If you are searching for another ideal holiday spot for the summer break, look no further. The island of Corfu or Kerkyra as it is locally known is a popular holiday destination in Greece.
Majority of the visitors to our shores are young people on vacation and older citizens who appreciate the fine things in life. The island is a place where class and style are taken to a whole new level.
Corfu is located off the Greek coast and is second in size when compared to other Ionian Islands and is a big island. A town bearing the same name is situated within the island.
In the article we examine the various sights and activities to be enjoyed in this beautiful part of Greece.
The History around Corfu Island
The island is very rich in History. If you are a fan of the Homer, you may have come across the place under a different name. Odysseus during his wanderings, fleeing from an avenging sea deity- Poseidon was shipwrecked by storms.
His ship was stranded on the shores of Scheria, a land of seafaring people. Rescued by the beautiful daughter of the King-Alkinoos, he found some measure of comfort in the Land.
The descriptions given by Homer may well be the island Of Corfu Greece. Another legend is Poseidon named the place after his lover Korkyra. He brought her to live in the island. The name Corfu was derived from her. This two stories portray ancient Greek knowledge of the place.
However, this is an island strongly influenced by the Venetian culture, which can be found all over the island!
The marvelous beaches
The island has good topography. The beaches are excellent and the coastline is accessible by boats and other water vessels.
Corfu enjoys a warm Mediterranean Climate which is advantageous to vacationers as they can bask in the sun for an average 9 hours daily.That sums up to 3000 hours in a year. For beach lovers the best places to hang out are in the south where the beaches are smooth. The north has rocky beaches and the sands are filled with pebbles.
Just imagine that there are around 60 beaches in Corfu. Here are just few of them!
The beaches are conducive for basking in the sun and a host of other sporting activities. The shores are shallow and swimmers will enjoy the warm waters and low tides during the day.
Activities such as water polo, beach volley, frisbees, water skiing and others are common. A walk through the beach and staring into the sea is also a good pastime.
Joys of Hiking in the Island
The nature trails are some of the best in the world.
The Corfu Trail is rated among the most splendid in Europe.
A walk through this route will avail the best features the island has to offer. If you prefer to be alone when hiking, the trail some distance away from the tourist resorts and hotels.
Chances are you will bump into a few fellow hikers only. It is advisable to hike at the peak of summer to enjoy the sights in all there splendor.
Fascination with the Arts
The island has been a source of inspiration to artists and writers for hundreds of years. Among the admirers was William Shakespeare.
It is said when he created the fairy tale kingdom in Tempest, he had the Corfu in mind. The Serene environment in the island has heightened the imagination of art lovers and conquerors alike.
You are bound to see Venetian, Greek, British, French and Ottoman influences when you walk through the town or visit the Museum. Art and Class will always be a key pillar in Corfu.
If you are in the town, a visit to Corfu Saint Spyridon Church can be interesting.
The church is rooted to the islands History. It was named after the island patron Saint, who is believed to have played a role in averting some major misfortunes in mainland Greece.
The Archaeological Museum in the town has a lot to offer, expect to see some precious artifacts from ancient times. You will be surprised to learn the earliest visitors to the island were the ancient Egyptians. There is a lot of history to absorb.
The town itself is beautiful and the citizens are very welcoming.
You can take a Trip to the Old harbor and check out Corfu Fortress of Saint Mark.
The purpose of the fort was to protect the town against enemy incursions during the old days. Now it represents the strength and tenacious nature of the people who lived then and now.
Enjoy some coffee in the many Cafes along the streets.
Other places to check out are the Mon Repos Palace and the Spaniada.
Both are very interesting examples of classical architecture.
The town is a mix between the ancient and modern worlds.
Islet of Vidos
When it comes to beauty this islet exceeds any other in Corfu. Situated a kilometer away from the main town, it offers an excellent view of the town and is a good retreat into nature. Initially it used to be a military base with an impenetrable fort built to deter enemy activity.
Currently it is home local camps for scout groups. You will notice the bunnies and birds that wander around unhindered by human presence. There is a tavern which serves the visitors a limited menu and offers refreshments.
We also have two small beaches that are 15 minutes apart by foot along the many paths. The islet is a good place for bird lovers where they can see different exotic birds.
But is that all to know for Corfu?
Far from it… Corfu is a huge island and has tons of things. If you really want to explore the island and mainland you need 10 days or more.
Corfu is a wonderful place to be. You will treasure the memories of the island when you go back home. It’s not just a place to holiday but also gives you a chance to grow mentally.
The locals are friendly to all people who visit the island. If you have saved enough it is time to plan the trip of a lifetime.
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