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Visiting Corfu > our recommendations July 29, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Islands Ionian.

Corfu (Kerkyra) is the best known of the Ionian islands. Corfu is believed to be the wooded isle of the Phaeacians, Odysseus’ last stop on his long journey home, to Ithaka.

Corfu owns its sophistication to the different civilisations that have occupied it. The island’s favourable position between Greece and Italy attracted powers from east and west. It was only in 1864 that Corfu was ceded, with the other Ionian Islands, to Greece.

Kerkyra, the main city, port, and capital of the island, founded in 734 BC by the Corinthians, lies on a peninsula on the east coast. Corfu is a cosmopolitan island and is considered as an international tourist centre. Full of natural beauties, in Corfu one can combine relaxation and an exciting nightlife.

Here are our recommendations >

Corfu Island Tour

Spend one day visiting the picturesque fisherman’s harbour of Kouloura. Close by is Kalami. Continue, passing through Nissaki, Ipsos and Dassia to the Venetian influenced Corfu town. After a short exploration of the town, you head for Kanoni from where you can enjoy the famous and panoramic view over the Pontikonissi (mouse island) and the Vlacherena convent. Continue your tour with a visit of the Achillion Palace, built by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Visit the Museum dedicated to her from the Kaiser Willheim II. You continue to Paleokastritsa, the most popular and picturesque area of the island. Visit the 13th century Greek Orthodox monastery. You then drive to Bella Vista. Travel through Troumpeta pass.

Paxos Island Cruise

Spend one day to visit Paxos. First head to Parga where you can spend a few hours to see the town, to swim and to have lunch at one of the local tavernas. Then depart from Parga to go to Antipaxos. The ship takes you as close as possible to the island and you can again have the chance to swim. Depart from Antipaxos to go to Paxos. The ship remains there for a few hours, so you will have enough time to go around Paxos, to have lunch or swim again. Early in the evening, return back to Corfu.

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