The Old Town’s most eye-catching feature is the grand French-built Liston arcade, facing the Old Fort across the lawns of the Spianada, and lined with packed cafes. At its northern end, the neoclassical Palace of St Michael & St George contains the excellent Corfu Museum of Asian Art. Head inland and you can lose yourself for a happy hour or two amid the maze-like alleyways, seeking out sumptuous Orthodox churches or cosy cafes as the mood takes you.

Continue southwest, skirting the mighty Neo Frourio (New Fort), to reach the New Town, busy with everyday shops and services and centring on Plateia G Theotoki (also known as Plateia San Rocco). To the south, around curving Garitsa Bay, the ruin-strewn Mon Repos Estate marks the site of the ancient settlement of Palaeopolis.