Corfu (Greece): what to see between beaches, monasteries and olive groves

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What to see in Corfu, an itinerary to discover the island, an ideal destination for beach holidays with enchanting beaches and small pretty villages to visit.


Tourist information

The island of Corfu is among the most popular for holidays in Greece, located in the Ionian Sea facing the coast of Epirus, on the border between Greece and Albania.

At the point closest to the Albanian coast, the island is separated from the mainland by a sea strait about 3 kilometers wide, while the maximum distance from the Greek coasts is about 25 kilometers.


Near the capital of the island of Corfu, in Greek Kerkyra, there is the international airport, very popular in the summer, and various landing points along the coast, ready to accommodate any type of boat.

It was the Greek inhabitants of the island of Euboea who formed, in 775-750 BC, the first known settlements on the island of Corfu.

In 734 BC a group of refugees from Corinth founded a colony there, and since then many peoples have dominated the island, strategically located in the Mediterranean, often attacked by pirate raids.


Corfu was Roman, Byzantine, Norman, Venetian, French, English until 1864, when it finally passed to Greece.

Today Corfu is a tourist destination highly appreciated for the beauty of its beaches, its sea and all its natural environment characterized by picturesque villages perched on the slopes, ancient monasteries, olive groves and suggestive panoramic views.

What see

In the north of the island, the sandy beaches of Sidari are very beautiful, in particular the Love Channel, Roda, Acharavi.


On the west coast, the area of ​​Paleokastritsa, made up of small rocky bays and beaches, some of which can be reached by boat, is very spectacular.

An ancient monastery stands on a promontory and enriches the enchanting landscape.

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To visit the old town of Corfu, full of charm, Mount Pantokratoras, in the north-eastern part of the island, with its 911 meters is the highest point of Corfu, at the top is the Pantokratoras Monastery and, on a slope , a group of stone houses and churches, now abandoned, is what remains of Palia Perithia (old Perithia), a village dating back to the fourteenth century, once inhabited by many people who, coming from the coast subjected to pirate attacks and of malaria, they found refuge there.

The new seaport is one of the main seaports, where ferries from Italy and the Greek ports of Patras and Igoumenitsa dock

In Porto Vecchio, small boats and fishing boats are moored.

Marina di Mandraki is mainly used by sailboat owners.

Marina di Naok is equipped for every type of boat.

PALEOKASTRITSA - Travel Guide (Corfu, Greece) (August 2020)


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