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Corfu


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A sparkling emerald lodged in the Ionian sea, Corfu is Greece's greenest island

The jewel of the Ionian Sea, Corfu exudes a sense of elegance, nostalgia and aristocratic grandeur. Its charming old town, with its noble architecture, sophisticated ambience, and impeccable sea views, has a prime spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Corfu’s multicultural history is a juxtaposition of conquests by the Venetians, French, and British. Their stories are reflected in the island’s eclectic, neoclassical, and Art Nouveau architecture. Corfu's historical center is protected by two Venetian Fortresses: the Old Fortress which played a crucial role in Corfu’s history protecting the island from many sieges, and the hilltop New Fortress, with its vaulted passageways, underground galleries, and astonishing views of the Old Town. Corfu truly is thousands of years of Greek history condensed into an island.

Discover the island’s unique history by visiting a few of its grand palaces, like the Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Elizabeth ("Sisi") of Austria in 1892, with its luscious gardens and impressive collection of marble statues. The famous Mouse Island or Pontikonisi is the perfect spot to watch airplanes land and take off, although this islet is also worth a visit thanks to its 11th century Byzantine chapel. The compact but verdant island is the likely inspiration for Arnold Bocklin's classic painting "The Isle of the Dead." Corfu's countryside is dotted with pretty villages with traditional stone family-mansions, beautifully restored cottages, and luxury villas surrounded by expansive olive groves, vineyards, and herbal gardens. The coastline is a dream world of its own, with crystalline azure waters and secret coves only accessible by boat.

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Corfu

Spend some time in Corfu on a tour that takes in other cities in Greece and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Corfu and other destinations throughout Greece and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Things to do in Corfu

Corfu is an island of remarkable heritage, exquisite architecture, and sweeping Ionian Sea views. Spend a day immersing yourself in its colorful history, visiting memorable landmarks. While touring the island, you can visit a family olive farm that has been revived by the young generation of Corfiots -- who will introduce you to a once-in-a-lifetime olive oil experience. Foodies will be equally delighted to discover the richness of the island’s sensational cuisine -- with recipes and flavors influenced by over 400 years of Italian occupation. Traverse the historic streets of Corfu’s Old Town and let the colors and aromas lead the way. Spend a day exploring the shimmering blue waters of the Ionian Sea as you sail along the stunning coastline of Corfu and its coves only accessible by boat, or better, yet visit the famous islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, renowned for their extraordinary beaches.

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