Corfu Town

About Corfu Town

One of the most beautiful cities in Greece, Corfu, charms the visitor instantly. It’s not by chance that the whole old city is declared a monument of the universal, cultural heritage of UNESCO. The unique architectural structuring, with tall buildings, kantounia – as the alleyways are called in Corfu, the small squares hidden between multistory buildings and the old mansions on one hand, and Spianada square, Liston and the two venetian forts of the city on the other, give Corfu a unique prestige. Point of reference for the Corfiots and the thousands of visitors of the island is Agios Spyridonas, whose relics are kept in the church with the same name as the saint which is a part of the center of religious tourism in Corfu. In the city one can distinguish influences by the venetians and also by the british-french occupation of the island which are depicted on its great sights.

In Corfu, one can find amazing museums, some of which are unique in their kind in Greece, such as the Museum of Asian Art and the Banknotes Museum.

Don’t forget to visit the famous Kanoni, from where you can take a small boat to Pontikonisi, the most popular sight of Corfu. A stroll on the estate of Mon Repos is necessary in order to admire the summer house of the English commissioner, a masterpiece of neoclassical architecture from the 19th century which has been converted to a museum. In the same area, the ruins of ancient Corfu, called Palaiopolis, where the temple of Artemis Gorgous of the 6th century B.C. can be found.

At whatever time of the year you may be in Corfu you will witness a cultural or religious event taking place. These are the greatest events in the city:

The festivities of Agios Spyridonas, where there is a procession of the saint’s relics.
The Corfu Easter, with the unique customs in all of Greece which gather thousands of visitors each year.
The Carnival customs, influenced by the Italian Commedia dell’Arte.
The Philharmonic galas which besides giving concerts, very often wander about the alleyways of the city while playing exquisite music.
For your accommodation in the city of Corfu there are mainly hotels, of all categories and fewer rented rooms or apartments. Luxury restaurants, traditional taverns and fish taverns can be found in the old city as well as in the suburbs Mantouki and Garitsa. For coffee or a drink you should visit Liston as well as small coffee shops in the historical center, in Kanoni and Emporiko, the road which extends from the port as far as the village of Potamos.

In the city you can swim in the beaches of Mon Repos, Faliraki and in the isle Vido, beaches preferred by the locals, especially the elderly and families for a short swim.

You can get to Corfu by plane, by ship from the port of Igoumenitsa, or by bus (KTEL). There is also a small marina in the city for a small number of boats of the Nautical Athletic Club Corfu, while the bigger and more organized marina can be found in Gouvia on the outskirts of the city of Corfu.

History

Corfu is identified by most archaeologists with the mythical island of Faiakes, the semifinal stop in the voyage of Odysseus to Ithaca, but with no findings to imply this theory. The first settlers who inhabited Corfu came from Eretria of Euboia around 750 B.C., but in 734 B.C. it becomes a Corinthian colony. At that period the city extends to the current Palaiopolis and became a significant commercial and naval force of the ancient world. The conflict between Corfu and the Mitropolis of Corinth from which it wanted independence became one of the causes of the Peloponnesian war.

From 229 B.C. to 337 A.C. Corfu was under Roman domination who used the island as a naval base for their campaign to the East. After the separation of the Roman Empire, Corfu is found on the eastern section and is subjected to the faith of the Byzantine Empire. By the end of the 10th century the city has expanded, as the monumental temple of Agion Iasonas and Sossipatros testifies which dates back to that period and to this day is one of the most religious monuments of Corfu.

After the seizure of the Byzantine Empire from the Crusaders in 1204 the city is taken over by the Venetians until 1267 when it was conquered by the French Andecaves. In 1386 the Venetians return to Corfu and a long term period of seizure begins where the old city as we know it today was architecturally reformed. The fortresses like Palaio and Neo Frourio were built to protect them from Turkish invasions.

Between 1797 and 1799, Corfu is taken over by the French army of Napoleon Bonaparte. From 1799 to 1807 the island is taken over by a singular Russian occupation during which the Septinsular Republic was introduced, the first Greek state after 1453, tributary to the Sultan.

In 1807 the French reconquer Corfu and define the island: They divert Spianada to a verdant square, they built Liston and establish the Ionian Academy, the first university of later Greece. In 1815 the Ionian Islands are recognized as a free and independent state under British protection until 1864 when they are united with Greece. In 1941 the Italians conquer the island and in 1943 it is taken over by German forces.

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Corfu All Year
Ioannou Theotoki 124, Corfu Town 49100
217
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Corfu Web Design
Evaggelistrias 9, Corfu Town 491 00
116
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The Tandoori Bites
The Tandoori Bites, Corfu Town 491 00
698
A2S Corfu Car Rentals
A2S Corfu Car Rentals, Corfu Town 49100
425
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AB Vassilopoulos - Solari
AB Vassilopoulos - Solari, Corfu Town 49100
262
Abakas Restaurant
Abakas Restaurant, Corfu Town 49100
429
Aegli
Aegli, Corfu Town 49100
335
Alchemical
Alchemical, Corfu Town 49100
374
AldeBARan
AldeBARan, Corfu Town 49100
340
Alle-Koukou
Alle-Koukou, Corfu Town 49100
390
Alsos Cafe
Alsos Cafe, Corfu Town 49100
377
Anthos Restaurant
Anthos, Corfu Town 49100
342
Antranik
Antranik, Corfu Town 49100
340
Arcadion Hotel
Arcadion Hotel, Corfu Town 49100
354
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Archaeological Museum of Corfu
Archaeological Museum of Corfu, Corfu Town 491 00
458
Arion Hotel
Arion Hotel, Corfu Town 49100
293
Ariti Grand Hotel
Ariti Grand Hotel, Corfu Town 49100
345
Arseniou
Arseniou, Corfu Town 49100
321
Arthaus Cafe Wine Bar
1st Parodos Agiou Spyridonos 3, Corfu Town 49100
347
Artissimo Bakehouse
Michail Theotoki 39, Corfu Town 49100
402
Artisti
Dimarchou Mpitzarou 1-3 Lemonia Square, Corfu Town 49100
352
Aubergine Cafe
Kapodistriou 110, Corfu Town 49100
413
Averto Cafe
66 Paleologou Street, Corfu Town 49100
396
Avis
Avis, Corfu Town 49100
408
Avli
3 Alkiviadou Dari Garitsa Bay, Corfu Town 49100
343
Bakalogatos
Alipiou 23 Prosalendou, Corfu Town 49100
359
Baksos Taverna
Mesoggi Plaza, Corfu Town 49100
346
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Banknote Museum
Banknote Museum, Nikiforou Theotoki 32, Corfu Town 491 00
475
Barista Street Cafe
3 Gefiria, Corfu Town 49100
352
Bekios
12 Ethnikis Adistasseos, Corfu Town 49100
350
Bella Venezia Hotel
Bella Venezia Hotel,4 Zabeli Napoleodos, Corfu Town 49100
298
Bellissimo
Plateia Lemonia, Corfu Town 49100
339
Best Top
Behind Citymarina Hotel on Donzelot, Corfu Town 49100
327
Best Top Restaurant
Corfu Town 49100
378
Blue Tours
Blue Tours, 3rd Parodos K. Georgaki Street, Corfu Town 491 00
513
Boiler Crepe
Leoforos Eftanisou, Corfu Town 49100
362
Boite
Michail Theotoki 34, Corfu Town 49100
364
Boschetto
Ethikis Palaiokastritsas 31 Agios Georgios South, Corfu Town 49100
366
Bougainvillea Restaurant
Town Hall Square, Corfu Town 49100
396
Briki
16 Moraiti Erotokritou Near Police Station, Corfu Town 49100
345
Brounos Fish Taverna
46 Ethnikis Adistasseos, Corfu Town 49100
341
Bruno
Harbor Front, Corfu Town 49100
350
Budget Rent A Car Corfu Port
Budget Rent A Car Corfu Port, Corfu Town 49100
417
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Byzantine Museum of Antivouniotissa
Byzantine Museum of Antivouniotissa, Gesloten, Arseniou 25, Corfu Town 491 00
524
Cade L'Acqua Ristorante Italiano
15 Evgeniou Voulgareos, Corfu Town 49100
327
Cafe
Donatou Dimoulitsa 116, Corfu Town 49100
293
Cafe Au Chocolat
Leoforos Eleftherias 34-36, Corfu Town 49100
303
Cafe Bristol
49 Evgeniou Voulgareos, Corfu Town 49100
313
Cafe Central
128 Alkinoou, Corfu Town 49100
292
Cafe Corfu Porta Reale
Alexandras 39 Avenue, Corfu Town 49100
339
Cafe Kanoni
Naksikas Kanoni, Corfu Town 49100
331
Cafe Kohlias
Leoforos Eleftherias 16, Corfu Town 49100
328
Cafe Yali Taverna
Ikoumenikou Patriarchou Athinagora, Corfu Town 49100
388
Cale Larga
Gilford 10, Corfu Town 49100
410
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Casa Parlante Museum
Casa Parlante Museum, Nikiforou Theotoki 16, Corfu Town 491 00
473
Castella
Town Centre, Corfu Town 49100
294
Cavalieri Hotel Corfu
Cavalieri Hotel Corfu,4 Capodistriou Street, Corfu Town 49100
312
Cavalieri Roof Garden
Kapodistriou 4, Corfu Town 49100
370
Chocolatte Lab
Georgiou Theotoki, Corfu Town 49100
385
Chrisomalis
N. Theotoki 6, Corfu Town 49100
331
City Marina Hotel
City Marina Hotel,15 Donzelot, Corfu Town 49100
352
Coffee Island
Ethnikis Palaiokastritsis 100, Corfu Town 49100
321
Coffee Shop
Georgiou Theotoki 9, Corfu Town 49100
380
Corfu City Bus (Blue)
2 Mitropolitou Methodiou Street, Corfu Town 491 00
1503
Corfu City Marina Hotel
Corfu City Marina Hotel, Corfu Town 49100
355
Corfu Gym
JWC5+V7, Corfu Town 49100
469
Corfu Mare Boutique Hotel
Corfu Mare Boutique Hotel,5 Zervou Nikolaou, Corfu Town 49100
327
Corfu Palace Hotel
Corfu Palace Hotel,2 Dimokratias Ave, Corfu Town 49100
389
Corfu Reading Society
120 Kapodistria Ioanni, Corfu Town 49100
376
Corfu Sailing Club Restaurant
Mandraki, Old Fotress Mandraki, Palaio Frourio, Corfu Town 49100
319
Corfu Sightseeing & Tours
16 Ethnikis Antistaseos, Corfu Town Corfu Sightseeing & Tours Ltd
572
Corfu Sunrise Car Rental
Corfu Sunrise Car Rental, Corfu Town 49100
385
Corfu Top Cars
Corfu Top Cars, Corfu Town 49100
379
Cozy Coffees & Snacks
Ag. Sofias 30, Corfu Town 49100
336
Crepa Plus
Evgeniou Voulgareos 12, Corfu Town 49100
357
Creperie Koukounara
37 Nikiforou Theotoki, Corfu Town 49100
325
Cucina Di Boneti
Petridou, 25, Corfu Town 49100
388
Curves
Gerasimou Markora 89, Corfu Town 49100
429
Da Giovanni
Kapodistriou 6 Central Square, Corfu Town 49100
279
Da Vinci
Ethniki Odos Palaiokastritsas A3, Corfu Town 49100
320
Daily Espresso Bar
35-37 Leoforos Alexandras, Corfu Town 49100
298
Dalia Hotel
Dalia Hotel,9 Platia Ethikou Stadiou Corfu Town Garitsa, Corfu Town 49100
356
Dell'Acque
Evgeniou Voulgareos 42, Corfu Town 49100
365
Deseo Cafe
San Rocco Square, Corfu Town 49100
371
Di Angelo Ristorante
Ethnikis Antistaseos 34, Corfu Town 49100
381
Dia Hiros Tatsi
Xenofontos stratigou 146 Mantouki, Corfu Town 49100
297
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Diellas Corfu Center Store
Sevastianou 40, Corfu Town 49100
235
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Diellas Garitsa Store
Odisseos 1, Corfu Town 49100
196
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Diellas Gkika Store
JWC7+JQ Corfu, Corfu Town 49100
227
Dionysios Solomos Museum
Dionysios Solomos Museum, Theodorou Makri 2, Corfu Town 491 00
441
Diver Beer Restaurant - Corfu
43 Agion Padon Old town, Corfu Town 49100
362
Divino Ristobistro
9 Gilford, Corfu Town 49100
324
Dolphin Taverna
Beach Rd, Corfu Town 49100
373
Drossia Taverna
Main Beach Rd, Corfu Town 49100
473
Earth Cafe
86 Evgeniou Voulgareos, Corfu Town 49100
333