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Corfu is the northern island and second largest of the Ionian Sea. It is characterized as a cosmopolitan and multicultural place with strong Venetian, English and French influences. The golden beaches that extend along the west coast and the green landscapes that occupy the central countryside of the island are characteristics of its natural beauty. With a wealth of heritage, culture, attractions and night life, Corfu is an ideal destination all year round. The Old Town of Corfu Old Town is the name given to the historic center of Corfu. It is one of the most important attractions of the island. Its history stretches back to the 8th century BC due to the island's strategic position between the Venetian and Ottoman Empires. The Old and New Fortresses are some of the most impressive archaeological sites that mark the edges of the town. They were used for four centuries as an administrative center of the Venetian maritime trade in the eastern Mediterranean and consisted a stronghold against the pressure of the Ottoman territorial expansion. There were several alterations in the plan of the forts in the course of time, with the most recent modifications taking place in the 19th century under the British rule. The plan of the town and design of housing stock date mainly to the Venetian period with several reconstructions in the 19th century.
'Jazz Now! New Music from Ionian University Jazz Program' was published by Jazz&Tzaz Magazine in November 2011 (Issue No 224) and produced by the Associate Professor Dimos Dimitriadis, Lecturer Gorge Kontrafouris in collaboration with Jazz&Tzaz Magazine. It contains original jazz songs from 13 students and alumni of the Ionian University. Many of the musicians who contributed in the recording of the CD have extended their training and education in the United States with prestigious scholarships from the Fulbright and Onassis foundations. The CD contains songs of five new recording projects; three of the projects come directly from alumni and feature debut songs of the young jazz musicians, while the other two projects were produced by the Faculty of Music of the Ionian University.
Corfu Trekking Guide In this booklet you will find information about 22 day routes in Corfu which pass through some of the most stunning landscapes of the island. For the long-distance enthusiasts, there is also a guide about the 150 km Corfu Trail route.
The history of Etrusco goes back to 1992 when Etrusco Botrini, a chef from a Tuscan family restaurant accompanied by a chef of Club Mediteranee decided to launch a small restaurant in Corfu, the hometown of Botrini’s wife. His son Ettore Botrini won the first Golden Chef’s Cap Award in 2000 when he took over the business. In 2008-2009, Botrini’s restaurant was ranked among the best 100 restaurants in the world. The main principle of the restaurant is passion for gastronomy and the art of culinary combined with knowledge, inspiration and creativity. The unique dishes at Botrini’s restaurant are a blend of Mediterranean cuisine to meet even most demanding guests’ expectations.
The principal goal of the Ark foundation is to spay/neuter stray and abandoned cats and dogs in Corfu and if possible to find a permanent house for them. The program aims to set a limit to the multiplication of feral colonies or at least contain the number of strays. Unfortunately, several of the animals were abandoned by the owners and allowed to breed uncontrollably. The foundation apart from neutering the animals, offers clinical treatment for parasites, ticks, fleas, worms etc. A record is kept for each animal that is treated. Due to the large number of strays, the foundation cannot offer refuge to every animal in need so it has to return them back to the streets where they were found. This is undoubtedly a very frustrating experience as the conditions are difficult for the animals which are in danger of suffering injuries or even being poisoned.
A family owned business in Corfu, Greece, manufacturing olive oil-based soaps with local ingredients. As a fifth generation family business, quality remains a key aspiration and commitment. Patounis Soap uses traditional recipes and follows ongoing new discoveries to provide quality soaps for over a century. The company has an increasing number of international exports which are steadily rising. Patounis was established in 1891 and the soaps are still produced by the old traditional way and equipment. The soap factory in Corfu was listed as an industrial heritage monument by the Greek Ministry of Culture in 2008 and since then it attracts several visitors with general and academic interest. Opening Hours: Monday: 09:30 – 14:00 Tuesday: 09:30 – 14:00 & 18:00- 20:30 Wednesday: 09:30 – 14:00 Thursday: 09:30 – 14:00 & 18:00- 20:30 Friday: 09:30 – 14:00 & 18:00- 20:30 Saturday: 09:30 – 14:00 Sunday: Closed
Established in 1985. During the last twenty years, it has become nationally and internationally known because of its state of the art research and has achieved excellent ranking amongst world-leading institutions. The Ionian University has attracted young academics and scholars who are actively involved in the research activities of the four faculties; history and translation, interpreting / information science, informatics, music and audiovisual arts. Jazz at the Ionian University 'Jazz Now! New Music from Ionian University Jazz Program' was published by Jazz&Tzaz Magazine in November 2011 (Issue No 224) and produced by the Associate Professor Dimos Dimitriadis, Lecturer Gorge Kontrafouris in collaboration with Jazz&Tzaz Magazine. It contains original jazz songs from 13 students and alumni of the Ionian University. Many of the musicians who contributed in the recording of the CD have extended their training and education in the United States with prestigious scholarships from the Fulbright and Onassis foundations. The CD contains songs of five new recording projects; three of the projects come directly from alumni and feature debut songs of the young jazz musicians, while the other two projects were produced by the Faculty of Music of the Ionian University. More Info: http://jazzonline.gr/en/cd-releases/item/610-jazz-now-new-music-from-ionian-university-program.html
You will find a range of shops in Corfu, from small souvenir and touristic shops to elegant boutiques with the finest Italian designer clothes. Excellent deals can be found on leather items, gold and silver jewelry and fur coats. Make sure you shop from trustworthy shops! The Ionian islands are well-known for their ceramic workshops. From cookware to souvenirs, you have many chances to run into a workshop while wandering around the Old Town and see yourself the art of pottery making. Moreover, you will find several shops selling hand-woven items, from clothes to table linen. You can also buy skewers for making at home the famous Greek souvlaki or buy tasty homemade pastries and sweets. Corfu is definitely a shopping paradise and the shopkeepers might even be willing to negotiate a better price by the end of the season.
The donkey has been used as a working animal in Corfu since the 1800's when it was imported to the island from Malta. For the next centuries, donkeys where imported from Greece and other neighboring European countries. It was used to transport both people and agricultural products. Their small size and durability made them a great accompany for olive harvesting. In the past, hardworking donkeys faced several hardships every day. Add to that, equine knowledge was limited and even the Corfiot saddle, the samara, could cause permanent damage to the animals. After the industrialization of agriculture, the demand for donkeys reduced both in Corfu and Greece with the exception of some exports to Italian meat markets. Stoical old and sick animals were abandoned. The main purpose of Corfu Donkey Rescue is to reach out to the donkeys in greatest need through the provision of permanent refuge and veterinary services to alleviate their suffering.
The first straw - hut village that Club Med opened in Greece is located in Dassia, Corfu. It was established in 1952 and was the first ''vacation village'' of the company outside France and the first the beginning of tourism in Greece. The development of modern tourism in Corfu started after the establishment of Club Med with the first charters arriving from overseas in 1972. The Russian businessman Roman Abramovitch owns Club Med and an investment of 60 million euros is planned for its refurbishment. The new grand resort will have at least ten villages and two luxurious hotels attracting Russian and international millionaires.
The island of Corfu stars in several popular film productions because of its beautiful landscapes, golden beaches and invigorating greenery. One of the most successful films that was produced in Corfu was the James Bond movie 'For your eyes only (1981)'. One of the most memorable scenes is a tribute to Corfu's historical past and natural beauty and depicts underwater ruins of an ancient Greek temple with a turtle swimming in front of the camera. There is another scene which depicts Achillion Palace, which is a famous attraction of the island's recent history, and one with Melina and James Bond wandering in the picturesque alleys of the Old Town. There are also some scenes which were shot at the traditional village of Danilia. A famous TV series 'the Durrells' was an adaptation of Gerald Durrell's book 'My family and other animals', which is based on the author's childhood memories during his family staying in Corfu in the 1930s. Another movie which has scenes that were shot in Corfu is the 'Fedora (1978)' of the famous Holluwood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler.
Corfu Animation Festival Bethere is a brand-new animation festival that is hosted in Corfu, the capital of the Ionian islands. The festival aims to gather animation artists from all over the world. More info: http://www.betherefest.gr/ Corfu Traditional Festivals Panigiri is a traditional religious assembly which has it roots in Ancient Greece. Each panigiri is dedicated to a particular saint who is celebrated on a specific day of the year. If you find one, you should definitely attend to have a taste of Greek culture, drink and food. Schedule of Festivals in Corfu We advice you to ask about the dates of the panigiria because they might change from year to year. Jan 6th – Epiphany. The baptism of Jesus is celebrated. All over the island, a cross is thrown by the priest into the sea and young men swim to retrieve it. Late February/Early March – The Carnival of Corfu has a lot of similarities to the Carnival of Venice. 2017 dates 1st Carnival Sunday is 18th Feb Sunday then its following Sat 25th Feb, Sun 26th Feb. Clean Monday 27th Feb. !!!! Change dates!!!!! Easter Sunday.(2017 – April 16th) (2018 – April 8th) 1st May International Workers' Day, parades and other festivities. It is also the Feast of Flowers 6th May Makrades Panegyri/Festival May 8 – Festival in Kassiopi for Assumption and the Canoni. 10th May Paleokastritsa Panegyri/Festival 12th May Krini Panegyri/Festival 8th May Kassiopi - celebrating the miracle of a blind boy regaining his sight after staying overnight in the church 8th May Kanoni Festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary May 20: Feast Alikes Potamos May 21: Achilles race to finish the square of Benitses. 9th June Alikes, Petalia, Zigo, Potamos 12th June Pelekas St. Onofrio’s Day 13th June Arillas The Ascension festival 13th June Analipsi/Kato Korakiana Panegyri/Festival June 24: The Saint John festival in Mantouki. 24th June Agios Ioannis Fire jumping (Triklino) 24 June: Feast of the Holy Spirit in Kanalia, Argirades,Stavros, Castellani mesis and island Othonoi. 24th June Kontokali, Stavro, Aghirades, Kastellani, Antipernoi, Othoni, Afionas – Festival of the Holy Spirit June 29: Peter and Paul, the Feast Kompitsi,Strogyli, Vitalades and Gaios Paxos. 2nd July Kanoni and Garitsa – Procession and Festival of Madonna of Vlacherena. 7th July Peroulades Panegyri/Festival 8th July Kavos, Lefkimmi, Agios Prokopios Celebration of St. Prokopios 11/12th July Karousades Panegyri/Festival 13th July San Rocco Square Festival in honour of St Spyridonas 15-17 July: Agia Marina, a big festival in Analipsi. 17th July Benitses, Spartera, Avliotes St. Marina festival 20th July Magoulades Festival of Elia the prophet 25th/26th July Lafki Village Main day 26th 26th july santa Paraskeui on porta remounda(corfu town) 26th July – Vraganiotika village festival celebrating the Saints day Αγια Παρασκευής 27th July Agious Panteleimon. the Panegyri is held in the church grounds in the evening. 28th July Roda/Loutses/San.Stef NE Panegyri/Festival 2nd August Kassiopi 1st Folklore Festival in the harbour 3rd August Benitses Sardine festival 3/4th August Arillas Antamona Festival, Dancing groups from other parts of Greece August 1st to 6th – pilgrimage to the Monastery of Pantokrator. August 6th, the feast for the Tranfiguration of the Christ, there is a feast in Pontikonisi. 6th August Pontikonisi, Perivoli, Strinilia, Evropuli, Paleochori, Ag. Deka, Agios Mattheos Church festival held in commemoration of the Transfiguration of Jesus. 7th August St. Spiridon Varkarola 8/9th August Nymfes Festival/Panegyri 9th August Skripero Frog Festival – 10th August Ipsos Sardine festival Varkarola’ takes place on the closest Sunday to the 11th and involves a series of boat parades along the coast, while bands play traditional music. 11th August Corfu Town Silver gilt case containing the body of St. Spyridon is exposed for public worship for 3 days and nights. Thousands pay homage to kiss his slippered feet. St. Spyridon procession with bands. 11th August St. Spyridon’s Day – The Procession and festivals to commemorate the intervention of St. Spyridon during the Turkish invasion in 1716 when a terrible storm broke out as the invading force tried to besiege Corfu, causing their retreat. 15th August Corfu Festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Many big festivals with church processions, feasts 15 August festival in Kassiopi for Assumption and the Canoni. August 15: Feast of the Assumption Monastery in Platyteras. 16th August Kato Garouna Gala weekend 17th August Kavadades Panegyri/Festival 22nd August Agrafi Panegyri/Festival 23rd August Gastouri, Pelekas, Ag. Deka, Viros, Poulades, Pentati. Festival of the Virgin Odigitrias 24th August Loustri/Gimari Pie Festival 31st August Agni Varkarola 1st September Kalami Varkarola 7th September Arillas Wine festival, food and dancing 8th September Afra, Sinarades, Marathia, Agios Markos, Potamos, Lefkimmi Festivals/Feast days 14th September Sidari Feast of the Holy Cross in the Monastery of St. Ionnis September 14: the feast of sardines in Benitses 15th September Kavadades Wine Festival with spit roast pork and lamb. 24th September Vatos Myrtidiotissa festival 26th September Karousades, Porta Remounta Festival of St.John/James the theologian 21st September Kassiopi/Moraitika Wine festival 25th October Messonghi Panegyri/Festival 28th October Ochi Day Celebrated by processions throughout Corfu 3rd November Corfu Town St. Spyridon procession December 6th: Feast at Kampielo and Kanalia. 12th December St. Spyridon’s Day -Local Holiday with a large all day festival in Corfu Town. 24th December – Carol singing, hymns and christmas celebrations. Music Festivals in Corfu Vida Laska, takes place during the first days of July (http://vidalaska.com/en/ ) Helios Festival , takes place about mid- July (http://elementsproductions.gr/ ) Agiot Festival, takes place at the end of August (http://agiotfest.com/ ) Corfu Beer Festival, usually takes place at the middle of October (http://corfubeer-festival.com/en ) Sound and Silence Gatherings, takes place in September ( http://www.corfufestival.com/ )
Located in Livadi Ropa and it is one of the most historic and older wineries in Corfu. The estate covers and area of 3,000 square meters planted with vines, fruit and olive trees which are used to produce amazing quality wine and olive oil. Theotoky Wine Theotoky wine is produced and bottled in the estate and all the products are grown with passion and commitment by the Theotoky family. You can find dry white, red or rose wine. It is produced traditionally and the processes of fermentation and maturation take place in stainless steel tanks which make the wine of excellent quality and delicate taste. Theotoky olive oil Corfu is famous for its million olive trees scattered all over the island. Some of the trees are giant and very old, even older than 500 years. The olive trees at Theotoky Estate are harvested with automatic vibrating units which help the olive fruits fall on fine nests laid on the ground around the trees. The olive oil is extracted by the use of the traditional cold pressed method which takes place at the Estate. The mill combines a modern crushing method with a traditional press which allows time for enzymatic reactions that guarantee the excellent quality and superb taste of the Theotoky olive oil. The extraction, the tanks are carefully cleaned and sterilized. The acidic rate of the Virgin Olive Oil is under 2%, which the Extra Virgin Oilve oil is less than 0.8% acid.
Claims to be one of the first breweries in Greece. It is located in the northwest part of the island. The ingredients used are of great quality to offer to the costumers, in Greece or everywhere in the world, a unique deep taste with lots of flavor and freshness. No preservatives are added. The Corfu Beer Festival takes place in mid-October where you can taste a nice selection of fine beers and great food. More info: http://corfubeer.com/ Corfu beer specialties: Red Ale Special Red unfiltered and unpasteurised ale made from caramelised malt and yeast with fruity essence-aroma... Produced with the Real Ale philosophy. vol 5% Dark Ale Bitter Dark unpasteurised ale. Made from roasted barley which are harmonically combined with hops and yeast that gives an intense character and a pleasant bitterness. vol 5% Amorosa Weiss When a different combination of cereals are combined together with a fruity yeast that releases a smooth banana flavour during a double fermentation process, the result can be only one... the ultimate experience... your amorosa. vol 5.6% Contessa IPA Full bodied, unfiltered, double fermentation beer (turbid, contains yeast)... I.P.A. has a rich flavour, an intense character with a pleasant aftertaste and in addition to its origin... it’s a real contessa. vol 6.2% Royal Ionian Pilsner Blonde crystal beer, with full body, rich hop essence and smooth pleasant bitterness. vol 5% Ionian Epos According to Homer, in his epic «Odyssey», the King of Pheacians (Corfiots) Alkinoos kept in silver and gold craters «barley wine»... 2800 years later... double fermentation beer, with the addition of pure flower honey... vol 7.5% Ionian Gold Our draught blonde lager beer with a distinctive essence and delicate flavour...A natural refreshing summer proposal. vol 4.6% 1842 Ginger Beer In 1842 the Ionian Islands enjoy the freshness of ginger beer... 170 years later history travels to the future...vol 2%