Area Guide

Dassia

Situated at a distance of 13 kilometers northwest of Corfu Town, in front of the homonymous tourist resort, Dassia is a well-organised beach, sandy at its major part and with small pebbles at spots. Dassia, awarded with a blue flag, is one of the most popular beaches of Corfu island. You may enjoy sunbathing at the long beautiful beach, or swimming at the shallow waters, safe and ideal for families with small children. You may also induldge in one of the numerous water sports and activities.

Corfu

Corfu island with the innumerable natural beauties and the rich cultural and religious tradition, consists one of the most popular and favorable Greek destinations worldwide, with long, sustainable and strong presence in tourism industry for over 6 decades now. The, so called Faiakes Island, is located northwest of Greece, more specifically, in the north part of Ionian islands near the Adriatic sea. Due to the combination of the rich historical tradition and the beautiful landscape with the numerous seashores and the dense vegetation, it is assumable that not many places can compete the Corfiat uniqueness.

From the prehistoric era to the modern times the island contributes ceaselessly to the configuration and consists an integral and important part of the Greek civilization. Archaeological findings, dated from the Stone Age in Sidari (north Corfu) and the Neolithic Era in Afionas (western Corfu), indicate the human presence in the island even from the prehistoric period, whistle the first recorded reference has been found in Homer’s opus, Odyssey, where Corfu island, referred as Scheria, consists Odysseus’ last station before his return to Ithaca.

Around the middle of the 8th century BC., Corinthian colonists settled on the island and developed a remarkable civilization. Archaeological excavations in the broader area of the central Corfu have brought to light several ruined monuments related with the ancient Greek religion, inspired by Corinthian and Doric art and dated from the 8th to the 4th century BC. Maybe the most important monument of this era, is the temple of goddess Artemis which chronologically is placed around 585 BC

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Old Town

The Old Town, in the center of Corfu, is best known for the Venetian architecture, the historic monuments, the countless alleys and the churches. Some of the most popular sights of the island, like the Old and the New Fortress, the Liston sidewalk area with the cafeterias and the church of the patron saint of the island, St. Spyridon are located here. Here also is located the Spianada square, the largest in the Balkans, the Asian Art museum, the only one of its kind in Greece, and so many others. Not to mention that the popular all over Greece, Corfiat Easter events featuring the famous philharmonics, are also taking place in the Old Town. Finally, it’s worth noting the fact that since 2007 the area belongs to the UNESCO’s list of cultural heritage.

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Liston

Liston is a Venetian word used in various cities of the Veneto region and former possessions of the former Republic of Venice to indicate a part of the city, usually a square or section of a square.

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Kanoni

Kanoni with the astonishing view, it’s maybe the most recognisable sight, since it consist one of the most favourable places for the tourists who desire to take pictures of Corfu. Besides, for decades now, travelling reviews and promotional campaigns referred to the island, usually accompanied by a picture of this particular place. The area is located in the southern part of the old town. During antiquity, Kanoni used to be the main city and the port of Corfu. The temple of the ancient goddess Artemis is also located in the area. The region’s name means “canon” and comes from the canon the French battery placed there, back in 1798 and still remains until today. Kanoni consists a very popular destination even for the local residents, since here can someone enjoy a coffee by watching the amazing view of the Pontikonisi, the Vlachernas monastery and the sea lake, with a background the magical blue of the Ionian sea. He/she can also enjoy watching the airplanes’ landings and the take offs since the Corfu airport, I. Kapodistrias, is located in a relatively short distance.

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Aqualand

Located in the heart of Corfu Island and situated on the main road, makes Aqualand easily accessible from all parts of the Island.

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Sidari Canal d'amour

Canal d'Amour Corfu: The village of Sidari is quite known as one of the best tourist resorts in Corfu located 36 km from the main town. The village is surrounded by a charming landscape full of lush green forests.

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Achileion Palace

The royal palace of Achillion with the neoclassical influence, the beautiful garden and stunning views, is a unique sight of architectural beauty that every visitor of Corfu has to see. The palace, which is located in Gastouri area, 10km south of Corfu town, was built in 1890 at the expense of the Queen of Austro-Hungarian Empire, Elizabeth (also known as “Sissy”) with the intention to use it as a place where she could deal with the loss of her young son. After Elizabeth’s assassination in Geneva in 1898 the palace remained closed until 1904 or 1907 where the German Emperor William II (also known as “Kaiser”) bought it. The palace’s interior is decorated with beautiful frescoes and there are also many interesting historical memorabilia and decorative elements of that era, while the ancient Greek influence is easily distinguishable in the garden, since the visitor can admire statues of Greek mythology such as the 9 Muses, Apollo, Hermes and the magnificent statues of Achilles as well. The combination of the neoclassical palace, built in a location with lush vegetation and unique view to a part of Corfu and the Ionian Sea, makes Achillion to be considered the most fascinating architectural structure of the island and one of the most beautiful royal palaces in Europe. Today, the palace belongs to the Greek state and consists one of the most important museums of Corfu.

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