Corfu..the Jewel of the Ionian

A few words about Corfu island

corfu squareCorfu is Homer’s island of the Faeakes, the island that bewitched Odysseus, the island beloved of and written about by great writers such as Shakespeare and the Durrells.

Richly endowed by Nature, its colourful appearance remains largely unchanged today-imposing fortresses, evocative buildings, Byzantine churches and monasteries, combined with endless quiet beaches, cool green forests, streams and lakes.


“Since 1890, when the Empress Elisabeth of Austria chose the Achilleion as her summer residence, until today Corfu has been considered a holiday resort of the highest rank, one which has attracted the elite of European society of every era.”

 

Accommodation and Activities

corfu squareDeluxe hotels, traditional rented rooms, villas and bungalows, are to be found in abundance, even in the more isolated parts of the island. Every kind of summer sport and activity may be enjoyed here- tennis, golf cricket, riding, sailing scuba diving, organized walking, rock – climbing, birdwatching.

World Class Formula One powerboat championships, World Cup billiards, international cultural festivals, conferences, seminars and scientific congresses – all bear witness to the efficiency of Corfu’s infrastructure when it comes to specialized travel.



“Corfu is the westernmost point of Greece, the threshold of the East, and the door to the magic garden of Ancient Greek civilization.”

 

UNESCO World Heritate site

With its Venetian forts and neo-classical housing, the old town of Corfu was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as a fortified Mediterranean port town of high integrity and authenticity. The heart of the town, built on the side of a hill, contains a labyrinth of small alleyways criss-crossing larger, bustling streets abound with typical old craftsmen’s workshops.

 

 Old Corfu Town

The Old Town of Corfu is noted for its defence system dating from the Venetian period. It also has preserved its remarkable (British) Neoclassical housing of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Corfu has played an important role since the 8th century. The city has become known as a Kastropolis (Castle City) because of its three castles. The old fortifications of the town were in great part thrown down by the English in the 19th century.