Corfu, Greece – Beyond the Port
Just off the coast of the land border with Albania, Corfu lies on the far northwest corner of Greece. Considered as the second largest Ionian islands along with its small surrounding islands. Many tours to Greece highlight Corfu as a must-visit destination because of its rich history and breathtaking landscapes. In Corfu’s history, this island was where a shipwrecked Odysseus sought refuge from the storms and where other travelers have rested. Its stunning bays, great hills, and lush coastline have drawn visitors since the 8th century BC. Corfu holds a historic location of strategic importance and has been fought over for centuries. The unique thing about Corfu town is that it is the only Greek city whose castles surround the town, and one of the very few to have held off the Ottomans.
With abundant ruins from ancient to the modern era, appealing villages, crystal clear beaches against a backdrop of golden seas, and warm Greek hospitality, there is plenty to see and do in your ultimate Corfu vacation. Here are some interesting and fun things to do.
Visit Canal d’Amour – Corfu’s True Natural Wonders
Possibly one of the busiest areas along the North coast of Corfu, Sidari is located near a large gulf that offers several beaches in a great developed area. Here you can find the Canal d’Amour, one of Corfu’s most impressive natural wonders. Astonish at the looming sandstone rock formations that stretch from a small beach into the Ionian Sea. You can also swim through the caves and tunnels or watch local residents jump off the rocks into the warm blue water. Make sure to bring your camera with you and take advantage of unrivaled photography opportunities that capture Corfu’s breathtaking landscapes. There are caves and coves that seem as if they have been carved by hand. You can also rent snorkeling equipment and be amazed at the multicolored ocean life.
While you’re in the town of Sidari, explore a lively beach resort backed by a landscape of thick forest and olive groves. Take time to relax on a collection of small beaches or try some water activities such as parasailing and windsurfing.
Stroll Around Vlacherna Monastery
Vlacherna Monastery is one of the most iconic sites of Corfu. The monastery juts out into the sea on its very own island. Today, Vlacherna can be reached by a small track over the water, which makes for a charming place to visit. The monastery is open to the public all year round and welcomes all tourists and visitors.
Visit Agni Bay
Sit on the north-east coast of the island, Agni Bay is a must-visit place in Corfu, Greece. This historic fishing village is a perfect place to experience the island life. Here at Agni Bay, you’ll surely enjoy its coastline, where you can take a dip in the warm waters and relax at one of the seafronts tavernas that conjure up delightful Corfiot dishes. For the seafood lover, Agni Bay should be on top of your itinerary when visiting Corfu, Greece.
Witness the Dramatic Cape Drastis
Another place you shouldn’t be missed is the Cape Drastis, which is one of the most northerly points of Corfu Island. Before going here, make sure to check if Cape Drastis is open, as there are inconsistencies on the schedule sometimes, but it’s a sure bet that the summer months are the easiest to gain access in Cape Drastis.
Near the top of the road, you need to stop first to pay for a small entrance fee, but this isn’t always the case because sometimes you can just drive straight through without charging for entry. Drive with care going down the road to Cape Drastis, as it is sometimes a little steep. Once you arrived, you’ll surely amaze how beautiful this spot is. You can visit here any time of the day, but it’s better to visit later in the day when the sun hits the cliffs.
Also, don’t forget to bring a bottled water with you, as there are only a few amenities at this little spot.
See St. George’s Church, Kerkyra
Kerkyra Church may look like a Doric temple, but it was actually built by the British in the 19th Century. Located within the Old Fortress of Kerkyra, this church is a great place to see. If you’re lucky, you can witness the concert held inside this church during certain times of the year, so make sure to check once you arrive on the island.
Discover the Old Town of Corfu
Your Corfu visit isn’t complete without exploring around this pretty small town – the Corfu City. Make sure to visit around the UNESCO World Heritage protect the old town where you can find some of the historic Venetian houses that are still standing up to this day.
Also, some of the must visit places here are the Statue of Georgios Theotokis, Spilias Square, the Liston, the Old Fortress, and the Saint Spyridon Church, the patron saint of the town.
After that tiring but enjoyable day, head over to The Venetian Well to experience their delicious food in an idyllic setting.
Indulge on the Local Food
During a holiday in Corfu island, you shouldn’t miss tasting the most popular Greek dishes and some traditional food of Kerkyra. The Greek and Corfu’s cuisine is influenced mostly by local products as olive oil, meat, cheese, and vegetables will surprise you day by day for their quality. For starters, Taramosalda, Tzatziki, and Melitzanosalada are some of the best food to try. Also, you should try the Tyropithakia, a sort of salad pie filled with the traditional Feta cheese. In the island of Corfu, some important traditional products include local honey, sheep yogurt, and extra virgin olive oil, and some local recipes like Sofrito and Pastitsada are really the best.
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