Walking Tour: Old Town

  • Start Liston
  • End Liston
  • Length 2km; three to four hours

For this walk through Corfu's Old Town, be sure to pack your sun cream and swimming gear – you're going to need them along the way. Start at the southern end of the elegant, French-built Liston arcade. Walk across the large, grassy expanse known as the Spianada to the imposing Palaio Frourio, where you'll probably spend at least an hour clambering up to the viewpoints. After soaking up the vistas, pop into the Durrell Memorial Gardens to pay your respects to writers (and brothers) Gerald and Lawrence Durrell, who each in his own way did so much to put this island on the tourist radar. Carry on to the incredible Corfu Museum of Asian Art, one of the finest of its kind in Europe. Afterwards, for a change of pace, carry on up the road past the beautiful Corfu Reading Society building and then take the little side road leading right under an archway to get down to what was once the city baths and is today still a very popular place for locals looking to take a dip in the sea (now you know why you needed your swimming gear!). After you've cooled down, follow the coastal road around until you get to the soft-yellow-coloured church housing the Antivouniotissa Museum and some sublime religious icons. From here you can wander at will through a tight web of narrow streets and alleyways where bougainvillea plants explode across pastel-painted walls. Cross the Plateia Kremasti and carry on down the shopping street of Mitropoleos until you can cut through to the fascinating Church of Agios Spyridon, which houses the remains of Corfu's patron saint. Walk across the pretty Plateia Agios Spyridon and straight over towards the Plateia Dimarchio. The latter is easily the Old Town's sweetest square, and even more interestingly it's lined with cafes and restaurants – pause here for a well-deserved drink. Glasses drained, head back to where it all began, at the Liston.