The New Fortress of Corfu (or Fortezza Nuova or the Fortress of San Marco) was built by the Venetians and is strategically located near the Old Harbor.
It took decades for it to be built (from 1576 to 1645). The construction of this impregnable fortress was completed soon after the infamous Turkish invasion.
F. Vitteli, a renowned Italian military engineer, undertook its design and construction.
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The fortress played a pivotal role in protecting the town of Corfu and its residents.
The entire structure is an intricate network of compartments and galleries. The ramparts were built by the French and afterward by the British colonial rulers who completed the construction.
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The fortress has a dry moat that meanders along its western side, typical of the 17th-century architectural style. The fosse begins from where the vegetable market is presently located and culminates in the New Harbor. Of particular significance are the two winged lions of Saint Mark, which were incidentally the official emblem of Venice along with two distinct Venetian inscriptions.
The two main gates seem to have somehow withstood the ravages of time and are still very well preserved. The first gate faces the Old Harbor's square while the other faces down south. Both are replete with the official emblem of Venice - the winged lion of Saint Mark. A section of the fortress was demolished by the then-British colonial rulers as per the agreement of 1864 that united Corfu with the rest of Greece.
How to get there
The New Fortress is located in Corfu Town just a 9-minute walk away from the central bus station and a 7-minute walk away from a parking lot.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked 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 the New Fortress 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 bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island. 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.