Corfu is the island which perfectly marries the modern world with the past. The island remains timeless as if stuck in a time capsule with its archaic monuments and castles, rich cultural heritage, inspirational landmarks, crystalline blue sea, and all-year-round sunshine. Corfu is undoubtedly one of the hottest holiday destinations of our times. There are ample of reasons to visit Corfu and explore this haven-like island floating in the Ionian. Let’s take a look at 7 of the hottest must-visit landmarks in Corfu!
Corfu’s Old Town resembles a picture taken from a history book. The UNESCO World Heritage Site unfolds a world of the past, fusing Renaissance, Classical and Baroque features. Ancient castles, Venetian buildings, grand-like squares, and the cobbled alleys lure every tourist to explore and get lost within its mysterious alleys.
The Palace of Saint Michael and Saint Georges is an aristocratic palace, built in 1824 by the British. It is one of those buildings you could not ignore even if your life depended on it! The palace is an ideal addition to the island’s architectural combination. Today, Saint Michael and Saint George’s Palace is home to Corfu’s Museum of Asiatic Art and Municipal Library.
Next on our list is the soaring Mount Pantokrator, the highest point in Corfu. The mountain is so high that it is visible from anywhere you stand on the island. During winter, the snowy slopes are ideal for those keen on winter adventures within the icy cold forests of the mountain. In summer, nature enthusiasts seek to explore the mountainous slopes by cycling or hiking!
Love is in the air at Canal D’Amour! The canal is simply a passageway amongst two rocks but as simplistic and basic as it sounds, this place carries lots of love-related legends! The most popular explains that whoever successfully swims from one side of the canal to the other will find the love of his/her life! Get swimming guys!
Achilleion Palace was built by the Empress of Austria, Elizabeth. The actual structure resembles a fairy-tale castle which stands in the heart of blossoming cypresses. Elizabeth sought to escape the dictating Austrian courts and made Corfu her home, which she had great affection for. Her love of the Greek god Achilles is evident from the plentiful statues decorating the gardens of the castle.
Liston is Corfu’s trademark! Built in the 1807 under the French rule, Liston is an outstanding example of architecture originating from the Napoleonic era, which was inspired by the famed Rue de Rivoli in Paris! Liston is a great spot to have a drink and watch the world go by before your eyes.
Pontikonissi Isle (Mouse Island) was named after a mouse due to its shape which looks like a mouse. According to legend, the green-covered isle is Ulysses ship, which was turned into stone by Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Within the isle’s flourishing forests stands the church of Pantokrator, which was built in the 13th century.
As for your accommodation, Louis Hotels have you covered as 4 amazing resorts in Corfu promise to make you experience true Greek hospitality! Take your pick? LTI Louis Grand Hotel, Louis Corcyra Beach, Louis Ionian Sun and Kerkyra Golf!