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Corfu Sightseeings

Corfu Sightseeings

Corfu is an island, which combines natural beauty with luxuriant vegetation and beaches with thin sand and scenic gulfs with green waters and the intense historical past, the culture, the ethics and traditions. The visitor can marry walks in the city of Corfu, in the squares and the narrow alleys, as well as in the scenic villages through the whole island and visits to the cafes and the tavernas of the island, as well as visits to old mansions, monasteries and archaeological areas, which animate the history and the culture of the island.

AREAS WORTH VISITING

LefkimmiNorthern part of the island: Kassiopi, Ipsos, Dasia, Gouvia, Sidari with the channels and the sedimentary rocks and the famous Channel of Love, Roda, Acharavi.
Northwest: Agios Stefanos, Arilas, Agios Georgios.
Southern part of the island: Lefkimi and Kavos with vivid nightlife.
Southwest: Ermones, Pelekas with Glyfada beach, Agios Gordios, the Mediterranean village Agios Matthaios (Korissia Lake).
Southeast: Mesogi, Moraitika, Benitses, Perama.

EVENTS

Throughout the whole year: exhibitions of local and foreign artists are lodged in the various galleries, concerts, modern dance shows and theatrical shows take place at the Municipal Theatre and the Old Fortress, as well as in outer areas. The 18 Philharmonics of the island and the choruses accompany many of the festive and cultural events.

Corfu EasterEaster: the particularity of the Easter celebration on the island attracts many Greek and foreign visitors from all over the world. The processions of the protector of the island Saint Spyridon, the choruses, the philharmonics.
Summer: fests are organized in every part of the island. The Philharmonics of the island give concerts and the choruses sing in the alleys of the city.
Carnival: the parade in the city center and various festive events are inspired by the ancient Greek pagan culture and the worship of Dionysus, the Carnival of Venice and special local customs.



SIGHTSEEING

The archaeological area of Palaiopolis. The ancient city was established in the 8th century and was located between the gulf of Garitsa the lake Chalikiopoulos. The most significant monuments of the area are: the market, the Doric temple of Kardaki, the roman baths and the building belonging to the Pre-Hellenistic period, the museum.

The Mon Repo. It is located near the Palaiopolis. It was built in 1831 within a very big plot. It was the summer residence of the English Commissary F. Adam and afterwards of the royal family. In the area of Mon Repo the visitor can see the temple of Asklypios (or Apollon – 6th century) and the Doric temple vowed to Artemis (7th century).

The Monument of Menekratis. A round building made of stone located in Garitsa. It was built in the 6th century and bares a ten verse Archaic inscription referring to Menekratis as a Consul of Corfu in Oianthia (near Galaxidi 600 BC), which is considered one of the most ancient inscriptions in Greece.

The Tower of Narantzicha. A tower behind today’s graveyard, part of the ancient walls of 6m. height, which was retrieved because it lodged a Byzantine church of Madonna.

Mouse IslandPontikonisi. It is a scenic small island near Corfu, to which it is connected regularly by cruise boats. On this small island the visitor can see the Byzantine church of Pantokrator or relax walking through the full of green area. According to a myth, Pontikonisi is the numb boat, by which Faiakes transported Odysseus to Ithaca, while according to a different myth it is the rock, on which Naysika found Odysseus.

Kanoni. It has been named after the French cannon, which was placed there in 1798. From that area, one can admire the spectacular view to Pontikonisi and to the Monastery of Virgin Vlacherna, which built in 17th century and is connected to the land by a cement road through the sea.

Spianada square. It is the central square of the island, the biggest square in the Balkans and one of the biggest squares in Europe. It was constructed according to the style of the European Royal Gardens in the period of the French domination. The foot – walk of Liston, which was constructed by the French engineer Lesseps (his son constructed the Suez Canal) and the peristyle of Maitland with ionic order columns, which was built to honor the English commissary Sir Thomas Maitland in 1816 during the English domination are located at the square. Many fests, parades, processions accompanied by the Philharmonics of the island take place at the square.

The Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George. It is a palace of Georgian order, which was built during the English domination in 1819. It was the residence of the Commissary Adam. The Palace is decorated in the exterior areas with vivid representations of the Ionian Islands, while in the interior representations of the Ionian Islands, the central hall with two lines of ionic order columns and paintings with scenes from Odyssey, the magnificent staircase leading to the first floor, which is decorated with Corinthian columns and the three main halls, the dance hall, the throne hall and the symposium hall stand forward. The Palace was used in the past from the Ionian Senate and the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, while for half a century it was used as the summer residence of the Greek royal family. Today it is used as a museum and it lodges the Archaeological Department. At the Congress of 1994 it hosted the leaders of the European Union.

corfu_old_fortressThe old Fortress. It is located in the east side of the port of Corfu. It was constructed in the beginning of the 8th century, during the period of the Byzantine Empire. It had a moat, the so-called “Kontra Fosa”, a drawbridge, which was replaced by an iron bridge connecting the fortress to the city. It is considered a masterpiece of architecture and it is worth seeing the central gate, the bastions of Savornian, Martinego and Mandrakio, the roman temple, the prisons, the English hospital and the English barracks. The Public Library, the Archives, the Byzantine Collection, the Congress Center, as well as the clock tower and the lighthouse are lodged there. The view of the city from the Old Fortress is spectacular.

The New Fortress. It is located on a hill above the old port. Its construction started in 1576 and was completed in 1645 from the Venetians. It is considered a masterpiece of fortress architecture. It is worth seeing the English barracks, the underground arcades, the aqueducts, the ammunitions depots. The Museum of Ceramic Art is lodged in the New Fortress and many concerts, exhibitions and theatrical shows take place in its area. The stares leading to the fortress end up in a Sap leading to the center of the new town through the Market. The area where the Market is located is a fosse and it communicates with the Fortress, as it was its fortification. The view to the city and the sea is enchanting.

The Church of Saint Spyridon. It was built in 1859. Basilica, with special architectural interest. It is distinguished by its tall bell tower and the marble temple, as well as by its ceiling, which represents scenes of the saint’s life, the Evangelists and it is separated into 17 parts. The Church is dedicated to the protector of Corfu, Saint Spyridon, who protected the island from epidemic diseases. In the internal of the Church, within a silver feretory of the 19th century, the relic of the Saint is being kept. Celebration and processions of Saint Spyridon take place.

The Town Hall. It was built during the Venetian domination, 1661 – 1693. It was initially used as a club of the Venetian officers and later as a private club of the nobles of the island. Later it was open to the public as theatre and opera. It became a Town Hall in the beginning of the 20th century.

Achillion PalaceAchillion Palace. The Palace was built in 1889 – 1891 as a residence of Princess Elisabeth von Vitelsbach (known as Princess Sissy). The name Achillion derives from the mythic hero Achilles. Princess Sissy was charmed by the natural beauty of Greece, and also by the Greek history and mythology and decided to buy the area. It is located near the village Gastouri, 10 km. from the city. In the external area of the palace one can see statutes of the Gods of Olympus and the nine Musses, as well as two impressing statutes of Achilles, bust of ancient Greek writers and orators. In the internal of the palace there are furniture sculptured with mythological images, paintings of Italian and Austrian painters, the paintings of Aggelos Gialinas, the Corfiot painter. Inside the rooms the personal objects of Elisabeth and Gulielmos, jewelry, statutes of heroes from ancient Greek History and Mythology, as well as paintings and ceramics are being kept. Today it is a museum. The palace is connected with the sea by the well-known Kaiser Bridge.

The Monastery of the Virgin Mary of Palaiokastritsa. It was founded in the 13th century, but the existing buildings were built during the 18th and 19th century. Within the area of the Monastery there is a small museum of Byzantine and ecclesiastic art, as well as the skeleton of a whale.

Aggelokastro. It is a Byzantine castle, which is located near Krini, opposite Palaiokastritsa, at 330 m. height. It was built in the 13th century from the first Lord of Epirus, Michael Aggelos Komninos or Emmanuel Komninos (1143-1180). According to the tradition the founder was looking for the steepest rock to build an impenetrable fortress. The fortress protected the residents of the area from the attacks of the pirates and the Venetians. The interior of the castle is totally ruined. Within a dark cave, inside the castle, there is a church dedicated to the Taxiarchs with a mural of the Virgin.

The Castle Gardiki. It is a Byzantine castle, which is located between Agios Matthaios and Mesoggi. It is dated in the 13th century and it is assumed that it was built by Michael Aggelos B’. The castle is ruined. It is consisted of eight towers.

Pelekas. A beautiful, scenic village 13 km. west of the city, famous for the wonderful sunset.

MUSEUMS

The Archeological Museum. It was built in 1962 – 1965. It contains exhibits from Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Times, from excavations in Corfu and Epirus, such as Statutes, coppery, marble, pots and other objects. (Armeni – Vraila Street 1, Corfu, Tel: 26610 30680 or 43452)

The Byzantine Museum. It is lodged in the Church of Panagia Antivouniotissa of the 15th century. It was founded in 1984 and was renovated in 1994. It contains icons and ecclesiastic objects from the 15th up to the 19th century. (Holy Temple of Panagia Antivouniotissa, 49100, Corfu, Tel: 26610 38313).

The Asian Art MuseumThe Asian Art Museum. The building was built in 1819-1824 and was the command of the English Headquarters, the command of the Ionian Senate, as well as the summer residence of the Royal family of Greece. The museum was founded in 1927. It contains exceptional collections of 11.000 objects from Far East and the Indian area (China, Korea, Japan, India, Pakistan, Indochina, Tibet, Nepal). The majority of the exhibits are donations from prominent Greek people, from the Municipality of Corfu and the National Archaeological Museum. (Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, 49100, Corfu, Tel: 26610 30443)

Kapodistrias Museum. It was founded in 1981. It was built on a plot of land of the family property of the first governor of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias. It contains furniture and heirlooms of that time and personal objects of Ioannis Kapodistrias, from donations by Maria Desylla – Kapodistria, Mayor of Corfu 1956-1959. (Europouli, 49100, Corfu, Tel: 26610 39528 or 32440).

Solomos Museum. It is the house where our National poet Dionysios Solomos lived most of his life (1798-1857). It contains furniture, portraits, photographs and personal objects of Dionysios Solomos. (Arseniou Street 1, 49100, Corfu, Tel: 26610 30674)

Ceramic Art Museum. It contains a great variety of ceramic objects of Corfu (Ceramic Folklore Art) (New Fortress – English Barracks, 49100, Corfu, Tel: 26610 27370)

Banknotes Museum. It is unique in Greece and one of the few in the world. It contains collections of Banknotes, which were issued since 1839 up to 1920, the first banknote of Greece, Chinese banknotes of 1300 AD, which are considered some of the oldest in the world, postwar banknotes from other countries, documents, seals, photographs, coins, etc. (Hroon Kypriakou Agona Square, 49100, Corfu, Tel. 26610 41552).

The Municipal Gallery. It contains a very wide collection of art pieces of Corfiot artists of the 19th century. (Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, 49100, Corfu, Tel: 26610 44606)

Sea Shell Museum. It was founded in 1989. It contains findings from the Indian and the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, such as shells, fossils, sponges, corals, embalmed fish, lobsters, crabs, snakes, sharks and shark jaws, etc. (Benitses, Corfu, Tel: 26610 72227 or 42900).

 
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