With the glorious crystal-clear Ionian waters surrounding it, Corfu is one of the most lusciously green Greek islands and one of the most bewitching ones. An inseparable part of Greek heritage and culture, it has been inhabited since the Paleolithic times. Nowadays, Corfu is one of the most beloved destinations for both Greek tourists and visitors alike and not just for the summertime. Here are the top 5 things to do in Corfu if you decide to visit the second-largest Ionian island and you want to make the most out of your time in it!
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Visit Corfu’s most significant sites
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Due to its vast history, Corfu has a number of archaeological sites, museums, and landmarks worth visiting. Aggelokastro is one of the most important Byzantine castles of Greece. Located at the top of the highest peak of the island's northwest coast, it is considered one of the most imposing architectural relics of the Ionian Islands and is, therefore, a must-visit destination during your trip. The most popular landmark in Corfu is arguably the Achilleion, which happens to also be one of the most famous royal mansions of Europe and the most impressive architectural attraction of the island. It is the palace built by the Austrian Empress Elizabeth who later became known as Queen Sissy, who decided to settle there in an effort to overcome the sadness of her son's tragic loss and her illness, tuberculosis. Achilleion’s decoration was done by Elizabeth herself and reflects her admiration and love for ancient Greece, with both exterior staircases and the interior of the building decorated with statues of ancient philosophers, mythical heroes, and ancient Greek gods. Last but not least, the Archaeological Museum of Corfu was built between 1962 and 1965 with the fundamental objective to display the sculptures and findings of the Temple of Artemis. In 1994, two new rooms were added to the museum that exhibit findings from recent excavations of the town and the cemetery of Garitsa.
Taste the local cuisine
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You can’t find a region of Greece that doesn’t take pride in its local cuisine and Corfu is no different. A number of local Greek products and dishes are part of the everyday life of the locals and should be part of your daily life during your trip as well. Keep an open mind and taste every single traditional offering the locals present to you; it’s the only way to get an authentic Corfian culinary experience! From Koum Kouat, the famous local citrus fruit that has been made into a spoon sweet and a liqueur, to Nouboulo, a local cured meat, there is a variety of unique local flavors for you to explore. If you don’t know where to go to eat the best of the island’s offerings, don’t you worry; we are here to accommodate your needs and desires with a private Corfu food walking tour or a Corfu olive oil tasting. What’s more, if you want to try the local wine, a product Corfu is famous for, opt for a Corfu highlights and wine-tasting tour, to combine the best sites of Corfu with its best wine varieties.
Organize a short sailing excursion
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Corfu neighbors with the islands of Paxoi, Othonoi, Pontikonissi, Ereikoussa, Mathraki and its northeast coast being in very close proximity to Albania, which offers the perfect opportunity for a sailing adventure that will introduce you to less-known Greek islands of unmatched beauty. With a Corfu sailing trip, you will get to get on a luxurious, traditional wooden boat from the port of Corfu and explore the magical Ionian sea and the striking islands nearby. And because an empty belly bears nobody, you will even get to try some delicious local dishes at Agios Stefanos accompanied by delectable, local wine. Despite being an incredibly romantic setting a Corfu sailing trip is ideal not only for couples but for families and groups of friends as well, as the incredible landscapes will leave no one unmoved; just make sure no one suffers from seasickness and you’re good to go!
Explore the island on ATV
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If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie and you’re looking to explore the majestic island of Corfu in an unconventional, cutting-edge way, look no further than from the local rental shop. Yeap, you heard that right! Rent an ATV, or several depending on your company, and set on an ATV adventure across the whole island. This way, you can scout all the beaches and choose the one you like best for a dive, climb up the luscious green mountains and admire the breathtaking view from the edge of a cliff, and drive through the stunning villages at your own pace, making up an itinerary as you go, solely depending on your mood. Stop at a local cozy cafe for a coffee break and at a small traditional tavern for lunch, and you’ll get the most genuine local experience you can possibly get.
Enjoy a ride on a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
Corfu Town - credits: Marcin Krzyzak/Shutterstock.com
You’re probably familiar with the concept as these buses are popular across most cities of the world, including Athens, still, if your time in Corfu is limited, then one of the best and most efficient things to do to get an overview of the island is to get on Corfu’s Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. In only a day or less, you’ll get familiar with Corfu Town and see the island’s most significant sights, landmarks, and villages, all while having the option to stop wherever you please for a closer look. Of course, nothing beats a walking tour, but if push comes to shove in regard to available time, the hop-on-hop-off bus is still a valid choice you should consider, especially if you’re visiting Corfu with your family and you want your kids to get to see a little bit of everything.
Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is full of fascinating sites, riveting places and delicious delicacies that will make any visitor happy. Maybe not one of the first destinations that come to mind when someone thinks of Greece, Corfu is worth your time as in it you will get to see, experience and taste an authentic Greek island that has survived the test of time!