Thanks to an abundance of rainfall
and lush vegetation, Corfu is considered by many to be the most
scenic of the Greek islands. It attracts a large number of tourists
in high season.
Coming ashore on the eastern shore
at Corfu Town you’ll immediately be struck by the colonial
atmosphere. The British
ruled Corfu from 1815 to 1864 and the city remains a delightful
mixture of Venetian, French, and British Georgia buildings with
fortresses guarding each end. The park-like Spinada Square or
Esplanade is adjacent to the moat of the Old Fortress and bordered
to the west by the Liston, a row of tall arcaded houses built by the
French from 1807-1814. North
of the square is the Royal Palace built in 1819 and resembling a
Georgian English country manor house. Head south and you’ll find
the Archeological Museum with its pedimental sculptures from the
Temple of Artmis and a collection of classical and Roman sculptures
recovered from a variety of sites on the island.
Mopeds are available to rent to
explore the rest of the island. North of Corfu Town, the remains of
a 12th century castle built on the site of a Temple of Zeus overlook
the fishing village of Kassiopi. On the northwestern shore of the
island Paliokastritsa is the home of a castle and monastery in a
beautiful seaside setting.
To the south is the ancient city
of Kerkyra. Little more than rubble, this was the site of the Temple
of Artemis. Also south is another Royal Palace; built in 1891 and
used by Kaiser Wilhelm II as a summer home, it is the birthplace of
Great Britain’s Prince Phillip.
Corfu tends to be touristy and
expensive without too much unique to offer.
Beaches abound on Corfu. Closest
to Corfu Town is a resort area to the north. Further away, the large
resort at Messoighi is a popular beach and disco village.
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