Property for sale in Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

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The Corfu Area Guide

Things to do

The island of Corfu has a history stretching back thousands of years, with influences ranging from mainland Greece to its own shores, and to its time under the rule of Britain, Italy and France. Today, this sleepy island sits on the shores of the Ionian Sea, with a unique culture that reflects its varied historical saga.

Known for its beaches, castles, olive groves and wine, Corfu is one of the finest Greek holiday destinations. Visitors can choose from a variety of activities, ranging from outdoor adventures to quiet walks through gardens and galleries. The Palace of St. George, a two-hundred-year-old citadel, built by a former British High Commissioner, once served as the Greek Royal Palace. Today, it has been lovingly restored, after nearly being razed during World War Two, and offers gorgeous gardens and galleries full of some of Corfu’s finest art. Numerous museums populate the city, in keeping per the island’s position as one of the cultural centres of Greece, with the Museum of Asian Art hosting over 10,000 artefacts from across the Orient. Whilst Corfu offers magnificent beaches, tourists might instead choose to charter a boat or enjoy a small cruise across some of the nearby islands, or to one of the many scuba diving destinations in the area. Hiking and horseback tours across the countryside and ruins make for an enchanting afternoon. A visit to Corfu isn’t quite complete without a walk through its Old Town, which is itself a UNESCO heritage site. Full of history, art, local stores and examples of fantastic architecture, finding yourself in the middle of Corfu, with the sun setting over one of its mountain ranges, could never be considered anything less than idyllic.

Places to eat

As is to be expected from a Greek holiday destination, the food in Corfu is, quite frankly, fantastic. Etrusco offers diners the opportunity to dine within an antique courtyard and serves up food so good that the venue was recognised as the finest restaurant in Greece in 2013. The Cavalieri Roof Top Hotel, voted the 13th best rooftop dining experience by CNN International, overlooks the Corfu Old Fortress, as well as the local fishing boats in the bay below. Serving a combination of local food and international cuisine, Cavalieri doesn’t bear missing for either its view or delicious food.

A visit to YogArt is highly recommended on a warm summer day. Inspired by traditional Greek Yoghurt, this frozen yoghurt outlet serves a range of conventional flavours and local tastes, such as kumquat. Kumquat itself is featured in many of Corfu’s finest dishes. Since arriving from China, the citrus fruits have been incorporated into numerous local dishes, most notably into marmalades and, a somewhat potent kumquat liquor.

Shopping

Shopping in Corfu offers a wealth of options. The town itself, and its surrounding settlements, serve up a range of local crafts and stalls selling everything from olive paste, to local wines, thyme honey, carved olive wood, ceramics, lace, and more. The discerning shopper will be hard pressed not to find some treasure to return home with. High fashion holds a presence in the city as well, with local stores stocking well-respected brands and outlets such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton. Shopping malls can be found both within Corfu and in the surrounding area, ensuring that all the necessary amenities can be easily found.

Getting there & around

Corfu International Airport provides flights to and from much of Greece and Europe, with various carriers taking up residence. Ferry services run to the mainland, as well as other islands in the Ionian Sea. Car rental services exist at some ferry terminals and the airport. Two major motorways keep Corfu town connected to the rest of the island and many visitors opt to hire scooters instead of local cars, allowing a freer feeling when they explore the beautiful island. Taxi and bus services are also available, ensuring that any traveller can easily find their way around the island and city alike, experiencing the gorgeous sights, sounds and smells of Corfu.

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