Traveling to Corfu? Here are 5 historic sites to tick off your bucket list!
For an island which covers only 237 square miles, Corfu has a surprisingly rich heritage. This island has also been hailed as the Emerald Isle because of its lush green hills, extensive olive plantations as well as a number of fine, sandy beaches. For people who can’t wait to hit the beach for this year’s summer holidays Corfu is definitely a fantastic choice. The Greek island was formerly home to the Phaecians as early as 1300BC with French, Venetian and British influence shaping its recent history. With an abundance of medieval churches, ruined castles, scenic monasteries and fascinating museums which together with its proud history make Corfu a top destination for cheap holidays in Greece.
Do tick off these tourist landmarks and attractions when in Corfu, they are sure to be the highlights of your wonderful time in Greece:
- The Old Fortress: situated on a rocky peninsula the Palaio Frourio reflects centuries of foreign influence and features an observation area affording stunning views of the surrounding area.
- Achillion Palace: built by Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria the palace is a sumptuous example of classical Italian architecture and is adorned with Grecian statues and paintings of Achilles. The adjacent Imperial Gardens offer impressive views over lush valleys and the Ionian Sea.
- Paleopolis: the ruins of the ancient city of Kerkyra was the site of an early 5th century Christian basilica which, although repeatedly destroyed, was rebuilt by successive inhabitants during a period spanning hundreds of years.
- Cathedral of Agios Spyridon: the most important of the forty or so churches in Corfu, the Church of Agios Spyridon in Nafplion features a collection of sombre Byzantine paintings and icons as well as an impressive fresco of the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea.
- Old Palace/Royal Gardens: a sprawling complex of buildings constructed in a Romanesque style, the Old Palace features expansive interiors, impressive works of art and striking gardens with exotic colourful plants.
A visit to Corfu is not simply about soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine or relaxing on the gorgeous beaches adjoining crystal-clear waters. Absorbing the rich heritage is a rewarding and educational experience and an integral part of any visit to this enchanting Greek island.
Thank you to Joey Ong, a guest blogger for DealChecker for this sponsored post and photos.