Corfu

Situated near the coast of Thesprotia, Greece, Corfu is a Greek island, and is the second largest of all islands in the Ionian Sea. A part of the Corfu Prefecture, this island has a strong connection with Greek history. In fact, its Greek name, Korkyra is associated with Asopos, an important Greek river and Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. The golden sandy beaches of Corfu attract tourists by the thousands who are also amazed by the impressive landscape of this mountainous island.

Apart from the above, the mild Mediterranean climate along with the lush vegetation, far different from the other Greek islands, is yet another reason why tourists love to visit this island. This island is well connected with the rest of the world with its international airport that lies on the edge of Corfu town. Chartered flights are available to this popular Greek tourist destination from major European countries during the summer months of May to October. Alternatively, tourists can also opt in for the daily domestic flights that connect this city with Athens.

Corfu, Kassiopi Beach
Corfu, Kassiopi Beach

One can also visit this island through sea through ferry services that operate from Greek cities like Patras and Igoumenitsa. Apart from this, there also are regular ferry services from Italian cities like Brindisi, Venice, and Ancona. You are mistaken if you believe that Corfu is just about lush vegetations and a pristine beach. They are just the jewels in its crown, and there are various other important tourist spots that are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Aqualand: This is a must visit, especially if you are traveling along with kids. Though this island has several water parks, this one is the king of them all.

Achillion Palace: Built in 1890 for Elizabeth, the Empress of Austria, this palace lies in Gastouri village. Previously used by the empress as her summer retreat, this castle currently belongs to Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. Kaiser’s bridge, which lies on the coast and directly below the palace, is a stone jetty used by Kaiser for his swimming trips.

Paleokastritsa: This is one of the most beautiful spots in the island and is full of tourists throughout the year. Lush green mountains form the perfect compliment to the crystal blue waters.

Mount Pantokrator: Standing over 1000 meters high; this mountain dominates the northern part of Corfu Island. If you are lucky enough, you might even find the top of the mountain covered by snow. If you plan to climb the peak, do not forget to meet the friendly folks on villages like Strinilas.

Corfu, landmarks at Cape Drastis
Corfu, landmarks at Cape Drastis

Perethia: This deserted village is located off the main road between Acharavi and Kassiopi and is well worth a visit. There are a number of Tavernas on the main village square. If you have the time to spare, enjoy a bit of gossip with their owners. They are the best persons around to provide you with details about the history of this antique Greek village. Do not miss checking the Loutses Caves that you will find during your way to Perithia.

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