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'Ioannis Kapodistrias' is the international airport of Corfu which serves domestic and charter flights to Greece and other European cities. The number of direct flights increases in the summer season, between April and October. The airport is just 2km south of the town and there are frequent bus services connecting them. Olympic Airways and Aegean Air offer scheduled flights to Athens and vice versa all year round. Low-cost airlines that operate flights from European countries during the summer season are:Aegean Airlines, EasyJet, Air Berlin, Air Baltic, Wizzair, jet2, FlyThomasCook, Thomson Flights, Lauda Air, NIKI, Germanwings, TUI Fly, Transavia, Norwegian. Finnair is added Corfu as a summer destination in 2017. Find more info: https://www.finnair.com/ Ryanair: Ryanair will again this season connect Corfu to various cities of Europe: Belgium - Brussels, Bulgaria – Sofia, Cyprus Paphos, Germany, Great Britain - London, Italy, Holland, Hungary - Budapest, Ireland – Dublin, Italy – Bologna, Italy – Milan Bergamo, Italy - Rome, Malta, Poland Warsaw, Slovakia - Bratislava, Romania – Bucharest. More info: https://www.ryanair.com Easyjet: Easyjet has arranged flight for the 2017 season that connect Corfu to the following cities: Holland - Amsterdam, Germany - Berlin, Great Britain - London, Great Britain - Manchester, Italy - Milano, Italy - Naples, Great Britain - Newcastle, France – Paris. More info: http://www.easyjet.com
One of the oldest examples of a mountain village in Corfu is Old Perithia, a historic village designated for its cultural and natural beauty, immediately below Mount Pantokrator on the north-east corner of the island. The oldest written evidence for the island dates back to the mid-14th century, but there are indications for even earlier occupation as well. There were about 130 houses traditionally built and today some of them are almost completely in ruins and a number of them under restoration programs. Parking is limited so you can even drive through the village to see it or walk. There are a few restaurants and cafes at the village for the visitors.
Aqualand is the largest water amusement park in Greece and one of the best in Europe. It is surrrounded by a beautiful green landscape which covers an area of 75.000 square meters. It is an ideal destination on a hot summer day as it has plenty of water attractions that will keep you busy and intrigued. You will definitely get there early, stay really late and enjoy every minute! It is a great place to relax or test your adrenaline limits. Aqualand is eqquiped with 36 water slides, 15 adveture pools, bubbling Jacuzzis and several other recreational installations. The water park is located at the area of Agios Ioannis, which is about an hour's drive from the towncenter. There are also several bus services connecting the water park to the Corfu town. There is a large parking space which is free of charge for the visitors. Open from May until October Working Hours 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The village of Nymfes lies on a superb physical setting, 200 meters above sea level. The village took its name from the waterfalls that are located nearby. According to the myth, a group of Nymphs used to take their bath in those waterfalls. The best period to visit the waterfalls is in the blooming spring because they normally dry up in the summer. If you follow the road from the village that leads to the new sports/football stadium, you will find the waterfalls only a few km after. Please, bare in mind that the last part of the route might not be suitable to drive, thus a short walk might be necessary.
A government-owned stock corporation which in the last three years consolidates revenues of 2.900.000 €. The main port of the island 'Neo Limani' (New Port) is located very close to the historical heart of Corfu. Ferry-boats to Italy and vice-versa sail from the New Port. Despite its medium size, the port is very functional as it also has a cruise terminal. On peak time, when the vehicles are loaded and unloaded on the ferries, it might get quite busy but it is still safe to move around the port. Cruise ships dock at the New Port of Corfu (Neo Limani). There is a shuttle bus transferring the passengers between the terminals. From the main terminal, you can take another service to the Corfu old town. The New Port is located about 3km from the town centre. Corfu Cruise Schedule: http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=176
Erimitis Path starts from Agios Stefanos in Sinies and extends along the coastline towards the beach of Avlaki. The route is set in beautiful greenery, away from city bustle. During this one and a half hour’s walk, you will enjoy lots of different landscapes ranging from dense woodlands to secluded golden beaches and three lakes which are the refuge for amazing wildlife and rare bird species. Some of the places that you will visit while walking along the route are the area of Xylokeratia where there was a quarry in the past, the beach of Aspalathra which is named after a local bush that grows in the area and the bay of Korfovonia where there are several wells which indicate earlier occupation of the area. Very close to Korfovonia, you will find the lake Vromolimni and just a few minutes north of it the lake Akoli which lies adjacent to a beautiful beach. After this point, Erimitis path passes through a woodland with dense vegetation. If you follow the signs and leave the main path for a while, you can find another magnificent beach called Aria. When you return to your original route, you will walk towards the beach of Vouvalomantria. The end of the path is marked by the beach of Avlaki and another lake called Savoura. For more information about the path, read the attached publication. http://issuu.com/erimitis/docs/erimitis/23?e=0/1618679
The New Fortress was constructed only a few years after the Old Fortress, in 1577 by the Venetians to expand the fortifications of the town against a possible Ottoman attack. The visitors can admire the architecture of the fortress which is divided into two levels and wander around the maze of arched chambers and halls. When you reach the peak, the views over the town and towards the sea will definitely impress you.
Old Fortress (Citadel) The pearl of Corfu town is the Old Fortress, an UNESCO monument which lies on a small rocky peninsula, adjacent to the Old town. Its construction started in 1546 by the Venetians on a site that was occupied by a small castle. There is a moat measuring 15 meters in depth and 40 meters in width and the fortress is accessed via a bridge. There are several infrastructures around the fortress. From the lighthouse which is located at the highest point of the cliff, you can enjoy amazing views towards the sea and the town.
The Royal Palace: Museum of Asian Art The Museum of Asian Art is located in the heat of the Corfu town, at the north edge of the Esplanade square. The restored Neoclassical building was completed in 1816 for the British High Commissioner and became obsolete in 1864. Today it is dedicated to the arts and cultures of East and South East Asia. The rare collection of Chinese, Japanese and Indian masterpieces spans in date from the Neolithic period to present and covers paintings, porcelains and sculpture. Museum of Asian Art has a café with relaxing atmosphere and superb sea views of the Ionian and beyond.
A green space in the heart of the Corfu town which is the largest in Greece. It is surrounded by the 19th century Liston, which is an arcaded building designed by the French, and several cafés and bars. The square in one of the Cricket spots in the town and there is also a stage for music concerts.
Church of St. Spyridon Corfu is home to some of the most historic places and religious buildings in the Ionian Sea that highlight the great past of the island. The imposing Church of St. Spyridon is located in the Old town and it is a beautiful example of the Ionian architecture which brings together neoclassical and renaissance elements. Its construction started in 1589 and has become one of the most important attractions ever since. Due to the long Venetian presence on the island, the architecture of the church is characterized by a mixture of Greco-Italian elements. The bell tower with the red dome stands high so that it is clearly visible from the city and the sea. The bell tower in 1620 and its architectural lines resemble to the Greek Church St. Giorgio Del Greci in Venice. The clock with the Latin numbers is decorated with golden pointers. The church is dedicated to St. Spyridon who is the patron saint of the island. His relics are located in a shrine which was created in Vienna in 1867. The relics of the Saint are taken in procession for veneration on four special occasions every year; Palm Sunday, Good Friday, August 11th, first Sunday of November.
A beautiful destination for individuals and families anytime of the day. Great bars and nightlife which can be as quiet or lively you prefer. There is also a great beach in short distance where you can enjoy lots of fun activities and water sports.
Located in the south part of the island, 47km from Corfu town and can be reached within an hour's drive. The area is named after the Cape Aspros Cavos at the southernmost edge of the island where you can find a beautiful small beach with amazing views towards the Paxos island. Kavos is the party resort of the island with a range of restaurants, nightclubs, bars and shops. It is a vivid place full of nightlife and bustle so it might not be suitable for families or those who want a relaxing and quiet vacation. You will love the long sandy beach of Kavos which is equipped with great facilities and offers the opportunity for water sports and fun rides.
An amazing place to visit throughout the year. You can either enjoy a cool walk under the shade of trees in the beautiful park or visit the surrounding isolated beaches. The wooded park is designated as an area of archaeological importance; there are several ongoing excavations with great monuments of the Ionian past waiting to be discovered.
The imposing palace of Mon Repos is located within the forest of the Analipsis hill which lies in the area of Kanoni, south of the modern city of Corfu. Architectural remains of the ancient city known as Corcyra have been found adjacent to the palace highlighting the archaeological and historical significance of the site. The palace is surrounded by a beautiful wooded park with exotic trees and flowers offering a great opportunity to relax and escape city bustle. The construction of the palace began in 1828 for the British Commissioner Frederic Adams as a gift to his wife Nina Palatino. The elegant building has characteristics of the colonial architecture mixed with elaborate neoclassical elements. Short after the mid-19th century, Mon Repos palace was used as a holiday resort of the British governors of the island. In 1864 when the Ionian Islands were reunited with Greece, the palace was given as a gift to King George I of Hellenes who established its current name. From this point onwards, the palace became the birthplace and residence of several royal members, including Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The history of the palace is marked by World War II, when the Italian Occupation of Greece established the residence of Parini, the political administrator of the Ionian Islands. The ownership of the palace consisted for several decades a point of contention between the Greek government and the former royal family of Greece. The villa operates as a museum in present-day where the visitors can admire a rich collection of treasures of the Ionian history. With 285 acres of parkland, Mon Repos is an extremely popular attraction which is particularly valued for the magnificent physical and cultural landscape. The dense vegetation of the evergreen trees makes the park an ideal destination on hot summer days. There are several routes for walks or runs offering an even more pleasant experience.
Located about 14 km north of the Corfu town. The town lies at the east coast of the island and the main road stretches for 3.5 km along the beach. The bus service from Corfu town is frequent, especially during the summer season. The blue bus service connects Ipsos with Corfu town, although this is the last stop and if you want to get further north you will need to catch another service. Along the main coastal road, there is a range of bars/clubs ( Montechristo, Passoa ), tavernas, restaurants, shops and clubs which can meet every expectation. The area is well known among young visitors, although this does not exclude families or older age groups. The town has a convenient beach which extends along the coast. It might not be ideal for beach sports because the beach is covered with small pebbles but you will find several companies offering water sports. There is a small marina as soon as you enter the town from the south where you can buy fresh fish. Mount Pantokrator extends up to the north edge of the town. This area has many hills from where you can enjoy spectacular views towards the island and the sea. The name of the town itself means 'height' but the area is very flat which makes it ideal for activities like running, cycling or walking.
Along the west coast of the island, you can find some of Corfu's prettiest beaches offering a cool relief from hot weather. Great fun is guaranteed for adults and kids at the sandy beaches, although parents should take the proper precautions to keep kids safe as the quiet waters of the open sea can turn wavy quickly. The beach is easy to access from the city. There is also a free bus service that connects the town of Pelekas with both of the beaches. Pelekas is an excellent base for visitors as you can find a range of restaurants and hotels that will meet all your needs.
A very popular destination in the summer, equipped with beach umbrellas and beach beds, bars and restaurants as well as centers for recreational activities such as water sports and boat or pedal boat rentals.
The historical heart of the island and one of the most beautiful destinations in the Ionian Sea. You will find yourself wandering around the narrow streets, trying local products and enjoying moments of relaxation with your family.
The Gothic villa of Castello covers an area of almost 2000 square meters. It is located between Dassia and Ipsos, only 500 m from Kato Korakiana and 14km from the Corfu town or 16km from the International airport of Corfu 'Ioannis Kapodistrias'. It was built by an Italian architect on the ruins of a Medieval tower. The property was once the residence of an Italian baron, Luca Mimbelli. The main building complex of Castello Bibelli and Castellino with the three auxiliary buildings date back to the previous century and are of great historical, cultural and artistic importance. The area around the property is very touristic and you can find rooms to let, high-standards resorts, taverns and awarded restaurants. The surrounding landscape with the green hills will impress you and the amazing beaches with the crystal clear will make you not want to leave.
One of the largest and most important wetlands in Corfu. It is located at the northeast part of the island, adjacent to Acharavi and Almyros. The rich ecosystem of the lagoon offers refuge to several animals and birds and hosts diverse and colourful flora. The lagoon extends over an area of 1 square kilometre. Only just under half of the total area is occupied by the lagoon and the rest is covered in marshes and reed beds which operates a physical protection to the area. The lagoon is registered in the protected areas of NATURA 2000 because of its biodiversity and presence of rare fauna and flora. The Antinioti Lagoon is shallow with average depth of approximately 2 meters. There are two natural openings which connect the lagoon to the sea while immediately to the south there are also freshwater springs. Only the method of surface fish-farming is operated at the lagoon which is a traditional, non-intrusive aquaculture method. Some of the fish species that can be found in the lagoon are: eels (Anguilla Anguilla), mullets and mainly mugil cephalus, soles (solea solea), seabreams (sparus auratus) and sea basses (dicentratus labrax). You can even taste botargo which is a famous appetizer which is made of mullet roe.
Arriving by plane the first wetland you will see is by the airport itself which is built in the Chalikopoulou lagoon, a small ecosystem in its own right. This is a sea water lagoon but has several streams that trickle fresh water almost all year round make is a very diverse habitat for wildlife. It has recently been designated as a reserve.
Hike the paved Mount Pantokrator Trail which leads to the old Monastery and the Grava Cave. The trek takes you to the 13th-century Byzantine Castle of Gardiki, an imposing fortress nearby the traditional village Agios Matheos. The beach of Agios Matheos lies within a few km from the village and it is a very popular summer destination. Not far from the village, you can explore the quiet beach of Halikounas, which is considered one of the island's most beautiful beaches.
One of the predominant landmarks of Corfu town, the bay of Garitsa may not have a beach but it is a gathering point where locals walk all year round while during the summer months it becomes the gathering point for some of the most exclusive yachts in the World.
One of the original holiday resorts in Greece, a very old village, proud of its traditions. Perhaps one of the most famous seaside villages in the country due to the strange and strong attraction exerted to almost every visitor to Corfu that is difficult to describe in words.
The archaeological site of Angelokastro is located near Paleokastritsa. You can enjoy there amazing views of the surrounding landscape, learn local history and a have beautiful walk. Opening Times: 09.00-20.00
Ideally located 25 km southwestern of Corfu town. The sandy beach that stretches for more than 3 km is considered one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the Ionian complex. Source: www.greeka.com
One of the most recognized marinas and the first privately owned in Greece. It is located just 7 km north of the Corfu town. It is an excellent destination all year round which combines a great variety of restaurant and bars with convenience stores and boat service facilities. There is a range of restaurants, shops, motorbike and boat rental offices, bars, cafes, fuel station, supermarket, launderette, port police office, shower and WC facilities, post office and a medical center. There are also cricket and golf courses. Gouvia Marina has a large parking area which operates all year round on a 24-hour basis. Gouvia Marina offers the best place in Corfu for boat maintenance or repair. Other services include: safety, electrecity, water, refueling station, berthing.
Achillion Palace Corfu The Achillion Palace is located on a rocky outcrop approximately 10km south of the Corfu town, near the village Gastouri in Benitses. The impressive palace takes the visitors on a journey through the centuries when it was inhabited by two important historical figures, Empress Elisabeth of Austria 'Sissi' and Kaiser William II of Germany, who were both attracted by the physical beauty and cultural background of Corfu. Sissi built her palace as a summer residence to escape from the devastating death of her son and William II purchased it after her death in the early 20th century. Soon after that, Europe was preparing for the war and William did not have the chance to enjoy the palace longer. During the wars, the palace was abandoned and was subject to significant distractions. During the First World War it was used as a military hospital by French and Serbian soldiers, while during the Second World War it was used as command office for the axis powers. In the second half of the 20th century, the upper storey of palace was converted to a casino. The former elegant appearance of the palace was retrieved after many years of restorations. European leaders held a summit in 1994 and in 2003 the meeting of European ministers for Agriculture organised a meeting at the palace. Scenes for the James Bond movie, For your eyes only, where shot at the palace as well. The public can visit certain sectors of the royal residence and gardens which operate as a museum.
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