For more than fifty years, Greece has always been one of the top summer destinations all over the world. With more than 200 inhabited islands and many beautiful towns and villages on the mainland, choosing the right place that best fits your preferences and meets your expectations, doesn’t seem to be an easy case. Corfu is undoubtedly one of the most popular greek islands and before you take your final decision, here are the top five reasons to choose Corfu as your next holiday destination (and not only during summer…).
A UNESCO monument since 2007, the old town of Corfu can easily be characterized as an open-air museum. Its imposing buildings, the venetian architecture, the laundry hanging on the narrow paved streets, the cricket pitch and the street called “Liston”, the small Rue de Rivoli of Corfu, accessible only to the nobles during the venetian period of the island, are only some of the things that will make your visit an unforgettable experience.
Either you prefer sandy or pebble beaches, with a coastline of about 217 km, Corfu will not let you down. Nature lovers will also find here what they are looking for, as the island is one of the greenest (if not the greenest one) of Greece. Millions of olive trees and cypress trees, Eucalyptus, Judas trees, Bougainvilleas, Araucaria, Jacarandas, and flowers as mimosas, roses and jasmines will satisfy all your senses with their vivid colours and their splendid aromas.
If you are passionate about history, Corfu will satisfy your needs. The venetian, the french and the british rule of the island make it a unique crossroad of cultures, people and traditions. With numerous museums, historic sites, art galleries and temporary exhibitions, there is no doubt that Corfu has many things to tell you about its glorious past. At the top of the list is, of course, the “Achillion Palace”, which was owned by the empress Sissy of Austria and later by the german emperor Wilhelm II.
Of course, you cannot leave Corfu without tasting the golden orange, the kumquat which is inextricably linked to the island. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try the kumquat liqueur, glazed fruit and marmalade. If you want a refreshing softdrink, try the famous tsitsibirra (ginger ale). Don’t forget to taste the local olive oil, the corfiot prosciutto called nouboulo and last, but not least, the delicious and aromatic pastitsada, the typical Sunday meal of Corfu.
If you want to live some of the most glorious moments of the island, then visiting Corfu during Easter is the best choice for you. Thousands of visitors gather on the central square of Spianada on Holy Saturday to watch the noisy “pot-throwing” custom, during which people throw clay pots out of their windows, exorcising evil spirits. It is also worth mentioning the famous philharmonic orchestras of Corfu, which accompany every religious procession of the Holy Week. Don’t forget to plan your holidays early as, at Easter, Corfu is in high demand!
Either you choose one or more of these reasons to visit the island of Corfu, one thing is for sure. Next year you will have discovered on your own many more to come back again..
Licensed tour guide, Historian