If you are interested in the local history and tradition you have to visit the musems in Corfu town. There, you will have the chance to see artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural and historical importance. Most of the museums are located in Corfu town, and few of them in the island’s countryside.
When you think of Corfu museums, Achillion Palace is the first which comes to your mind. Apart of its interesting exhibits and beautiful gardens, its history and previous owners make it even more interesting for a visit.
Achilleon Palace was built between 1890-1892 and is located in the village Gastouri, just 15 minutes drive from Corfu town. It was built by the Austrian Empress Elizabeth of Austria (known as Sissy) who dedicated it to Achilles (mythological Greek hero). It contains many statues and paintings and is surrounded by beautiful gardens, overlooking a big and very nice part of the island. After Sissy’s assasination in 1898, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany purchased the place to whom belong many personal items and furniture.
Casa Parlante is located in Corfu town and is a museum where you can experience the old way of living in Corfu at the period of 1900’s. At that period, Corfu was the Capital of the united states of the Ionian islands, and centre of culture, education and commerce.
More specifically, Casa Parlante museum is situated in an old style villa of 19th century which comes alive and tells it’s story. The unique architecture of this neoclassical building in Corfu’s Old Town is the place you will experience the daily routine of the noblemen of that period.
With its robotic human figures, faithful decorating and furnishings, Casa Parlante promises to offer you the real picture of Corfu of a bygone era. The traditions of the island unfold for all your senses, while waking through an authentic experience of sights, sounds and smells. The house will revive before your eyes… Listen to the children of the family playing music. Moreover, smell the aromas that emerge from the cook pot. Finally, read the news from the newspaper of the landlord.
The museum is located in the palace of Corfu near spianada square. It is the only museum in Greece where you can find items of Asian art exhibited. It was established in 1928 with the collection
The palace on the outside is decorated with themes of the Ionian Islands which are carved in relief, while on the inside there is a central hall with two rows of steles of Ionian order and painted themes of Odyssey. A magnificent staircase leads to the first floor, which is decorated with steles of Corinthian order.
The first floor also has three main rooms: the ballroom, the throne-room and the symposium-room. The palace was used, in the past, by the Ionian Senate and by Saint Michael and George’s Order. For a half a century, it was the summer residence of the Greek Royal family. Since it has been restored, it functions as a museum of Asian art and it houses the Revenue Department of Classical Antiquities and the national picture gallery. It has also accommodated the leaders of the European Community for the summit meeting of 1994.
Governor’s Olive press factory is located in Agios Mattheos in south-west Corfu.
Here you can experience the olive il production process. Moreover, you can taste extra virgin olive oil and it is also possible to buy. A guided tour is provided every day and is an interesting experience for everyone!
Corfu Archaeological Museum houses findings derived exclusively from the island of Corfu and revealed with them the cultural presence over time in the ancient world. The aim of the museum is to bring together visitors with the past, demonstrate the continuity of civilization on the island of Corfu and create the foundations that will help everyone to experience its cultural identity and to embrace the usefulness and necessity of preservation.
Its exhibits include items such as sculptures, bronze statuettes and objects from antiquities.
The Mon Repos is a grove where many archaeological findings and the famous Mon Repos manor house are located. Mon Repos was built in 1825 under design of Sir George Whitmore and was used as summer residence of the English commissioners and the Greek King family. In it’s garden you can find over 2000 rare plants and ancient monuments. Finally, there is a small beach called Kardaki, the closest one to Corfu town.
Among Corfu museums you can find this bank note museum run by Alpha Bank.
There you can find a big collection of coins and notes with a huge historical value.
There are many nice places for swimming in Corfu. The west coast of Corfu provides sandy beaches and the east coast pebbly. There are busy and quiet beaches, sandy, pebbly or beaches with rocks. There is definitely one for you to fall in love with.
Restaurants in Corfu offer local traditional and international cuisine and can satisfy all tastes! Click on the photo to view a full list of Restaurants on the island.
Corfu has a rich nightlife experience to offer. Not only Kavos which is popular to the British visitors, there are many Clubs, beach and cocktail bars all around the island.
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In Corfu’s over 200 kilometers of coastline you can find countless beaches. Corfu beaches are interesting to explore because you can find sandy, pebbly and rocky ones. In Corfu you can find busy beaches, as well as quiet ones. Check our list to find yours!
When travelling, there is some spots they call “must see”. Some places if you miss, you can’t say you visited this place. Follow our Sightseeing Highlights list not to miss out!
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