Corfu is an island in the Ionian Sea, which belongs to the island complex of Eptanisa. It is one of the northernmost and westernmost islands of Greece, located in the entrance of the Adriatic Sea and close to the coastline of Epirus. Corfu covers an area of 592 square kilometers and is the second largest Island in size in the Eptanese complex, with a population of 104.371 people. It is part of the unified municipality of Corfu, where the homonymous city is the capital of the island, which also includes the smaller islands of Othoni, Ereikoussa and Mathraki. The Corfu coastline is very rich and consists of breathtaking beaches with crystal blue waters, peninsulas, caves, bays that create wonderful natural harbors, including the distinguished Palaiokastritsa, Agios Georgios and Pontikonisi.
Corfu is the well-known island of the Homeric Epic, as the island of the Feachers, who helped Odysseus return to Ithaca. Beyond the Greek tradition, the Venetians, the French and the English dominated the island, leaving their own heritage in architecture, cultural attractions and, of course, gastronomy.
The graphic Old Town of Corfu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with magnificent cobbled streets. The well-preserved neoclassical mansions display Venetian and English influences. In the narrow streets of the Capello district, you will experience a journey in time, as well as in the scenic "Naples" with the stretched out-of-the-window whistles. At the port of Corfu, one of the best fortified harbors in the Mediterranean, the Old and New Fortress dominate and serve as ideal locations to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and of course the Ionian Sea. Just below the Old Fortress is Gonitsa, one of the two harbors of the island during antiquity.
Take a stroll to Pontikonissi and the Pantokratoras monastery, as well as the Achilles palace, Empress Sissy's palace and the monumental neoclassical Mon Repos, built as a summer home by the Englishman Frederic Adam for the sake of Nina Palatianou, who was from Corfu. Finally, climb the steps of the Monastery of Panagia Paleokastritsa, built in the 13th century. Finally, if you find Easter in Corfu, you will enjoy the interpretations of the Philharmonic Society of Corfu and the traditional Botides, the custom in which the locals throw clay pots from their balconies.
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