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Corfu Day Trips Greece Corfu

Corfu Tourist Attractions Day Trips Greece Greek Travel Guide

Corfu offers all things to all people and there's no end of things to do and sights to see on the island. Your only problem will be fitting it all in during a fortnight's holiday. The popular seaside resorts catering for package holidaymakers offer a huge range of entertainment. But try to tear yourself away from the busy resort areas for at least a day or two because there's so much more to Corfu than its beautiful beaches.

Start by exploring cosmopolitan Corfu Town which is one of the most elegant and interesting capitals in the Greek islands. It's a fascinating place to visit with its two ancient castles, cobbled alleyways and a marvellous mix of Venetian, Georgian and French architecture. The focal point of town life is the Esplanade (the "spianada") a combination of park and parade ground flanked on its west side by the famous arcaded street known as the Liston. Constructed in 1807 in the style of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, the Liston is a grandiose concoction of seven and eight storey Venetian and Georgian buildings. Its chic street cafes provide the perfect place to sit with a drink and watch the world go by in the nearby park which contains the only cricket ground in Greece.

Visit the old fort, the Paleo Frourio, towering over the sea on the promontory to the east of the Esplanade. Not much remains of the fortress, constructed by the Venetians in the 16th century, but the views over the town and east coast of the island are magnificent, The new fort, known as the Neo Frourio, is in fact only about 30 years "newer" than its counterpart. This is the more interesting of the two with a maze of cellars, tunnels, dungeons and battlements to explore.

The town is a great place for shopping offering countless, high quality shops with jewellery, leather goods, ceramics and olive wood items.

There are also several good museums which are worth a visit even if you're not a great history or archaeology buff. The prize exhibit in the town's Archaeological Museum is an alarming 6th century BC frieze depicting the snake haired Gorgon Medusa. This and other priceless finds were excavated at the Temple of Artemis site near the Mon Repos villa on the outskirts of town. You can visit the villa, a lovely neoclassical palace where Prince Philip was born, to see more finds from the site and the temple ruins in its densely wooded grounds.

Another major visitor attraction is the grandiose Achillion Palace, six kilometres south of town. It was built in 1890 for the Empress of Austria and was used as the casino in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only.

Hikers will want to head for Mount Pantokrator in the north east corner of the island at 906 metres it's the highest peak on Corfu and offers many excellent walks.

Bird lovers and botanists make a beeline for the Korissia Lagoon, in the south of Corfu. The lagoon is five kilometres long and one kilometre at its widest point, providing a haven for a myriad of wildlife including turtles, tortoises, lizards, waders, egrets and various migratory birds. Sea daffodils and wild orchids blossom at the water's edge.