After a short drive we arrive in the pretty village ofGastouri. On the crown of the hill nearby is Corfu’s most famous building, theAchilleon Palace, constructed in 1892 for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Wander around a wonderful garden decorated by beautiful statues representing characters of Greek mythology and discover the different rooms of the Palace, with documents, paintings, antique furniture and the nice little chapel. Also the view from the beautiful gardens over the sea and Corfu town is magnificent.
Pontikonissi (mouse island)
Via the curly road, we proceed till the end ofKanoni, where you can admire the famousPontikonissi(Mouse Island), which according to the legend was formed when the ship, which was takingOdysseustoIthaki, was turned to stone by Poseidon. On the tiny island in the foreground of Pontikonissi, is the attractivemonastery of Vlachernalinked to the island by a causeway. We drive along the roads towards a site of ancient Kerkyra, calledKanoni, where the gate of “Mon Repos” park lays, with the summer residence of the ex-Greek Royal Family and its wild-natural park. Opposite the Mon Repos gate lays the ruin ofPaleopolis Church, the oldest one still in existence inCorfu.
Leaving this royal world, we drive, on the way back to the old town, along the sweep ofGaritsa bay, admiring the important part of the island defence against the numerous invasions, theold Venetian Fortress. We stop in the old town for a pleasant walk in the shopping centre, one of the biggest squares in Europe, the famousEsplanadeand the elegantListon, which access in the past was only allowed to the aristocracy of Corfu, written down in the “Libro d’Oro”. You will discover all the interesting sites like theSaint Spyridon church, protector of the island, the interesting municipality and the charming narrow alleyways of theOld Venetian Town.
Corfu City tour After a short drive we arrive in the pretty village of Gastouri. On the crown of the hill...