Greek Paradise: Corfu

Corfu Travel Blog

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Old town Corfu from the sea.

Our ship came to port in Corfu in the middle of the day on November 15.  We were a little late because of some severe storms in the Ionian Sea and all the way into Turkey.  When we arrived in Corfu though, the weather was nice and the sun was out.  Corfu is a beautiful Greek island.  It lies just off the coast of the border between Albania and Greece.

We spent the entire day traveling around Corfu (see below, "Getting Around").  It was an incredible island that reminded me of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. mixed with the culture of Venice and mainland Greece.  It was a remarkable place.

Pontikonisi ("Mouse Island"):  One of the sites that our guide made sure we went to was "Pontikonisi" or "Mouse Island," which is the home of the Pantokrator Monastery.

Mouse Island.
  The white stone staircase of the monastery, when viewed from a distance, gives the impression of a mouse tail, which gives the island its name.

Getting Around.  We hired a private tour guide for the day in Corfu.  We apparently were the only passengers from the cruise ship to do so.  It was a great idea because we could zip in a small car through the narrow streets faster than all of the buses.  We also got to visit more places because we had only three of us and our driver knew where to go and when each place would close.

In Corfu, many places close for the afternoon (like the siesta) and reopen again in the evening.  The museums and tourists sites tend to open in the morning and close early afternoon without reopening because the tourists are gone in the evening.  So, it's best to either know exactly where you want to go -- and head straight there -- or, have a driver that can take you to several places so that you're not bogged down by the other tourists and your own lack of mobility.

Town of Corfu.  I took some pretty nice pictures all over the island, including old Corfu Town and the resort area of Paleokastritsa.  Walking around the old town of Corfu at dusk was a beautiful sight.  I'd love to go back to this place.   Corfu Town (or Kerkyra in Greek) was influenced most heavily by the Venetians, but also by the British.  Pulling into the harbor at Corfu Town is reminiscent of arriving in Venice because of the way the buildings are constructed.  The British also left their mark on the town.  They built a cricket field near the harbor.

MelissaBeth says:
Excellent blog, very insightful. I will be going on a similar cruise in June and will be sure to use several of your tips. Thanks for sharing!
Posted on: Mar 31, 2011
missandrea81 says:
Thank for this great summary of Corfu. I'm going there on a cruise next week and this was most helpful!
Posted on: Oct 13, 2009
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Old town Corfu from the sea.
Old town Corfu from the sea.
Mouse Island.
Mouse Island.
The Old Citadel and old town Corfu.
The Old Citadel and old town Corfu.
The Old Citadel and old town Corfu.
The Old Citadel and old town Corfu.
The Old Citadel.
The Old Citadel.
The Old Citadel.
The Old Citadel.
St. George church is the Doric sty…
St. George church is the Doric st…
Mouse Island.
Mouse Island.
Cats everywhere!
Cats everywhere!
Sign where Prince Philip was born.
Sign where Prince Philip was born.
Achilleion Palace.
Achilleion Palace.
Achilleion Palace.
Achilleion Palace.
Achilleion Palace.
Achilleion Palace.
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View from the gardens of the Achil…
View from the gardens of the Achi…
Achilles in the gardens.
Achilles in the gardens.
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In the gardens of the Achilleion P…
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Muses in the gardens of the Achill…
Muses in the gardens of the Achil…
Muse in the gardens of the Achille…
Muse in the gardens of the Achill…
Muse in the gardens of the Achille…
Muse in the gardens of the Achill…
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Outside the Achilleion Palace.
Outside the Achilleion Palace.
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Outside the Achilleion Palace.
Outside the Achilleion Palace.
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Grand staircase in the Achilleion…
Grand staircase in the Achilleion …
Grand staircase in the Achilleion…
Grand staircase in the Achilleion …
Grand staircase in the Achilleion…
Ceilin in the Achilleion Palace.
Ceilin in the Achilleion Palace.
Cherubs on the wall in the Achille…
Cherubs on the wall in the Achill…
Chapel in the Achilleion Palace.
Chapel in the Achilleion Palace.
Chapel in the Achilleion Palace.
Chapel in the Achilleion Palace.
Resort area of Paleokastritsa.
Resort area of Paleokastritsa.
Resort area of Paleokastritsa.
Resort area of Paleokastritsa.
Resort area of Paleokastritsa.
Resort area of Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Monastery at Paleokastritsa.
Saint Spyridon Church wherein the …
Saint Spyridon Church wherein the…
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