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What to do in Corfu? Our top 10 must-see visits to the island!

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The Byzantines, the Venetians, the British and the French in turn made Corfu a strategic place, offering a cosmopolitan atmosphere surprisingly ! The Venetian rule lasted for four centuries, so it is not surprising to feel more in Italy than in Greece when you stay. Narrow streets paved with marble, visiting incredible monuments, exploring on land or under the sea… the island of Corfu offers a variety of activities. Discover our top 10 must-see visits to do in Corfu!





Stroll through the old town of Corfu

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town of Corfu is a must-see during a stay in the Ionian Islands. Lose yourself in its alleys, cross the shopping streets, climb a few steps and land in more authentic neighborhoods where the laundry is hung between the houses. Above all, take advantage of finding shade there, a considerable asset when the weather is hot!

Corfu Town

Play VIP at Achilleion, the palace of Empress Sissi 

Located on the heights of Gastouri, dotted with cypress trees, the Achilleion is one of the most beautiful monuments to discover on the island of Corfu. In 1981, it was notably used as a backdrop in the James Bond "Just for your eyes". The palace has 128 rooms for a total of around 200 m000. A real treasure to discover absolutely!

Achilleion

Taste Greek delicacies

The gastronomy obviously mixes Greek and Italian flavors. You will taste good white and red wines, but above all you will taste with sofrito and pastitsada, typical dishes composed of veal. Finally, the kumquat is the star fruit of Corfu. It is consumed in liqueur, jams or candies.





Le Sofrito

Enjoy the view of the Pontokinosissi islet

The monastery of Vlacherna, a beautiful white building, located on the islet of Pontokinosissi is certainly the most famous representation of Corfu. Sky, sea and mountain come together in sublime shades of blue and green. In Homer's mythology, this extraordinary site is said to be Ulysses' boat that Poseidon turned to stone.

Vlacherna Monastery

Love each other in Sidari

Sidari is a must-do resort in Corfu, around 45 minutes from town, to marvel at its natural beauty. You will discover some remarkable curiosities such as white cliffs, closed coves, the Canal de l'Amour or the lovers' cave in which to write the name of your loved one.

The Canal d'Amour in Sidari

Go back in time in Old Perithia

At the foot of Mount Pantokrator, Old Perithia is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed village that has been abandoned for centuries. About 130 houses were built by hand in the XNUMXth century, making it makes the oldest traditional village in the Corfiote mountains rising from its ashes thanks to renovations.

Old Perithia

Go hiking in the countryside of the island

To escape the crowds of tourists for a while, explore the less crowded villages and enjoy unique viewpoints. For example, from Liapades, crossing an olive grove, you will reach an isthmus with two sublime pebble beaches (Limni Beach). Going for a walk allows you to enjoy the exceptional nature of the island with peace of mind !





Limni beach

Visit the Old Fort of Corfu

The Old Fort of Corfu is a XNUMXth century Venetian fortress, which will delight history buffs and will delight anyone with its breathtaking panoramic view of the city and the sea from the top. The effort of climbing on the cobblestones under the sun will be worthily rewarded! This fortress withstood three Ottoman sieges and avoided the capture of the island by the Turks.

The old Fort of Corfu

Practice diving

On the island of Corfu, there are many places for swimming, ranging from pebble or white sand beaches to turquoise waters. And why not take the opportunity to go diving? The waters are shallow, marine life is plentiful and teeming with hidden treasures. An ideal place to learn about scuba diving or snorkeling.


Snorkeling in Corfu

Be in awe of the Corfu Airport runway

Corfu is one of the most unusual airports in Europe. Its asphalt runway measures only 2 meters. By going to the dike next to the track you will be amazed at see planes ready to land right above your heads. A unique experience to do in Corfu that will not leave you without emotion!


Corfu airport runway

Pratical information

  • Formalities: bring a valid passport or national identity card.
  • Health : Beware of the sun, plan a good sunscreen. Also obtain the European Health Insurance Card, available on request from your social security fund.
  • Currency : euro since 2002.
  • How to get there : by plane from the airports of Paris, Bordeaux, Nantes, Marseille, Strasbourg, Lyon or Toulouse. By ferry with or without your car, from Italy or Greece.
  • Moves : the car is almost compulsory to navigate the narrow and winding roads of the island. You can rent one, preferably in advance. They are on arrival at the airport. Scooters are also available, as well as a bus network.
  • Best season to visit: avoiding the months of July and August is a good idea because of the hot weather and tourist overcrowding. Prefer spring or the months of September / October. View our detailed statistics.

The essentials of Corfu… and after?

Corfu is full of other must-see sights during your stay. Go for a walk around Paléokastritsa, discover thecrafts et abuse the various beaches ! Finally, to prepare for your vacation in Corfu, be sure to read our article Visit Greece: Everything you need to know before your trip.



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