Information about Corfu
Corfu is one of the most favourite destinations of Greece and the Greek Islands and attracts many tourists. Corfu is called Kerkyra in Greek and owns its name from mythology, from the derivation of the name of the Nymph Korkira, who was the daughter of the River God, Aesopos. According to mythology, Poseidon, God of the Sea, fell in love with the Nymph Korkira, kidnapped her and brought her to the island; since then, the island took the name of the nymph. is a place that has been influenced by many different European cultures, giving it a unique physical appearance. Once visitors arrive on Corfu Island, they feel they have been transported to an era of knights and castles. This page provides a brief Corfu Island travel guide, including sightseeing and beaches in Corfu, as well as information about entertainment and traditions on the island. It is a beautiful island, part of the Ionian Islands and has a lot of verdant vegetation, amazing beaches, superb Venetian architecture, picturesque villages, lively nightlife and a great cosmopolitan way of life.
Archaeological excavations have proved that the island was inhabited since the Paleolithic Era (7th- 4th centuries BC) and that during this period Corfu was a very important commercial centre which inhabitants were the Phoenicians.
During the Roman times, the island was allowed to keep part of its autonomy and, in return, the Romans could use the port of the town.
The Roman contribution to the island included roads, and public buildings including bath houses. In 40 AD, Jason and Sossipatros, two disciples of Saint Paul, brought Christianity on the island and built the first Christian church which they dedicated to Saint Stephan.
Corfu Sightseeing & Attractions
Corfu (Kerkyra) is an island of great history that spans from antiquity to modern times. The island's capital town is absolutely magnificent with its narrow alleyways, Venetian buildings, and neoclassical manors.
We suggest beginning your Corfu sightseeing tour in the capital town, where you can visit:
* the Old Fortress
* the New Fortress
* the Palace of St. Michael and St. George
* the Kanoni area
* Spianada Square, which possesses many historical buildings
* the Liston Promenade
* the Ionios Academy
* Mon Repo Park * the Grave Monument of Menecratis in Garitsa
* the Paleopolis Ancient Site near Mon Repo
* the Churches of Agios Spyridon, Panagia Antivouniotissa and Panangia Spiliotissa
* the Archaeological, Byzantine, Bank Note and Asian Art Museums
Other areas on Corfu (Kerkyra) Island have wonderful sites, such as:
* the Achillion Manor (Austrian Princess Sissy's Palace and later summer home of Kaiser Wilhelm II ), full of statues and busts of mythical and real ancient Greek figures
* the Monastery of the Virgin Mary and the Byzantine Fortress “Aggelokastro” in Paleokastritsa
* Canal d'amor-the “Channel of Love” in Sidari
* Pontikonissi Island(mouse island)
* the ruins of the Roman Baths in Acharavi
* the Kaiser's Bridge and the Sea Museum in Benitses
* the view from Longgas in Peroulades
Corfu (Kerkyra) Beaches, Greece
In Corfu visitors are provided with an abundance of stunning beaches. Apart from the beautiful Messonghi Beach, you can also go to the nearby Corfu beaches of Moraitika, Agios Georgios, Issos and Kavos.
On the northern coast of Corfu, you will find the beaches of Agios Stefanos along with the ones from Acharavi, Agios Georgios Bay, Arillas, Dasia, Kalami, Paleokastritsa, Peroulades and Sidari. Near Corfu Town are the beaches of Mon Repo and Benitses, while the beaches of Glyfada and Agios Gordios are located on the mid western coast of the island. Corfu Cuisine & Nightlife
Throughout the island there are countless entertainment venues. Corfu ( Kerkyra) offers a wide variety, from jumping nightclubs, bars and tavernas to quiet seaside cafés and ouzeries. The cuisine of Corfu (Kerkyra) is a combination of the various cultures that have influenced the island.
The most popular dishes are pastitsada (beef or cock in red sauce with macaroni or pasta), sofrito (beef in a wine and garlic sauce), savoro (fish in spicy white sauce), bourdeto (spicy fish stew) and the quom-quat fruit that is made into either a beverage or a sweet.