Corfu Town: 10 Things to See in The Charming Old City

Last updated on January 9th, 2022 at 11:33 am

The Old Town of Corfu

Corfu old town is a beautiful medieval-style city influenced by the 411 years of Venetian rule.

The old historic center of Corfu has the most sightseeing and monuments, it is the heart of Kerkyra and is at the easternmost part of the town, between the new fortress at the west and the old fortress in the East.

The modern town is in continuity to the west and south and expands beyond the new fortress, in a large urban area that fils the center of the island’s east coast.

Kerkyra is the only city and the capital of Corfu island, and it is called Kerkyra, as the Greek name of the island.

Corfu Town Video

How is old Corfu Town like?

Corfu does not look like any other Greek city, its architecture and most other elements of its cultural identity are not so Greek but influenced by many conquerors who ruled the island through the centuries.

The Venetian character remains unchanged due to the preservation of almost all the Italian architecture buildings scattered all over the place. Corfu town has old tall buildings, separated by slopes and narrow streets called Kantounia, so it looks like a small replica of Venice but without the channels.

There are important signs and remnants left after the 50 years of British domination with the palace of St Michael and St George being the most important. Also monuments from the French occupation too, Liston to be one of them.

Old monuments of Byzantine origin are preserved with the best known to be the old fortress fortified for the first time by the Byzantines.

Also, various other conquerors during the island’s turbulent history left their marks.

Corfu Town’s wider urban area today is inhabited by some 45,000 inhabitants, while the Venetian-style old town part has about 20.000 residents. It is a densely populated city. Therefore Corfu offers many job opportunities for those who want to stay in it permanently. You can help yourself and find a job in Corfu.

The Old Corfu town part

Esplanade square from Cavalieri hotel's roof
Esplanade square from Cavalieri hotel’s roof

A photo from the roof of Cavalieri hotel shows a magnificent view of the Esplanade square and the old fortress of Corfu. The entire area from the Cofineta district at the North up to the sea of north Garitsa bay. You can see the Palace of Saints Michael and George at the far North of the vast square, the kiosk in the middle, and the majestic Old fortress Eastwards.

They say the best way to discover a place is to get lost within it. This is perfectly true for Corfu’s old town. Mostly built around the 19th century, the old town still has some Venetian touches here and there, you just need to keep your eyes peeled to spot them.

Wander around the cobblestone streets, peer into some shops, enjoy a traditional treat at an artisanal shop or café and before you know it you may have wound up to the hill above Corfu bay, where you’ll get some stunning views of the town up above!

To really give you an idea of how amazing this place is, the entire old town area is actually listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The whole Old Town part is inside the walls of the two fortresses, the Old Fort on the East and the New fortress in the North and West. Thus it is called Kastropolis (A town within castles) and is the only one of its kind in Greece.

The most beautiful part of Corfu is the Old part of the city, with old tall buildings, standing here for centuries, and narrow alleys in between.

Buildings here are made of stone and wood and traditional roofs with tiles.

Old Corfu town is bounded on the east by the old fortress and at the North by the sea of the old port. On the West by the streets of Akadimias, Gerasimos Aspiotis, Spyros Desyllas, and Spyros Vlaikos, the road under the new fortress.

Districts of Corfu old Town Center

The old Corfu town part has 7 districts.

  1. Porta Remounta is the southern district near the sea of Garitsa.
  2. Pentofanaro is exactly in the Liston area.
  3. Kofineta, west of the Palace of St. Michael and George.
  4. Agioi Pateres is at the center of the town.
  5. The Jewish sector, close to the new fortress.
  6. Spilia on the old port.
  7. Kampielo is in the Northern part of the city.

Most of the old city streets have now become only pedestrian streets and car traffic is peripheral to the city.
The only roads of the town center used by cars are Agoniston Polytechniou, Arseniou, Donzelot, and Zavitsianou streets.

Map with the Old part of Corfu town
Map with the Old part of Corfu town

The Modern City of Corfu

The new city expands to the west of the New Fortress and the old town. It looks completely different from the old part as it is dominated by cement buildings and the roads are larger.

Scaramanga building - The Italian school in Corfu
Scaramanga building – The Italian school in Corfu

But even here, Old neoclassic buildings and other monuments are not missing.

Examples are; The building of the 1st Gymnasium that used to be the Scaramanga building that once housed the Italian School.

The Marasleion Mansion on Alexandra Avenue that houses services of the City Hall.

The Villa Rosa, a beautiful but abandoned and almost destroyed house beyond San Rocco square.

Some very old Churches of the many that exist in the town and many more.

Are there any beaches in Corfu Town?

Of course, there are.

But, Corfu Town is not the best place for swimming.

Although there are a few smaller “city beaches” in the city, they are a bit cramped and not the most kid-friendly.

But let’s find out the most helpful things about them.

1) Faliraki

Faliraki from the old Corfu fortress
Faliraki from the old Corfu fortress

First is Faliraki, a public beach below the Palace, at Faliraki promontory, it’s also called Aleko’s baths.

A road leads down to it from Arseniou street.

There’s a small entrance fee but lower than that of Mon Repos.

The beach here is small and not as good for swimming, especially when a ship goes by and the waves come crashing in.

Yet, it can be a pleasant spot to sit under an umbrella and look at the spectacular views of the Palace, the Old Fortress, and the sea. There is a restaurant that serves food and drinks here, too.

2) The facilities of NAOK (Nautical Sports Club of Corfu)

Garitsa bay - The town from the old fortress
Garitsa bay – The town from the old fortress

What is NAOK?

Well, it is the Nautical Athletic group Of Kerkyra, An athletic club which deals with water sports such as swimming, rowing, sailing, and has offered a lot to Greek sports in recent years.

NAOK facilities are close to the Southside of Old Fortress. The entrance is free and you can use the dock for a dive, not a beach though.

3) Mon Repos Beach

Another spot used by the locals for a quick dive is under the Mon Repos Palace. This one looks more like a beach but not very nice. Is it called Mon Repos beach and the entrance is at the south end of Garitsa bay, close to Anemomylos.

4) Anemomylos

Flying over Anemomylos Garitsa
Flying over Anemomylos Garitsa

Also, Anemomylos is a place for swimming inside Corfu town. Although you can’t call it exactly a beach, rather than a rocky area with some shingles. The area is a very picturesque place thought.

Things to do and see inside old Corfu town

Below there is a picture of the most important buildings or monuments you can see and that characterize the city. They must be visited by every visitor.

We present them starting from the oldest.

1) Old Fortress

Old fortress in Corfu from Faliraki
Old fortress in Corfu from Faliraki

Without a doubt, the most important monument and the first that you must visit is the Old Fortress. It is a rocky cape, a natural fortress on the eastern edge of the Town.

Ancient Corfu, on the Peninsula of Kanoni, was destroyed in 562 CE after an invasion by the Visigoths. The few remaining residents found shelter in the old fortress where they built the first medieval city.

This citadel is separated from the mainland by a narrow moat, but this doesn’t stop visitors from venturing out to see it.

The Byzantines have used it already since the 5th century CE as a natural fortification for the first small medieval town. Then and between 1300 and 1700 it was strengthened to protect the island from invaders.

Its strategic position on the shore made it easier for soldiers to spot unknown boats on the horizon, giving them time to alert everyone on the island of potential danger. When you visit you’ll get to see some of the original weapons they used to protect themselves, as well as making the most of a stunning sea view.

You’ll be amazed at how close the Palacio Frourio is to the city, which means it’s really easy to get to, no matter how you plan on traveling. You can even walk if you’ve got the whole day free!

The Old Fortress fortifications were improved much later during the Venetian occupation.

See more about the Old Fortress and its history.

2) The New Fortress

Great city features of this very important period are the New Fortress and the vast Esplanade Square.

Corfu new fortress
Corfu new fortress

The new fortress was built between 1576 and 1588 on the hill of Saint Markos in the north of the city.

Its walls then reached the sea up to Garitsa bay at the south, thus defending the whole of Corfu from the west.

The construction of the fortress resulted in the creation of the Esplanade. The largest square in the Balkans.

Esplanade was created after the demolition of about 2.500 houses in front of the Old Fortress. This was done to create a defensive zone in front of the old fortress and to find building materials for the construction of the New Fortress.

3) San Giacomo theater

Leaving Esplanade and Pentofanaro, south of Liston, we follow Evgenios Voulgaris Street. Αt the intersection with M. Theotoki street, we will meet the old building of San Giacomo.

The building was built in 1663 to become the noblest arcade of “loggia Nobili”. Later this beautiful building housed the San Giacomo Theater and today the Corfu Town Hall.

4) Annunziata

Αt the junction with Vrachlioti Street, almost at the center of the old town, we find Annunziata, in fact, only the bell tower of a church built at the end of the 14th century and dedicated to the Annunciation, remains.
Annunziata is a monument of pan-European importance.

5) Liston and Esplanade square

During the short time that the French remained in Corfu, they left important signs of their presence with the most important of them the Liston. This series of buildings with arched galleries on the west of Esplanade square is with no doubt one of the most beautiful buildings in Corfu.

The center of Liston in Corfu town
The center of Liston in Corfu town

Liston today is the most cosmopolitan spot of the city while these buildings were the barracks for the French army back then.

6) The Palace of St Michael and George

Corfu town: St Michael and George Palace
Corfu town: St Michael and George Palace

During the 50 years of English domination of the island, many majestic buildings were built.

The imposing Palace of St Michael and George on the northern side of Esplanade Square was built in 1819.

7) The Palace of Mon Repos

Also outside the city is the Mon Repos palace, in Kanoni, inside the area of Ancient Corfu.

8) The Ionian Parliament

During the British domination, the Ionian Parliament was built at the junction of Moustoxi and Napoleon Zambelli streets. The building was built in 1855 and is dominated by the 4 Doric-style columns on the entrance.

At that time the British cemetery was constructed as well. The first psychiatric hospital on Greek territory too.

But also smaller buildings such as the round peristyle of Thomas Maitland, a round kiosk with 20 Ionian-style pillars that was designed by the engineer George Whitmore. This peristyle was built on top of Sterna (cistern) in the upper square.

Sunday walk at Sterna in upper Esplanade - 1900
Sunday walk at Sterna in upper Esplanade – 1900
Sterna at upper Esplanade today
Sterna at upper Esplanade today

Some British habits also remain after the British left the island. Cricket for instance, which, on Greek territory, is played only in Corfu.

Gingerbeer and the Kum Kouat tree from China were brought here by the British. They also built the aqueduct and many other infrastructure projects.

Roads inside the town market in Corfu
Roads inside the town market in Corfu

9) Church of St. Spyridon (Áyios Spyrídon)

Agios Spiridon church - Corfu
Agios Spiridon church – Corfu

Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not, this church is an essential part of the culture and heritage of Corfu, so if you’re interested in its history, it’s a must-see. The church is decorated with Corfu’s patron saint, Saint Spyridon. In fact, in the church’s sarcophagus lies the actual remains of the saint, who lived around 325 AD. and played an essential part in the First Council of Nicaea.

This church also has a beautiful bell that stands tall above all buildings in the town, you’ll definitely spot it whilst walking around, so be sure to pay it a visit.

10) Scuola Greca

Jewish synagogue in Corfu
Jewish synagogue in Corfu

Over the centuries, Corfu has had great Jewish influence and was the host of a rich and dynamic Jewish community, of up to 50,000 members at one point. The size of this community has dramatically decreased, to approximately 50 today. Despite there being four separate synagogues at one point, only one remains today, the Scuola Greca. It’s a remarkable yellow construction dating from the 1800s, and the only one to survive the allied bombings from WW2.

The story behind this series of events is surely an interesting and heart-wrenching one. AS bombs were dropped and Jews were commanded to stay in their homes, it’s reported that around 200 were able to escape, but the ones who remained were rounded up by Nazis and shipped off to concentration camps like Auschwitz.

Even today, the small Jewish community in this area is made up of around 80 Jews, most of which (as of 2010) were Holocaust survivors. This makes the area such an important memorial area and a reminder of the darker times of human civilization.

If you’re looking for a drop of eye-opening perspective in your life, this could be the culturally important place you need to go.

Conclusion

These are many attractions that the various conquerors left in Corfu town. There are dozens more.
All together along with the historical heritage of this city make up one of the most beautiful and richest cities in Greece.

Overall, Corfu town is a unique place, beautiful and beautifully rich, with its architecture, culture, and of course its history. Whether you’re looking to hit the beach as soon as possible, cocktail in hand, or whether you’re more the kind to get lost in the streets of the city and wander around till sundown, Corfu town has got you covered!

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Water Sports and Sailing Holidays in Corfu

Last updated on January 16th, 2022 at 12:24 am

Corfu is the greenest island in the Ionian Sea and one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

One of the most densely populated islands in the Mediterranean with the densest road network, Corfu was the first to open its gates to tourism long before other destinations were developed.

During your vacation in Corfu there is plenty to do, enjoy, see, and visit.

Lively non-stop nightlife resorts, perfect for anyone who needs days to explore and admire.

Countless lively beaches with emerald and crystal clear waters surrounded by cypress and lush vegetation.

Hidden seaside paradises with little or no tourist development for lovers of seclusion, idyllic places for romantics.

Corfu’s old town, full of vibrant colors and small alleys between tall medieval buildings, will make you feel like you’re in another age.

Its unique cultural heritage has left monuments and sights of unique beauty that are not found elsewhere, it gives the visitor a different feel with its different architecture and color from the other islands.

There are also many resorts on this lovely island.

There are picturesque mountain villages that look like time has stopped, to cosmopolitan tourist resorts with huge hotel units providing all the amenities, with a lot of tourist traffic and a vibrant nightlife, all these had made Corfu a global tourist attraction.

And people are always friendly and willing to make you feel at home.

The very intense nightlife exists in many places and is mainly for foreign tourists but also for all those who still feel very young.

There is, of course, a nightlife for pure Greek tastes mainly in the north of the city, bars for those who love good music, and all kinds of restaurants for gastronomic delights.

On the Kaiser Bridge, for example, there is a restaurant with a seafront.

The tourist infrastructure is one of the best and largest in Greece with 2 to 5-star hotels for every wallet and budget.

There are also plenty of rooms to rent and other accommodation scattered throughout the island.

Wherever you enjoy your holidays in Corfu, there will be something exciting and interesting to see and do, we are sure you will enjoy finding your own favorites!

Although it is not necessary to use a car it is very useful, with so many places to visit you will probably need one.

Diving, Skiing, and Sailing in Corfu

  • Water sports and Paragliding

    Paragliding and Skiing can be found in almost every medium to large holiday resort.

  • Diving

    Corfu offers spectacular underwater spots ideal for diving, is one of the very few islands with so much to explore under the water.
    There are many diving centers on the island offering equipment and organizing safe guided diving in some of the world`s nicest underwater sites.

    Briefly mentioned are:

    Achilleon Diving

    activated in Paleokastritsa and Ermones. See more here

    Dive Easy

    In Acharavi on the North coast. more details

    Calypso Diving Center

    Another diving school in Paleokastritsa, here

    Gouvia Diving

    In Gouvia, more in their website

    Seven Islands Dive

    In Kontokali

    All the above schools and Diving centers can offer or hire you all the necessary equipment.

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  • Asprokavos Water sports

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  • Corfu Sea Discovery

    In Paleokastritsa, offers boat trips on a bottomless boat, you can see and enjoy the undersea world.

  • Arena Horse Riding in Roda

    A Horse riding school in Roda Greece, near Karniaris area east of Roda resort. for more click here

  • Nautilus Underwater Experience

    In Paleokastritsa, discover all the underwater wonders of the Ionian Sea on a super modern sea craft, built with a special and bulletproof glass-bottom measuring 2 X 3 meters wide.

  • Captain Homer

    A private boat trip perfect for family’s, friends, or an exclusive adventure tailored to your own personal wishes, we are in Messonghi. more on their website

  • Captain Spyros’ Pirate Ship

    Captain Spyros’ Pirate Ship is a boat trip organizer, located in Gouvia.

  • No Stress Yachting – Sailing Trips in Corfu

  • Asterios Boats and Water sports

    Or else Kaminaki boats and water sports, located In Nissaki at northeast Corfu. more here

  • Agni Boats Hire

    A large selection of speedboats for hire with varying engine sizes to suit your needs, based on Agni in Northeast Corfu. Website

  • Submarine explorations

  • Skydiving and Paragliding

  • Golf Course

    The course at Corfu Golf Club lays a couple of miles from Ermones, on the Ropa Valley, founded and designed back at 1971 by the English architect John Harradine, More on website

  • Surfing, windsurfing, and kite

  • Guided Hiking and Camping

  • Kayak and Canoeing

  • Eco-Tours

    Eco destinations in northern Corfu for hip travelers.

  • Water Ski and Jet Ski

    Almost everywhere on the island

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Tips, Questions and Answers About Corfu

Last updated on January 4th, 2022 at 11:01 am

Tips for People who asked about Corfu Island

We give some direct and short answers below.

Does Corfu have sandy beaches?

Chalikounas beach at west Corfu
Chalikounas beach at west Corfu

Almost everywhere the sea meets the land there is a beach in Corfu.

And 90% of the beaches on the West and North side of the island are sandy, most are also huge with fine golden sand.

What are the Beaches like in Corfu?

Beaches in the West and North side of Corfu are sandy and long, with exceptions for some south of the Paleokastritsa area which are mixed with sand and pebbles, as the famous Rovinia, Paradise, and Stelari that are mostly pebble.

On the Eastside, beaches are smaller with shingles, with exceptions here to be in Messonghi which is a large sandy beach, and the southern cape at Alikes of Lefkimi which is sandy but not so favorable among tourists.

Are there Beaches in Corfu Town?

Corfu - Faliraki from old fortress
Corfu – Faliraki from the old fortress

Yes, surely.

There are some beaches in Corfu town, but not so picturesque or organized as in the rest of the island, we can say that there are parts of the coast where you can take a dive.

Under the old city walls and across the Old Fortress there is Faliraki, a picturesque small rocky promontory, a beach reachable by steps from the main road above at Mouragia area, the beach is also called Mpania tou Alekou (Baths of Alex).

Also South of Garitsa bay and after Anemomylos dock, just under Mon Repos palace, there is the beach of Mon Repos, it was the former royal baths. It is preferred by locals and pupils for a quick dive.
Both are popular among locals.

Is the Sea warm in Corfu?

The sea in Corfu is very warm indeed, especially at the East coast where the proximity with the Hellenic mainland creates something like a lake with two relatively small openings at the North and South end, so it is very warm in summers and not really cold in winters.

On the West side though the sea is a bit cooler especially around Paleokastritsa due to cold steam arriving there from the North Adriatic sea.

Where is Sandy Beaches in Corfu?

There are sandy Beaches almost everywhere on the West and North side of the island, these sandy beaches are separated from each other by small rocky areas.

Glyfada beach in Corfu
Glyfada beach in Corfu

 

The weather in Corfu per month?

For the average weather conditions per month basis in Corfu, better read more on the page about the weather.

Which sea is Corfu in?

Corfu lays on the North Ionian sea, on the borders with the South Adriatic sea, very close and exactly across the Hellenic(Greek) and Albanian borders.

What is Corfu famous for?

Esplanade square and Corfu old fortress
Esplanade square and Corfu old fortress
  1. Corfu is an island famous for many.
  2. It is the densest populated Hellenic(Greek) Island.
  3. Corfu town is the only Kastropolis in Hellas(Greece), a city surrounded by the walls of two castles.
  4. The whole city of Corfu is a UNESCO Heritage monument and keeps its multicultural character with Venetian, English, and French influences.
  5. It was the first Hellenic(Greek) island that opened its doors to the first tourists.
  6. In Corfu, there was the first Hellenic University that still operates today.
  7. The first bank in modern Greece.
  8. The first electricity factory.
  9. The first theater in the modern Hellenic territory.
  10. Esplanade square, the largest square in the Balkans, some say in Europe.
  11. The only cricket team in Hellas.
  12. The place with the largest musical and intellectual tradition by far in Greece.
  13. Corfu has the only Georgian style Palace outside the UK, the Palace of Saints Michael and George.
  14. It is the only place in Hellenic territory never felt Ottoman oppression.

What Language is Spoken in Corfu?

Hellenic, Greek for those who don’t know what Hellenic is, also almost all locals speak basic English and many speak fluent English.

Better not to ask somebody if he or she speaks English, because most probably they do, and, seriously, asking can be taken as an offense! Just talk straight away.

Older people still remember a local linguistic idiom called Corfiot dialect that is not used anymore though, only some words have remained to remind of the language spoken here centuries ago.

What food do they eat in Corfu?

In Corfu, they eat all food of the Greek cuisine. But Corfu has also its local cuisine that is influenced by Venetian cuisine and includes traditional recipes as Pastitsada, Sofrito, Bourdeto, Bianco, and many more.

Where were the Durrells filmed?

the durrells in corfu tv series
The Durrells in Corfu – TV series

Durrells in Corfu was filmed mainly in Danilia village, a replica of an old traditional Corfiot village in Danilia area. Also in parts of Corfu town, in Kalami bay where the family lived in the white house for most of its time in Corfu and in other parts of the island.

Is there a Volcano in Corfu?

Benitses - view of Agioi Deka top
Benitses – view of Agioi Deka top

Strangely there is!

There is a long-ago extinct volcano in the middle of Corfu island, it is the volcano of the mount of Agioi Deka. The crater was at the top of this mountain called Pantokrator, not to be confused though with Pantokrator, top of the other mountain at the north Corfu.

What does Corfu mean?

Corfu’s name means a place with Tops, the name’s origin is simple, the Latins took the Greek word Korfes(tops, peaks) and named the island Koryfo.

We are talking about the peaks(Korfes in modern Greek and Koryphai in ancient) of mount Pantokrator which has two equally high tops that can be seen clearly as a ship approaches Corfu island.

Is Corfu a real place?

Yes, Corfu is a real place, despite some rumors to the contrary!

Where is Corfu in relation to Greece?

Corfu is the Westernmost tip of Greece, in the borders of the North Ionian and South Adriatic sea, across the Greek borders with Albania, it belongs to the Ionian islands cluster.

What size is Corfu?

Corfu is a middle-sized island of 229 mi², it is the Seventh larger Hellenic island and has some satellite island clusters around it, i.e the Diapontia islands at the north and Paxos islands in the South.

What is the Population of Corfu?

According to the 2011 census, the population of the main Corfu island is 97.000 inhabitants, while along with its satellite islands of Diapontia and Paxos the prefecture has almost 104.000 residents.

Why is Kerkyra called Corfu?

Kerkyra is the ancient and the modern Greek name of the island and the city.

Corfu is the name given to the island by the Romans, they took the Hellenic word Koryfes (ancient Koryphai) which means Tops, and named the island Koryfo, which was altered to Corfu.

Romans, later Latins, always used to borrow and change ancient Hellenic words, as they did with ancient religion and Gods, Culture, Arts, Sciences, alphabet, everything!
And they gave other names to everything they borrowed, also they used to replace the Greek letter K with the Latin C.

Is Corfu part of the EU?

Corfu is part of Hellas, therefore is a part of the EU!

Which Hellenic island is closest to the UK?

Closest to the UK is the island of Corfu, as it is the westernmost part of Hellas(Greece).

Where can Families go to Corfu?

Families in Corfu can go almost anywhere, but there are some places more suitable for families with children.

Check here for the Best Resorts for Families

Which is the prettiest Hellenic island?

There are many Beautiful Hellenic islands, the prettiest island is different for everyone according to the taste.

Objectively speaking, Corfu is among the most beautiful islands in the country.

Which Hellenic Island has the best beaches?

Choosing the Greek island with the best beaches is absolutely subjective, we don’t know where the best beaches in Greece are, but we definitely know that Corfu has the most and the larger variety of Beaches in Hellas.

My humble personal opinion is that any one of the beaches in the Ionian sea is prettier than all the beaches on the Aegean sea together.

Where is the airport in Corfu?

Approaching with airplane the airport of Corfu
Approaching with airplane the airport of Corfu

Corfu airport is inside the Lake of Halikiopoulos, a lagoon West of Kanoni and South of Corfu town, inside the area that once was the Ancient Port of Corfu.

What is the airport called in Corfu?

The Corfu airport is called Ioannis Kapodistrias in honor of the first governor of the modern Hellenic state Count Ioannis Kapodistrias who was a Corfiot noble.

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Corfu Breathtaking Views by Drone – Coast and Villages in 35 minutes

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Last updated on November 4th, 2021 at 12:52 pm

It is well known that Corfu is not only its beaches and coasts, where we usually hang and stay.

But it hides a lot in its interior, from picturesque spots, traditional large villages, Exceptional nature with high mountains and valleys where the vegetation revels, plains, sandy deserts such as Halikounas, even medieval villages that have been abandoned centuries ago such as the mountainous Old Perithia on the slopes of Pantokrator mountain.

Corfu, in spite of all the problems it faces, will always survive as a strong tourist destination because it has many more than other islands.

It has a turbulent and rich history, as a result of which its unique culture, as well as unprecedented unique natural beauties, despite its small size it is a continent in miniature, with so many variations in landscapes that make it look larger.

Watch this 35 minutes video of beautiful beaches, known and familiar destinations, but also many unknown small villages in the island’s interior that look like hidden treasures.

Corfu, without any special effort, will always be the flagship of Greek tourism!

The video was created by Petros Kapsokavadis on behalf of Oasis hotel in Perama, Corfu.

See Oasis Hotel website: https://www.corfuoasis.com/en

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Octopus Bourdeto: A Corfiot Traditional Dish

Last updated on November 16th, 2021 at 07:44 pm

Bourdeto with octopus

A fantastic dish.

Here’s the recipe for the octopus bourdeto as the old housewives make it in Corfu.

Bourdeto with Octopus
Bourdeto with Octopus

Ingredients needed

  1. A medium or large fresh octopus
  2. 1 glass of white vinegar
  3. 1 glass of olive oil (250-300 grams)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of hot red pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of sweet red pepper
  6. 1 big onion in 4 pieces
  7. 4 large potatoes
  8. 50-70gr fresh lemon juice, this is the most important!

Execution of the recipe

Put in a pot 3-4 glasses of water and the glass of white vinegar and heat it.

Put in the pot the octopus for a while and take it off to cut it.

Cut the octopus into pieces as you like them and put them in another pot just to sauté on a low heat until they get their liquids out.

After the liquids leave, pour a glass of olive oil, half a teaspoon of hot red pepper, half a teaspoon of sweet red pepper, the four pieces of onion, and water until it is completely covered.

Let it boil until it is dry and then pour in 4 potatoes, sliced in pieces, as large as you like, add a little more water.

Keep cooking, The food is ready for serving when it is spotted and has been left almost only with the oil.

At this moment put the lemon juice in and mix, leave it for another minute and the food is ready.

Some prefer it not completely dry, while others, especially when it comes to eating it like meze, let it dry and stay only with the oil, so it’s more spicy.

Attention, do not use any salt at any stage of cooking! The octopus has already too much.

It is an awesome recipe, both as food or as meze.

Note: The octopus Bourdeto has succeeded if it has a nice dark red color, not black, and is a little bit juicy but mostly oily, the olive oil has become slightly reddish and remains clear, the octopus has not dissolved and the tentacles are intact.

The secret lies before cooking, the octopus has to be very well hit, we hit it on a cliff by the sea where we fished it, and then it is grazed for about half an hour, so it becomes tender, otherwise, it does not get boiled.

Of course, the octopus is dead long before the process of hitting it on the rocks.

Bourdeto can be done with a frozen octopus too, is the same thing if the octopus is from here and we have frozen it ourselves. But we avoid using large frozen octopus from the oceans.

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Best Areas to Stay in Corfu for Couples and Families

Last updated on January 4th, 2022 at 11:01 am

Corfu island has holiday resorts for everybody, but there are some special places suitable for families with kids or couples seeking relaxing vacations.

In fact, most of the Corfu seaside resorts are ideal for families.

Messonghi beach
Messonghi beach

The best resorts for families with children should be those that provide safety, beaches where the sea deepens slowly and waters remain almost always calm, able to offer some activities for children, resorts near children’s playgrounds, and places providing relaxing holidays for the rest of the family.

These are the best Corfu resorts for families according to our opinion.

Agios Georgios Pagon at the northwest

Agios Georgios north Corfu
Agios Georgios north Corfu

Agios Georgios Pagon is a large horseshoe-shaped naturally protected bay, with plenty of good accommodation and many shops and restaurant choices.

It is not a very crowded resort and offers a large sandy beach with lots to discover.

Sea is excellent and children will love it.

Arillas

Another good family beach close to Agios Georgios.

Acharavi and Roda

Corfu photos - Roda beach
Corfu photos – Roda beach

Acharavi and Roda are long stretched sandy beaches, one next to each other on the North coast, both have modern and good accommodation, clean beaches, and many amenities, a very good choice for family holidays

Kassiopi at Northeast

Corfu photos - in the port of Kassiopi
Corfu photos – port of Kassiopi

Kassiopi lays opposite the coast of Southern Albania, A very good choice for families and young couples, with very clean beaches and pleasant nightlife around the picturesque port.

Sidari

Corfu photos - Sidari beach
Corfu photos – Sidari beach

Sidari at the northwest of Corfu has a lively nightlife and many bars but not something crazy and the resort with the beach is very family-friendly with lots of water sports.

Canal D’amour is a beach and an amazing rocky formation which will be loved by couples, while to the East continues a long stretched sandy beach perfect for children.

Benitses in the middle of the East coast

Benitses aerial view
Benitses aerial view

Benitses may lack the beautiful beaches that you can find elsewhere but it is a very safe resort and gathers many advantages.

It has beautiful scenery combining mountains and sea and it is very close to the town of Corfu.

Benitses has the richest variety of restaurants, a low key but pleasant nightlife without the hassle of drunk youngsters, a large playground for children at the center of the village, a sea museum which will be loved by children.

Benitses is close to the best beaches of the west coast, in reality, it is a center for excursions to the rest of Corfu island as well as to the Greek mainland.

It has the second large yachting marina in Corfu, and the mooring, by the time, is free!

It also is very close to Achilleion palace.

Here nobody has to worry about a parking lot because there are the most parking areas of all resorts on the island.

Messonghi

Messonghi river
Messonghi river

Messonghi is 10 miles to the south of Benitses and next to a river and Moraitika village with which they share the same beach.

With large hotels and plenty of small bars and taverns along the beach.

Messonghi has the largest and safer beach with the shallowest waters on the island, they remain shallow even hundreds of yards after the coast.

Therefore maybe the Best choice for families with children.

Also is the only resort of the east coast with sandy beach.

Palaiokastritsa

Corfu photos - Paleokastritsa
Corfu photos – Paleokastritsa

A very safe resort for children and families, although with little freezing water due to an underwater stream.

For some people it is the nicest resort of Corfu, with 5 main beaches inside the village and many remote hidden beaches around, 2 round-shaped capes separating the beaches, and some stunning views from the above mountain village of Lakones.

Also, a large port in which many yachts are mooring.

We must mention Aqualand, a large water park, a few miles from Paleokastritsa in the interior of the island, loved by small and older children.

Also, many more places are suitable for family holidays in Corfu, like Saint George of the south at the southwest coast, GlyfadaAgios Gordios and Pelekas at middle west, Ipsos and Dasia at the East, Nissaki and the whole northeast side of the island are also good choices for relaxing family holidays in Corfu.

These are the largest, but of course, there are many more destinations suitable for families, scattered around the island.

Island hop

Corfu, despite what others believe, gives you the opportunity to island-hop, maybe not at the large degree of the Aegean islands but there are many small island clusters around Corfu which you can visit easily.

The Diapontian islands at the Northwest and Paxos and Antipaxos at the South are very close to Corfu, with daily transportation, they can offer exotic experiences, and are very good choices for families.

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