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CorfuNestled in the turquoise Ionian Sea, Corfu is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Greek islands. Wildflowers, cypress, and olive trees paint a beautiful landscape, complementing the stunning sandy beaches. The west coast delights with small coves embraced by cliffs and trees, while the north unveils a rocky coastline, crystal clear waters carving pebbled bays and coves. Immerse yourself in ancient ruins, savour delectable Greek cuisine, and revel in the splendour of this unforgettable island paradise.
The CityCorfu's origins can be traced back to prehistoric times when it was first inhabited. Throughout antiquity, it was a prominent Greek colony, followed by Roman rule during the 2nd century BC. In the Byzantine era, Corfu thrived as an important trade and cultural hub. However, it was the Venetians who left a lasting mark on the island, fortifying it and building iconic structures like the Old Fortress. The French and British also took turns in controlling the island during various periods. In the 19th century, Corfu finally became part of modern Greece. The name Corfu (Kèrkyra) names not only the island but also its capital, which is a beautiful, sophisticated and charming town. It is also one of the most elegant island capitals in the whole of Greece, as it was modernised for the 1994 EU summit. Its rich history, diverse architecture, and stunning natural beauty continue to enchant visitors from around the world, making it a beloved destination for those seeking a blend of historical and contemporary experiences.
Do & See
Corfu is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Greek islands. It's the greenest of the Ionian Islands and probably also the best known. You'll be fascinated by a beguiling landscape of wildflowers, cypress trees, olive trees, and luxurious sandy beaches.
Plateia Dimarchiou (Town Hall Square) and Kapodistriou Street host some of Corfu's best restaurants, each offering a delectable blend of cuisines influenced by various cultures. Notably, Italian cuisine has left a significant impact on the local dishes. Delight your taste buds with must-try specialities such as the sofrito, which consists of aromatic ingredients cut into small pieces and sautéed or braised in cooking oil for a long period of time over low heat. Another delicious option is the pastitsada, a Greek delight consisting of pasta topped with meat, slow-braised in a zesty tomato-based sauce. For seafood enthusiasts, the bourdeto is a true gem, featuring fish cooked to perfection with a medley of red sweet and hot spicy peppers and onions.
Corfu town has a plethora of cafés and most of them are lined along the main pedestrian street Listón. A true Corfu experience is to indulge in people-watching while you are enjoying your frappé.
Bars & Nightlife
Corfu Town and the island as such have plenty to offer when it comes to nightlife. Some of the nicest bars on the island are located in the town centre and most of the nightlife action on the island is on Corfu’s self-proclaimed disco strip which lies only a couple of kilometres north of the town centre.
Corfu boasts a diverse array of shops, from small gift and souvenir stores to exclusive Italian designer boutiques, all tucked away along its cobbled streets and alleys. While shopping, the best deals await on leather goods, jewellery, gold, silver, and fur coats, but it's important to seek out reputable jewellers for authentic purchases. The region surrounding the Ionian Sea showcases its renowned ceramic work, beautifully displayed in shop windows and available as souvenirs throughout the town. Don't miss the chance to explore the fascinating collection of hand-woven carpets, lace and cotton tablecloths, napkins, skirts, and blouses that Corfu offers, along with popular Aegean Island-made white stitched sweaters. Be sure to grab delectable Greek pastries to bring back home, and if you're savvy at negotiation, you may find even better bargains, particularly toward the end of the tourist season.