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The Corfu Area Guide

Sights and attractions

The island of Corfu lies on the North West coast of Greece. With a culture that reflects its long history (dating back to the earliest Greek legends) and its former rule by Italy, France and Britain, Corfu is one of the most fascinating of the Greek islands. Through its classical architecture, superb food, rich cultural heritage and incomparable views, Corfu welcomes all and rejects any notion that one might ever want to leave.

Known as a Kastropolis, a ‘castle city’, Corfu town is enclosed by two fortifications. The Old Fortress overlooks both the bay and the town at-large, boasting stunning panoramas of a crystalline ocean. A centre for the arts, Corfu’s many museums demands a visit, with the near two-century-old Museum of Asian Artefacts and Archaeological Museum, particularly meriting tours. Boat and horseback excursions are available, allowing the discerning traveller views of the countryside, coastline or a daytime jaunt to one of the surrounding islands and beaches. The Palace of St. George, built by a former British High Commissioner and later serving as the Greek Royal palace, has been well maintained and expertly restored following its bombing during the Second World War. With several art galleries and striking gardens, the palace is a jewel of the Corfu Old Town, itself enshrined as a UNESCO site.

Restaurants and cafes

A range of dining options awaits any would-be gourmands, with locally sourced olive oils and wines joined by fresh seafood being served up in most restaurants. Estrusco serves Mediterranean-style food and has won numerous accolades over the decades, with its most eminent titles being “Best Restaurant in Greece” and “Best Greek Food”. Diners who enjoyed their fare, and the setting within an antique courtyard, ought to then make their way to the Cavalieri Hotel Roof Garden. Internationally acclaimed, most recently as CNN International’s 13th top Roof Bar/Restaurant, it offers stunning views of the Old Fortress and the local fishing boats in the bay, serving a combination of local and international cuisine.

Just outside Corfu town lies restaurant Roula. With an outside terrace facing the marina and boat slip; it’s known as one of the finest fish restaurants on the island, serving traditional fare with a freshness matched only by its taste and flavour. Diners might also choose to grace the Old Fortress restaurant itself, with a veranda view over Corfu city and an interior decorated with pieces by some of Corfu’s preeminent artists.

Shops

Shoppers in Corfu will want for nothing. The island is home to a number of foreign fashion outlets, such as Burberry or Louis Vuitton, and local enterprises stocking designer labels. Corfu’s shopping peaks in the summer, when several weeks of sales ensue, and outdoor markets are in full swing. Of particular note is the locally made olive oil and hand carved olive wood, with market stalls stocking numerous varieties of intrinsic crafts and delectable goods. First introduced to Corfu several centuries ago, the Kumquat is now a local favourite. The small citrus fruit is often incorporated into a variety of local favourites – with kumquat marmalades and liquors both being a must try.

Travel

Travel to the island is largely facilitated by Corfu International Airport, offering domestic, as well as international flights to Europe’s most travelled destinations. Ferry services connect the island with both the mainland and many of the most diverse islands in the Ionian region. Car rental services are available at the airport, as well as some ports. Two motorways connect Corfu town to the rest of the island, allowing easy automobile transport. Scooter rental is lauded by many visitors as the premier method of traversing the island and its many narrow city streets. Hikes and walks among the ruins and buildings that are dotted around the island and Corfu town aren’t to be missed; offering sites of ancient architecture, olive groves and stunning mountain vistas.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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