“The more I see from this place, the more I feel that no other spot on earth can
be fuller of beauty” wrote Edward Lear in 1863 to describe the island of Corfu. With
the passage of time the island may has changed, but we can still feel the spirit
of a distant glorious past .
Its rich multi-cultural heritage, its historic monuments, its stunning natural landscape,
its crystal clear seas, and its excellent weather all year round explain why Corfu
is one of the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean destinations weaving a powerful spell
on its visitors.
Corfu (Kérkyra), unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under the Ottoman oppression.
Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over
the centuries, the island has primarily become part of the Western rather the Levantine
In the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site, Renaissance,
Baroque and Classical “repertoire” came to be successfully applied to local artistic
traditions. Palaces, fortresses, austere public buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely
blend with lines of drying washing in tiny alleyways and small secluded squares.
Strolling through a complex of narrow cobbled streets with stairways and vaulted
passages, the so-called “kantoúnia”, will make you feel as if you’ve travelled to
Genoa or Naples.