If you ask anyone who has spent any time on the Greek island of Corfu, most will agree that you don’t visit it, enjoy a holiday or just spend time there. Instead, most will say that you experience it. This is because it is among the most picturesque of places with its charming whitewashed villages, ancient Venetian and Greek sites, irresistible little harbors, natural wonders and some of the friendliest locals you might ever encounter.
Though many arrive on this island off the northern coast of Greece to spend time along the sugary white beaches and in the perfect and safe waters, just as many head here to explore the amazing array of destinations and experiences that await. From delicious local foods to impossibly green landscapes, to its pristine stretches of coastline and untamed, half-wild olive groves, it is an unforgettable place to holiday.
The interior of the island is undeveloped, making many travelers feel as if they have arrived on an entirely different island. With scenic roads and a nearly total lack of tourist developments, it allows you to encounter a truly authentic island setting.
Most travelers make a point of spending at least a day, or more in the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Corfu Town or Old Town. It is unbeatable for those who enjoy leisurely strolls through impressive scenery. This town is dotted with an unusual number of museums, and the must see destinations among them include the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art. (Note: If you wish to experience an entire village that is often compared to a living museum, head to Palea Perithia, which remains entirely original to the ancient Venetian era).
The Agio Spyridonas Church is a must as well as the Fortezza, and the New Fort too. When in Old Town, be sure you explore the famous Liston Promenade to head into a few of the coffee shops. Head into the center of town for the best shopping and dining.
Must See Sights
Beaches are a huge lure, and some of the most pristine and appealing include Barbati beach, Paleokastitsa beach and Pelekas beach. Apart from time spent in Old Town, and days at the beach, you will also want to be sure you make time for sights such as the Waterfall of Nymphs, a natural wonder with many mythical tales connected to it. Be sure to pay a visit to Panagia Antivouniotissa to gaze at the Byzantine Art, and marvel at the impressive architecture. The Achilion Palace at Mon Repos is also a must see as it is utterly enchanting and home to world-famous statues and stunning architecture.
More active visitors must do a bit of walking or trekking while on the island, and the Corfu Trail covers the entire length of the island. It allows you to pick and choose some points to enter or exit, and one of the most popular stops is the oldest village, known as Perithia.
While inland, you will want to visit Lefkimmi, the second largest town and one in which many begin to truly feel they are experiencing the island. Quiet streets, few tourism spots, and neighborhoods full of white washed homes idyllically accented by colorful citrus plants, hens and flowering vines make it the ideal spot for your camera!
You might also want to book a car and drive to head up Mount Pantokrator, the tallest point on the island. It offers unprecedented views and is another location for photographers to savor. The Korission Lagoon is also a photogenic destination near the town of Kavos and close to Issos beach. It is full of water birds and some of the finest scenery. Last, but certainly not least, any experience of Corfu has to include a visit to Paleokastritsa, and its ruined castle Angelokastro.