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Corfu, one of the biggest and greenest islands of the Ionian Islands, offers much more than its recognisable blue waters and sandy beaches. However, Corfu's layers of history may be discovered almost anywhere - thanks to old churches, a few scattered ruins, and museums. There is no better place to begin exploring the island than its old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site with some of the most beautiful tourist spots.
Things to see and do in Corfu
- You can visit the most scenic area of Corfu Town, i.e., Mouse Island (Pontikonisi) and around Kanoni. A cannon stands atop a hill, providing a commanding view of Mouse Island and the little church of Panagia Vlaherna, that's connected to the mainland by a meandering route.
- Visit the famous Palace of Saint Michael and Saint Georges, home to the Museum of Asian Art of Corfu, the only Asian museum in Greece. It was established in 1927 when ambassador Gregory Manos gave the prefecture his collection of 10,500 items of Sino-Japanese origins.
- Do visit the “Castle of the Angels," i.e., Angelokastro, when you’re in Corfu. It’s situated close to Paleokastritsa on top of a high cliff with a sea view. Visitors must endure a strenuous walk to get there, but the scenery is worth it once up there.
- Take a look at the exquisite items from all over the world, including the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean, that are kept in the Seashell Museum of Corfu. The museum is situated outside the Benitses village
- If you love beaches, then you must visit Kassiopi. Smaller than the well-known Corfu Town, Kassiopi is a fishing community on the island of Corfu. You may stroll around the Byzantine Kassiopi castle from here or unwind on the beach. Additionally, you can go diving or engage in various water sports.
- You can’t wrap up your trip without having Corfu’s traditional dish- Bourdeto. Its main ingredient is deep sea fish, such as bass. This dish is generally cooked with chilli peppers, roasted onions, and red peppers with a dash of lemon juice! Pastitsada is another dish to keep an eye out for on Corfu's menus. Pastitsada is a traditional holiday dish with thick pasta and veal, or chicken cooked with fresh tomatoes, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other seasonings.
Tips for travellers
Take an exciting day tour by boat and visit two of Greece’s most iconic islands, Paxoi and Antipaxoi. Visit the fascinating Blue Caves and learn about the significant mythological history and capture the miracle of nature. Swim in the crystal blue waters of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean at Voutoumi Beach. Discover the cultural heritage of the capital town of Gaios and wander the narrow streets of this picturesque town and taste the local cuisine.