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Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Corfu is a Greek island within the Ionian Sea and a preferred vacation vacation spot. Its coast is dotted with lovely seashores and resorts from finances to upscale. In case you are involved in an energetic or cultural vacation you don’t want to fret as Corfu has sufficient to see and do for you as properly.

Corfu was my first publish pandemic vacation spot for a purpose. I needed to renew my Star Alliance gold standing. There are many low-cost flights from inside Europe brining hundreds of individuals to the island, however I select to fly Aegean Airways. From Amsterdam to Corfu by way of Athens meant it might be 4 flights and near sufficient miles to maintain my standing. I at all times hop to one of many Greek islands to do these flights and on the similar time go to some UNESCO World Heritage Websites.

All of the locations of curiosity on Corfu could be seen in 2 or 3 days and that’s what I did. I didn’t go to loosen up for per week. Let’s discover one of the best issues to do and see in Corfu however first I share my Corfu itinerary.

Corfu itinerary

Corfu is a moderately massive Greek island and driving from south to north simply takes 2 hours. Nevertheless, most if not all locations of curiosity are within the norther half of the island.  I like to recommend overlaying all of the sights in three days, however you are able to do all of them in two as properly. For those who simply have two days mix day 2 and three.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Should do Corfu day journey #1: Outdated Corfu day journey

For those who simply wish to get out sooner or later, then you should go to Outdated Corfu together with the Achilleion Palace and Vlacherna Monastery that are positioned close to the city. Probably the most environment friendly manner is to start out early (8-9 AM) on the Achilleion Palace and as soon as completed persevering with to Vlacherna Monastery. Make sure that to hop to Pontikonisi as properly. Now proceed to Outdated Corfu however make a cease on the Archaeological Museum first after which park both close to the harbour of the outdated fortress. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the forts, church buildings, and museums.

Corfu day journey #2: Angelokastro & Paleokastritsa Monastery & Seaside

First head to Angelokastro early morning when the temperature remains to be low. The climb as much as the citadel isn’t lengthy however higher executed when it’s cool. Proceed to Paleokastritsa which is a 20–30-minute trip south. It’s a wonderful seaside to loosen up the remainder of the day however don’t neglect to go to the monastery on the prime of the rocks.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Corfu day journey #3: Outdated Perithia, Cape Drastis and Kassiopi

First head to Outdated Perithia within the morning. It’s an outdated, largely abandoned, village on Mount Pantokrator. Go for a hike and end again in Outdated Perithia for lunch or proceed on to Cape Drastis. There you may have lunch as properly, loosen up on the seaside, do a ship trip alongside the cliffs, or go snorkelling. Within the afternoon proceed to Kassiopi for a stroll within the harbour and dinner.

For those who mix day 2 and three into one then drive on this order: Paleokastritsa Monastery (no time for seaside), Angelokastro, Cape Drastis, Outdated Perithia (lunch right here first then hike) and end in Kassiopi.

High issues to do and see in Corfu

Now, let’s have a better take a look at the highest issues to do and see in Corfu which are included within the above Corfu itinerary.

Achilleion Palace

The Achilleion is a palace construct by Elisabeth of Austria, or additionally referred to as Sisi, as a refuge after her son died a tragic useless. Its structure is, because the identify suggests, primarily based on historic Greek model. Decorations in and across the palace are largely associated to Achilles, from which the identify is derived. At my time of go to, sadly, the higher two flooring have been closed for renovation. I sadly missed the large portray of Achilles on the second flooring. Nevertheless, the illustrations and sculptures on the bottom flooring have been superb as properly. The inside is additional crammed with objects associated to Elisabeth and Franz Joseph II. Don’t miss the backyard for some magnificent views over the island and the statue of Achilles. You may’t miss that one, it’s large! I discovered the doorway charge of 10 euro fairly steep, however the place is just superb.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Vlacherna Monastery

The Vlacherna Monastery is one in every of Corfu’s icons. It’s a monastery on a small island linked with a walkway to the shore. The place can also be nice in the event you like aircraft watching because it’s proper in entrance of the runway. Not that shut as in St. Maarten although the place you get blown away by planes (learn extra in my Sint Maarten itinerary). Vlacherna (Holy Monastery of Blachernae) dates to the 17th century however served as a nunnery a lot of the 19th and 20th century. A go to doesn’t take lengthy because it’s only a small place which you’ll be able to stroll round. The inside you may go to the courtyard and the small chapel with has an icon of the Girl of Vlacherna. Earlier than you go, be certain to hop to Mouse Island as properly.

PRO-TIP: When you drive again up cease at one of many eating places/bars for an excellent view of the monastery beneath. There you may see the sharp distinction between the white monastery and the blue sea.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Pontikonisi

Pontikonisi Island (Mouse Island) is a should go to in the event you’re at Vlacherna Monastery. It’s a few minutes by boat which prices a few euro at most. The island is rocky with a tiny monastery on prime surrounded by massive cypress bushes. First monks arrived within the 10th century and the chapel was constructed within the 11th century. Nicely price spending half an hour on this idyllic island.

Corfu Outdated City

Corfu Outdated City is a UNESCO World Heritage Web site and for me personally the explanation to go to Corfu. It’s my objective to see all of the UNESCO websites worldwide. Park both on the outdated or the brand new fort and make your manner round city. I parked on the harbour and new fort. There may be quite a bit to see because the city dates to the eighth century BC and was additionally dominated for 4 centuries by the Venetians earlier than the French and British took over. Now it’s one of many many Greek islands. Half a day in Corfu Outdated City is sufficient however you may as well simply spend a day there. I’ll record the locations of curiosity in strolling order beginning on the outdated fort the place I parked. You’ll cross loads of different nice spots as properly like gardens, squares and different church buildings.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Archaeological Museum of Corfu

The Archaeological Museum of Corfu has an excellent show of archaeological finds. It’s best to go to if you wish to be taught concerning the historical past of the island. Because it’s positioned simply outdoors of Corfu Outdated City, I like to recommend visiting it early morning when it opens earlier than exploring the city itself. There may be parking on the corniche and the streets across the museum.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

The Outdated Fort

Venetians constructed Corfu outdated fort within the 15th century on prime of stays of an older Byzantine fort. It was constructed to defend the island. The outdated fort of Corfu performed an important position within the Ottoman sieges. The Ottomans conquered a lot of the island, however the outdated fort of Corfu fell by no means of their fingers. You may stroll by means of the assorted elements of the forts in about 60-90 minutes relying on what you wish to see. There’s a small museum and a church as properly. The latter, the Church of Saint George, dates from British rule and appears like a Greek temple. I do advocate climbing to the highest for a powerful view of Corfu outdated city.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

The Palace of St. Michael and St. George

Subsequent up is the Palace of St. Michael and St. George or additionally referred to as Royal Palace. It was constructed within the early 19th century for the British Lord Excessive Commissioner. At the moment Corfu was beneath British rule. Right this moment it homes the Museum of Asian artwork. For those who’re into artwork this can be a should see in Corfu outdated city.

The Esplanade

The Esplanade is simply subsequent to the Museum of Asian Artwork. It’s arcaded Liston with its many cafes is a good place for a espresso. It was constructed by the French and a part of the Corfu Outdated City UNESCO inscription. After a espresso begin wandering the streets in Corfu Outdated City and make your option to the brand new fort.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Church of St. Spyridon (Áyios Spyrídon)

The Church of St. Spyridon (Áyios Spyrídon) is a should see in Corfu Outdated City. This church dates to the late 16th century and is devoted to Corfu’s patron saint: Saint Spyridon. There are stays of him within the silver sarcophagus. It’s stated he saved the island on numerous events. Whilst you stroll by means of Corfu Outdated City, you’ll see extra church buildings. Make sure that to go to them as properly. I’ll not record all of them because the Church of St. Spyridon is a very powerful. Proceed as much as the brand new fort.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

The brand new fort

The identify New Fort is deceptive because the fort is only a bit newer because the Outdated Fort. Corfu New Fort dates to the twond half of the 16th century and was construct by the Venetians. The Fort is empty, and you’ll wander round and climb to the highest. You’ll have a wonderful view there over the pink terra cotta roofed metropolis.

Strolling from the Outdated Fort to the New Fort will cowl all main sights in Corfu Outdated City. There are extra locations of curiosity simply outdoors of the outdated city which I’ve listed individually on this Corfu itinerary. In case you have time left, you may go both buying, cease on the seaside or simply have a drink at a terrace and watch folks stroll by.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Angelokastro

Angelokastro citadel is a wonderful Byzantine fort simply north of Paleokastritsa. It dates to the 13th century and is construct on prime of a rock. The fort is a smash however loads of partitions and stays of a church are left. You’ll need to park your automotive on the base of the rock and climb up in about 20 minutes. On a transparent day you may see the entire island of Corfu. Angelokastro citadel is for positive on of the highlights of this Corfu itinerary.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Paleokastritsa Monastery

Simply above the seaside of Paleokastritsa you will see that a monastery with the identical identify: Paleokastritsa Monastery. It is likely one of the important monasteries of Corfu and thus a should add on a Corfu itinerary. It dates to Byzantine time (early 13th century), however most present buildings are from the 18th century. Once you go to, be certain to decorate acceptable. The church is gorgeous as are the gardens. Within the small museum you will notice numerous vital Byzantine icons. After visiting the Paleokastritsa Monastery be certain to stroll a number of meters uphill and take the trail to the highest of a rock. You’ll have splendid views from there.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Paleokastritsa Seaside

Paleokastritsa Seaside is a wonderful seaside on the north western coast of Corfu. The right spot for water actions and leisure. There are many bars and eating places as properly. Sufficient to do for a full day or, in the event you’re like me, to have a chilly beer and proceed additional.

Outdated Perithia

Outdated Perithia is a ghost city in northern Corfu. Though, it was a ghost city, as there are a number of eating places now and a visitor home as properly. Half a century in the past the small city had over one thousand inhabitants. The realm is a superb place to make a hike and luxuriate in a scrumptious lunch at one of many eating places. I extremely advocate going in the event you go to Corfu. So be certain to incorporate it in your Corfu itinerary.

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Cape Drastis

Cape Drastis is in north Corfu and an ideal spot to spend a full day. It has lovely seashores, crystal clear water for snorkeling, you are able to do boat journeys and extra. On a transparent day you may see Albania throughout the waters as properly. As I used to be on a schedule, I solely had time to go searching, however I do remorse not having extra time right here!

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Kassiopi

Kassiopi is a stunning coastal city in North Corfu. The city is price including to a Corfu itinerary in case you have the time. I visited late afternoon after exploring the northern a part of the island. It has a fort which is good, however one of the best half is the harbor with its many eating places. After all, go for fish which is contemporary!

Top things to do and see in Corfu and a Corfu itinerary

Though I solely spend 3 days on Corfu, I feel this Corfu itinerary contains all of the locations of curiosity. I even had a few hours at my accommodations seaside to loosen up. For those who go to the island to spend extra time at seashores per week is definitely stuffed as properly. Let’s see which island I’ll go to subsequent yr. Possibly Rhodes?

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