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 Bike Tour►
If you’re itching for a change from life at sea, make the most of your day with this relaxing bicycle tour. After collecting your bike at the port, your first pitstop is the charming village of Potamos. You’ll reach it by cycling through quiet villages and lush countryside – expect olive groves, traditional tavernas and scented citrus orchards that give you a flavour of the real Corfu. After you arrive in the village, you’ll pause to see the faded Venetian-style houses and arcades in the centre before turning round and heading back to the island’s capital, Corfu Town. With its tangled lanes, old churches and pretty squares, the old quarter of town is one of the prettiest in the whole of the Greek Islands. Here, you’ll get the chance to admire some of the main sights, including the Esplanade, the main square with its tree-lined park. To round off your tour, there’s time for a refreshing drink at a café on the Esplanade or elegant Liston, before heading back.