Hotels in Corfu
Corfu is a large Greek Island washed by the waters of the Ionian Sea. Previously known as Kerkyra, beautiful and strategically located Corfu has always been a desired piece for many nations and kings since the 8th century. At the island of Corfu, it is much cooler than at the Rhodes and Crete. There is no hot sun, the vegetation is green and fresh, and because of that Corfu was nicknamed the "Emerald Isle". By legend, after a terrible shipwreck, there landed Odysseus and gained strength to make a boat to set off home to Ithaki. Though Corfu is a popular resort with great infrastructure, crowds can be easily escaped by exploring its gorgeous mountains covered with trees, picturesque villages, coves with blue water and olive groves.
Recommended hotels in Corfu
Where to go in Corfu?
Paleokastritsa is a popular resort destination just in 25km from the Corfu centre. The place is proud of its unrivalled beauty, excellent infrastructure and plenty of sights like: 12th-century monastery of Theotokos, the village of Lakones or one of six bays with crystal clear water. Some people believe that Paleokastritsa is the most beautiful village at Corfu, and it truly is. Booking an apartment you can choose from sea and mountain view, or take a suit with a combination of these two. Amongst from exceptional scenery, Paleokastritsa has superb beaches and heaven blue waters perfect for water sports.
Saint Spyridon church
Built in 1590 church has an architecture of Venetian style, which actually is represented everywhere in the Old Town of Corfu. The church was built to honour Saint Spyridon, deeply respected by locals as the keeper of Corfu. There is a legend that he saved the island from multiple invasions, plague, famine, and fire, and performed miracles. The island still has Spyridon’s figures and symbols, protecting the place from evil. The church has a bell tower, the highest one amongst the neighbouring Islands.
About 120 years ago it used to be the summer palace of Austria's Empress Elizabeth. As it comes from its name the Palace was dedicated to Achilles, and has a gorgeous marble terrace with a beautiful fresco depicting him and his feats. The Achillion Palace is surrounded by a charming garden, guarded by the statues of ancient heroes. Located at the Corfu coast in a very picturesque village it has so much to show and is always full of anxious tourists.
Old Fortress standing on a rocky peninsular is not just an impressive fortification work - it is really unapproachable with a canal that separated the cape of the island. Constructed six centuries ago by Venetian builders, and for connection to the land, there was used a wooden bridge, replaced by the pathway in the beginning of the 19th century. The bridge served as a defence for a long time and was known as a bridge of suicide. Here came unhappy people, and lovers with broken hearts. The Fortress repulsed many sieges but now is not needed any more - Corfu became a safe place. You can get to the Old Fortress through Corfu’s Spinada square, which is the second by size in Europe.
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