Awash with colourful flowers, Corfu is big on beauty. It’s known as the Emerald Isle, and its golden beaches, lush green landscape and colourful villages will have you constantly reaching for your camera.
• Soak up the views at Bella Vista, Corfu’s most famous lookout point. From here, you can peer over sleepy seaside villages like Paleokastritsa, and the island’s entire west coast.
• In Corfu Town itself, stand in the shadow of two gigantic fortresses. See the 16th-century church of Ayios Spyridhon. And then wander round the interesting archaeological museum.
• Relax on the shimmering sands of Glyfada beach, one of the most popular sunning spots on the island. Top up your tan. Take a dip in the crystal waters. Or simply laze beneath a hot sun.
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Visit some of the most spectacular places in the north of the island. First of all, you’ll head to the island’s Greek Byzantine Monastery which is still in use, set in fragrant gardens where you’ll enjoy a guided tour, before heading to Paleokastritsa, a quiet resort nestled in a beautiful bay. There’ll be time to take a coffee break or enjoy an optional boat ride to the caves around the bay at an extra local charge, before heading to Bella Vista, the most famous viewpoint in Corfu. Here, you’ll get some time to capture the magical views overlooking Paleokastritsa and the island’s west coast. Then the tour continues via the village of Makrades, the Troumbeta mountain passage and a string of traditional Greek villages before returning to the ship.
Achilleion Palace & Corfu Town►
Achilleion Palace and Corfu Town’s old quarter are two of the most talked-about attractions on the island, and on this trip, you can give them your full attention. The sightseeing starts on the drive out to Achilleion Palace. As you pass through the Corfiot countryside, you’ll get a real feel for just how green this Greek island is – look out for orange, lemon and olive groves. The Achilleion Palace is in the village of Gastouri and it was built at the end of the 19th century as a summer retreat for Empress Elizabeth of Austria. As you explore this royal residence, you’ll discover that Elizabeth had a taste for the finer things in life. Inside, grand halls are decorated with frescos. Outside, the gardens are dotted with statues of Greek gods. When you’ve finished wandering around the palace, you’ll make your way back to Corfu Town for a walking tour of the old quarter. This part of the city was built by the Venetians more than 400 years ago, so there’s a strong spectre of Italy in the architecture here. Expect narrow streets and Baroque building facades. Take note of the location of St Spyridon’s church – you might want to come back here during the free time that follows the guided tour.
Corfu Hop-On Hop-Off►
Corfu’s best attractions are at your fingertips on this tour. Your itinerary’s completely flexible – see the sights from the bus, accompanied by the audio guide, or get off and take your time exploring on foot. The city’s old town is UNESCO-recognised, so there’s a lot in the line-up for history buffs. See the New and Old Fortresses, the old town’s built between the two of them. Have a wander round Spianada, Greece’s biggest square. Visit the city’s selection of Orthodox churches and the Ancient Roman baths. Pop into a restaurant and try pastitsada – a traditional Greek pasta dish similar to spaghetti bolognese. Shopping’s definitely on the cards, too. Get your souvenirs at the big market, and explore alleys full of boutiques.