Capital of the island is called also Corfu in Greek Kerkyra and it is built in a Venetian style. The historical Centre of the town consists also of French and British elements. The most impressive monuments of the Venetian period are:
1. The two fortresses, the old one which was built in the beginning of the 16th century and it was called “Castelo dal Mare”, (today Paleo frourion) and the new one which was built also in the 16th century (1576) called “Castelo da Tera” and it was dedicated to Saint Marcus.
2. the most significant Catholic Cathedral, built in the in the 14th century, dedicated to Saint Giacomo.
3. The Town Hall which was the old “Loggia Nobilei” (the nobles Arcade) built between 1663-1693 in a Baroc and Renaissance style. This building is the only monument of the town with sculptured Sinion stone.
From the French period is: the marvellous monument, the Royal palace of Corfu (today museum of Asiatic Arts). Unique in its Georgian style in the Mediterranean, it is built of stone from Malta Island between 1819-1824 by Sir G. Whitmore and it is dedicated to Saint George and Saint Michael, for housing the first High Commissioner of Corfu Sir Thomas Maitland. From the French period are:
1. The Arcades of “Liston” which are a miniature of those in “Rue de Rivoli” in Paris, built by the French famous architect Lesseps
2. The most significant work of the French period was the Ionian Academy in 1808, the first University of modern Greece.
Another characteristic of Corfu’s old historical Centre is its churches; most of them are built during the Venetian period. The most famous of them are: 1) The Greek orthodox church of Saint Spyridon, which is the islands saint patron, builds in 1590. Saint Spyridon’s relics are laying in rest in a pure silver casket.2) The Greek orthodox Cathedral, the Basilica which is dedicated to Blessed Virgin, built in 1577. Into the church are laying the relics of the Byzantine Empress Saint Theodora Augusta and Saint Vlassios. In the town are also five Museums: Museum of Asiatic Arts, Solomos Museum, Money Museum, Archaeological Museum and Byzantine Museum. Only 5 km away from the town of Corfu in the picturesque traditional village of Gastouri is situated the palace of the charming and graceful Empress Elizabeth of Austria, “Sissy”. The Achileion Palace, which is built in a combination of Pompeian and Neoclassicism style by the Italian architects Raphaelo Cardilo and Antonio Landi between 1890-1892.
This is a half day taxi private tour, including all highlights of Corfu Island. Port, Aggelocastro, Lakones, Paleokastritsa, koinopiastes, Achillion Palace, Kanoni and the Mouse Island, Corfu town and the Port. We stop on the way at the highlights and panoramic places for pictures, etc…Read More
Is a beautiful village of the municipality of Feakes Corfu with a history about 2000 years, which keeps the traditional style with no visible signs of deterioration by tourism. The small tavern in the village square in Sokraki for lunch – lovely fresh Greek salads, saganaki and Greek sausage. It’s an adventure driving up there, and once we get there..Read More
Is a large, well-preserved village with buildings from the Byzantine and Venetian eras. Also of interest in the village is a campanile dating from the 15th century (not the one in the square, which is Venetian), and a little way on, up an alley, an old bakery fired by wood, where bread is still made in the old style. A..Read More
Sidari is situated on the shores of a great gulf in the north of Corfu. With its fantastic sandy beaches, it is a very popular holiday area, ideal for families. It is famous for the ‘Canal d’Amour’ a rock formation that once formed a tunnel where, it is said, lovers who kissed beneath, would never forget each other. This and..Read More