Top Corfu excursions
Wherever you anchor, we highly recommend a trip to Corfu town. You will rarely see an old town that is so magical, colourful and charming. It sits nestled between two castles, a testament to the role Corfu held during the medieval times, when the island was the defensive wall of Europe against the Ottoman Empire. As a result it became one of the most fortified places in Europe.
The old town is very well preserved. So, walking around the “kantounia” (the narrow streets paved with cobblestones) is quite enchanting. The French period affected the central part of the town that features an Esplanade, a huge central square and the Liston with its arcaded terraces and fashionable coffee shops. From here, you can walk to the Old Fortress and enjoy one of the best views from the castle walls.
Before you leave Corfu town, take an excursion to the area of Kanoni to visit the Mon Repos palace and admire one of the most famous sights of Corfu. The English Commissioner built Mon Repos in 1826 as his summer residence in the middle of lush greenery. After the Ionian Islands were united with Greece in 1864, the palace became the summer residence of the Greek royal family, until 1974 when Greece abolished monarchy. The palace was restored during the 90s.
After Mon Repos, head to Kanoni, a hill in the outskirts of the town. From here, you will see the probably most photographed spot in Corfu. The small church of Panagia Vlacherna down the steps from the hill is accessible by a narrow passage that crosses the sea. In the background, you will see the famous Pontikonisi, a tiny island that according to the legend is the ship of Ulysses that Poseidon stoned.
Another of your next Corfu excursions will take you towards the south to make a worthwhile visit to Achillion. The palace was the summer retreat of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, the famous Sissi. Built in 1890 and located in a place of astounding beauty, this magnificent palace commands amazing views of the coast of Corfu. Statues of heroes of the Greek mythology decorate the impeccably landscaped gardens of the palace.