KERKYRA Bikes for Rent

Last updated on May 2nd, 2021 at 07:27 pm

KERKYRA Bikes for rent
KERKYRA Bikes for rent
Bikes hire in Benitses Corfu

ATVs – MOTORBIKES – SCOOTERS – BUGGIES
FULL INSURANCE – FREE DELIVERY – LOW PRICES

BENITSES – CORFU
Tel/fax: +30 26610 71220
Mobile: 694 4688241
e-mail: [email protected]

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Achilles Rent a Car

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Achilles Rent a Car
Achilles Rent a Car

Achilles rent a car has a large fleet of cars for rent, with a long presence in Corfu.
It also offers tourist services, such as room rental, tickets for cruises, currency changes and more.

Tel:+30 26610 72198
Mobile: +306977247051
email: [email protected]

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Alpha Car Rental in Benitses

Last updated on September 15th, 2021 at 09:28 pm

Alpha Car Rental
Alpha Car Rental

Enjoy your holidays in Corfu better by hiring a car or a bike, to visit every little corner of our charming island.

Alpha cars In Benitses offer rental options for all types of cars and motorcycles.

Alpha car rental is a company with vast experience in Corfu car rental, been on business continuously since the decade of ’70s, and has three branch offices.

For over 30 years we provide to our customers the best services anyone can find.

Out types of cars

  • Fiat Panda 1.1
  • New Fiat Panda 1.2
  • Hyundai i20
  • Opel Corsa Grand
  • Fiat Punto
  • Opel Automatic
  • Fiat Tipo
  • Suzuki Jimny 4×4 Cabrio

Why rent from Alpha Car Rental

  • We have the best prices with no hidden extras.
  • We have 30 years of experience
  • We guarantee the services that we provide to our customers.
  • We are by your side throughout your vacation
  • We provide friendly professional assistance.
  • We offer unlimited kilometers
  • We provide free delivery and collection
  • We give free third party insurance

More questions?

Last-minute Bookings?

Reservations made within 24 hours before delivering time, must be arranged through a phone call with the manager, otherwise are not valid.

How long after I submit my reservation will I get a reply from you?

We will contact you for confirmation via phone or e-mail as soon as possible.

Can I book a car by phone?

Yes, you can call us on +30 26610 72314 or +30 697 655 0953

Do you provide boosters, baby, or child seats?

Yes, we provide them free of charge.

What happens if I do not return the car on time?

In case of a delay, it is better to contact us and we will make an agreement. Otherwise, you will be charged extra, depending on the situation and the delay.

Can I pay in Cash?

Yes, you can pay in cash in any currency (Dollars, Pounds, e.t.c.). We will exchange your money in Euros using the current exchange rate.

How many days before the rental date should I place my order?

At least 2 days before. For your best service though we recommend doing it earlier.

Can I rent a car for 1 or 2 days?

No, the Minimum rental period is 3 days.

Do you need to know my credit card details?

No, credit card details are not needed.

Do you have an office in Corfu airport or port?

No, but our representative will be waiting for you when you arrive at the airport or port and personally deliver the car.

Alpha car rental

Benitses Corfu (30 yards from the port)

Tel. +30 26610 72314
Fax. +30 26610 72109
Mobile. +30 697 655 0953

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www.AlphaCarRental.gr

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Corfu at Prehistoric and Ancient Times

Last updated on April 29th, 2021 at 12:29 am

Prehistoric era

Corfu has been inhabited since the Stone Age.

At that time it was part of the mainland and the sea that today separates it from the mainland was only a small lake, it became an island after the rising of the sea at the end of the Ice Age in about 10.000-8000BCE,

Evidence of Paleolithic occupation has been found near the village of Agios Mattheos at the southwest and a Neolithic occupation near the village of Sidari.

The Greek name of Kerkyra came from a mythological Nymph called Corcyra, a daughter of the river god Asopos. Corcyra was kidnapped by the god of sea Poseidon who brought her here and gave her name to the island.
Corcyra became Kerkyra later in the Doric dialect.

The first residents in the 12th century BCE were the Phaecians. The first founder was Phaeks and his son was Nafsithoos who was the father of the Homeric king Alkinoos, known from the Odyssey.

King Alkinoos and his daughter Nausikaa helped Odysseus to return to Ithaca.

At this point, mythology gets muddled with history, and we do not know the exact origin of the Phaecians who according to Homer had some relationship with the Mycenaeans. Although archaeological investigations have failed to find a link with any Mycenaean remains.

Later more immigrants came from Illyria, Sicily, Crete, Mycenae, and the Aegean islands.

The Ancient times – the first Greek colonization

Dorians in Corfu
Dorians in Corfu

In about 775BCE, we had the first Greek colonization by Dorians from Eretria of Euboea, soon followed by also Dorian refugees from Corinth in 750BCE, who with their leader Hersikrates created a strong colony.

They dominated the area around Corfu creating their own colonies, one of which was Epidamnus in ancient Illyria (today Dyrachio in Albania)

The ancient city of Corfu was then in the area where Garitsa and Kanoni are today.

Kerkyra(the Greek name for Corfu) was the first of the Greek cities, to build a fleet of triremes in 492BCE.

In the lagoon of Chalikiopoulos, where the airport is today, the harbour was situated, the home base of the strongest fleet of ancient Greece (second only to Athenian navy) with more than 300 triremes and other vessels.

The fast-growing colony quickly gained strength and openly challenged the metropolis of Corinth, and the unhappy Corinthians sent their fleet to occupy the island of Corfu and regain control of this strategic region and especially the colony of Epidamnus.

The first naval battle between Greeks in 680BCE was a failure for the Corinthians.

After the battle both Corfu and Corinth sent ambassadors to Athens trying to gain their support, the Athenians preferred the great naval power of Corfu and chose to conclude a defensive alliance with the Corfiots sending 10 triremes and later another 30.

The alliance continued during the Peloponnesian war and lasted more than a century.

The Corinthians came back in 435BCE with a strong fleet of 150 ships against the Corfiots. The battle raged near to the coast of Lefkimi in the south narrow channel of the island and near Sivota off the mainland coast.

The right wing of the Corfiot fleet started to buckle so the 10 Athenian triremes and shortly another 20 intervened, and the Corinthians decided to retreat.

After that in 375BCE, Corfu became a member of the Athenian Confederation and fought for Athenian interests during the entire Peloponnesian war.

The Corfiot issue, as ancient historical Thucydides writes, was one of the causes of the thirty-year long civil Peloponnesian War that eventually weakened and broke Greece. But the real reason was the growing fear of Sparta about the expansionist imperialist policy of Athens that made the war inevitable.
Roman period

Roman Era and Early Byzantine Period

Last updated on April 29th, 2021 at 12:29 am

First Roman era (229BCE– 379CE)

After the Peloponnesian war, internal political conflicts resulted in the disintegration of the alliance.

The island then was captured by Illyrian pirates for a very short period and the Romans exploited this opportunity and captured the island in 229BCE.
Romans gave autonomy to the Corfiots provided they were allowed to use it as a naval base.
Corfu followed the fate of all other Greek city-states, they accepted the sovereignty and protection of Rome from the various invaders and intruders of that era.

During the first century CE. Christianity arrived, brought by two disciples of St Paul, Jason, and Sosipatros.
After the death of emperor Constantine at 337CE the Roman empire divided into three sections- the north (Spain, France, England), east (Constantinople and Asia Minor), and the west which included Greece, Italy, and Rome’s African territories.
Corfu then was included in the so called west empire.

Early Byzantine period (379CE– 562CE)

At the time of emperor Theodosius (339CE) the Roman empire was re-divided into east and west, Corfu then belonged to the eastern empire and this period known as early Byzantine lasted for about three centuries.
During this period the whole island was exposed to frequent barbarian raids and pirate invasions.
Medieval times

Corfu Middle Ages and Byzantine Period

Last updated on April 29th, 2021 at 12:30 am

East Roman empire (Byzantine empire)

At the time of emperor Theodosius (339CE), the Roman empire was re-divided into east and west.

Corfu then belonged to the east and this lasted for about three centuries.

During this period the whole island was exposed to frequent barbarian raids and pirate invasions.

In 562CE during one of these raids, the Goths destroyed the ancient city of Corfu, leaving the ruins that today are called Paleopolis.

This was the end of the ancient city and the beginning of the medieval age for the island, the old city`s remaining inhabitants abandoned the location.

They fled further north to the natural promontory of land which later became the old fortress, and from there the city expanded until it covered the area where it is today.

The period from 562CE until 1267CE, when Corfu was occupied by the Angevins, is known as the Byzantine period.

It was a very difficult period for Corfu which as the westernmost corner of the empire was very vulnerable to the constant pirate attacks and the various appetites of their neighbors.

The multicultural Byzantine Empire was trying to protect it in any way moving here several mercenary guards of various races and peoples.

Guards consisted of Greeks from Syria, Bulgarians, Byzantines soldiers (stradioti) scattered in outposts began from the northeast of the island and reached up to the southwest, the border guards were slowly merged with the local population.

This was the era when most fortresses scattered throughout the island built, the redesigning and strengthening of the old Corfu fortress in the city happened then, Angelokastro fortress in northwestern Corfu, the fortress at Kassiopi, the fortress in Gardiki at the southwest, and other smaller ones were constructed.

Τhe turbulent years after the Fourth Crusade (1204CE – 1214CE)

At 1204CE Corfu was captured by the Normands of the 4rth crusade and they were followed by the Venetians for a short period until 1214CE.

The Despotate of Epirus (1214CE – 1267CE)

From 1214 -1259CE, Corfu became part of the Byzantine domain of Epirus (called Despotate of Epirus) and at this time the fortress of Angelokastro was built at the northwest part of the island north of Paleokastritsa by the Despot Duke Michael-Angelos Komnenos the second.

Period of Sicilian rulers

Another turbulent period followed from 1259 to 1267 with various Sicilian rulers attempting to claim Corfu, some kings and admirals, first Manfred of Sicily followed by his Francocypriot admiral Philip Cinardo, then Garnerio brothers, and finally Thomas Alamano.(Alamanos today is a very common surname in Corfu)

The House of Anjou (1267CE – 1386CE)

At 1267CE the Angevin King of Sicily Charles of the house of Anjou conquered the island.

The island was divided into four departments-regions, called Gyrou, Orous, Mesis, and Lefkimi respectively – names still heard today.

That was the era when large numbers of Jewish people, mainly from Spain, settled in Corfu and created the Corfiot Jewish community.

Charles of Anjou attempted to erase the Orthodox Christian faith by changing all Orthodox churches into Roman Catholic and persecuting all the Orthodox, this attempt failed and stopped later when the Venetians returned to the island.
Venetian rule

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