Corfu, Greece

Corfu is an island off Greece’s northwest corner in the Ionian Sea. Its cultural heritage reflects years spent under Venetian, French, and British rule before it was unified with Greece in 1864. Everywhere, magnificent coastal views unfold to tell stories of Corfu’s past, but the two most imposing landmarks are large fortresses called simply old fort (built in 1545) and new fort (built in 1576.)

The old and new fortresses of Corfu
Old fort
Entrance to the old fort

The former grand palace of Saints Michael and George is another landmark building. Today it houses the Museum of Asian Art.

Museum of Asian Art

Our short panoramic driving tour took us past some interesting historic sites. The Douglas Column is a large obelisk that adorns Garitsa Beach. It reflects a period of British rule when Sir Howard Douglas was Lord High Commissioner of Corfu and the Ionian Islands. Several ancient ruins are also found dotting the island, among them the remains of the early Christian Basilica of Paleopolis.

Douglas Column
Ancient Basilica Ruins

The Holy Monastery of Panagia Vlacherna sits on an idyllic island in the bay. It has become a familiar symbol of Corfu. Built in 1799, it has  served as a monastery as well as a convent. Today it is used primarily for weddings and other special events.

Holy Monastery of Panagia Vlacherna

Many beautiful beaches and playgrounds dot the Corfu coastline.

Corfu has more than 200 churches spread out across the island.

Cathedral of St. James and St. Christopher
Main Altar of the Cathedral
Bell tower of the Cathedral of Saint Spyridon
Holy Church of the Virgin Mary Mandrakina

Corfu’s Old Town is a maze of narrow streets and alleys flanked by a lovely promenade that was once reserved for the local aristocracy. Anything and everything can be found in Old Town.

Fresh produce markets
Quaint bistros
Lovely apartments above shops
The promemade
Papagiorgias’ Sweet Shop has been continuously operating in Old Town since 1923. The Dafnis family has been crafting gourmet delicacies using local dairy and seasonal fruits for three generations. This is their dark chocolate kumquat ice cream. Absolutely delicious!
And it’s definitely the place to see and be seen. We captured this precious moment when two color-coordinated couples were being photographed by their adorable children. When the kids were finished, I asked if I could take a photo of the six of them. They more than obliged with a cute
social media-worthy pose!

With its legendary beauty and splendid weather, Corfu has served as a stunning backdrop for stories from Homer’s Odyssey to James Bond’s For Your Eyes Only to the Durrells. It’s certainly a storyteller’s paradise!

10 thoughts on “Corfu, Greece

  1. Dear Denise and Doug,
    We are simply thrilled with the account of this trip. Your determination
    To be detailed and accurate is very impressive. I imagine for the people who are reading it that don’t care to travel anymore that they are thrilled and enthralled by your beautiful descriptions.
    Seems like smooth sailing thus far!!! So happy for you both❤️❤️👏👏👏🤗🤗🤗

    Sent from my iPhone

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