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PELEKAS
Visit Pelekas village for the stunning sunsets and for a 360° view over the island. Located on the top of a 270 metres high hill here you will also find the ruins of the famous Kaiser throne. In the past this was the observatory where Willhelm II used to come to relax...

A the cafe nearby you can enjoy one the most picturesque sunsets of the west coast, so be sure you have lots of free memory space in your camera!

 

ACHILLION PALACE
Achillion was built from 1888 to 1891 by the Italian architect Kardilo on behalf of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria. It is situated near the village of Gastouri, where, in former times the mansion of the philosopher Petros Armenis Vrailas stood. The construction was built in the architectural style of Pompeii, although it includes elements of the Ionic, Roman and Aeolic traditions. The castle was called "Achillion" in honour of Achilles, whom the Empress admired. After her death in 1898, Achillion was not inhabited for nine years, until its purchase by the Emperor of Germany Vilhelm II, in 1907.

The Kaiser made several alterations inside and outside the palace. He removed the two statues of Achilles, built a building, which he named the House of the Knights, in order to house his battalion, and he rearranged the gardens. During the World Wars, the palace was used as a hospital and headquarters. After World War II, Achillion became a public estate. Inside the palace, one can admire beautiful paintings by Italian and Austrian painters, the most impressive being the paintings of Aggelos Gialinas, a painter from Corfu.

The most remarkable mural is the fresco of the reception chamber showing Achilles dragging the dead body of Hector in front of the Trojan walls. In the chambers, one can admire the personal belongings of Elisabeth and Vilhelm B', furniture, jewels etc. There are also exhibits of statues representing heroes from ancient Greek history and mythology, as well as portraits and pots. The decoration of the Catholic chapel housed in the palace is also of striking beauty.

Scattered between the beautifully decorated gardens and the fountains stand the beautiful statues of the Nine Muses and ancient Greek philosophers, as well as, a large statue of Achilles, created in 1909 by the German sculptor Goetz, ordered by Vilhelm B'. The most impressive of all is the statue of "Achilles dying" created by the German sculptor Earnest Gustav Herter. Another building in Achillion was used to house the carriage drivers, the carriages and the horses.

 

 

 


AGGELOKASTRO - KRINI
The byzantine fortress known as Aggelokastro (Castle of Angels) is situated near the Krini, opposite Palaiokastritsa, at an altitude of 330 m. It was built in the 13th century by Michael Angelo B' the son of Epirus's archbishop Michael Angelo ?'. Tradition says that the founder was looking for the most dangerous and the steepest rock to build upon it an impregnable fortress.

Thus, he came across the area of Aggelokastro where there stood a fortress, courtesy of the archbishop of Epirus. The forts' purpose was to protect the inhabitants from the pirates of Africa and the Venetians. For a while it served as the island's capital as the governor lived there. In 1403, from the castle, they fought successfully against the pirates of Genoa.

The castle's entrance is an arched gate, but inside there are only ruins of the chambers and the storage rooms. In a dark cave, there is a church dedicated to the archangels Michael and Gabriel where one can admire a remarkable fresco of the Virgin Mary.

 


GARDIKI FORTRESS
This byzantine fortress stands on a hill between Agios Mathaios and Messogi. It is said to have been built by Michael Angelo B'. The only reminder of the castle are ruins dating back to the 13th century. The fortress consists of eight strong towers creating its octagonal shape. The excavations in the surrounding area shed light upon the tolls used in the Paleolithic Era.

 


KANONI
World famous Kanoni is situated south of the Palaiopoli peninsula. It was named Kanoni (cannon) after the battery of artillery established by French in 1798. One of the battery's cannons still stands at the tourist kiosk. In front of Kanoni is the Monastery of Vlaherna, linked to the mainland by a cement dock and built in the 17th century. From there one can visit Pontikonissi.

According to the legend, this was the ship of Phaiakes which, after taking Ulysses to Ithaki, was petrified. Another legend claims that this is the rock where Ulysses crashed because of the storm. On the island of Pontikonissi stands the byzantine chapel of Pandokrator. The spectacular view from Kanoni inspired the German painter Becklin to draw "The Island of the Dead". This location is the most charming part of the island and it has always been the place where all the island's inhabitants love to promenade.

 

 

 


MON REPOS
Mon Repos stands where the ancient city used to be, 3 km south of the capital. It was built on a very large estate in 1831. It was initially a summer residence for the English high commissioner F. Adam. Later it became the summer residence for the Greek royal family. In the area surrounding Mon Repos, there were two discoveries: in 1822 the temple of Aesculapins (6th century BC), and in 1912-1914 the altar of the Goddess Diana (7th century BC). At Mon Repos one can see a beautiful view from the hill of Analipsi, the ruins of the ancient city and the basilica of Palaiopoli. The beach at Mon Repos is lovely, attracting many tourists in the summer.

 

ROMAN SPAS
The village of Benitses is situated 13.5 km south of Kerkira. Near the village, on a private estate, traces of Roman spas were found. According to studies, during the Roman Era the area was a resort exclusively for the wealthy Roman conquerors and their families. Today the area is one of the islands most majestic resorts.

 

FOLK MUSEUM OF CENTRAL CORFU
Step into a timecapsule, into a village house that has been left intact with its original decorations, furniture and fittings, a glimpse into a vanishing way of life. Sinarades Village. Open every day except Sunday 9.30-14.30. Tel. 26610 35673 & 2661044530

 


PALEOKASTRITSA AND THE MONASTERY
Contains a small museum with icons and other relics, as well as some curiosities. Paleokastritsa, at the end of the road.

 

 

PALIA (OLD) PERITHIA
Descending from the mountain search for the place called Palia Perithia (old Perithia) with direction the left before the village of Strinillas. Old Peritheia is a small group of lonely ancient houses. Old Perithia was built during the 14th Century to protect people from the pirates and it once hosted thousands of inhabitants.  

OLIVE OIL MUSEUM
An old olive press with original machinery, beautifully converted into a museum dedicated to olive oil production and to local agricultural traditions. Kinopiastes, beside Tripa Taverna. Open on request. 

VIDOS ISLAND
Lovely islet off Corfu Town. Tracks for walking, beaches for a swim. Remains of fortresses to explore. Boat service from the Old Port, every hour on the hour, return on the half hour. 1,00 euro return.

 

 

MOUNTAIN PANTOKRATOR AND THE MONASTERY
Visit the tallest mountain of Corfu, mount Pantokrator for an awe-inspiring view of the whole island. To reach the top of Pantokratoras mountain you have to pass Spartilas & Strynilas villages. At the top of the mountain you’ll find a monastery that is open to public visits and a really stunning view all over Corfu island and even Paxos islands and the Diapontian islands if the day and the sky is clear. Experience the Corfiot hospitality by having lunch or coffee at one of the traditional villages you came across while ascending to the mountain.

CORFU SHELL MUSEUM
The Corfu Shell Museum is not only unique in Greece, but also is one of Europe's best museums dedicated to shells and other treasures of the Deep. It contains thousands of exhibits, scientifically labelled. Unusual shells for collectors and exotic souvenirs are on sale. Benitses Harbour Square, north end. Open everyday, 10.00-21.00


ARILLAS HERITAGE WALK
A working farm with buildings reantiquated to preserve a record of Corfu's disappearing agicultural heritage. Follow the Trail through the farm, viewing olive cultivation, ecological smallholdings, barns, wells, a water mill and a restored olive press. Arillas, North West Corfu. Follow the arrows. Open all day. 

 

KORISION LAKE Corfu is the only island in Greece which has a river and a lake.
Within 10 minutes you can drive from the east to the west coast of the island and visit both. 

The west side of the island with it's turquoise sea and virgin beach 8 km long is protected by the ecological organisation Natura 2000. Suggestion for windsurfing kite surfing and free sunbathing.  Through the east side of the island runs messonghi river. The flat, warm sea on this side is suggested for families.