With the passage of time the island may have changed,
but we can still feel the spirit of a distant glorious
past . Its rich multi-cultural heritage, its historic
monuments, its stunning natural landscape, its crystal
clear seas, and its excellent weather all year round
explain why Corfu is one of the most cosmopolitan
Mediterranean destinations weaving a powerful spell on
Corfu (Kérkyra), unlike the rest of Greece, never fell
under the Ottoman oppression. Due to the successive
dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British
over the centuries, the island has primarily become part
of the Western rather the Levantine world. Their culture
wielded strong influence in the city: it was here that
the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the
first Philharmonic Orchestra and the First School of
Fine Arts were founded.
In the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO
world heritage site, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical
“repertoire” came to be successfully applied to local
artistic traditions. Palaces, fortresses, austere public
buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with lines
of drying washing in tiny alleyways and small secluded
squares. Strolling through a complex of narrow cobbled
streets with stairways and vaulted passages, the
so-called “kantoúnia”, will make you feel as if you’ve
travelled to Genoa or Naples.
You can discover the most beautiful spots in the city of
Corfu walking through:
• Spianáda, the largest square in the Balkans, is the
centre of the city, adorned with 19th-century remarkable
works of French architecture. Here you can watch cricket
games, or attend in musical concerts organised
throughout the year.
• Listón, the city’s trademark, where the aristocrats
used to enjoy their evening promenades. The
characteristic arcades form the most romantic background
setting for a welcome cup of coffee at one of the town’s
You can visit the city’s fascinating museums and places:
• Archaeological Museum: Here you can admire important
finds from the temple of Artemis and excavation finds
from the ancient city of Corfu.
• Byzantine Museum: It is housed in the Church of the
Virgin Mary Antivouniotissa and houses an interesting
collection of icons and ecclesiastic items from the 15th
to the 19th century.
• The Banknote Museum showcases a collection of Greek
coinage from 1822 to the present day.
• Dionysios Solomos Museum: The national Poet of Greece
left Zakynthos and moved to Corfu, important
intellectual centre of the Ionian Islands in those
• The Museum of Asian Art: Being the only one of its
kind, it was founded in 1927. Until 1974 it was a
Chinese and Japanese Art museum. It is housed in Saint
Michael and George Palace.
• Mon Repos Palace was built by the British Commissioner
Adams as a gift to his Corfiot wife. It is a small but
beautiful palace with colonial elements, which today
operates as a museum. In this luxurious dwelling, Prince
Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Elisabeth
the Second, was born in 1921.
• Kanóni (meaning canon) offers from its circular
terrace an amazing view across the island of
Pontikoníssi (meaning Mouse Island). According to the
legend, this rocky islet was a Phaeacian ship that was
turned into stone.
• Paleópolis (at Mon Repos estate) stands where the
Agora of the ancient city of Corfu was located.
• Achilleion is a fairy palace built among cypresses and
myrtles by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who wished
to escape from the Austrian court. Elisabeth truly fell
in love with the island, and she dedicated this palace
to Achilles as she cherished the belief that he
represented the very soul and fairness of Greece.
Edward Lear vividly describes the magic of Corfu:
“Anything like the splendour of olive-groves and
orange-gardens, the blue of the sky, the violet of the
mountain, rising from peacock-wing-hued sea and tipped
with lines of silver snow, can hardly be imagined […]”.
boats can travel from Corfu to any other Ionian island
you want. You can travel to the Ionian Sea and feel its
aura, you can hear the waves’ whispers telling you tales
about Empress Elisabeth of Austria . Hellas Yachting
also recommends you the accommodation that we have
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