About Corfu Island
Marina Apartments Agios Georgios Corfu
Corfu is proudly known as “The Emerald Isle” and as soon as you get here you will understand why…
A natural beauty will envelope you as you step onto the shores of Corfu and the beaches with their golden sands and shimmering blue seas will have you pinching yourself to see if you are dreaming or not.
Still recognisable as the idyllic refuge where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed and sent on his way home, Corfu continues to welcome weary travellers with its lush scenery...
Since the 8th century BC the island the Greeks call Kerkyra has been prized for its untamed beauty and strategic location. Ancient armies fought to possess it, while in the early days of modern Greece it was a beacon of learning.
Corfiots remain proud of their intellectual and artistic roots, with vestiges of the past ranging from Corfu Town's Venetian architecture to British legacies such as cricket and ginger beer.
Corfu town or Kerkyra in Greek is the principal town of Corfu Island. Surrounded by the sea and closed between two Venetian fortresses the Old Town of Corfu is one of the most charming and romantic places of all modern Greece.
It is no coincidence that since 2007 the Old Town of Corfu has been officially inscribed in the World Heritage List of the UNESCO.
Getting to Corfu
By plane from European Cities
From beginning April until the end of October many charter flights from all-over Europe fly daily to Corfu.
By plane from Athens
If you are flying to Athens International Airport there are scheduled flights to Corfu several times a day operated by Aegean Air, also in winter time.
By ferry from Italy
In case you want to travel by car then this possible from Brindisi, Bari, Ancona, Trieste or Venice in Italy. Most of the ferries go to Igoumenitsa and then to Patras.
Set atop a steep coastal hill 12km south of Corfu Town, the Achillion Palace was built during the 1890s as the summer palace of Austria's empress Elizabeth, the niece of King Otto of Greece.
The palace's two principal features are its intricately decorated central staircase, rising in geometrical flights, and its sweeping garden terraces, which command eye-popping views.
Corfu Town owes the elegant, photogenic Liston, the arcade that lines the northern half of the Spianada, to neither the Venetians nor the British, but to the French. Designed during the brief Napoleonic occupation of Corfu (1807–14), its harmonious four-storey houses were modelled on Paris’ then-new rue de Rivoli. A procession of grand, see-and-be-seen cafes sprawls under the arcade, open to both the Spianada and to Kapadistriou around the back.
Kanoni & Pontikonissi
The location of Kanoni with the church of Panagia Vlacherna below and the Mouse Island (Pontikonissi) are the most famous and photographed spots of Corfu.
Kanoni is actually a quarter of Corfu Town, just a couple of km from the city centre. It took its name from an old cannon that stands on top of the hill.
The village of Paleokastritsa offers a plethora of local taverns overlooking the blue bay and six sandy and pebbled beaches which are scattered all around the area.
Those beaches are surrounded by olive tree forests creating a dramatic yet beautiful scenery.