Corfu. Easter here has its own color!
The green "island of Feakes", Corfu, with its indented coastline and the atmospheric Old Town, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage monument, knows to respect the secrets for centuries and the poetry of a life that resists to the ephemeral influences of the time...
Easter is celebrated here in a unique way by breaking Botides, with philharmonics in the alleyways and traditional flavors...
Starting a journey in search of the special charm of Corfu, we will discover a unique island with a distinct culture, a high level of culture, beautiful customs and unique traditional flavors. Its geographical position - as it is the northernmost island in Ionian Sea and is considered as the crossroad of East and West – make it the target of many conquerors over the centuries. In the past, as a part of the Byzantine Empire, Corfu was occupied by the Venetians, Frenchmen, Russians and Englishmen. The influences that has accepted, contributed to the formation of a distinct cultural identity.
The influence of West is present in both the architecture of the facades and in the interior decoration of public buildings, of aristocratic homes, and in the ordinary urban houses.
Here is Kampielo, the old Jewish neighborhood. The Old City is the largest "live" preserved medieval city in Greece and its disparate architectural elements, tied together seamlessly, express the influences of different cultures.
The new part of Corfu is not separated from the Old Town. Thus, next to alleyways, there are wide streets with large squares. Among them Spianada – considered the most beautiful in Greece!
Corfu is belted by the Old or Sea Fort, separated from the city by a moat, the Contra Fosa, above of it there was a movable wooden bridge. The New or Stergiano Fortress, near the old port, was built among 1576 - 1588 to protect the city from a possible Turkish invasion.
In this enchanting city, the customs of Easter have their own color, aroma and taste. If one experiences it once, he comes back again and again...
- The alleyways of the Old City
- Liston, in the center of Corfu, which is a benchmark for locals and visitors
- The storied Pontikonissi, 4 km south of the city
- The New Fortress, in the northwestern part of the city, above the old harbor
- The church of St. Spyridon (patron saint of the island) in the homonymous street, behind the Liston
- The Church of St. George in Old Fort
- The City Palace, at Spiniada
- The Old Fort, at the edge of the Spiniada, with the dark porticoes. From its highest point you will enjoy panoramic views of Spiniada and Liston
- The Byzantine Museum
- The Archaeological Museum
- The Museum of Asian Art
- The Town Hall and the Ionian University
Photos: Vlassis Tsonos
For your stay in Corfu, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Corfu town, as well as in many other areas of Corfu , there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Below, you can see a list of hotels and lodgings for staying in the area and selected accommodation's 'offers and deals' as well as various options for low-cost holidays.
Access to Corfu is through Igoumenitsa by ferry. In Corfu the road network is good and having your own car is necessary to explore the island.
The connection with Igoumenitsa port starts at 4pm and ends at 10am. In summertime departures are very often (every 15 min.) from Igoumenitsa. Trip duration is 1h and 45min.
To get to Igoumenitsa with direction to Corfu, you can follow the following routes:
From Athens: 440 km
From Thessaloniki: 320 km
From Patra: 250 km
There are regular routes to Athens through Igoumenitsa. Trip duration is 8 hours and to Thessaloniki is 8 hours also.
Access to Corfu is possible also by plane through regular flights from Athens or through charter flights.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.