum of Banknotes
Located in Saint Spyridon Square provides a complete collection of Greek banknotes from independence until the adoption of the euro in 2002. The Banknote Museum of Corfu is housed in one of the most historic buildings in the Old Town, the building of the Ionian Bank, which was the first Greek bank, in 1839, when the Ionian Islands were under British supervision. In 1981 he housed the Museum of Banknotes which is now considered one of the best in the world of its kind. The first banknotes in 1839, and the last of the Ionian Bank in 1920, Turkish piastres, notes the Italian and German occupation, and the first notes of the National Bank of Greece (1840) are among the exhibits can admire the Guests in the wooden showcases the Museum of Banknotes.
The Serbian Museum of Corfu recounts a relatively unknown aspect of Kerkyra, Greek and world history. During the First World War, 1915 – 1916, immediately after the crushing collapse of the Serbian front of the powerful Austrian-German army by about 150,000 Serbian soldiers and their government, they took refuge in Corfu. The history of these people, along with the horrors of war, housed today in the Serbian Museum. He holds particularly exhibits about the tragic fate of the Serbian army during the First World War.
Church of Saint Spyridon
Constructed in 1590 and the roof is decorated with Renaissance frescoes. The bell tower is the highest in the city. Saint Spyridon is the patron saint of the island are the remains of the church.
Old Fortress & New Fortress
The Old Fort was built by the Venetians to protect the city from invasions. Today two bastions with names of the Italian engineers Martinengo and Savorgan, and later British buildings such as the Church of St. George, built in 1840, a large basilica in style of an ancient Doric temple. The New Fortress is located on the northwestern edge of the city built in the late 16th century by the Venetians, the hill of St. Mark to better protect the ever-growing city of Corfu and its environs.
The old town is characterized by its strong Venetian element but also many English and French influences. It is a maze of narrow cobbled streets and old mansions, 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 Forts, 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 an impressive building complex is built in the period of French domination, in imitation of the Parisian Rue de Rivoli. According to tradition, only those who had been registered in the list of nobles had the right to walk here. Today they are housed several restaurants and cafes in the large arched arcades with the marvelous arches or rides like say Corfu, on the west side of the square Esplanade, an attraction for residents and visitors.
It is a green rock, which is located at the entrance of the lagoon of Halikiopoulou opposite Corfu airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias”. This rock is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Corfu. The rock is a natural museum and prohibited any visit so as not damaged by being walked visitors. During the reign of Otto, the Mouse built monastery church dedicated to the Transfiguration, which is celebrated on August 6, the day of celebration. Only this day permitted to visit the island on a pilgrimage, different on other days is permitted only briefly visit and the immediate departure from the rock and only at certain points, under the supervision of guards responsible.
The Cathedral was built in 1577, the relics of one of the headless body of Saint Theodora transferred to there after the fall of Constantinople, together with the relics of Saint Spyridon, the patron saint of the island. It is one of the most beautiful churches of the Old Town, which is hidden in the maze of Corfiot Kaduna is presented only to those who know how to look! The marble staircase in front of the entrance and the purple color of the facade of the Cathedral of Corfu will earn your impression just to come in view, in the area near the New Fortress and the city’s port.