With so many beautiful islands around Greece, choosing which one to visit can be a challenging task! We can think about hundreds of reasons why you should visit Corfu, but here we have listed below five of the top reasons that make Corfu different and unique amongst thousands of destinations around Greece but also around the globe!
1.The Emerald Island
Wandering around the island, you will soon realise why Corfu is known as the Emerald or the Green Island! Wherever you look you can see an infinite variety of green! There is an impressive number of over 4 million olive trees - most of them at least 400 years old - and the combination of olive and cypress trees dominates the landscape. Around the coast the clear blue or turquoise waters provide a wonderful contrast to the green whilst at the same time complementing it. In the areas that have a higher elevation you will be blown away by the stunning views!
2.Unique Multicultural heritage
Historically and culturally Corfu differs from the rest of Greece as it's one of the very few areas that never came under Turkish rule. The major influence here is from the Venetians, who ruled here for over 400 years but Corfu also belonged to the French, Russians and British. Corfu is therefore considered more a part of Western than the Levantine World. This multicultural heritage is quite unique and can be witnessed in the architecture, gastronomy and way of life on the island. No wonder Corfu has been called a cultural crossroads!
The infinite shades of green on the island are surrounded by infinite shades of blue and turquoise in the sea. Visitors can enjoy some of the loveliest beaches in Greece and the crystal clear waters will delight all those coming here to relax. There are beaches to suit all tastes – organised with sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars and water sports such as Glyfada Beach or small, quiet and hidden away. Some have small pebbles and others are completely sandy. There really is something for everyone!
4. Corfu Town
Although Corfu is dotted with many picturesque villages, Corfu Town, is a reason in itself to visit the island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a true masterpiece of architecture and showcases all the different cultures that have passed through the island. Wander through the picturesque little alleyways lined with tall elegant pastel-coloured buildings, enjoy a coffee in the Liston with its arcaded terraces and fashionable cafes– designed and built by the French based on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. You may even be lucky enough to see a game of cricket – introduced by the British - being played in the green square there. The town has a number of sights not to be missed. The Old and New Venetian Fortresses, the Church of St. Spyridon – the island’s patron saint – and the Esplanade which is the largest square in Greece.
Not far from the town you can visit the Mon Repos Palace (a neoclassical palace built by the British Commissioner in the early 19th century and birthplace of Prince Phillip of the UK) and of course the iconic landmark of Corfu – Mouse Island. A 30-minute drive from the Town, is the impressive Achillion Palace which was built by Princess Sissi as a retreat at the end of the 19th century. Highlight of the Palace are the magnificent gardens filled with statues of Greek mythological figures.
5.Homer Odyssey- Philoxenia
Going further back in history, Homer writes about Corfu in his great masterpiece The Odyssey. He describes how the shipwrecked Odysseus was washed up on the island’s shore and received wonderful ‘’Philoxenia’’ (hospitality) from King Alcinous and his daughter Nausicaa. Some things never change! You can experience that same hospitality from the islanders today – making your visit here even more special!
There are plenty more awaiting for you to discover them by visiting the island! When you book your next holiday to Corfu please check out our Corfu Tours & Activities or Contact Us to create your perfect experience in Corfu!