Corfu Kanoni and Mouse Island

Location: Town

The location of Kanoni with the church of Panagia Vlacherna below and the Mouse Island (Pontikonisi) are the most famous and photographed spots of Corfu. Kanoni is actually a district of Corfu Town, just a couple of kilometers from the city center. It took its name from an old cannon that stands on top of the hill. This hill is lush green and has many luxurious hotels and local residences.

Some steps go down the hill from Kanoni; after descending, you reach the small church of Panagia Vlacherna. A narrow 300m passageway connects the island with the church. Constructed in the 17th century, this lovely chapel has an impressive wooden-carved iconostasis and beautiful frescoes inside. The roof has red tiles and above the gate entrance appears a tall bell tower.

Fishing boats depart frequently from the church and go to the legendary Mouse Island in just 5 minutes. The green island was named like that due to its tiny size. According to mythology, this is the ship of Odysseus that was stoned by the god Poseidon. In the center of Mouse Island, there is the 13th-century church of Pantokrator. This church celebrates on August 6th when a large religious fest (panigiri) takes place.

On top of the hill in Kanoni, lie two cafeterias with amazing views of the church of Vlacherna, the sea, and Mouse Island. It is also very usual to see an airplane landing and taking off from this spot, as the airport of Corfu is right next to the church. Another longer passageway connects the church of Vlacherna with the opposite area of Perama.

Top Tours and activities

  • Private sunset cruise to Mouse Island

    Category: Private, Boat Tours, Sunset

    Enjoy a private cruise that offers fulfilling sunset views from the eastern coastline of Corfu, as you sail towards the island of Pontikonissi.

    2 hours Map
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  • Corfu Town 3hr private cruise with swim stops

    Category: Boat Tours, Sunset

    Hop on this 3-hour private cruise to explore Corfu and the crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea.

    3 hours Map
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    Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing Bus Tour

    Category: City, Hop On Hop Off

    This Corfu sightseeing tour offers the perfect way to take in the top attractions. Ride a double-decker bus and hop off and back on at any of the stops on the route. With your headphones you’ll hear about Corfu’s history and the city’s landmarks.

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How to get there

The Kanoni and Mouse Island is located in Corfu Town.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Corfu transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 26610 39911, 0030 693 484 3704, or 0030 694 726 6811, or booking your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover Kanoni and Mouse Island and many other points of interest in Corfu at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at Corfu Town. There are several buses from Corfu Town to Kanoni during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.

Boat: From Kanoni, there are boats that take visitors to Mouse Island. Otherwise, you can reach Mouse Island with a private yacht or a rented one.



1 Reviews
  • Peter 19 Oct 2020
    Ferry Boat
    We sailed across to mouse island on the little ferry boat and the man that took us across was so nice he made our day with his friendliness, we had a great day in the area, thanks again to our ferry captain.