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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.