Top 10 Things To Do In Corfu
When you’re planning your summer holidays, the Greek Islands offer some of the world’s most idyllic beaches to bask in the sun, swim in the sea and play on the sand. Corfu, the second largest Ionian island, is (arguably) the most popular holiday spot in the Ionian sea and it’s not hard to see why. From forts, castles, mountaintop villages and secluded coves to all-night long party venues, there’s plenty to keep you busy if the sunburn kicks in.
1. The Archilleion Palace
Overlooking the coast in the village of Gastouri, The Achilleion Palace is renowned for its stunning architecture, imperial gardens and the tragic history of Empress of Austria, Elisabeth of Bavaria. A woman reportedly obsessed with beauty, she lost her only son, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria in 1889 and was assassinated in 1898. The inspiring mythology of ancient Greece imbues the spectacular site.
2. The Beaches
You can’t go wrong with the beaches in Corfu, no matter where you kick off your flip flops and lay down your towel. Some of the most popular include Paleokastritsa for its green cliffs and sea caves, Agios Gordios is packed full of tourist facilities, Glyfada is surrounded by lush cliffs and Nissaki boasts aqua water and powder-soft sand.
3. The Archaeological Museum of Corfu
The Archaeological Museum of Corfu was built in the 1960s and it’s chock full of archaeological finds from the Temple of Artemis at Corfu. This is a must for history buffs, interested in findings from ancient Corfu.
If you’ve embarked on your summer holiday to Corfu with the entire family, the kids will absolutely love Aqualand. The gigantic park is a thrill a minute with waterslides and activities ranging from gentle ones for the littlies and super scary ones for the teenagers.
5. The Old Fortress
Apparently, residents of Corfu once lived inside the walls of the Old Fortress, at the eastern end of Corfu Town. Built by the Venetians in the 16th century, this is a fantastic place to come for panoramic views of Corfu and you can also visit the Church of St. George.
6. Gardiki Castle
Perched high above Gardiki village, the 13th century Byzantine castle is the only surviving medieval fortress on the southern part of Corfu. Partially destroyed now, it once defended the inhabitants of Corfu and it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island.
7. Greek Music and Dancing
The vibrant nightlife in Corfu is infamous, especially in the areas of Glyfada and Ipsos. You can party all night long at bars, discos and nightclubs and emerge when the sun is rising. But, for a traditional Greek night out, hit the tavernas to experience lively Greek music and dancing.
8. Corfu Old Town
The UNESCO World Heritage Listed Corfu Old Town retains a Venetian allure and it’s a wonderful place to stroll around narrow streets, admiring quaint squares, beautiful buildings and popping in to fabulous restaurants and cafes for a bite to eat in the heat of the day.
9. Mouse Island and Kanoni
The Kanoni Peninsular and Mouse Island are among the most photographed spots in Corfu. You can visit the 17th century church, Panagia Vlacherna, experience phenomenal views and take a boat out to Mouse Island, which is only a 5 minute ride away, to visit a 13th century monastery.
10. The Church of Agios Spyridon
A great free thing to do in Corfu is visit the Church of Agios Spyridon, named for the patron saint of Corfu. St. Spyridon is said to have saved the island on many occasions and a popular name in Corfu is, therefore, Spyros.
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