Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The cosmopolitan island of Corfu, Greece!

Corfu, Greece.
One of the most cosmopolitan islands of Greece, Corfu also known as Kerkyra, is the northernmost of the Ionian Islands in Greece. Corfu lies in the Adriatic sea, east of Italy and southwest of Albania.
It charms visitors with the Venetian style, the lovely beaches and the relaxing feeling. Corfu Town charms visitors at first sight with the Venetian style that reminds very much of Italian towns, like Venice and Florence. Many beautiful beaches are found around the island, such as Paleokastritsa, Agios Gordis, Nissaki and others. Corfu holidays can be a great experience for families, couples or group of friends.
Corfu, Greece.
Old town of Corfu, Greece.
Corfu streets, Greece.
Vlacherna Monastery and Pontikonissi (Mouse island), Corfu, Greece.
Corfu Town, known in modern Greek as Kerkira or Kerkyra, is the largest and most important town on the island. This is where the airport is located and where most cruise ships and long distance ferries dock. It is a small, pleasant city! Corfu is very green compared to other Greek islands: hot and dry summers along with winter rain creates lush vegetation which is dominated by over 2 million olive trees. These olive trees on Corfu are the main cultivation, although Corfu's tourism now provides the most income.
The North of the island is wider and more mountainous. The coastal areas are well developed with good pebbly beaches. The South of the island is less wide and tends to have sandier beaches.
Benitses is a very old, traditional fishing village. Benitses lies 12 km south of Corfu Town. The water of the springs which flow from the mountains of Aghii Deka and Stavros, join together in two small rivers, giving the area the name Pinisse. The mild climate and the natural beauty of Benitses village has attracted a lot of tourists from the beginning of the century.
Gouvia is 7km north of Corfu Town. It is a typical touristic spot with a narrow pebble beach.
Messonghi (also known as Mesongí or Messogi). Another mainstream beach spot. You can use it as a base to go and explore the surroundings.

Corfu town, Greece.
Corfu town, Greece.
Paleokastritsa, Corfu, Greece.
Old Fortress, Corfu, Greece.
Discover the most beautiful spots in the city of Corfu walking through:
Spianáda, the largest square in the Balkans, is the centre of the city, adorned with 19th-century remarkable works of French architecture.
Listón, the city’s trademark. The characteristic arcades form the most romantic background setting for a welcome cup of coffee at one of the town’s cosy cafés.
Mandoúki, Garitsa and Sarókos.

The most important city’s attractions:
• The impressive 15th century Old Fortress, as well as the New Fortress.
• The Saint Michael and George Palace at the northern part of Spianáda, built during the British occupation.
• A considerable number of churches. The most imposing one is the city’s Cathedral, the Church of St. Spyridon, the island’s patron Saint, whose relics are kept here. The church’s immensely tall bell tower certainly reminds us of that of San Giorgio dei Greci in Venice.

• The Museum of Asian Art: Being the only one of its kind, it was founded in 1927 after the donation of 10.500 items by Gregorios Manos. Until 1974 it was a Chinese and Japanese Art museum, but it was then enriched with other private collections.It is housed in Saint Michael and George Palace.
Archaeological Museum: Here you can admire important finds from the temple of Artemis and excavation finds from the ancient city of Corfu.
Byzantine Museum: It is housed in the Church of the Virgin Mary Antivouniotissa and houses an interesting collection of icons and ecclesiastic items from the 15th to the 19th century.
The Banknote Museum showcases a collection of Greek coinage from 1822 to the present day.
Dionysios Solomos Museum: The national Poet of Greece left Zakynthos and moved to Corfu, important intellectual centre of the Ionian islands in those years. Solomos lived in a state of self-imposed isolation, and Corfu offered him the ideal environment to work on his studies in poetry. Today his house hosts a museum dedicated to his honour.

The new fortres in Corfu city, Greece.
Pontikonisi & Vlacherna Church, Corfu island, Greece.
Spianada Square, Corfu, Greece.
City of Corfu, Greece,
Streets of Corfu, Greece.
Bella Vista, Corfu, Greece.
Cape Drastis, Corfu island, Greece.
Corfu city, Greece.
How to go
By plane: Corfu "Ioannis Kapodistrias" airport (CFU) is served by several airlines. Year-round both Aegean and Olympic airlines have flights to Athens.
You can reach the city center from the Corfu Airport by taxi or bus.
By boat: Direct Ferry links exist to/from Venice, Ancona, Bari, Brindisi (Italy), Himara and Saranda, (ALbania) and Igoumenitsa, Patra (Greece).
Cruise ships dock at Corfu's New Port, which has a terminal with a welcome center. Outside the terminal to your left is a long parking lot with rental cars and taxis, and beyond that a public bus stop.

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