Corfu, a Greek island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea, is defined by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Its cultural heritage reflects years spent under Venetian, French and British rule before it was united with Greece in 1864. Corfu Town, flanked by 2 imposing Venetian fortresses, features winding medieval lanes, a French-style arcade and the grand Palace of St. Michael and St. George.
In the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical “repertoire” came to be successfully applied to local artistic traditions. Palaces, fortresses, austere public buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with lines of drying washing in tiny alleyways and small secluded squares. Strolling through a complex of narrow cobbled streets with stairways and vaulted passages, the so-called “kantoúnia”, will make you feel as if you’ve travelled to Genoa or Naples.
The best Corfu beaches, including the top spots for windsurfing, kitesurfing and relaxation include: Marathia/Agia Varvara , Gardenos (Paralia Gardenou), Agios Georgios Pagon, Myrtiotissa, Glyfada and more.
Cofru's points of interest include the Spianáda, the largest square in the Balkans; Liston, the city’s trademark, where the aristocrats used to enjoy their evening promenades; the smart suburbs of Mandoúki, Garitsa and Sarókos. Other points of interest in Corfy include the impressive 15th century Old Fortress; the Saint Michael and George Palace at the northern part of Spianáda; and a considerable number of churches. There are many fascinating museums as well including: The Museum of Asian Art, Archaeological Museum, Byzantine Museum, The Banknote Museum and Dionysios Solomos Museum.