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

Venetian Domination in Corfu

Last updated on November 2nd, 2020 at 06:53 pm

The Venetian domination in Corfu 1386 – 1797CE

Corfu - the lion of Venice
Corfu – the lion of Venice

The Council of Corfu and especially the overwhelming majority of nobility were friendly with the Venetians.

They did not expect protection from the collapsing Byzantine Empire, and because of the ever-present Turkish threat, they asked at 1386 AD for the protection of the Republic of Saint Mark.

Venetians knew that Corfu was a key strategic location to guard their naval interests in the region, and also a very fertile island for agriculture, therefore they bought the island from the kingdom of Naples, paying an amount of 30,000 gold ducats.
Then disembarked their forces in Corfu led by the “Admiral of the Gulf,” Giovanni Miani.

In that turbulent era, where there was no national awareness, strange events happened, so that while the Venetians occupied the Old Fortress without resistance and secured their dominance over most of the island.

In the north the fortresses of Angelokastro and Cassiope were still controlled by some Angevins who did not agree with the sale of the island, strangely many locals were supporting them and fought along the Angevins against the Venetians.

Corfu history - Medieval Corfu
Corfu history – Medieval Corfu

The Venetians sent an army to capture the two forts, and while Aggelokastro surrendered almost immediately, the Angevins and Corfiots of Kassiopi resisted furiously. The Venetians got angry to such an extent that after the conquest of the castle they destroyed it completely and for this reason, there are now only remnants of that fort.

Thus started the second long period of Venetian rule in Corfu that lasted more than 400 years, actually 411 years, 11 months, and 11 days precisely.

Venetians established the feudalistic system to rule, There were three social classes, the nobility of aristocrats, the citizens (civili), and the poor people (popolari).

In the above painting, we see a typical snapshot of medieval Corfu, currently called Nikiforos Theotokis street, apart from the costumes not much have changed since then.

Agriculture had developed with the planting of many olive trees, Arts and Science were also evolving now that Corfu had links with one of the great empires.

The Venetian era left indelible marks on Corfu in all areas such as art, musical tradition, culture, the singing pronunciation of the language, Corfiot cuisine, and most noticeably the architecture of the city and the villages.

The constitution during the Venetian domination

The constitution in Corfu, and in all the Ionian islands during the Venetian occupation was exclusive. All political power was in the hands of the nobility, the only Venetians were the General Proveditor of the Sea who wielded the greatest political power, and his Judiciary flanked by Vailos and his two consultants.

All the rest were local nobles whose names were written in the Golden book (Libro d`Oro).

Centuries later during the era of the second Ionian state, only the people whose names appeared on this list were allowed to take their coffee on the Liston area!

In early editions of the Libro d`Oro the names all the noble of Byzantine origin, also Byzantine soldiers and large landowners were written. But later many wealthy civilians who were able to offer financial support to the Treasury of the state were added too.

If we look at the names in the Libro d`Oro, we see, with surprise that most names known in the city of Corfu today are written there, but few of the common village names.

The migration flow from Turkish-occupied Greece

The Venetians did well to protect the city of Corfu, but despite their military measures in the first centuries they failed to protect the island’s countryside which saw many tragedies and often paid a heavy toll in barbarian raids.

It also suffered from pirate attacks, especially during the first two major Turkish raids, one in 1537 and the second in 1571.

In 1537CE the Turks invaded and seized 20.000 men from the countryside to sell as slaves in Constantinople and Egypt.

The countryside was devastated, so many Greeks from Peloponnese, Epirus, and Crete came as migrant workers to the island, and later became part of the resident population.

More recently especially under British rule, many immigrants came from the small Mediterranean island of Malta, the original home of many, mainly Roman Catholic, Corfiots.

Following the raids of 1537 Corfu was almost deserted, and a few years later, in 1571 the Venetians lost Peloponnese, Crete, and Cyprus, all three islands were conquered by the Turks.

This created the inevitable large wave of refugees from these areas looking for a new home, and the Ionian Islands were the ideal destination, so by this coincidence, the Turks both depopulated and helped repopulate Corfu.

The Venetians also gave impetus to this migration stream for at least two additional reasons, firstly to revive the dead countryside, and secondly to encourage people with the great spiritual, military, technical and economic potential to leave the Turkish dominated land- which would also weaken the Ottoman occupiers, and at the same time strengthen Venice.

A large group of refugees came from Nafplio and Monemvasia, half of them settled in the area of Lefkimi and build Anaplades village, the others scattered on the northeast coast, from Pirgi up to Kassiopi.

Their leader was the chieftain Barbatis, and the area south of Nissaki is called Barbati after him.

There is a suburb north of the city called Stratia, formerly known as Anaplitochori.

Another group from the Peloponnese built the village of Moraitika, took over the deserted village of korakiana, and spread to other villages such as Benitses

Across the island, there are many families with the surname Moraitis and also many whose last name ends with the Peloponnesian suffix. . “opoulos”

The largest group of all was from Crete, many settled in Garitsa, just south of the city, and the most prosperous new arrivals moved into the city itself.

Others built the village of Saint Markos in the north above Ipsos, whilst in the south of Corfu the villages of Stroggyli, Messonghi, Argyrades, and Kritika were also established by Cretans.

All these populations introduced elements of their tradition and culture to Corfu, especially the Cretans who contributed much to the formation of the Corfu idiom which anyway was constantly evolving, the prefix “chi” instead of “tis” is pronounced like this only in Crete and the Ionian Islands.

After a time the Corfiot culture proved too strong, and all these people were absorbed into the local community and within a few years became regular Corfiots.

Later on around 1800, a large group of refugees from Souli, after its destruction by Ali Pasha, fled to Corfu and most of them settled in Benitses. Their descendants today constitute about 70% of the Benitses population.

The Venetian fortifications and the frequent Turkish raids

Corfu history - The fortifications of Corfu
Corfu history – The fortifications of Corfu

The Venetians tried to convert the population to Catholicism, but they did not succeed. Later for political reasons, as they had come into conflict with the Vatican and especially after the loss of Cyprus in 1571, they abandoned any such effort and justified this religious tolerance with the famous saying “Siamo prima Veneziani e poi Cristiani”, which means, we are first Venetians and then Christians.

Indeed to be liked by both faiths they organized and established many common religious events in which both faiths took part, some of these events are still observed today.

The failure of the Venetians to protect the countryside and suburbs of the town from Turkish incursions roused wide public discontent.

Moreover, especially after the loss of Crete and Cyprus, Corfu was the most important possession after Venice herself, and therefore they decided to increase the island’s defenses.

The Venetians made the most ambitious defense plans, by constructing the largest and most modern fortifications of the age for Corfu.

From 1576 to 1588 they built a new fortress on the hill of San Markos in the west of the town, then cleared the open space in front of the old fortress to make the vast Esplanade Square.

They joined the two fortresses with a wall that protected the whole city from the west, with powerful defensive systems like the bastions of Raimondos, St. Athanasius, and the bastion of Sarantaris. Also, they built four main city gates for residents and two more gates for military purposes.

The four main gates of the city were the Porta Reala, the Porta Raymonda, the gate of Spilia, and the gate of Saint Nicholas.

Porta Reala was of unique beauty and was demolished without reason in 1895 creating an international outcry.

These defensive plans were made by the engineers Michele Sanmicheli from Verona and Ferante Vitelli.

Fortifications were constantly enhanced and later in the 17th century, another wall was added outside the existing one, designed by the engineer F. Verneda. Following the third great Turkish siege in 1716 which was successfully repulsed by the Prussian Marshal Johann Mattias Von Schulenburg, who then had responsibility for the defense of Corfu.

After the Turkish invasion of 1716, Venetians fortified the island of Vido too, and the hills of Avrami and Saint Sotiros, they also built a fortification for the area of San Rocco (today Saroko).

The Turkish siege of 1716

Corfu history
Corfu history

The 1716 siege of Corfu was part of the Seventh Venetian-Turkish war, the occupation of this strategic importance`s island would open the path for the occupation of Venice and then the rest of Europe.

Turkish forces estimated that were 25000-30000 men along with auxiliary and irregulars and 71 ships with about 2,200 guns if we add the crews of the ships they reached a total power of 45-50,000 men.

On the contrary, the military forces of Venice were only 3097 men, of whom only 2,245 combatants. Corfu New fortress where the big fights held had 144 guns and four mortars.

Marshal Johann Mattias Von Schulenburg who had the responsibility of Corfu defense, managed to successfully deal with the chaos that prevailed within the local population, locals trying in every way to leave the island, or take refuge in the mountains.

He immediately ordered the recruitment of those who were able to fight and so secured several reservists and revived the morale of the besieged.

The siege had begun on July 8th when the Turks landed in Ipsos and Gouvia and ended after many cruel and deadly battles on Saturday, August 22nd.

Meanwhile, on the 20th of August, an unprecedented storm scattered the Turkish ships and drowned many Turkish soldiers and sailors.

This storm and the salvation of the city were attributed by the common people to a miraculous intervention by St. Spyridon, and ever since then, there has been a litany and a procession of Saint Spiridon on 11th August.

But despite people’s beliefs, the historic truth is that two were the main causes for Turkish defeat, first the strong resistance by the defenders up to the last minute, and second the defeat and destruction of the Ottoman army in Peterwardein by Eugene of Savoy, which forced the Turks to retreat.

Yielding the victory to divine intervention, misrepresents history and underestimates the heroism of the defenders.

Final losses for the defenders were about 800 dead and 700 wounded while for the Turks losses were high and reached 6,500 men, among those killed, was Muchtar, grandfather of Ali Pasha.

Fighting alongside Corfiots were Venetians, Germans, Italians, 4 Maltese ships, 4 Papal galleys, 2 galleys from Genoa, 3 galleys from Tuscan, 5 Spanish galleys and even Portuguese forces who also participated before the end of the siege.

Corfu history - the statue of Johann Mattias Von Schulenburg outside old fortress in Corfu
Statue of Johann Mattias Von Schulenburg

The Jews of the city showed great courage in fighting, equipped at the expense of the Corfiot Jewish community, and under the leadership of the son of Rabbi himself.

General Proveditor of Corfu was Antrea Pizanis who had the leadership of the light fleet and adjutant of Marshal Schulenburg was the Corfiot Lieutenant Dimitrios Stratigos.

Marshal Schulenburg was honored for his determination and bravery to life pension from the Senate of Venice and his statue can still be seen at the entrance of the Old Fortress. Also, everyone who showed bravery during the fighting was honored.

The Turkish failure in Corfu was a historical event of enormous importance. A landmark that influenced the historical course of all Europe and especially of Greece.

Very few know that without the bravery of Corfiots and many Europeans the course of the Turks certainly would have not to stop here and the Ottoman Empire could expand instead of collapsing, with obvious implications for the nascent Greek nation and Europe itself.

Unfortunately, it was not treated by historians with deserved importance, the Turkish invasion to the West was permanently blocked. They overlook the fact that without this victory today`s Greek state might not exist!

Τhe repulse of the Turkish invasion of 1716 has been a very important event for Western Europe in that era. It was celebrated with impressive events in Europe, the oratorium Juditha triumphans by Antonio Vivaldi was written because of this event and played in all the major theaters for many years.

This was the last of many Turkish attempts to expand their empire into Europe.

The period of Venetian rule left many positive elements in the culture and civilization but was also marked by many dark spots. There were numerous popular uprisings, mainly in the villages due to the authoritarian rule of the Venetians and the arbitrariness and lawlessness of the ruling class of nobles.

Relations between people and nobility was like relations between slaves and master, and there were many bloody uprisings.

Corfu was very important to Venice and remained an integral territory of the State until the fall of Venice to the French.
Ionian state - modern times

Ionian State – United States of Ionian Islands

Last updated on November 6th, 2020 at 06:47 pm

The Ionian State (Septinsular Republic) 1800-1807
United states of Ionian islands 1815-1864

Corfu - flag of Ionian state
Corfu – flag of Ionian state

The Venetian period was followed by the first French occupation in 1797, It was the end of the feudal system, and the people burned the book of Gold (libro d` oro) where all Aristocrats were listed.

In a symbolic gesture, the libro d`oro was burned in all Ionian islands.

The initial euphoria after the arrival of French, who were welcomed as liberators, quickly turned to severe distress due to French arrogance towards the locals and the heavy taxation.

Followed by a period of instability, people were divided, the Nobles began to exploit the popular discontent against the French, and began to plot for the occupation of Corfu by the Russians.

They finally succeeded in 1799 when a strange alliance of Russians and Turks occupied Corfu.

The Russian admiral Ousakof, of aristocratic origin, immediately restored the privileges of the nobility and later on 21st of March 1800, at the instigation of Ioannis Kapodistrias, then foreign minister of Russia founded the Ionian State, also known as the Septinsular Republic.

This was the first independent Greek state, something that Kapodistrias envisioned as a harbinger of the rebirth of a Greek state.

It was a federation of the seven larger island states, Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos(Zante), Paxos, Lefkada, Ithaka, and Kythyra, also included all other smaller Ionian islands, the capital was Corfu.

This state remained until 1807 when the French under Napoleon returned and stayed until 1814.

It was the time when the two buildings which today are the famous Liston were built by the French for use as military barracks.

In 1815 Corfu went under British rule, the seven Ionian island state declared its independence under British protection with Greek as the official language and Corfu town as the capital.

The first “Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands” was Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Maitland.

The state`s government had 29 members, 7 members from Corfu, 7 from Kefalonia and 7 from Zante, 4 were elected from Lefkada. Paxos, Ithaka, and Kythera elected 1 each plus a second member which was elected in rotation by the three.

The official name of the new protectorate was: “United States of Ionian islands”. During this period the Ionian Academy, the Reading Society, and the public library were established.

Under British rule the local economy was well developed, the palace of Saint Michael and George was built and also the road network of the island was expanded.

Also construction of the aqueduct that supplied Corfu town with water from the hills around Benitses.

Power plants too were built in Corfu, which however after the union with Greece were moved to Piraeus.

Many other projects and significant improvements to the island’s infrastructure were made during this period.

Modern Times

On 21 May 1864 after the London treaty and the positive vote of the Ionian Parliament, Corfu and all Ionian islands united with Greece.

It was one of the most important turning points in the history of Corfu. The turbulent historical past of the island ended, so ends the prominence of Corfu as the capital of the Ionian State.

The emergent Greek state could not afford the existence of two centres of economic and cultural strength, so in the battle with Athens Corfu lost its university, its fame, its cultural lead and after just 40 years became a Greek provincial town.

But the memories of the glorious past remain and this is what makes Corfu unique, a Greek island that does not look like the others.
Return to Corfu history

5 Corfu Maps Of High Resolution in Greek and English

Last updated on June 13th, 2021 at 01:18 am

Corfu map

This is the Map of Corfu.

Corfu map
Corfu map
Click here for a large map

This is a complete Corfu map showing the main streets, large tourist resorts, and the larger villages.

Corfu is the seventh-largest island in Greece with a size of 146,500 acres, an island with enormous cultural wealth and unique natural beauty.

The wonderful landscape is green and perhaps it is the greenest and most fertile part of Greece.

The natural beauties of Corfu have attracted thousands of visitors for many decades.

Tourists visit both the beautiful villages of Corfu with the idyllic beaches, the green hills, and charming landscapes as well as the old town of Corfu with the Venetian influences.

The island has a very varied landscape. The north part is mountainous with Pantokrator, 2991 ft high, at the eastern part to be the dominant mountain. On the west, there is the top of Troumpeta, 2049 ft high.

At the top north where Sidari, Roda, and Acharavi are, the ground is almost flat and the coast hosts some large sandy beaches.

In the middle of the island where Corfu town is and all the way to the west, we find a big flat valley, it is the Ropa valley. A small mountainous line is following the whole sandy beaches rich west coast.

About 5 miles south of Corfu town there are two more mountains. Agioi Deka(That means Ten Saints) toping at 1890 ft and Stavros mountain(1575 ft).

The southern part of Corfu is mainly flat. With exceptions to be the mountains of Agios Mathaios (1509 ft), Chlomos (1080 ft), and some small hills at the southern end at Arkoudilas (606 ft).
The southwest coast is filled with huge sandy beaches.

In Corfu, all mountains and valleys are green, extremely green!

The medium-sized mountains are very densely populated on their slopes.

Let us not forget to emphasize here that Corfu is one of the most densely populated islands in the Mediterranean.

The mountain slopes of Corfu offer stunning sea views and are full of houses and settlements that are relatively close to each other.

There are busy resorts on the island. Benitses and Paleokastritsa, as the song says, are among the oldest, traditional, and most beautiful settlements, they will give you a sense of cosmopolitan atmosphere, an atmosphere that exists in many other resorts of the island too.

Of course, the quieter villages that better preserve the local traditions could not be missing.

All the small and large villages, as well as the city, are in the following maps of Corfu, along with them you will get to know where the most important locations and beaches of the island are located.

These maps are designed by us, an effort that started several years ago and continues with the necessary updates when needed.

All place’s names on the maps are in Greek and English.

Also, you will find a large Corfu town map with an emphasis on the part of the old city of Corfu.

All maps can be opened in large size in new windows when clicked.

More Corfu maps

These Corfu maps were designed in 2006 and are updated every year. With new additions and changes that might occur both on roads and in places. The last update was in 2017.

They have been created exclusively by locals who love their place and know very well all the small roads and the correct names of sites. And they are as precise as possible with the details.

They include the major locations, the largest villages, tourist resorts and beaches, and all national, public, and agricultural roads and trails on the island.

Corfu island tourist road map with all places

Map of Corfu island with all details, large and small roads, all places, and beaches. Always in high resolution, renewed recently.

Corfu map
Corfu map
Click here for a large map

Maps for the town of Corfu

This is a map of Corfu town with the old fortress

The maps of Corfu town were designed with an emphasis on the old city.

A medieval town that essentially formed during the Venetian rule. So the streets are narrow with awkward shapes, actually were and still are for pedestrians. Streets between houses that cannot fit cars.
In many places, if someone opens his hands can comfortably touch both walls that define the paths. Here in Corfu, these paths are called Kantounia.

This added another degree of difficulty to the map design. There are streets in a triangle shape or round shape, some smaller than 50 meters. How can someone write the name in two languages for such shapes and sizes?

The only open spot in the old city seems to be the endless Esplanade Square and the area in front of the old fortress, which on the map is rendered with artistic mood.

The main street of the old town is the street of Nikiforos Theotokis. It starts from Liston and ends at the Spilia, the district of the harbor at the foot of the New fortress. Today, as all roads inside the old city, is a pedestrian road. The traffic with cars is done on regional routes around the old city.

Corfu town map

Corfu town map
Corfu town map
Click here for a large map

Old Corfu town map

Another map of Corfu old town, the same map with different colors

Old Corfu town map
Old Corfu town map
Click here for a large map

Map of the City of Corfu with the southern suburbs

Another map of the wider area of the city of Corfu. Which includes all the urban fabric with the southern suburbs and the Kanoni peninsula up to Mouse Island.

Map of the City of Corfu with the southern suburbs
Map of the City of Corfu with the southern suburbs

To open the maps at full size, right-click on the map and open in a new window or a new tab.

The Landscape of Corfu – Geophysical Map of Corfu

See on this small Corfu map the landscape of Corfu, the mountainous, and the flat areas. Obviously, the light brown areas are the hights.

Corfu map with mountainous and flat areas
Corfu map with mountainous and flat areas

The Corfu road network on the map

Corfu has a very dense road network, perhaps the densest across Greece.
The road network was created primarily during the period of British rule (1815-1864) and was further extended later with the asphalting of many rural paths.

A dense road network does not necessarily mean a good network. There are problems in many predominantly rural roads which are narrow, steep, winding, and mostly incomplete labeling. So driving in Corfu needs special attention.

It is best for the traveler to use as much as possible the two main highways of the island, and use smaller roads only where it is necessary. If we try to save time by using unknown rural roads, it is very likely to become confused and to achieve the opposite.

Highway 24 is the one that directs to the northern part of the island. It starts in the city of Corfu and goes through Kontokali, Tzavrou area, Gkazatika to end in Paleokastritsa.

The highway from the new port up to the Tzavros area is the best of the island with three lanes in each direction. Equally good with also three lanes is the highway at the south road, especially the part that bypasses Lefkimi.

The old Paleokastritsa Street is still functional and passes through the Popa valley next to the golf field.

The northwestern part of the island is covered by branches of the National Paleokastritsa Road with the starting point in Agios Vasileios. After Skripero village is separated into two roads both drive up to Sidari. Each one passing from different villages.

There is also the northeast artery that starts from the Tzavrou region. It follows the coastline, reaches and passes Kassiopi, continues next to the north coast via Acharavi and Roda. To meet the road to Sidari and the surrounding villages.

The first Corfu map shows the main highways with the thicker black-red-white line and the best roads on red. These are the best roads on the island.

We have noticed that some electronic navigators don’t always propose the best possible paths. Sometimes it may drive you to such narrow roads in which two cars cannot fit. Also, it may drive you through narrow village streets between houses where you can stick, despite that there are better alternatives.

An example is confusion with the national road from Corfu to Achilleion. It is referred to in google maps as Highway 25 and leads through the Vryoni area, to Ponti settlement, Achilleion, and Benitses to the south. This is wrong!

This road referred to as Highway 25 in maps, is good from Corfu to Ponti point, but after this point, dangerous turns start on the way to Achilleion in Gastouri. When entering the Gastouri village, at the location of the Philharmonic Society, only one car at a time feet and road continues very narrow up to Achilleion palace. You should pray not to meet another car because you may have to drive back to disengage.

After Achilleion palace down to Benitses, the road becomes dangerous downhill. Still very narrow, with incredibly dangerous and continuous sharp turns and frequent landslides. If you meet a coach it may take you ten or more minutes to extricate.

See here maps of Benitses

It is therefore wrong for this dangerous road to be indicated as Highway 25. Someone gave the wrong information and this unfortunately now seems very difficult to correct.

This road must be used exclusively only for those who want to visit Achilleion, either from the city or from Benitses and for no other reason.

If you want to drive to the south, the recommended path which is the real Highway 25 in Corfu. It starts from the town of Corfu and goes through the Vryoni settlement, Chryseida, Perama, Benitses, Messonghi, Linia, Argyrades, and Perivoli. Ending in Lefkimi’s port, it is also called the National Road of Corfu-Lefkimi.

Why use a map when today’s tech helps with easy navigation?

A map is the display of any part of the earth’s surface, ie a place or a country, or the global.

It is a static two-dimensional representation of the site in scale. It shows out everything there is in space, ie roads, cities, locations, and other useful information. Depending on the type of map. The geophysical maps, for example, emphasize more morphological data as mountains, rivers, valleys. Topographic maps show the dimensions of buildings and land. And political maps show the country’s boundaries, prefectures, cities, etc.

Since ancient times people had the need to record everything on paper. So the mapping as the science of imaging the Earth’s surface is known from ancient times. Every expeditionary ship of the Middle Ages had its cartographers. They had the task to record with details every new route and every new world discovered.
Looking at a map a foreigner in a short time can become acquainted with a new place. Detect his position in relation to the area and plan a route to another city.

In recent years, of course, the evolution of technology changed the way of mapping as well as the presentation of places.
Now there are electronic charts with three-dimensional imaging and automatic position tracking at any time. These devices based on a global satellite positioning system (GPS). Calculate routes and guide the user to his destination. These are the electronic navigators.
In fact, there is no need for the buy of specialized equipment. Now with a simple app any 4th generation mobile phone with GPS support, can become the best electronic navigator.

As for the cars, very soon the navigator will become part of the standard equipment of each vehicle.

Despite all technological evolution though, the classical map will always be useful. In conjunction with any device or alone. It will help with the orientation and the familiarization of tourists to their holiday destinations.
A paper that gives valuable information to those who do not have the best relationship with technology.

Corfu island in a map from Google


More maps

Petriti and Boukari map

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Benitses Aerial Pictures

Last updated on May 2nd, 2021 at 07:48 pm

Benitses from above

Nick Mezitis
Nick Mezitis

Aerial photographs of the area, see the mountains of Stavros and Agioi Deka which surround Benitses, the bay of Koutsomaroula in the Chontrakia area, the pier in front of Stadium club, the old village overlooking the harbour, several hotels, and details of the yacht marina and shelter where tourist boats which go to Paxos and the mainland stay for the night.

All these photos were taken by our friend Nick Mezitis

Wallpapers with Benitses scenes

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Benitses Aerial Pictures

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Aerial photographs of the area, see the mountains of Stavros and Agioi Deka which surround Benitses… Read More

Corfu Wallpapers from the Dawn in Laopetra

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18 photos that can be used as wallpapers.
The Shots were taken one morning of August 2011 on the beach of Laopetra, at the time of sunrise… Read More

Benitses Photos

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Here are dozens of Benitses photos in large size, Photographs of landscapes and everyday life… Read More

Benitses Photos and Landscapes (2nd Group)

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Here is the second group of photos in large size of Benitses landscapes and Benitse’s everyday life… Read More

Photos of Benitses Landscapes (3rd Group)

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Here is another group with 50 more new photos of Benitses landscapes and the area around… Read More

Benitses Photos of Hotels and Shops (1st Group)

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Here you will find dozens of photos in large size of many hotels, apartments and most stores in Benitses… Read More

Benitses Photos of Hotels and Shops (2nd Group)

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More photos in large sizes for many hotels, apartments and many stores in Benitses… Read More

Benitses Photos of Hotels and Shops (3rd Group)

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Even more photos in large sizes of hotels, apartments, clubs and other stores in Benitses… Read More

Benitses - At the rocks of Laopetra

Corfu Wallpapers from the Dawn in Laopetra

Last updated on May 2nd, 2021 at 07:49 pm

Good morning Benitses – wallpapers of the dawn

Corfu Benitses wallpapers, between the rocks of Laopetra
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, between the rocks of Laopetra

On this page there are 18 photos that can be used as wallpapers.

The Shots were taken one morning of August 2011 on the beach of Laopetra, at the time of sunrise.

All photos have resolution of 1920×1080.

Corfu Benitses, Laopetra burned by the sun
Corfu Benitses, Laopetra burned by the sun
Corfu Benitses, Laopetra seems like a face
Corfu Benitses, Laopetra seems like a face
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, looking at the rising sun
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, looking at the rising sun
Corfu Benitses, laopetra
Corfu Benitses, laopetra
Good morning Benitses
Good morning Benitses
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, go fishing
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, go fishing
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, first light
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, first light
Corfu Benitses, a calm morning
Corfu Benitses, a calm morning
Corfu Benitses, Laopetra burned by the sun
Corfu Benitses, Laopetra burned by the sun
Benitses, morning trip
Benitses, morning trip
Corfu Benitses, on Laopetra rock
Corfu Benitses, on Laopetra rock
Corfu Benitses, spying from the rock
Corfu Benitses, spying from the rock
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, sun on top of Laopetra
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, sun on top of Laopetra
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, sunrise in Benitses
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, sunrise in Benitses
Sunrise in Benitses
Sunrise in Benitses
Corfu Benitses, the rock at San Stefano beach
Corfu Benitses, the rock at San Stefano beach
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, the sun on the eye of the beast
Corfu Benitses wallpapers, the sun on the eye of the beast

Benitses photos

More Benitses photos

Benitses Aerial Pictures

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Aerial photographs of the area, see the mountains of Stavros and Agioi Deka which surround Benitses… Read More

Corfu Wallpapers from the Dawn in Laopetra

|

18 photos that can be used as wallpapers.
The Shots were taken one morning of August 2011 on the beach of Laopetra, at the time of sunrise… Read More

Benitses Photos

|

Here are dozens of Benitses photos in large size, Photographs of landscapes and everyday life… Read More

Benitses Photos and Landscapes (2nd Group)

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Here is the second group of photos in large size of Benitses landscapes and Benitse’s everyday life… Read More

Photos of Benitses Landscapes (3rd Group)

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Here is another group with 50 more new photos of Benitses landscapes and the area around… Read More

Benitses Photos of Hotels and Shops (1st Group)

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Here you will find dozens of photos in large size of many hotels, apartments and most stores in Benitses… Read More

Benitses Photos of Hotels and Shops (2nd Group)

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More photos in large sizes for many hotels, apartments and many stores in Benitses… Read More

Benitses Photos of Hotels and Shops (3rd Group)

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Even more photos in large sizes of hotels, apartments, clubs and other stores in Benitses… Read More

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