A revolving door of rulers—Venetians, British, French—each left their mark on Corfu, off the northwest corner of Greece
in the Ionian Sea. Perhaps the most striking example is the cricket pitch you’ll find in the grand central square. Imposing fortresses, which successfully fended off the Ottomans, still stand guard. You’ll know the oldest part of Corfu Town (Kerkira) by its cobblestone lanes and vaulted passageways. Rife with olive groves and orchards of lemon and orange trees, Corfu inspired the setting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest
. And it continues to inspire those who wash up here today.