Best things to see in Corfu

This is a guest post by Jason Briggs.
The Ionian island of Corfu is arguably one of the best islands in Greece. With its spectacular weather, rich history, picturesque beaches and untouched villages, all topped off with a Greek party spirit and culture, Corfu is one of the most desirable islands of Greece. There is no wonder why it is home to almost a million visitors each year. Here are the top places you can visit during your stay on the island:

Corfu Town

Corfu town is arguably one of the most fascinating and impressive towns in all of Greece, there is a unique beauty and atmosphere in this town, with its narrow streets, elegant architecture and stunning Monuments.

Behind every corner of the town you will find something worth looking at, like the old fortress of Corfu. It is a Venetian fortress built for fortifications, and once held the entire population of Corfu.  The old fortress is now home to a public library in Corfu and various types of arts and culture exhibits.

There are also a restaurant, bar and a cafe, allowing amazing views of the city itself and serving classic Greek cuisine. Themed music nights regularly take part in the bar and you can chill out with your favorite drink either outdoors or inside.

The old fort is open between 8:00 till 20:00 on Mondays to Saturdays and on Sundays it is open from 8:00 till 15:00. The visit is only 4 euros, and the recommended time I would spend there is 2-3 hours to get the most out of the fort.

Paleokastritsa

For a long time the village of Paleokastritsa has been considered as one of the most beautiful villages of the island. Enclosed with tall cliffs and wooden headlands, the village is home to six different sandy and pebbled beaches. It has become a famous place for divers because of its clear blue waters and different coves and the rocks make snorkeling popular with tourists. This isn’t really the place for people looking for nightlife, but does have a few places for people to keep themselves busy at night.

But yet the main focal point of this town is the monastery of Virgin Mary of Paleokastritsa.  It is home to 8 Greek Orthodox Monks who provide generous hospitality and offer tours of the grounds and museum located within the monastery. It is definitely worth a visit, taking in the wonderful scenery and the majestic Monastery.

Mount Pantokrator

Located in the north-east of Corfu and standing over 900 meters high, Mount Pantokrator is the largest mountain on the island. From the summit of this mountain a spectacular panoramic view of the entire island can be seen. At the top of the mountain you will find a cafe, where you can enjoy a drink and a bite before making your descent back down the mountain.

There are two ways to make your way to the summit, you can either drive up through the winding roads up the mountain, or you can decide to hike to the top. If you decide to walk to the top the best place to start is Corfu’s oldest village, Old Perithia which dates back to the 14th Century.  From here it takes around 2 hours to the get to the summit.

Pontikonisi Island

The island that is also referred to as Mouse Island, it a small island located south of Corfu Town. The islan houses the small church of Pantokrator which was built in the 11th or 12th century. According to a Greek legend this island was formed by Poseidon when he turned the boat of Odysseus into this island.

You can only make your way to this island in the summer when small boat rides are available, but be aware the only day where the church is open is August 6th which a celebration day named “The Transfiguration of Jesus”.

Mathraki

Mathraki is a small island located just 7 miles from Corfu, and it is one of the best places to get away from all the tourist areas and enjoy the peace. It was once part of the Ionian Islands until the local government made it a province of Corfu. On this tiny island you will find restaurants, beaches, and taverns enough to keep you busy.

The most famous place to see on this island is its famous sandy beach that spreads 2 km across the entire length of the island. It is the perfect place to get away from it all and think about your holiday or what you want to do with the rest of your trip.

Author Bio: Jason Briggs is a travel enthusiast. Iceland is his favorite destination, he’s been there been there 6 times. Often joined with friends and family, he has traveled to each of the Canary Islands at least once and has been to a variety of places around Europe and Asia. Jason loves food and sports and is a proud Wolverhampton fan, also a big film fan (considers the best film ever made Scarface). 

 

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