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Corfu is a beautiful green Ionian island that has Venetian elegance, imposing fortresses, wonderful beaches, hospitable inhabitants and is an ideal tourist destination for any kind of vacation.
The city of Kerkyra is characterized by its large squares, large boulevards and modern buildings. The old part of Corfu is one of the most picturesque places in Greece with the characteristic old cobbled streets known to everyone in the cantons of Corfu.
Corfu has endless natural beauties and countless attractions that a visitor must discover. The top attractions in Corfu that you must see are:
Old Fortress of Corfu
To the east of the Old Town rises the first fortress of Corfu, Palio or Fortetsa, an architectural masterpiece of both the Byzantine and Venetian eras. It was built to surround the new city built by the surviving Corfiots, when it was destroyed in the 6th century by invaders. The people of Corfu were looking for a new place to take root, which would offer them greater security.
New Fortress of Corfu
The New Fortress of Corfu, which dominates the hill of Agios Markos, was built by the Venetians in the 16th century, when the need to protect the city became urgent, the security of which could no longer be ensured by the Old Fortress. It is built on two levels in order to fulfil its dual role: port protection and inland control.
Today, in addition to Navy facilities, the New Fortress hosts exhibitions of photography, painting, etc. while in its premises find music concerts and other artistic activities.
Achillion is located in an idyllic location, in the village of Gastouri and is one of the most important attractions of Corfu. It was built in 1890 to become the private refuge of Empress Elizabeth of Austria, also known as Sissy. The beauty of Corfu and the palace was a great consolation for the "sad princess" after the loss of her son, while she managed to charm Kaiser, who bought it and visited it often. The palace today functions as a museum and meeting place.
A green rock, in the middle of the sea, is the trademark of Corfu. The legendary Pontikonisi, at the entrance of the Halikiopoulos lagoon, is one of the must-see attractions when you are in Corfu. Pontikonisi is beautiful and the view that the green island offers to visitors is magnificent, from the islet of Vlacherna, which hosts the monastery of the same name and from Perama, while the best view of the island is from Kanoni.
In Paleopolis, where the traces of the ancient city of Corfu are located, is the green estate of Mon Repo, which is spread over 258 acres of dense vegetation and beautiful gardens. The elegant and impressive palace with large openings is colonial in style with strong Greek and neoclassical elements. Its beautiful gardens once housed more than 2,000 species of plants, gifts from European royal houses.
Easter in Corfu is celebrated majestically and attracts thousands of tourists from all over Greece and the world. Typical customs are: the noisy custom of the "boots", with the locals throwing clay jugs with water from the balconies, the cannonades from the Old Fortress, the philharmonic orchestras that fill the air with melodies, the Epitaph and the big Epitaph the "manuals" (Venetian lanterns), the "representation of the earthquake", the custom of Mastela, the sparklers that pop over the Ionian, the feast with good wine, "tsilihourda" (cook) and "kolombines" (Easter buns) .
Palaces, fortresses, museums, libraries, galleries, temples, interesting public buildings and private mansions, public, private and archaeological sites, places of special natural beauty, traditional settlements, green olive groves, picturesque ports and turquoise beaches make this island ideal destination even for the most demanding visitor.