Corfu Town Travel Summary

Kérkyra (Corfu Town) is the capital of the Greek island of Corfu is characterised by cobblestone streets, pastel-colored Venetian architecture, fortresses surrounded by the turquoise sea.

The Corfu Town Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Corfu Town:

  1. An introduction and brief history to Corfu Town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

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1. An introduction and brief history to Corfu Town:

Corfu Town is one of the most interesting towns in Greece due to the strong influence of the Venetians who were in power for four centuries.  The old town is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestles between the two Venetian fortresses.

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Corfu Town has kept many of its imposing buildings, elegant mansions, superb palaces, French-style flowered squares and beautiful fortresses.   Corfu’s pedestrian-only old town is a warren of crumbling Venetian buildings, churches and chic boutiques and rustic tavernas.   Locals gather on the Spianada and the Liston – a 19th century arcade sheltering a string of cafes.   Guarding the town and accessed from the Spianada, the old fortress juts out into the sea, while the New Fortress commands a hilltop position behind the old town.

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2. What to See:

Spianada Square

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Spianada Square (Esplanade) is the biggest square in Greece
  • The word “Spianada” came from the Italian word “spianare”, which means flatten and relates to the Venetian’s decision to improve island’s defence by demolishing the surrounding houses
  • The square is a favourite with the locals who you will see chilling out on balmy evenings. It is also used as an outdoor concert venue

The Liston

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Built in 1807 by the French imperial commissioner Mathieu de Lesseps, who was inspired by the Rue de Rivoli of Paris
  • For many years, Liston was only accessible aristocrats from Corfu
  • Only those who their name was written in the Libro d’Oro (a Golden Book) had access to the area
  • It houses some very elegant restaurants, bars and cafes and is a perfect place for people watching

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The Old Fortress

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Old Fortress of Corfu is one of the most impressive fortifications within Greece
  • The fortress is called Old in contrast to the New Fortress (of Saint Mark), that was also built to protect the town from enemies and pirates
  • It was constructed by the Venetians in the 15th century on the site of a former Byzantine castle
  • Check out the wonderful central gate, the bastions of Savornian, Martinengo, and Mandraki, the tower of the land at the West, and the tower of the sea at the East, the English hospital, and the English barracks, the clock tower, and the lighthouse

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St. Spyridon Church

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Built in 1590, St. Spyridon Church (Agios Spyridon) is dedicated to St. Spyridon, who is said to have saved the Greek island of Corfu from Ottoman attacks on multiple occasions
  • Located in the heart of Corfu Town, the church is the final resting place of the saint, whose remains are kept in a casket inside the church

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Museum of Asian Art of Corfu

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Museum of Asian Art in Corfu is housed within the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George (a beautiful neoclassical)
  • It was built between 1819 and 1824 by the British and initially served as the residence of the British High Commissioners of the Ionian islands
  • Exhibits include items from all over Asia including China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Korea, Siam, Tibet, Nepal, Cambodia, and Thailand

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New Venetian Fortress

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The New Venetian Fortress (Fortezza Nuova) was built by the Venetians during the 16th century in order to fortify the defence because the Old Fortress
  • Located on the hill of Agios Markos, the New Venetian Fortress has one of the best panoramic view of Corfu
  • The Royal Gate of the New Fortress is decorated with the emblem of the Republic of Venice, the winged Lion of St. Mark
  • The new fortress also houses the Museum of Ceramic Art, photography, painting, sculpture as well as concerts and other cultural events

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Kanoni & Pontikonisi (Mouse Island)

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • World famous Kanoni is situated south of the Palaiopoli peninsula
  • It was named Kanoni (canons) after the battery of artillery established by the French in 1798
  • In the sea below Kanoni is the Monastery of Vlaherna built in the 17th century, linked to the mainland by a pier
  • Just across from the Vlaherna monastery, is the verdantly green Mouse Island (Pontikonisi).
  • The views from Kanoni looking out towards Mouse island are fantastic

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Mon Repos

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Built in 1830 by the British Commissioner Sir Frederick Adam at the beginning of the peninsula of Kanoni opposite the ruins of Paleopoli
  • The palace became the summer residence of all British governors of Corfu and when the Ionian Islands were united to Greece, in 1864, it was given as a gift to King George I of Greece
  • This is also the house where Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh was born in 1921

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3. Photo Gallery:

 

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