Love to lounge by the beach but also interested in history and archaeological finds? You are in for plenty of fun in the Greek island of Corfu. Its beaches are without question exquisite, but for those looking for diversity there are also other interesting attractions waiting to be explored within Corfu vicinity.
Corfu Town or Kerkyra for the locals is not just a place to crash and sleep but it is also an attraction in itself. It is rich in history and impressive architecture, which make it one of the must-see destinations on the island.
Must-see landmarks in the area include the 16th century stone building of San Giacomo Theater that channels Renaissance architecture in Italy, the ancient Fort opposite the charming Liston Esplanade and St. Spiridons Church and the mummified saint inside. Chilling out is best done in the attractive public square of Spianada where locals and visitors alike congregate to have a good time. But if you are going out at night, Liston is where fun and excitement starts.
The Old Fortress is well worth exploring with the stunning panorama of the ocean it affords and the historical structures housed inside its premises. Some of its most interesting attractions include the land and sea towers, the clock tower and the light house where you can take a look at stunning vistas of the island. Corfu’s New Fortress or Neo Frourio is also worth taking a look at. Don’t be fooled by the name, it is a misnomer considering that the structure was completed back in the mid 1600s.
Like any other island in Greece, Corfu boasts several ancient ruins that are still pretty much impressive even in their dilapidated state. If you want to see what a public square looked like in ancient times check out what was once an agora in the Ancient Site of Palaiopolis. You will also find the Temple of Kardakios and the public Roman Baths in the area. Check out the museum for a closer look at the valuable artifacts discovered on site.
Other ancient sites that you may find interesting include the Grave Monument of Menekratis and one of the oldest known inscriptions in Greece found therein, the ruins of the Roman Baths in Acharavi and the beautifully preserved 6th century Doric style Temple of Artemis Gorgous.
Considering the rich historical heritage of Corfu, there are several notable museums worth checking out if you are interested in taking a closer look at its history. The Archaeological Museum should be on top of the list for ancient Greece enthusiasts. It holds some of the most significant relics of the islands ancient past. If you are more interested with religious icons and art, the Byzantine Museum in the church of Panagia Antivouniotissa is worth checking out. Other interesting museums in the area include the Historical Folklore Museum, the Municipal Art Gallery and the Museum of Asian Art among others.
Of course, your Corfu holiday will not be complete without spending a few days at its gorgeous beaches. Whether you are looking for idyllic coves, quiet beaches or lively beachfront, the options are limitless. It is best to drive around the island and explore the area. Soon enough you will find the beach location that is just perfect for what you are looking for.
Whether you’ve been to Greece or are planning/dreaming to, I hope you’ll join us for our next virtual vacation this Tuesday, August 18th at 8 PM EDT, as we talk about all things Greece!