About Corfu

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.

Basilica_of_PaleopolisAncient times Corfu, known as Kerkyra in Greek, owns its name the Nymph Korkira, the daughter of the River God, Aesopos. According to the myth, Poseidon, God of the Sea, fell in love with Nymph Korkira, kidnapped her and brought her on this island. According to the myth, Corfu was the island of the Phaeacians, where Odysseus landed on his return trip to Ithaca. In the ancient times, Corfu was a very important commercial centre inhabited by the Phoenicians. There was trading with all the towns of the Adriatic Sea, making Corfu a strong naval power and an important colonial town, known today as Paleopolis.  The Archaiological Museum of Paleopolis is resided in the Mon Repo Palace.


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 beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical “repertoire” came to be successfully applied to local artistic traditions. Palaces, fortresses, austere public buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with lines of drying washing in tiny alleyways and small secluded squares. Corfu (1962) – video
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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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