Corfu's Top 10
Collected by Andrew Bostock , AFAR Contributor
-9,, Lochagou Spiridonos Vlaikou 3, Kerkira 491 00, Greece
Despite being called new, the fortress that looms over the port of Corfu dates back a couple of hundred years and is a treat for any castle fan. A warren of arched passageways, staircases and dungeons lead up to battlements with superb views back...
Corfu 491 00, Greece
The "old" fortress dates back to Byzantine times, but the structure is mostly Venetian. Sitting on a promontory off the old town of Corfu, it is reached by a bridge over a sea canal and is famously impregnable, resisting not one but three separate...
Kerkiras 10, Kerkira 491 00, Greece
The place to see and be seen in Corfu Town is this elegant colonnaded arcade (spianada) and the green square in front of it. This is where the Greeks come to volta, an evening stroll that is a key social occasion and might include a coffee at one...
Palea Anaktora, Kerkira 491 00, Greece
This 19th-century palace was built by the British to house the Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands. Later it became a residence for the Greek monarchy. Nowadays it is the home of the Museum of Asian Art, a fantastic collection that...
Corfu 491 00, Greece
This British villa is famed as the birthplace of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II. It is now a museum that holds finds from the Paleopolis—the remains of the ancient city that surrounds the villa. Ruins are...
The whitewashed convent nestled on the islet of Vlacherna will already be familiar to anyone who has walked past a postcard stand on Corfu, as it is one of the most photographed views on the island. This is deservedly so as it provides a beautiful...
Achilleio 490 84, Greece
This villa, about ten kilometers south of Corfu Town, was built by Elizabeth of Bavaria, the Empress of Austria, in the late 19th century. It was dedicated to and inspired by the virtues represented by the Greek hero Achilles, statues of whom...
The northeast coast of Corfu is known as a playground for the rich and famous, with private villas and superyachts to spare. It wasn't always this way. The tales told in naturalist Gerald Durrell’s autobiography My Family and Other Animals speak...
Palaiokastritsa 490 83, Greece
This attractive town holds many delights, including some great beaches (the smallest one is the best), and a surprisingly good aquarium. The best views are from the Theotokou monastery which has a majestic setting on the sea cliffs above the town....
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