Cruising in Greece’s Corfu Town

*This is for college purposes only.

On the Ionian Sea, off the west coast of mainland Greece, Corfu is one of the country’s most-visited island destinations. The capital, Corfu Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its elegant Italianate architecture – it was ruled by the Venetians for several centuries. Explore its romantic pedestrian-only streets to discover two 16th-century fortresses, and the arcaded Liston, lined by old-fashioned cafes. It is a popular charter base for yachts sailing the Ionian and excursion boats offering sightseeing tours to Saranda and Butrint in nearby Albania. Corfu is served by an airport and ferries from Igoumenitsa and Patras on the Greek mainland. In summer, ferries sailing from Ancona and Venice also stop here.

Elegant Corfu Town (also known as Kerkyra) leaves you spellbound from the moment you wander its cobbled streets aglow with evil eyes and redolent with sandalwood, past old ladies bedecked in widow-black robes measuring their afternoons with worry beads, washing strung from balconies. Corfu means ‘twin peaks’ – the town is bookended by two hills, on which two massive fortresses were built to repel the aggression of five successive Ottoman sieges. Besides some fascinating museums, there are plenty of upscale shops and some of the region’s top restaurants to savour.

The old fortifications of the town, formerly so extensive as to require a force of from 10,000 to 20,000 troops to man them, were in great part thrown down by the English in the 19th century. In several parts of the town may be found houses of the Venetian time, with some traces of past splendour, but they are few compared to the British Neoclassical housing of the 19th and early 20th centuries

The city has a long tradition in the fine arts. The Philharmonic Society of Corfu is part of that tradition. The Museum of the Philharmonic Society of Corfu presents in detail the musical heritage of the island.

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