Achilion Palace

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It is a palace build by Queen Sissy of Austria at the end of the 19th century. The palace is built in a neo-classical style and has elements of Ionian, Roman and Eolithic styles. Its gardens are decorated by many sculptures and have stunning views on the island

Ano Korakiana Village

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Is an important village with a splendid view, built in the foothills of the mountain Pantokrator, 18 kilometers from Corfu Town, has a population of 1200 and many traditional-style buildings. It boasts a Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1958, underlining musical traditions which began in 1623 with the foundation of the Mantolinatas of the Pope. Out of its 37 churches, the ones dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the Archangel Michael and Saint Athanasios are of great interest to Byzantine scholars. The local school contains a small folklore collection.

Corfu Town

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Corfu town
Capital of the island is called also Corfu in Greek Kerkyra and it is built in a Venetian style. The historical Centre of the town consists also of French and British elements. The most impressive monuments of the Venetian period are:
1. The two fortresses, the old one which was built in the beginning of the 16th century and it was called "Castelo dal Mare", (today Paleo frourion) and the new one which was built also in the 16th century (1576) called "Castelo da Tera" and it was dedicated to Saint Marcus.
2. the most significant Catholic Cathedral, built in the in the 14th century, dedicated to Saint Giacomo.
3. The Town Hall which was the old "Loggia Nobilei" (the nobles Arcade) built between 1663-1693 in a Baroc and Renaissance style. This building is the only monument of the town with sculptured Sinion stone.
From the French period is: the marvellous monument, the Royal palace of Corfu (today museum of Asiatic Arts). Unique in its Georgian style in the Mediterranean, it is built of stone from Malta Island between 1819-1824 by Sir G. Whitmore and it is dedicated to Saint George and Saint Michael, for housing the first High Commissioner of Corfu Sir Thomas Maitland. From the French period are:
1. The Arcades of "Liston" which are a miniature of those in "Rue de Rivoli" in Paris, built by the French famous architect Lesseps
2. The most significant work of the French period was the Ionian Academy in 1808, the first University of modern Greece.
Another characteristic of Corfu's old historical Centre is its churches; most of them are built during the Venetian period. The most famous of them are: 1) The Greek orthodox church of Saint Spyridon, which is the islands saint patron, builds in 1590. Saint Spyridon's relics are laying in rest in a pure silver casket.2) The Greek orthodox Cathedral, the Basilica which is dedicated to Blessed Virgin, built in 1577. Into the church are laying the relics of the Byzantine Empress Saint Theodora Augusta and Saint Vlassios. In the town are also five Museums: Museum of Asiatic Arts, Solomos Museum, Money Museum, Archaeological Museum and Byzantine Museum. Only 5 km away from the town of Corfu in the picturesque traditional village of Gastouri is situated the palace of the charming and graceful Empress Elizabeth of Austria, "Sissy". The Achileion Palace, which is built in a combination of Pompeian and Neoclassicism style by the Italian architects Raphaelo Cardilo and Antonio Landi between 1890-1892.

Kassiopi Village

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36 kilometres from the town, this is the Centre of the region, and its harbor offers the greatest choice for dining and entertainment. Ancient Kassiopi was founded in 281 BC by residents of the Epirot town of the same name, who were brought here by Pyrros when he captured the island. The name (Kassion Oro) derives from the Temple of Kassios Dias, which was built here in a prominent position. Nero is said to have sung at its altar when he visited the region. The temple no longer exists but probably occupied the site of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Kassiopitras. The oldest fortress on the island also stands here, built by the Romans and extended by the Angevins, an indication of the strategic importance of the site. The fortress was demolished by the Venetians, and the ruins which stand today belong to the castle they built later on the site.

Kouramades Village

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12 kilometers from town, is a small village with very friendly people. The church of Agia Paraskevi the oldest building in the village was used in the Venetian times as a venue for the judicial settlement of disputes. At the BARBERSHOP of the area, a beautiful folk house, mister YIANGOS will offer you a special haircut, in this real minuscule museum that is fragrant of lavender and talcum powder.

Lakones Village

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The most picturesque village with narrow streets. Close by is the famed Bella Vista, which is said to have one of the best views in the Mediterranean. The village owes its name to its founders, refugees from Lakonia in the Peloponnese, who established a settlement at this spot.

Myrtiotissa Beach

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A gorgeous little beach which is the choice of nude bathers. To the right (north) of the beach, is the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin of Myrtiotissa, which was founded in the 14th century by a monk, a Turk who was converted to Christianity. It owes its name to an icon of the Virgin which was found amongst the myrtle bushes.

Paleokastritsa Resort

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Paleokastritsa is the most famous tourist resort in Corfu. It is a region of unique beauty. Characteristic of this region is the alteration of sceneries. Endless vineyards, hills verdurous with pines, rocky shores and lacy beaches, all beauties of nature create an earthly paradise. Is it really by accident that in the highest top of the hills, is located the castle- monastery of Panagia?
The dreamy Paleokastritsa is located in the northwestern part of the island, 25km from the city. It was discovered tourist by English (authors and painters of the 19th century). English, during the period 1814-1864 when the island was under the British protection, constructed the first road that connected the historic monastery with the city. Until 1950 when Paleokastritsa started to develop its tourist foundations, the homonym monastery was the only building in this crowded region.
Don’t miss visiting the monastery of Panagia. This byzantine building was constructed in 1228 and reconstructed during the 15th century. It is built on the top of a green hill. In the monastery’s museum you will see a remarkable collection of byzantine icons and ecclesiastic heirlooms.
The view from the monastery is extraordinary. You can see Angelokastro, the byzantine fortress of the 13th century in village Krini, on the hill right across the monastery.
From Paleokastritsa you can visit the traditional settlements of Doukades, Lakones and Krini.

Sidari Village

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Sidari is situated on the shores of a great gulf in the north of Corfu. With its fantastic sandy beaches, it is a very popular holiday area, ideal for families. It is famous for the ‘Canal d’Amour’ a rock formation that once formed a tunnel where, it is said, lovers who kissed beneath, would never forget each other. This and other sculptural rock formations of the area is the work of the wind and the sea, carving the soft clay shore into strange forms over the centuries. There are also several caves. On your last day, after leaving Sidari you will drive back down to the east coast, with wonderful scenery all the way, from mountain views to olive groves and beautiful beaches.

Sokraki Village

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Is a beautiful village of the municipality of Feakes Corfu with a history about 2000 years, which keeps the traditional style with no visible signs of deterioration by tourism. The small tavern in the village square in Sokraki for lunch - lovely fresh Greek salads, saganaki and Greek sausage. It's an adventure driving up there, and once we get there it's incredibly peaceful with fantastic views. Sokraki is a semi-mountainous village, in 480m altitude. The entrances to the village are four, from Ano Korakiana, from Troumpeta, Spartila or Klimatia. That makes it the center of North Corfu.

Angelokastro fortress

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A Byzantine fortress, probably built in the 13th century by Michael II, Despot of Epirus. It is sited on a rock 160m above sea level, washed by the sea on three sides. With only one narrow passage connecting it to the land. Here, in 1537, 3000 people from the surrounding villages took refuge in the fortress, fleeing from the Turks. Up to the time of its abandonment in the time of the British Protectorate, the fortress remained impregnable. At the summit stands the little church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, while close up to the north-west wall a cave forms the chapel of Agia Kyriaki. 

Doukades Village

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Beautiful Traditional Corfiot Village is situated 11 miles northwest of Corfu. It nestles back from a large cliff in some of the most dramatic scenery. There are numerous lovely old village houses and grander Venetian buildings. Surrounded by countryside and olive groves it’s a favorite place for walkers to come and breathe in the atmosphere and enjoy the views. There is a pretty square with a few shops and Taverns and the lovely Church of the blessed Virgin. The village has numerous small paths and alleyways weaving in and out the many villagers’ gardens sewn with their many vegetables and the most necessary vine.

Kontokali Village

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8 kilometers from town and almost joined with Kontokali, in an old fishing village with an interesting history. On August 29th 1537, the Turkish fleet, under the command of the corsair Barbarossa, who ease in the service of Suleiman the Magnificent, landed at Gouvia, bringing ruin to the whole Mesis area. But the force failed to take the Old fortress, despite a siege lasting twelve days. Two centuries later, they made another landing at Gouvia (and at Pyrgi), again with the town as a target, but left after a month-long siege. The Corfiot attributed their salvation to Saint Spyridon.

Kanoni

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Where you can admire the famous Pontikonissi (Mouse Island), which according to the legend was formed when the ship, which was taking Odysseus to Ithaki, was turned to stone by Poseidon. On the tiny island in the foreground of Pontikonissi, is the attractive monastery of Vlacherna linked to the island by a causeway.

Kynopiastes Village

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Village is approximately 9 kms away from Corfu Town. The Village is well known from "Taverna Trypa", which is famous around the world. The restaurant has also hosted some pretty notable visitors through the years—such as Jimmy Carter and JFK. The lure? Family-style servings of delicious, traditional dishes, such as spiced homemade sausages and pastitsada (pasta in a spicy tomato sauce with either beef or veal ragù). In the village there is an Olive Museum, the only Olive museum on Corfu. There, the visitor can see the old way of making olive oil, the tools and machinery that were in use in the past. In case you don’t know, olive oil is the leading product of the island and is considered to be among the best in Greece. You will find the Olive Oil Museum in Corfu Island at Kinopiastes, beside the Tripa Taverna With the interesting displays and exhibits, you can travel back in time and experience the methods of collection and production dating back to prehistoric times, from the ancient technologies to the Byzantium and also through the pre industrial time. The museum is open for us.

Krini Village

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This is the place to stop and quench your thirst from the well of ice-cold water which stands in the little village square. Or you can order a Greek coffee at the adjacent cafe, and sip it till the sun's heat dies a little, then, rested, set off for the climb to Angelokastro.

Mon Repos Palace

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In Corfu Island was built during the year of 1831. This beautiful building was constructed by the Commissioner Adams for his beloved wife. It is said that the wife of the Commissioner immediately refrained from staying in this palace when her husband was sent to India. From then onwards, this palace was rarely used by them. It gradually, over the years turned in to a summer house for all the governors. When the British occupied the city, a school for clergy men was established at this place. King Georgios I, after taking the possession of the Ionian Islands named this palace as the Mon-Repos Palace. It was the residential place for the Italian politician Parini, who was the then governor of the Ionian islands, during the occupation by Italy. The Mon-Repos Palace, Corfu Island was almost discarded when the Greek monarchy was defeated. At the present times, the Mon-Repos Palace in Corfu Island was magnificently restored and has turned in to a museum by the State. If you visit this palace now, you can find interesting and exciting exhibits of the treasures of the Islands. This fabulous museum houses several artifacts of the time, taking you back to the history. It is interesting to note that it is at the Mon-Repos Palace, Corfu Island that the Duke of Edinburgh, who is the husband of Queen Elizabeth was born. Being the epicenter of an ancient city this palace encompasses rich historical past. Near this palace, you can find some souvenir shops and small eateries for the travelers.
Subsequently, the Venetians fortified the harbor at Gouvia and built a shipyard to maintain and repair their boats, which at the same time serviced passing vessels. The columns and vaults which remain today stand as “a remember” of those long-gone years when Serene Republic of Venice ruled the eastern seas.

Pelekas Village

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Pelekas is a traditional village built in one of the most beautiful hills of the island. It has a glorious view, as it is located in a 220m height. It is in the northwest part of the island, 13km from the city.
The village is famous for its magic sunset. Many people consider it as the most beautiful in Corfu. At dawn on the top of the hill-where there is a café- people gather to see the Ionian Sea at its best time. This magnificent spectacle used to enjoy the German emperor Kaiser Goulielmos the 2nd. In fact there is a location called “the throne of Kaiser”.
Close to Pelekas’ village is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, Glyfada that distinguishes for its natural beauties and organization. Pelekas satisfies its visitors in all areas.

Ropa Valley

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Stretches over a plain of some 2500 acres. Long ago, it was a lake; this was drained, and today a great network of ditches and canals carries away rainwater absorbed by the rich soil, by way of the Ropa, or Ermones, River. Parts of the valley have been developed for tourism, and there is a golf course and horse riding, while agriculture is essentially non-existent. With a lake close by to the east, with its river which flows out at Ermones Bay, the valley has become an important wetlands habitat, home of a multitude of birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Sinarades Village

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Is a large, well-preserved village with buildings from the Byzantine and Venetian eras. Also of interest in the village is a campanile dating from the 15th century (not the one in the square, which is Venetian), and a little way on, up an alley, an old bakery fired by wood, where bread is still made in the old style. A philharmonic orchestra was founded in Sinarades in 1960, and it takes part in local events and processions.