Corfu, known also as Kerkyra, is the northernmost of the Ionian Islands in Greece. Located off of the far northwest coast of the country, Corfu lies in the Adriatic sea, east of Italy and southwest of Albania. Historically Corfu has been controlled by many foreign powers, notably the Venetians, French, and British.
The Mon Repo Palace was built as a summer residence for the British Lord High Commissioner of the United States of the Ionian Islands, Frederick Adam, and his second wife (a Corfiot), Diamantina ‘Nina’ Palatino, in 1828–1831, although they had to vacate the villa soon afterwards in 1832 when Adam was sent to serve in India. The villa was rarely used as a residence for the later British governors. In 1833, it housed a school of fine arts, while in 1834, the park was opened to the public. Empress Elisabeth of Austria stayed there in 1863. Here she fell in love with the island, where she later built the Achilleion Palace.
The Greek isles have very beautiful beaches. Corfu is no exception and has many varied beaches. Sandy, Rocky coves, quiet and hidden. On the West side of the island, the beaches are sandier while the East tends to have calmer waters. Some famous beaches are: Sidari, Dasia and Ipsos, Kassiopi, Glifada, Pelekas, Lefkimmi , Barbati , Chalikounas , Issos , Prasoudi, Messonghi and Benitses.
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