Corfu Island as a Greek Tourist Paradise

View of Corfu from Mount Pentocrator

View of Corfu from Mount Pentocrator ©Keith Laverack/Flick

Corfu Island is a Greek tourist paradise for those who want to taste the Greek life during a holiday in one of the Ionian Islands.

Corfu is characterized by low prices, generous nature, excellent service, wide and inviting beaches and tourist facilities that far exceed the Balkan standards. It is appreciated by tourists for its spectacular landscapes, rich vegetation, its beaches and bays and the capital, Corfu Town, considered one of the most beautiful Greek cities to villages that have preserved its traditional character and its resorts vacation.

 

Corfu is located in the Ionian Sea in Gouvia Bay, near the north-western coast of Greece. Many do not know that this island, with an area of ​​approximately 600 square kilometers, is located at a distance of just three kilometers from Albania, therefore being closer to it than the coast of Greece.

Corfu on the World Heritage List

With the capital at Corfu Town (also called Kerkyra) CorfuIsland has a colorful history. Greeks, Romans, Venetians and French occupied this corner of paradise at a time, marking the territory with their specific style. Myths and legends of the island include characters as Hercules and Ulysses, and seems that Corfu hosted Homer for a while. It is not surprising that the capital of the island appears on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The city of Corfu

The city of Corfu ©L. Richard Martin, Jr./Flick

More than beautiful beaches

Corfu is a complete holiday destination. With a specific Mediterranean climate, the island enjoys a long warm season in which hundreds of thousands of tourists enjoy the nearly 100 sandy beaches of the island.

The coastline length is 217 kilometers, but Corfu is more than just about the coast. Mount Pantokrator reaches an altitude of 906 meters offering stunning scenery for tourists willing to climb the peaks. CorfuIsland has luxurious vegetation, called the island of olives because of its extremely large plantations.

The island is characterized by accessibility, it can be visited by car, boat, motorcycle or organized local tours. Ancient architecture, many heritage buildings (forts, churches, cathedrals, castles) and the intense cultural life (almost 50 museums, musical, traditional or cultural festivals) completes a holiday recipe that is very close to perfection.

View of Corfu from Mount Pentocrator

View of Corfu from Mount Pentocrator ©Keith Laverack/Flick

Tourist attractions

The most famous beaches of this Greek tourist paradise are: Paleokastritsa, Sidari, Corfu, Roda, Acharavi, Ipsos Benitses Messoghi. Resorts that worth visiting are: Kerkyra (or Corfu Town), Paleokastritsa, Agios Georgios, Sidari, Roda, Acharavi, Barbati, Corfu, Benitses, Messoghi, Kavos.

The main tourist attractions include: the Achilles Palace (built in 1890 for the Empress of Austria, Sisi), the Church of St. Spiridon, the Cathedral, the Asian Art Museum, the Esplanade, the Old and the New Fortress Fortress (Corfu Town), the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, Canal d’Amour (in Sidari). You can buy souvenirs and traditional products everywhere in Corfu and the capital of the island offers many shopping alternatives.

View of the Old Fort in Corfu

View of the Old Fort in Corfu ©Keith Laverack/Flick

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