There are countless things to do in Corfu and endless sites to see as you explore the pretty Corfu old town. Walk through the labyrinth of ancient streets and take in the romantic architecture of the municipal buildings, palaces, and villas, which reflect the 400-year influence of the Venetian empire.
Walk through the elegant Liston Promenade and relax in elegant cafes and charming bistros. Or head straight to the old port to admire the brightly coloured fishing boats and eat the fresh catch of the day in one of the area’s many taverns. The Venetian-built 14th-century fortress – Palaio Frourio – is also a real stunner, sitting atop a rocky headland east of Corfu old town. The fortress often hosts dance productions and concerts in the summer months. The Regency-style Palace of St. Michael and St. George is also a visitor favourite.
Just over 10km south of Corfu town, the elaborate Achilleion Palace calls out for attention, built in the 19th century for Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The elaborate grounds are packed with beautiful statues and paintings of Achilles; the Greek demigod and hero of the Trojan War. Don’t miss the fantastic Imperial Gardens overlooking the Ionian Sea.
The island is famous for its lively nightlife, with a variety of cafes suitable for all tastes and preferences. Beach resorts such as Gouvia, Glyfada, as well and the capital of Corfu, are transformed into a bustle of activity every evening, leading to entertainment throughout the night.
But modern entertainment aside, this idyllic paradise is also famed for its culture and traditions. And in the spring and summer months, the cultural agenda is packed with events and festivals where visitors can listen to traditional music and catch a glimpse of dancing and costumes worn throughout the ages. Top summer festivals include the Varkarola Festival, the Corfu Sardine Festival, and the Corfu International Folk Dance Festival.
There are plenty of opportunities to dig beneath Corfu's surface and learn more about its fascinating past. Head to the Archaeological Museum of Corfu in Garitsa and take a close look at antiquities from the ancient city of Corfu and the rest of the island. The Museum of Asian Art, housed in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, is also a real treasure trove.
Beaches in Corfu are nothing short of idyllic. You can expect crystal clear waters, lush green surroundings, and fine sands – the perfect setting to totally relax and unwind. Some of the more organised Corfu beaches include Agios Gordios, Agios Stefanos and Kalami Beach, featuring plenty of amenities and organized water sports to keep the family entertained. For the more adventurous at heart, there are numerous little deserted caves and bays throughout the island waiting to be explored.