Corfu Part 1
Set aside your bias about Corfu strictly being a mass market package holiday destination because in reality, this beloved Greek island has many beautiful beaches and cultural attractions for all kinds of holidaymakers in search a of a memorable getaway.
The name “Corfu” refers to both the island and to its main town. Villages of whitewashed houses pepper this gloriously sunshine soaked island, which is located only a hand full of miles off the Albanian coast. It’s Greek name is Kerkyra, and its geography, culture, and engaging hospitality make it the most popular island in the Ionian Sea.
The narrow, cobbled streets of its lovely old towns, the wealth of Byzantine churches and Venetian citadels, and a palpable mix of Greek, French and British influences make Corfu a special place for those in search of an experience steeped in history and culture.
The natives of Corfu are cultured people, with a long heritage of music and arts. There are many choruses that sing here (Kantades) on a regular basis. The island has thirty-two philharmonic bands, and the three which are established in Corfu town give regular outdoor concerts during the summer months plus there are many festivals throughout the island to honour all kinds of religious events.
A popular tourist attraction is the Achillion Palace located in the picturesque village of Gastouri. The Palace has lovely art, sensational gardens with lots of Grecian statues, and an outstanding the view of the Corfu coast below.
Besides museums, ruins, and ancient buildings to explore. Corfu also has many boat expeditions taking off from all over the island for day trips on the Ionian Sea. Most will provide a home cooked meal or barbecue for all visitors and will guide you through the many scenic sites around the island. It’s a relaxing day out for all and not to be missed.