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 list and make a checklist for your next visit in Corfu!
Paleokastritsa is definitely the most famous place in Corfu, and this because of the breathtaking view, the local monastery and the crystal clear waters. Paleokastritsa has a rich underwater world, making it unique for underwater activities. Moreover, it provides many isolated beaches you can only reach by boat. The best views of Paleokastritsa are from village Lakones and from Angelokastro. Angelokastro is one of the most important Byzantine castles of Greece and is located at the edge of the highest point on the northwest coast at 330 meters height. A little walk up the castle is required but the magnificent view will pay back your effort.
Pelekas used to be famous for the endless parties in ’80s. Now it is a peaceful village where you can enjoy the most romantic sunsets on the island. Kaizer’s throne is located in Pelekas’ highest point, next to hotel Levant and provides an amazing view of the island. Visit our Pelekas Car rentals page for more information about Pelekas village and Kontogialos beach.
About 10 kilometres from Corfu Town you come across the magnificent palace of the Queen of Austria Elizabeth, Achillion. The loved Queen gave preference to Corfu over all the other islands of the Ionian Sea, during her cruise in the Mediterranean islands, when she wanted to overcome her personal problems. The area is decorated with many statues and many paintings of well-known painters like the “four seasons” by the Italian painter Galopi and the “triumph of Achilles” by the Austrian Frank Matt. Wonderful statues decorate the gardens of the palace, like the “dying Achilles”, the Satyre with Dionysus on his shoulder’, the’ Lord Byron’, an impressive statue of Achilles of 11,5m height and many more. Until a few years ago, the palace was used as a casino. Now the palace is used as a museum. The museum is open all year round between 8am and 8pm. Visit our Museums Page for more information.
Kassiopi is one of the most expanded areas in north Corfu and is known for the ancient fortress and the picturesque port. The fortress of Kassiopi is the oldest on the island and you can see the affect of time on it as few parts are still standing. At the Kassiopi port you have the chance to relax, watching the fishermen while you enjoy an Ouzo with meze or a refreshment.
In the north west point of the island you will find interesting rock formations the sea has created. Next to Sidari, you will find Canal d’ Amour. They call it canal of love, because when a couple swims there, they remain together forever! If you continue to the west, you should head to Cape Drastis. Park the car and prepare yourself for some hiking if you wish to enjoy the breathtaking view of the rocks cutting the waves!
Saint Spyridon is the patron of Corfu island and his relics are housed in this church. The tradition and culture of Corfu is connected with Saint Spyridon, as it is believed that he saved the island from disasters and ottoman attacks.
Korission is the largest lake on the island and is protected by the Natura treaty. It is the most significant wetland where you can meet many bird and plant species. At Korission lake you will have the chance to enjoy the peaceful environment of the endless sandy beach. You may be able to see it before landing, if your airplane lands at the south end of Corfu airport and the weather is clear.
Pontikonissi is also known as “Mouse island” (as direct translation) and is an islet located opposite the southern end of Corfu airport runway, and not the church which is located closer to the land. Little boats run frequently during Summer season, however the Byzantine chapel which is located on it is open to the visitors only once a year, on 6th August. Panagia Vlacherena is the little White church and monastery which is connected to the land by a small bridge. Inside it you can find beautiful wooden decorations and a nice bell tower.
This masterpiece of architectural art was built by the Venetians in the 16th century, fearing a turkish attack. The first walls and moat of Corfu were built in the 8th century by the Byzantines, and were separating the fortress from the city. The visitors who will take the chance to climb to the top of the old fortress will be rewarded with an amazing view over Corfu town.
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! Do not miss the local Corfiot dishes: Pastitsada, Stifado, Sofrito and Bianco.
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.
Rolandos rent a car in Agios Gordios is providing car hire services in Corfu since 1980 and will ensure you will have a great time exploring the beauties of the island on your holidays.Book Now
In Corfu’s over 200 kilometers of coastline you can find countless beaches. Wether you prefer sand, pebble or rocks we are sure there is one for you.
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Do you love walking through nature? In Corfu you can find many hiking routes which will guide you through unspoiled natural environments.