Corfu is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. The reason for this is the ample sites tourists have the chance to visit. The island overflows with stunning natural beauty, extensive sandy beaches and rich historic heritage! Let’s take a look at three of the most impressive sites everyone should visit when in Corfu!
Spianada Square is considered as one of the most popular landmarks on the island. It is the second largest square in the Balkans that hosts annual international cricket tournaments where people from all over the world come to compete or watch. The park is visited regularly by locals and tourists alike since it is the ideal place for children to play, have a coffee at a nearby cafe or just laze around and read while relaxing within nature. The famous square is found between the Old Castle and the centre of the city. Its name originates from the Italian word ‘spianare’ which means to flatten. This is because during the Venetian rule, the area used to be a fortification and thus it was essential that the land between the castle and city remain barren. Today the square is buzzing with life where locals and visitors enjoy a stroll through the shops, sitting in cafes and the ideal area where social and cultural events are held.
Located on the north part of the Kato Plateia (Lower Square), the Palaia Anaktora (Royal Palaces) consists of an extensive complex of Roman palaces that are surrounded by Venetian Forts. The palaces used to be home the past elite society including British Governors and Kings of Greece. Today, the Palaia Anaktora is frequently visited by tourists to marvel at their impressive architecture and the art works that are displayed in the enormous halls and corridors.
The Royal Gardens that surround the palaces are a sight for sore eyes! They are packed with strikingly beautiful plants, filled with colourful flowers! The extensive gardens are ideal for a stroll within nature while overlooking the breathtaking scenery of the island’s coastline!