Top 5 tourist attractions in Corfu
There’s a lot more to Corfu than the stunning beaches, fun resorts, and brilliant weather that has made it a top tourist destination. We’ve scoured the Greek Island for the best attractions in Corfu to inspire you to explore more of the island that lies beyond the tasty restaurants, buzzing bars and top nightlife of Kavos.
Kassiopi is the largest village in the north east and is well known for its picturesque setting and charming architecture. The whole area has Mount Pantokrator for a backdrop, where the hills are covered with olive groves, vines and citrus plantations.
Walk the narrow village streets and you’ll be walking in the footsteps of the ancient greats such as Cicero and Emperor Nero. The port provides an energetic focus for the resort and the beaches are blue flag certified. There are restaurants and nightlife a plenty and waterskiing, paragliding and diving are popular among tourists.
The church of Panagia Kassiopi Tissa is an interesting place to spend a few hours, as is the Byzantine Castle that was once used to protect the town and the port from attack.
Kerkyra is the Old Town of Corfu and is filled with charming, historical narrow streets for you to wander around. Any map here would be irrelevant, it’s up to you to explore your own Kerkyra. Wherever you end up you’ll only ever be a few minutes from the coast so there’s no need to worry.
Many visitors to Kerkyra recognise the strong Venetian influence from their time as rulers. This is evident in architecture, fountains and set up of the streets, unlike much of the rest of Greece. The whole area has been identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can find souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants dotted around, make sure to seek out Tou Zizimou if you’re looking for some stylish refreshment with a view.
There’s an Old Fort here where you can enter via a metal bridge – sure to be popular with little boys and big!
Visit the Archaeological Museum to see the Gorgon Frieze – a huge 6th Century BC pediment from a temple – it’s incredible to see first-hand. The Byzantine Museum gives a fine example of Byzantine carvings, icons and other 13th-17th Century items popular at the time. The Church of Ayios Spiridon, the island’s patron saint, contains his relics preserved in a silver casket. There are regular queues here of people wanting to pay their respects with a kiss to the casket.
The Achillion Palace was built by Empress of Austria, Elisabeth of Bavaria, to escape her tragic life after her son died. She was known to have a deep affection for Corfu and an obsession with beauty. The Italian architect Raffaele Caritto designed the palace around the legend of Achilles. When Elisabeth was assassinated, German Kaiser Wilhelm II purchased the property and kept up the beautiful gardens and architecture for everyone to enjoy, until it was pillaged in the First and Second World Wars. The building has been a home, a military headquarters, a summit meeting location and most recently a museum.
Make some time in your Corfu holiday itinerary to visit and revel in the rich history.
Palaiokastritsa is a village in the north west of Corfu nestled between the hills of olive groves and citrus orchards. Like most of Corfu it’s incredibly picturesque, but Palaiokastritsa in particular is renowned as a particularly beautiful spot in Greece.
The resorts here offer restaurants, supermarkets, cafes, shops and bars and are popular with families and couples on all budgets.
Popular sites in Palaiokastritsa include the 12th Century monastery of Theotokos, complete with a museum and the nearby village of Lakones where you can enjoy a good breakfast.
Watersports are very popular in Palaiokastritsa as the crystal waters are a sanctuary from the heat and it’s easy to rent all kinds of watersport equipment. If you have the energy and strength then a canoe ride round the beaches makes for a great afternoon. You could also venture out to the famous Paleokastritsa Caves where it’s possible to go diving.