Corfu island is a major Greek tourist destination. Every year thousands from all over the world choose this magnificent island on the Ionian Sea as their dream destination. Corfu is the perfect blend of new trends and local traditions, an ideal combination.
Hospitality is a key word when describing Corfu. Locals will welcome you with big smiles and as they say in Greece ‘’with open arms’’ and will go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable, safe and welcomed. They will do whatever it takes, so when the time comes for you to return to your home, aside the unique memories that you will carry with you for years to come, you will feel that you have a newfound home, the island of Corfu! It is no coincidence that the island is mentioned as a place of hospitality by Homer.
Notable people that lived in Corfu are, the beautiful princess of Austria, Sisi who later built the famous Achilles Palace and Howard Douglas, who after two failed candidacies for the British Parliament, re-locates himself to the island. Corfiots to honour the English Commissioner for his public service, in 1843, built the column of Douglas.
Corfu was and still is a melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds. Italians, English, French, Russians, Greeks lived on the island creating a unique multicultural environment, that captivates every visitor.
Corfu is a combination of impressive green landscapes, beaches with turquoise crystal-clear waters, mysterious paths to the mountains, churches, modern and traditional cafes and taverns, picturesque villages and secluded coves ideal for diving.
The Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must see. Filled with majestic mansions, and beautiful squares. You will have the impression, that you time travelled back to the era of Kings and Knights by visiting the Old and New Fortress at the port. Other places you should definitely check out are at the Mon Repo Palace, the summer Villa of the English Commissioner Frederic Adam built for his Corfiot wife, the Achilles Palace of Princess Sisi, the Museum of Asian Art with impressive works, the Kapodistrias Museum, the Solomos Museum, the Banknote museum and perhaps the liveliest museum on the island, the Casa Parlante with reenactments of how the countesses of the time lived. One of the most popular attractions of Corfu, is the protected natural museum in Pontikonisi. It is a tree-lined island with tall cypresses and intense flora and visits are permitted strictly 6th of August. Next to Pontikonisi is the islet of Vlacherna, which is connected to the mainland by a small boat-floating footbridge.