Places in Corfu
Charming, cosmopolitan Corfu Town (also known as Kerkyra) takes hold of you and never lets go. If you approach by sea, you will be met by the majesty of the famous Palaio Frourio (Old Fortress). Take a wander after the day-trippers leave to discover enchanting pastel-hued Venetian-era mansions, top museums and artistic life, and a buoyant year-round cosmopolitan spirit.
North & Northwest of Corfu Town
To explore fully all regions of the island outside Corfu Town your own transport is best. Much of the coast just north of Corfu Town is overwhelmed with beach resorts such as Gouvia, Dasia and the linked resorts of Ipsos and Pyrgi, all with close-quarters humanity and narrow beaches, but with everything for a family holiday.
Some of Corfu’s prettiest countryside, villages and beaches line the west coast. The scenic and very popular resort area, Paleokastritsa, 26km from Corfu Town, rambles for nearly 3km down a valley to a series of small, picturesque coves between tall cliffs. Craggy mountains swathed in cypresses and olive trees tower above.
South Of Corfu Town
The coast road south from Corfu Town leads to well-signposted Achillion Palace near the village of Gastouri. The Achillion was built in the 1890s by Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, as a retreat and in tribute to her hero, Achilles. (Poor Sisi was later assassinated on the shores of Lake Geneva by a deranged anarchist.
Tours and activities
Corfu Shore Excursion: Private Island Tour Including Achillion Palace
When your cruise ships docks at the Port of Corfu, set off to see the island’s highlights with a private guide! Start with a visit to Achillion Palace, the former home of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and then head in...
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