Corfu Town

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Corfu Town in Greece: Corfu Town is the capital of Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek) one of the most beautiful and elegant towns in Greece. It is the principal port of the island and one of the largest and most populated (30,000 inhabitants) towns of the Ionian Islands. Built on a promontory, the town displays a unique architecture which is strongly influenced from the different dominations, such as the Sicilian, the Venetian, the French and the English ones. From those times, Corfu Town has kept many of its imposing buildings, elegant mansions, superb palaces, French-style flowered squares and beautiful fortresses.

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All that amalgam of architectural style gives to Corfu Town a unique charm, character and atmosphere that reminds of the glamorous Italian town of Naples. Having been greatly expanded during the Venetian times, Corfu is separated into a northern and a southern section.

The Old Town lies on the northern side between the Esplanade Square and the new fortress. Ferries approaching the port of Corfu offer a magnificent view to this picturesque and beautiful town as it is located close by. The square of the Esplanade (also called Spianada) is the central square of Corfu Town and the largest square in the Balkans. It became a public square during the French occupation and was designed according to the French garden architecture, with many organised trees and flower pots. It is surrounded by sumptuous buildings, imposing monuments and an old Venetian fortress which marks the beginning of the modern town.

One of the most beautiful buildings boarding the square is the Liston building which stands at the western side of the Esplanade and was built during the French occupation. Its superb arched terrace was inspired by the architectural style of the Rue de Rivoli, in Paris, and houses the most elegant and luxurious cafes and restaurants of the island. It is arguably the most cosmopolitan spot in Corfu.

Many other interesting monuments adorn Corfu Town, such as the Old and the New Venetian Fortresses, the Town Hall Square, the Square of the Saints, the Ionian Academy and the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint Georges. The town is filled with beautiful Venetian neighbourhoods such as the Kanoni area where are the ruins of the ancient city or the beautiful area of Mandouki. With all these treasures and marvels, Corfu Town is among the most important and beautiful towns of Greece, having innumerable sights and charms to offer its visitors.

Here are some of the best sightseeing spots in Corfu Town:

Spianada Square: Spianada Square (Esplanade) is one of the most significant monuments of Corfu Town and the largest square of the Balkans. It is the main social centre where many festivals and parades take place throughout the year. Close to Spianada square lie magnificent buildings and fortresses.

Ionian Academy: It was founded in 1824 by Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of the New Greek Independent State during the British domination and it was the first university of Greece. It is situated on the southern side of Spianada square.

Liston Paved Avenue: At the western side of the Esplanade square stands proudly the imposing building of Liston. It distinguishes for its impressive architecture, the beautiful arches and artistic details. It houses some of the finest cafes and luxurious restaurants and it is the most cosmopolitan spot of the island.

Town Hall: During the Venetian times it used to be meeting place of the nobles. It was also used as a lyrical theatre and today this elegant building houses the Town Hall of Corfu.

Ionian Parliament: The neoclassical monument was built in 1854. In May 1864 the Ionian Parliament voted for the unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece. Today various inscriptions commemorating this vote surround the main entrance of this building.

Palace of Saint Micheal and Saint Georges: This impressive neoclassical building is situated at the centre of Spianada square. It was built during the British occupation in 1824. It was first used as the official residence of the commissioner. Today it houses the Museum of Asian Art.

Kanoni and Mouse Island: It is the area where the first city of Corfu was built. Today, it is one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan spots in Corfu situated in surroundings. It offers superb views to the island where it stands the monastery of Vlacherna.

Square of the Saint: Around this square are located three of the most important churches of Corfu. These are the church of Saint Spyridon, the church of the Blessed Virgin of the Strangers and the church of Saint John.

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Arion Hotel

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Corfu town is a vibrant and cosmopolitan destination, bustling with sightseeing, traditional and modern restaurants, bar and many interesting entertainment places. Arion Hotel is located in Garitsa Bay, a short walk away from the great Spianada square. It provides cosy rooms equipped with modern facilities, e.g. A/C, wi-fi and fridge, and entertainment amenities, video games console, TV and radio.

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Ariti Hotel

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Ariti Hotel is located in Kanoni, Corfu, and it features both rooms and suites. All units are equipped with private balconies, air-conditioning, mini fridge, bathroom with amenities, TV, telephone and free wifi. In Ariti Hotel visitors can find free parking area, swimming pool, pool bar, children's pool, restaurant, lounge area and a bar. The complex can host various events, such as business meetings, seminars, wedding receptions and more. Staff at Ariti Hotel is willing to facilitate visitors at the 24-hour reception desk with requests like room service, wake up service and many more.

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Bella Venezia Hotel

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Centrally located in Corfu Town, Bella Venezia Hotel is an old building with rich history, as it used to be a consulate, the National Bank of Greece as well as a high-school for girls. Finally, it was turned into a lovely, charming hotel offering commodious and sumptuous accommodation. It comprises 30 commodious rooms and one lavish suite. Guests staying in Bella Venezia can enjoy all the essential comforts and amenities, such as a private bathroom, air-conditioning and stunning views of the surroundings.

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  • 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.
  • Guest 13 Nov 2018
    At last!!
    After a complete renovation and many delays in opening the Archaeological Museum of Corfu has finally reopened its doors.
    Not huge but an interesting, well documented series of exhibits.
    Well worth a visit.
  • vasilikiang 20 Apr 2011
    Best view in town
    Probably the most impressive view from all cafes in Town. View to the sea, the old fortress and the opposite mountains of the mainland. After a tiring day of sightseeing in the town, have a seat in the outdoor paved yard of Aktaion and enjoy your coffee. It works as a bar at nights, but in the daytime you will enjoy it better.
  • bethth 03 Apr 2009
    Have your coffee at Liston
    Corfu Town will remind you of Venice is many corners. This is actually not surprising as the Venetians built it following their architecture. Walk along the narrow paths, visit the many churches you will find on your way, get into the museums, enjoy the sunset from the highest point of the old fortress. A coffee at Liston is a must, this is probably the most photographed place in Corfu town. I was impressed that there is a gorgeous cricket ground right next to Liston, but they told me that this is a remain from the British rule in the 18th century.

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