Perched on a promontory overlooking Paleokastritsa this Byzantine Fortress is well worth a visit when you are on Corfu for the holidays. The fortress was under renovation, but now it is open for the visitors of Corfu. The builders did a wonderful job. The views from the top are very dramatic; giving a panoramic view of the Western coastline of the island. Within the walls can be found 2 small churches, one of which is built inside a cave. Even if closed the view from the car park is worth going for. To get there follow the donkey paths to Lakones and then walk along the road to Krini. Angelokastro is on the outskirts of the village. Alternatively hire some form of transport and take the Lakones road to Krini and then follow the narrow road to the car park at the bottom of the pinnacle on which Angelokastro sits. If walking or driving does not appeal why not use the local bus; be at the stop at the Lakones/Paleokastritsa junction (Monday – Friday) and take the Krini/Makrades bus to the Krini car park. The fortress is only a short walk from there. Return to Paleokastritsa by foot or by local taxi.
Not far from the old harbour there is the New Castle. The construction of the castle began in 1577 under the Venetians and it was completed together with the town wall in 1588. This castle is much smaller than the old one and not as high. It consists of two levels. The lower level protected the harbour, the higher one the city. In order to get invincible, a deep and broad moat was built between Avrami hill and the castle. The castle itself had no dwellings, except for the commander’s and a few aristocrats’ houses. The French and British completed constructing the Castle. The New Castle was considered to be an architectural miracle those times. In 1716 it hindered the Turks to conquer Corfu and so it guarded the freedom of the Western world. Today two well preserved through the centuries doors with ten Venetian arms can still be seen there.
Aqualand is one of the most amazing water adventure parks in Europe. Its location is perfectly fitted in the middle of Corfu Island, on the main road to Glyfada and it's easy to reach wherever you are. It is stretched in 75.000 Sq. m., giving opportunity of more than 600 free parking lots to each visitor. Inside the park you will find the biggest variety of water attractions and facilities. Special care has been given to the handicapped persons. For all of you, who like water and its games, there are, the Giant Slides, the Multisided, the Black Hole, the Four Twisters, the Kamikazes, the Hydro-tube, the Crazy River, the Lazy River, the adventurous and full activities pool, the two new "Free Fall" slides, the big size Jacuzzi and the big deep pool. Our young friends may visit their own areas: the big shallow pool, the waterslides for children, the flat ramp for children, the slippery octopus, the screaming frog, the shower mushroom.They can also entertain themselves to the out-of-water games: the adventure playground, the bouncing castle, the videogames room and the specially designed area of 3.000 sq.m. For mini-cars. For all of you who want to have fun with your family, Aqualand has already cared, two new games, the Family Rafting and the Deep Blue Kayak. The qualified lifeguards that look after your safety, the special service for people with special needs, the water which is everyday re-changed and continuously filtered, are few of the high-level services offered by AQUALAND. You will also find free sun beds and umbrellas, spacious changing rooms and showers, high quality fast food, restaurant and gelateria, boutique, mini-market and fast photo-print shop, safety lockers available, wet and dry central bar.
During a holiday in Corfu island, no one can miss to taste the most famous Greek dishes and some traditional food of Kerkyra.During all day and night the marvelous smell of food that fills the streets will take you for sure into a traditional restaurant, where you will discover an unforgettable Mediterranean cuisine.
The Greek and Corfu’s cuisine is dominated by local products as meat, fish, olive oil, vegetables and cheese that will surprise
you day by day for their quality.
In all Corfu island are very important some traditional products as local honey, extra virgin olive oil and sheep yoghurt, but also some local recipes like “Pastitsada” and “Sofrito” are really excellent.
We also describe the most important traditional dishes and some local recipes.
To have an original trip and to refresh yourselves from the hot sun why not to visit the Paleopolis?
Paleopolis is an archaeological site surrounded by ancient walls where you can find still the ruins of the ancient Kerkyra.
The Paleopoli is located 4 km south from Corfu town, on Kanoni peninsula.
The entrance is free and you can have a walk along a beautiful path under the shadow of pine and olive trees.
You can listen the sound of the sea under a sky full of birds; it’s so peaceful that also many local people come here to relax reading a book.
During your walk you’ll find many buildings like St. Eufemia monastery and the old open theatre that is still used today.
You can also visit the congress centre, Tito palace, a Byzantine church, an ancient Roman house and Mon Repos villa.
This villa was built in 1830 for the English Minister Adams and it belonged for long time to the Greek Real Family. Today hosts the museum of Paleopolis.
Among the ruins there are: Era’s temple, Venetian fountain and what remained today of the Doric Kardaki temple. This temple was built in honour of Apollo at the end of VI century b.C. using local limestones coming from the quarry of Varipatadon.
Along the road, just outside from the Paleopoli, is possible to see other ruins like the Christian basilica of Kerkyra, some pavement sections of the ancient agorà, Roman bathes and the boatyards of the port of Alkinoos.
Celebration of Easter in Corfu is a unique experience, different from anywhere else in Greece and particularly more impressive for first-time visitors to the island.
A huge festival, in which various components come together harmoniously, the Orthodox Christian faith, pagan traditions, the powerful presence of Saint Spiridon, the Roman Catholic community, the Venetian influence, genuine Corfiot humour, the music of the philharmonic bands and of course the spring atmosphere.
Situated just outside the village of Gastouri, this building is surely the highlight of the island. Everyone who visits Corfu also visits this site to see the Palace which once belonged to the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sissi. The Palace was built in 1890 in neo-classical style, and a huge amount of money was squandered on its lavish and overpowering embellishment. Statues depicting the Nine Muses, Shakespeare, Lord Byron and of course Achilles Dying and Achilles Triumphant, adorn the garden to remind us of the lonely Empress. The garden and its view are without doubt magnificent. After the assassination of Elisabeth in 1898 the Palace stood empty until 1907 when it was bought by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, who for a few years occupied it on a seasonal basis. Today, the personal possessions of the former owners are on display in a small museum, and are the focus of the camera lenses of the many visitors.
Is famed as 'the largest square in the Balkans' and owes its existence to a strategic manoeuvre. In 1576, the houses which huddled around the gate of the fortress began to be demolished to allow the defenders a better outlook over the area. In a period of twelve years, more than 2500 dwellings were pulled down, leaving a great space which the French later planted with trees, and which today forms the Esplanade Square. A walk around the square will lead you to the Rotonda (built in Ionian style in honour of the first British Lord High Commissioner, Sir Thomas Maitland) a popular meeting point for young people, and the Bandstand where, if you are lucky, one evening a band will be giving a performance of classical music or jazz.
Is a modern tourist resort with several hotels and a view over the Halikiopoulos Lagoon and the airport. At the tip of the Kanoni peninsula a footpath descends to the Vlacherna Monastery, a tiny island linked to the shore by a causeway. The causeway is the mooring point for a number of small boats which will take you to Mouse Island (Pontikonissi) where you can visit the Byzantine Church of Pantokrator. The combined picture of Kanoni, Vlacherna and Pontikonissi has become the trademark of the whole island, and has been photographed, perhaps, by just about every camera in the world.
Is situated about 25 kilometres from town, linked to it by one of the widest and best laid-out roads on the island. Consisting of two impressive headlands and six coves, the area's unique combination of lush vegetation, precipitous cliffs and sandy beaches has established it as a top-class resort. The northern promontory belongs to the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was founded in 1225. The building we see today is of a later date and houses a museum of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons. Alipa Bay, apart from being the site of a naval base, has a small marina where visiting yachts and local fishing boats anchor. Special note should be taken of the wonderfully clear, deep sea of the area, a favourite spot for scuba diving and harpoon fishing.