Corfu - Captivating & Cultural
An island immersed in Greek mythology, featuring in the mythical sea adventure Homer's Odyssey, and in real history, ravaged by a string of fearsome battles and violent conquests, Corfu today is astonishingly peaceful and pretty. North west of mainland Greece, Corfu is the second largest island in the Ionian Sea, just a short boat ride away from the Albanian coast. And it ticks all the boxes on the Mediterranean yacht charter checklist: relaxed atmosphere, beautiful sunshine, cultural highlights and stunning landscapes. Where the northern part of the island is more mountainous and ringed by pebble beaches, the south is characterized by lush lowlands, wide, sandy beaches and tranquil bays. By chartering here you can enjoy both sides of Corfu and gain access to some of the best vantage points, unreachable without your own yacht.
Influenced by the English nobility, Greek education and Venetian style, Corfu attracts a cultured crowd. In the small capital Corfu city, the old town is a labyrinth of narrow, colourful cobblestone streets surrounded by vast fortifications. As a World Heritage Site, the architecture of Corfu's old town is well worth leaving the beaches for. While you’re on land, make a beeline to the lively locals haunt Tsipouradiko. Near the Old Port you can eat meze washed down with tsipouro – local firewater. Just watch you don’t sit in the sun too, it’s a lethal combination. Those with a sweet tooth should stop at Papagiorgis, offering 40 different flavours of homemade ice cream. With steady winds all summer long, Corfu offers culture, culinary flair and excellent sailing in the crystalline Ionian Sea. A great start point from which to explore Greece.
Visit the charming fishing village of Benitses in the south of Corfu and see the fascinating remains of a Roman villa
The Palaio Frourio is a 15th century landmark – climb to the summit and enjoy the spectacular 360o panorama. Pop inside the gatehouse to see the Byzantine museum
Moni Theotokou is a 13th century monastery perched on the rocky promontory at the end of Paleokastritsa with lovely gardens, a museum and olive mill exhibition:do buy some oils and herbs.
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