The Old and New Fortresses
Fascinating not only for their historical relevance but also for their stunning views over the town, the sea, the Greek mainland and much of Corfu island. Please note that the New Fortress, despite its name, dates back to 1578.
The Palace of St Michael and St George
Built by the British in 1815 as a residence for the High Commissioner and seat of the senate, this impressive palace now houses an excellent Museum of Asian Art, brimming with Japanese prints, Indian sculptures and many other oriental treasures.
The Palace Garden was built in 1833 and access was once forbidden to the public, only the nobles could walk in the garden and enjoy the beauty and the serenity it offers. Years after its construction, access became free to everybody and thus its name prevailed as “The Garden of the People” this fact was celebrated with an important event that took place on May 21, 1984. It’s a very pretty landscaped garden which wraps around the Museum of Asian Art.
Behind the Museum of Asian Art is Faliraki Beach, the most photogenic swimming spot in the city. It’s home to a church and several beach bars, the most well known of which is Imabari Seaside Lounge. From Faliraki you have an excellent view of the north side of the Old Fortress.
The medieval heart of Corfu Town. Just wander, get lost, look up and around you and stop occasionally for refreshments.
there are nearly 40 Greek Orthodox churches in Corfu Town and we recommend you visit a few, including the Church of St Spyridon (resting place of the island’s venerated patron saint – built 1596), the Orthodox Cathedral (1577) and the Byzantine Church of St Jason and St Sosipater (filled with sublime icons and time-faded frescoes – built in the 11th century).
The large park between the Old Fortress and the Liston in the east of town, which you will probably cross at some time during your visit. The British used to play cricket here and the Victorian bandstand at the center harks back to another era completely.
Bordering the Spianada, the Liston is the chicest part of town, an elegant piazza-cum-promenade whose arcade is lined with cafés, restaurants and boutiques. Although it dates back to Venetian times, it was the French, during their brief sojourn on the island, who gave it its Parisian feel.
Historically one of the two main ports of the ancient city of Corfu, Garitsa bay is still one of the most prominent landmarks of the island. The yachts which anchor in its safe waters, together with its magnificent skyline and imposing Old Venetian Fortress make Garitsa one of the best walks in town.
The windmill, which once served the needs of the inhabitants for grain, today adorns the homonymous area at the bay of Garitsa, just a few meters from the city center of Corfu.
Mon Repos is a beautiful monument in the middle of a stunning park near Kanoni, Corfu. The Palace of Mon Repo was built by the English Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, Frederic Adam, in 1831.