Here’s another Greek Themed Guest Post ready to inspire you, this time to Corfu, one of the many stunning islands in the Ionian Sea. I want to go. Like now.
Blessed by the Gods with exceptional beauty, the lush green island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea featuring a coastline filled with golden sand or scenic pebbled beaches is full of possibilities for an ideal holiday.
For Culture Vultures
Due to the almost 400 hundred years of Venetian occupation, the architecture in Corfu Town is typical of that period. The whole of the town makes you think you are in neighbouring Italy with all that cobbled streets, “kantounia” in the local language. So, a walk around Corfu Town is definitely a must, since this is the only way to discover the attractions downtown. To start with, visit the well-preserved Old Fortress, which apart from its monumental character also houses municipal offices, and in the summer serves as the ideal place for concerts. Make sure you attend one if it happens to be on. I’m telling you…it’s magical!
To get some rest from your cultural walk head to the main square, Spianada, which figures among the largest in the whole of Europe and offers a shaded retreat to shape you up for the next visit.
If you are into art, then visit the Asiatic Art museum in town, or alternatively pop into the exceptional architecture churches around the Old Town, with the iconic church of Aghios Spyridon, patron saint of the island, being the most famous. And your cultural walk in town is over!
Other interesting attractions include the palace of Achilleion, served as summer residence of the Austrian empress Sisy, and Kanoni district, just a few minutes’ drive away from town. The place was actually named after the cannon located right in the middle of the area’s main square overlooking the sea…and the airport. Across Kanoni, there is a small islet, Pontikonisi, with a monastery on it!
For Beach Lovers
Aghios Stephanos Beach – The golden beach of Aghios Stephanos, 35km northeast of the island’s center, is one of the best and safest stretches of sand on the island. Fully organized with sun beds and parasols, as well as water sports, the beach is ideal for families also thanks to its convenient amenities, such as seafront taverns, cafes and great Corfu accommodation too.
Canal d’ Amour – The famous beach of Canal d’ Amour is situated in the seaside resort of Sidari. Special characteristic of this beach is the rocks forming a heart!
Glyfada – Cosmopolitan Glyfada features a long golden-sand beach in the northern part of Corfu. Apart from the sun beds and parasols available for rent, highlight of the beach is Aloha beach bar, popular with young people.
Rich in tradition Corfu couldn’t lack local delicacies. What I personally believe you shouldn’t miss is pastitsada (thick spaghetti with red sauce veal, cock or sea food), sofrito (fried veal fillet with white sauce) and bourdeto (fish cooked with garlic). And for those of you with a sweet tooth, the citrus fruit kumquat covered in syrup will do just fine. You can also find a liqueur version of it.
Zoe Mouchritsa – Blogger
Zoe lives in Athens and specialises in finding the best and brightest things to do in this lively city and throughout Greece. After completing a BA in Applied Informatics and Multimedia in beautiful Crete, she jumped full-time into blogging and is now editor for WhiteAndBlue.gr.