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Out and about around Corfu

CORFU GUIDE

After spending a few days on the beach, lounging by your pool or strolling around Corfu Town, you might feel ready to get out and about and discover Corfu’s many other attractions. From charming villages to towering castles and unique museums, there’s plenty to see and do. Here are our top tips for a slightly alternative Corfu experience. 

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Angelokastro

If you or any of your family are fans of castles with tremendous views, we recommend a trip to Angelokastro, an impregnable fortress perched at over 300m above the sea on Corfu’s northwest coast. Thought to date back to the 13th century, Agnelokastro was never taken by attackers and was one of the island's most important defensive structures. For around 100 years it was the capital of Corfu and the seat of the Ionian Islands’ Venetian governors. The panoramic, 360-degree views from the top are splendid and take in vast swathes of Corfu and its surrounding seas.


Kalami Bay

Apart from its lovely beach and laid-back atmosphere, Kalami Bay is also where you will find the White House, one-time seafront residence of Lawrence Durrell. Now an excellent restaurant and bar, the White House is a lovely spot in which to relax with a glass of something cold and a book – perhaps Prospero’s Cell, which Lawrence wrote while living there. James Bond fans might also be interested to know that Kalami Bay and the White House was one of the locations used in For Your Eyes Only.  


Paleokastritsa Monastery

Situated just a few kilometres south of Angelokastro, the monastery of Paleokastritsa rivals its neighbour in terms of views. Although the monastery was founded at the beginning of the 13th century, most of what you see today dates back to the mid-18th century. Visitors are welcome to look around certain areas, marvel at the views and spend a little time in ecclesiastical museum, which houses some beautiful icons and other religious artefacts. It is best visited in the early morning or late afternoon and a café near the entrance offers refreshments if you wish to linger.


Kassiopi

Sitting in an idyllic position wrapped around a bay on the northeast coast of Corfu, Kassiopi offers a little bit of something for everyone. It is particularly popular in the summer thanks to its good selection of shops, its seafront tavernas and bars, its buzzing nightlife scene, some delightful beaches and the ruins of a Byzantine fortress overlooking the town. 


Achilleion Palace

A summer residence fit for an Austrian Empress and a German Kaiser, a hospital, an orphanage, a casino, a film location for James Bond and a centre of European diplomacy: the Achilleion Palace has a fascinating and diverse history and is well worth a visit while you’re in Corfu. Designed by the Italian architect Raffaele Caritto for Sisi, the wife of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, the palace is an homage to Achilles and is full to brimming with tributes to the great Greek hero. The delightful gardens cover nearly 50 acres and offer wide-ranging views over southern Corfu and the island’s capital city.


Away from the coast

A trip or two into Corfu’s interior will give you an insight into island life that you won’t get on the coast. There are dozens of characterful, agricultural villages that remain virtually untouched by tourism and which offer a mix of views, tranquillity, homely tavernas and gentle charm. A few of our favourites are Agios Matheos (about 5km north of Lake Korission in the southwest), Pelekas and Vatos (about 10km west of Corfu Town), Ano Korakiana and Skripero (about 15km northwest of Corfu Town), Strinilas (on the northwestern flanks of Mount Pantokrator), and Lakones and Liapades (just inland from Paleokastritsa in the northwest).

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