Corfu

Island in Ionian Islands

A green yet busy island with tons of historical sites and a magnificent Venetian town, Corfu has it all. Beach life, scenic drives, and history.

Attractions & Things to Do in Corfu

Corfu International Airport

Named after the first governor of Greece «Ioan. Kapodistrias». It has some all-year domestic flights and numerous international flights during the summer.

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Corfu Town

An aristocratic town with Venetian elements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, here, you might get confused as to whether you are in Italy or Greece.

↖ NW
≈ 1.2km

Mon Repos Villa

The home of Empress of Austria and birthplace of Prince Philip (Queen Elizabeth's husband), this palace is used as an archaeological museum.

→ E
≈ 1.4km
A huge crowd in front of the high buildings of the Spianada Square in Corfu wait to observe the custom of Botides.
photo: Manu / CC BY 2.0

Corfu Easter (Rituals & Customs)

Unique Easter festivity where the Orthodox and the Catholic communities celebrate harmoniously accompanied by the numerous island bands.

An overview of the Vlacherna Monastery and the narrow pedestrian bridge in Corfu island.
photo: Public Domain

Panagia Vlacherna Monastery

Picturesque and most-photographed, this white temple is located on a small islet that can be reached by a 300 meters long bridge from the coast.

↓ S
≈ 2.8km

Pontikonisi Islet, Corfu

This natural islet got its name from its mouse-like shape - "pontiki" in Greek - and is now one of Corfu's top trademarks.

↓ S
≈ 3.4km

Port of Corfu Town

Central island port with routes to Albania & Italy (summer) as well as Diapontia islands, Igoumenitsa & Paxos together with summer day-trips.

↖ NW
≈ 3.9km

Port of Lefkimmi, Corfu

A small port in the south part of the island that has a daily connection with Igoumenitsa and adds a day-trip route to Paxi during the summer.

↘ SE
≈ 37.2km

Port of Agios Stefanos, Avliotes Corfu

At the north-west part of the island, it's a small port that includes a boat route to Diapontia islands Mathraki, Othoni, & Erikoussa.

↖ NW
≈ 40.6km

Archeological Site of Ancient Gitana

Remains of an ancient city founded between 335 BC and 330 BC that served as the capital of the broader region for almost 150 years.

→ E
≈ 42km

Igoumenitsa

Once here, you will find yourself having many day trip opportunities to nearby historical sites, natural beauty spots, and boat tours to islands.

↘ SE
≈ 43.9km

Syvota

This small colorful town is the «Caribbean of Greece» due to its pristine beaches with turquoise waters, glowing sunsets, and relaxed atmosphere.

↘ SE
≈ 49.8km

Plataria, Thesprotia

Picturesque coastline village in a gulf of the Ionian sea, well-known as a safe natural port that welcomes numerous tourist boats.

↘ SE
≈ 49.9km

Questions & Answers about Corfu

Why Visit Corfu?
  • Cosmopolitan & exclusive destination that hosts some of the best hotels in Greece.
  • Probably the first Greek island the historically started to welcome foreign tourists.
  • Venetians, French, and British were rulers who affected culturally the island.
What is the history of Corfu (Kerkyra), Greece?

Corfu is identified by most archaeologists as the mythical island of the Phaeacians. Here Homer placed the last station of Odysseus before arriving at Ithaca after his 10-year sea wandering. The island's history is rich, with its sovereignty to be shifted from the Venetians to the French, then the British, and finally the union with Greece. The result is visible as the island and the town of Corfu are characterized by the Venetian elements, but also by many English and French influences.

Is the island called Corfu or Kerkyra?

The official and contemporary name of the island is Kerkyra. This is also the name used among the Greek population. The rest of the world through, refer to the island using the name Corfu. This name derives from the alternation of the old Byzantine name Korifo (Κορυφώ) and literally means peak, due to the two peaks that become visible while someone approaches the island.

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