Corfu Town offers a vibrant atmosphere and its eclectic influences are noticeable in every corner of the island. After all, Corfu has found itself under the reign of the Venetians, British, Normans, French and Romans and the result is pretty impressive. It is a sophisticated island, offering a taste of the old and new. With temperatures reaching highs of 33 degrees during the summer months, there is no better place to soak up those Mediterranean rays than on the luscious golden sands. The azure waters of the Ionian Sea are perfect for cooling off and after an hour or two here, you’ll soon forget all your troubles.
And if all that relaxing gets too much, there’s plenty to explore in around Corfu Town. The town is thoroughly rich in history and a stroll through the streets is the perfect way to view the historical buildings including a 16th-century Venetian fortress.
Built on the site of an ancient Venetian harbour, Gouvia is home to the largest marina on the island and is extremely busy in the summer due to tourists from around the globe docking their yachts there. The attractive village offers a wide range of activities. With lots of welcoming tavernas and cafes, you’re able to satisfy that appetite you’ve worked up before enjoying a tipple or two in one of the many bars or nightclubs. The nightlife is as lively as ever during the summer months and you’re guaranteed a memorable time.
Kontokali is a stone’s throw from Gouvia and its tourism infrastructure has recently undergone a facelift and now offers a variety of attractive hotels, restaurants and bars. Still, its main attraction remains the golden sands, complete with smooth pebbles and azure waters. The beach is perfect for the whole family and boasts a Blue Flag for its cleanliness. The surrounding tavernas are perfect for some refreshments including traditional Greek snacks.
Small and tranquil, Vatos is a high-altitude village in the centre of Corfu island. One of the things tourists love about Vatos is its close proximity to a number of beaches such as Ermones, Pelekas and Myrtiotissa. Bordered by a luscious valley, Vatos is an expansive meadow inhabited by sheep, olive groves and vineyards and is perfect for both farming and wine. Home to River Ermones, the village boasts some beautiful lakes and several faunal take-up residency there. There’s also an 18-hole golf course and driving range perfect for some family fun and as the area is somewhat undeveloped, it’s ideal for that peaceful getaway you’re seeking.
Exploring Corfu Town...
Between the well-packed buildings of the Old Town and the Old Fortress is the Esplanade, a vast green space thought to be the second largest square in Europe and the main public gathering space of Corfu. The lawns and bandstand are well kept and perfect for basking in the heat if you fancy a change from the beach. The delightful little cafes are perfect for people-watching and as the locals often play cricket on the square, you may even have some free entertainment.
The New Fortress was built in 1577 by the Venetians so the name is misleading, however, it’s a lot younger than the Old Fortress. On your way up to the fortress, you’ll pass the open-air market selling seasonal fruit and vegetables and trust us, the fruit is delicious. Once inside the fortress, you’re allowed to wander the hallways and passages and clamber to the top to take in the amazing views of the terracotta rooftops of the Old Town and the glistening Mediterranean Ocean.
Just south of Corfu Town are two small islets. The first of the two is home to the small 17th-century Monastery of Vlakhérna. Just past this is Pontikonisi, also known as Mouse Island. Capped by a whitewashed Byzantine chapel and groupings of cypress trees, the island is picture-perfect. Boat trips run trips there regularly and the mini excursion makes for the perfect escape from crowds.
Corfu Town Beach
Close to the port and just past the palace is Alekos Beach, the ideal spot for sunbathing whilst taking in the stunning views of the palace, fortress and crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea. That said, the waters of Alekos Beach are not the best for swimming so if you’re after a quick dip, head to Mon Repos Beach for golden sands and calm waters. The beach is conveniently lined with trees providing natural shade. The sandy Faliraki Beach is also worth a visit and as Corfu Town’s oldest bathing spot, there is no better place to cool off.
Cuisine in Corfu
Corfu is known to cater for all palettes and throughout the island there many great restaurants and dishes worth a try. As a local delicacy, fish is very popular, particularly small fried fish, calamari and shellfish. Tavernas through Corfu serve this and don’t be surprised when the waiters strongly push the traditional Greek tipple of Ouzo to wash it down.
Restaurants in Corfu Town
With bustling restaurants and bars, evenings in Corfu Town tend to centre around a long dinner. The majority of establishments will operate all year round so you’re able to sample so of the island’s finest cuisine regardless of the time of year you visit. However, bear in mind that the Greeks don’t serve courses and starters and mains will typically arrive together so that they can be passed around and shared. Though if you want your meals in the traditional order, the friendly waiters of the resort will be more than happy to do so.
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