Holiday in Corfu,
Kerkyra, as it is called by the local Greeks, has a rich Byzantine influence in its churches, also a Venetian influenced fortresses and like most Greek islands a vibrant nightlife, making it one of the most popular Ionian islands. The amazing Corfu town has a wealth of Greek, French and British influences in its narrow cobbled streets and sophisticated New Town.
Crystal clear beaches surround the island and one of its best is Paleokastritsa in north western region of Corfu. It also boasts a stunning green natural landscape that covers the majority of the island. If it’s quality cuisine you are looking for, Corfu has endless possibilities. Starting with simple but delicious Street food (Gyros) at the famous “Edo” (photo in post), to the more sit down dining at “The Three Brothers” fish tavern to sample the Char grilled Calamari and a glass of wine(photo in post) the possibilities are endless in Corfu.
Corfu Town is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The best way to discover it is on foot. You can start your walk from Spianada the largest square in the Balkans where many cultural events take place. On the northern part of the square, you will see the Palace of St Michael and George which was built by the British.
Then you can head to Liston, the town’s trademark. The arcades of Liston used to be the place where the aristocracy took their evening walks. Nowadays you can have a coffee or drink and watch people passing by.
The town is full of cobbled alleys that shouldn’t be left unexplored. Other important sights in the town of Corfu include the 15th-century old fortress and the new fortress.
Saint Spyridon Church
Pilgrims and day-trippers alike throng this Old Town landmark. As well as magnificent frescoes, the small 16th-century basilica holds the remains of Corfu’s patron saint, Spyridon, a 4th-century Cypriot shepherd. His body, brought here from Constantinople in 1453, lies in an elaborate silver casket, and is paraded through the town on festival days.
The only beach in Paleokastritsa is covered completely with sand It is the most popular and the most beautiful. To the right is the centre of Taxi Boats and behind it is a large car park. To the left, there are some incredible restaurants where you can sit practically on the beach and at your food.
Achilleon Palace is located in Gastouri, 12 km south of Corfu Town. It was built by Elizabeth the Empress of Austria. She had fallen in love with Corfu so she decided to build her summer palace there. She named it Achilleon after her favorite hero Achilles. The Palace offers panoramic views of Corfu Town and the southern part of the island. Some of the most important monuments at The Palace include the sculpture of “The dying Achilles” found in the gardens and a great painting measuring 8m by 4m titled “The Triumph of Achilles” which can be found in the main staircase.
Pelekas is the village that has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for sandy beaches and tavernas fringed by timeless olive groves, water-sports and nightlife, traditional food and drink, budget or luxury accommodation, you will always find a warm welcome in Pelekas.
Edo Souvlaki Bar
Other Local Attractions
Excursion to Paxos – Antipaxos Islands
The islands of Paxos and Antipaxos are famous for the blue waters and lush vegetation. They are very close to Corfu making them ideal for a day excursion. Most tours start early in the morning from Corfu’s port.While sailing you will have the chance to admire beautiful Corfu Town from the sea along with the famous Kanoni Peninsula. The boat will first arrive at the incredible Blue caves of Paxi. Then you will head to Antipaxos Island for a chance to swim in the clear blue waters of Paradise Beach.The last stop will take you to Gaios, the capital of Paxos Island. In Gaios you can have lunch at one of the seafront tavernas and walk the narrow streets of the town.
You will find the beautiful castle of Aggelokastro (Angels castle) near Paleokastritsa. It is one of the most important Byzantine castles in Greece. The castle lies on a cliff edge and offers some stunning views of the area. A car will take you up to a point and from there you need to walk the path leading up to the castle. The path is quite steep so you need to wear sensible shoes and have a bottle of water with you on the hot days.
Weather in Corfu
The climate of Corfu (or Kerkyra), a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, is Mediterranean, with mild and rainy winters, and hot and sunny summers. The average temperature for January is 9.5 °C, that of August is 25 °C.
Here are the average temperatures.