CORFU

Cosmopolitan and noble; romantic and educated; with an air of seduction and the attitude of a western European city. A gemstone of unprecedented beauty; natural grandeur, class and culture. This is Homer’s Scheria. The mythical Land of the Phaeacians where Ulysses was cast away during his journey to Ithaca. The emerald island, the object of desire and loot of many mighty empires and reigns. The Romans, the Byzantines, the Angevins, the Venetians, the French, the Russians, the British… they all left their traces here and contributed to the remarkable character of Corfu. The four centuries of the Venetian rule left permanent marks on the city’s unique architecture, culture, morals and traditions of the locals. The influence of the French and British can be seen in almost every corner of the island. The profound music culture and the Corfiots’ passion for music and singing, their nobleness and aristocratic character, their fine taste, the pleasant “madness” that everyone admits to–a unique mix of the feeling of being free and loving life – these are only few of the enchanting traits of the locals.

Capital to the Prefecture of Corfu and the administrative seat of the Ionian Islands District, Corfu is the northernmost and westernmost island of the Heptanese, (i.e. "the Seven Islands") located very close to the mainland and very near the entrance to the Adriatic Sea.

The heart of modern Corfu beats in the historical centre, the Old Town once built within the imposing fortifications, the Venetian citadels known as the Old and New Fortress. The town’s most important tourist attractions are found here. Spianada, the famous square of the old city, with its fragrant lime trees, is the largest square in the Balkans. The cosmopolitan walk of Liston with its arcaded terrace, lampposts and cafés, built by the French as a small replica of the Parisian Rue de Rivoli. The majestic palace of St. Michael and St. George, a neoclassical official residence of the 19th century build with white Malta stone by the British High Commissioner. And of course, the famous “Campiello», the old Venetian town of Corfu, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. An atmospheric medieval labyrinth of narrow streets paved with cobblestones (kantounia), secret squares with ornamented cisterns and old churches, ochre or terra cotta-painted tall houses with tile rooftops, washings hanging from one window to another just above the crowded alleyways; the busy central market.

A dreamscape with many charming corners that stand witness of the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Corfu; the historical church of Saint Spyridon, the island’s patron saint, with the towered belfry of the post-Byzantine era of the 16th century; the emblematic San Giacomo opera house which now houses the Town Hall; the Residence of the Latin Archbishop of the 17th century; the neoclassical Banknote Museum of Corfu.

 
  • view_headlineSights and routes around Corfu

    The cosmopolitan North, a hide-out for the international jet-set. The unspoiled and exotic South. The mountainous mainland with endless olive groves, imposing mansions and traditional old villages. A rugged coast with turquoise waters. Corfu unveils its splendour even outside the citadel.

    • The summer palace of Mon Repos, built by High Commissioner Sir Frederic Adam. A neoclassical mansion of the 19th century surrounded by an evergreen oasis of 26 hectares. with 2500 rare plants from all over the world. Inside the estate are the magnificent ruins of Paleopoli, the ancient city of Corfu.

    • The impressive Achillion, the neoclassical palace of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, an imposing architectural complex built in the 1890 with lavish gardens, fountains and terraces overlooking the Ionian Sea and grand sculptures inspired by Greek mythology. 

    • The famous resort of Paleiokastritsa on the island’s western side, abundant in natural beauty. A fabulous and romantic location with verdant capes rising high above the emerald waters, serpentine roads winding down idyllic bays with caves and golden beaches, and historical attractions such as the Byzantine Aggelokastro (Castle of the Angel) of the 13th century that is perched on the top of a precipitous rock.

    • The magical Lagoon of Korission, close to Corfu’s south-western coast. A protected  wetland habitat with rare flora and fauna. A unique landscape of African desert with a dense cedar forest and natural sand dunes that end up in two of the most beautiful beaches on the island, the exotic Chalikounas and the golden beach of Issos.

    • The impressive formations of psammite white cliffs of Sidari, the no.1 resort on the north-western coast. A rare geological phenomenon of natural rock formations with small bays, caves and passages in bizarre shapes. The most popular spot for tourists is the famous Canal D’ Amour (Channel of Love). Legend has it that if you swim the channel you will find the love of your life waiting at the other end.

    • Imposing Pantocrator, the tallest mountain in Corfu (917 m.), commands breath-taking views to the Ionian, the Albanian coast and the small villages of the mainland. Climbing to the top through countless trails, is a unique experience.

    • The coastal road to Nisaki and cosmopolitan town of Kassiopi, to the northeastern part of Corfu; a mesmerizing symphony of emerald waters of the Ionian Sea and lush olive groves that hide away the villas of London’s high society. No wonder why the British call this part of the island “Kensington-on-Sea”.

    • Corfu’s gorgeous villages are the island’s pure soul. Agios Matheos, an amphitheatrical complex of colourful mansions; the fairy-tale village of Nimfes with the legendary waterfalls; Venetian Chlomos, with its traditional ochre and earth-red houses; historic Lefkimi; beautiful Peroulades next to the impressive beach of Loggas with the vertical white cliffs; . the village of Strinilas, perched on top of the highest mountain of Corfu, a magnificent example of traditional architecture; the deserted village of Palia Perithia, the oldest village in Corfu, now a monument of Venetian architecture, a true work of art.

  • view_headlineWhat’s not to miss...
    • • Walk to the cosmopolitan Kanoni, the Corfiots’s favourite location for an afternoon stroll with fascinating view to the island of Vlacherna and the 17th century Monastery as well as fabled Pontikonisi.

      • Visit the magnificent Museum of Asian Art, one of the most important museums of its kind in the world, with more than 10,000 works of art from the Far East and India.

      • Discover a paradise on earth on the Diapontia Islands, an island complex northwest of Corfu. Othoni, Mathraki, Ereikoussa. Accessible by boat from Sidari or the port of Agios Stefanos. 

      • Enjoy an ice-cold ginger beer, a popular soft drink based on ginger left in Corfu from the British rulers. A spicy and stimulating drink produced exclusively in Corfu.

      • Get a taste of the unique culinary tradition of Corfu with some pastitsada (meat & pasta), sofrito (veal with sauce), burdeto (fish cooked in tomato sauce), savoro (fried fish), noumboulo fumicado (Corfu’s prosciutto).

      • Watch a game of cricket on the evergreen pitch in the middle of the Spianada, another British tradition that is now part of Corfu’s culture.

      • Buy yourself some fine local products such as the spetsieriko (the secret spice mix for the perfect pastitsada), kumquat (in liquor or spoon sweet), mantoles (soft nougats) and sykomaides (fig paste).

      • Visit the exceptional Olive Oil Museum in the beautiful mountain village of Kinopiastes.

      • Walk in the “White House” in the picturesque seaside settlement of Kalami, where Lawrence Durrell, the famous British writer lived in the 1930s when he wrote his lyrical novel “Prospero's Cell”.

      • Make plans to visit Corfu in Easter to experience the island’s unique traditions and customs such as the famous custom of “Botides” where locals throw clay pots off their windows and balconies in the Old Town’s Pentofanaro area.

      • Enjoy the most spectacular sunset from “Kaiser's Throne”, an observatory in the village of Pelekas.

  • view_headlineTravelling to Corfu

    Travel to and from Corfu with ANEK LINES, one of the leading passenger ferry operators in the Mediterranean. Enjoy a comfortable journey in the crystal-clear blue waters of the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea.

    The island of Corfu is an intermediate port on the Italy- Greece route, i.e. the Ancona or Bari  to Corfu - Igoumenitsa – Patras crossings. ANEK LINES connects the port of Corfu with the ports of Ancona and Bari, with regular itineraries  during the high season, offering top quality services and authentic Cretan philoxenia on board.

    The ITALY - GREECE routes are jointly operated with Superfast Ferries.

    The modern fleet and highly trained crew, promise a pleasant on board stay, meeting the needs and demands of the modern traveller. All ANEK ferries have spacious cabins of all categories, comfortable and air-conditioned all-user areas with many entertainment options, modern stores, gourmet restaurants and café –bars.

    ANEK LINES highly values gastronomy and offers exquisite menus based on authentic Cretan products and tastes of the Cretan and the Mediterranean cuisine. All ΑΝΕΚ ferries offer 24hour internet service (wi-fi and Internet Corners) at designated areas. An open-deck swimming pool and on board camping facilities are available on international routes.

    Discover our best prices for ferry tickets and unique offers for passenger tickets and cabin accommodation throughout the year.

  • view_headlineArriving at Corfu

    ANEK LINES ferries dock at the New Port of Corfu, on the north coast of Cape Sidero, in the centre of the eastern side of the island. The port is located within the town of Corfu and is connected with main parts of the city via regular bus service.

    Four bus lines connect the port with the town centre: line No.16 (Port - Spilia), Line no. 17 (Port - Ano Platia Liston – the upper side of Liston), Line Ν2b (Kefalomantouko-Port-Sarocco square) and #15 (Port – Sarocco square- Intercity Bus Station- Airport). From the Intercity Bus Station, you can take a bus to any location around the island.

    Corfu has a vast road network linking Corfu Town with every corner of the island, offering unique opportunities for on the road explorations of Corfu’s nature. ANEK LINES offers reliable and value for money transportation services so you can take along your own car, motorcycle, trailer or caravan and enjoy unforgettable trips to unique destinations.

    Daily and regular ferry crossings between Corfu and the nearby port of Igoumenitsa offer travellers coming from Italy the option to continue their journey by road on their own vehicle or by bus, to any corner of the Greek mainland as well as cities of the Balkans.   

  • view_headlineUseful telephone numbers
    ΑΝΕΚ LINES – Central Reservations Dept.: 0030 210 4197400, 0030 210 4197420 ANEK LINES (Corfu Agency) - Mancan Travel: 0030 26610 24503-4 Port Authority: 0030 26610 32655 Corfu Municipality: 0030 26613 62700-1 Corfu General Hospital: 0030 26613 60400 Tourist Police: 0030 26610 39503 Municipal Police: 0030 26610 27778 Corfu Post Office: 0030 26610 25544 Radio TAXI: 0030 26610 33811-2 Corfu Intercity Bus Service (Green bus) : 0030 26610 28900 Corfu Bus Service (Blue bus): 0030 26610 31595 Corfu City Tours: 0030 26610 32158

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