Corfu, Kerkira called, is one of the largest islands dell’Eptaneso (almost 70 km long and wide from 4 to 30 km). The north, richer vegetation and characterized by small creeks, attracts many tourists in search of beautiful scenery and crystal clear waters.
The south side, however, more arid, is very similar to the Greek mainland. In the area of Paleokastritsa there are many attractions, from the beach Liapades up to the most famous Paleokastritsa, under the Orthodox Monastery of the hill (to see). Many of the more isolated beaches, reachable by taxi-boats leaving from Liapades or Paleokastritsa.
Very impressive landscape of the resort Lakones, a small village on the tourist area of Paleokastritsa, point called Bellavista.
A few miles from this point there is an old castle called Angelokastro (Castle of Angels). Continuing along this road towards the north you can make the trip around the entire northern part coming up in Sidari, places known for some typical smooth rocks that form a channel called Canal d’Amour.
Continue along this road, passing through Roda, we arrive at the small fishing village called Kassiopi. At this point you are already on the west side of the island and you’re heading towards the town of Corfu. The beautiful scenic road that runs along the picturesque villages of Nissaki and Kouloura with their bays.
On this road there is also a detour to the summit of Mount Pantokrator, the island’s highest point.
Going to the city meets the location of Ipsos, well known for its nightlife.
Nearby are the resorts of Dassia and Gouvia. Very interesting to visit the island’s interior is characterized by small villages not yet contaminated by tourism and still retain local traditions and way of greek life.
Visit the town of Corfu
The town of Corfu, characterized by foreign domination, fascinates tourists on the streets and alleys in typically Venetian style.
The beautiful “Esplanade,” the former parade ground of the French, who later became the British field cricket. In the same square, meeting place and promenade, there are many bars located on the porch called Liston.
In the square is also the Royal Palace and the Old Fortress. In the vicinity of the airport lies Kanoni, from which vantage point you can see Pontikonissis, a church in the sea connected to the mainland by a narrow street.
You can also visit the famous Achilleion, the palace of Princess Sissi and its gardens. Within the city there are many Orthodox churches worth visiting, such as St. Spyridon, the patron saint of Corfu.
The beaches of the island of Corfu
Besides the beaches of Paleokastritsa and Liapades, there are many equally beautiful beaches.
Among these include the long sandy beach of Glyfada, about 12 km from Liapades, located on the west side of the island. A few kilometers before there is any indication, not very visible to the beach Mirtiotissa; oddly within a few kilometers are inhabited by monks from a monastery and a large sandy beach known as a nudist beach.
Further south are the beaches of Pelekas and Agios Gordios, which retain the same characteristics of the north. To see the difference consider the landscape around the south island.