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Corfu, Greece – the city between twin peaks
Corfu is an island where myth and history meet culture and luxury. Legend has it that this was the final island Odysseus landed on before return to his homeland and as a result it has always been able to draw in visitors. The landscape provides a great backdrop for hikers and has provided inspiration for several writers including the Durrell brothers. This beautiful island is a great place to find a mix of cultures, delicious food and pick up some souvenir olive oil!
Patchwork of cultures
Over the years Corfu has been ruled by a number of different cultures which have each left their own mark on the island. The Palaio Frourio or Old Fortress was once a Byzantine castle but was transformed during the fifteenth century when the Venetians took over the island. Now it has become one of the top attractions in the area, known for its lighthouse with breath taking views and Byzantine museum. Also, tracing its origins back to the Venetians is the St Spyridon Church, a Greek Orthodox church where the islands patron saint is said to rest.
The Esplanade, a large parade ground in the middle of Corfu Town, was built during Napoleon’s rule of Corfu. If you’re staying in a central hotel then the park is a short stroll away and a gorgeous place to spend a sunny afternoon. At the northern end of the Esplanade is the Palace of St George and St Michael, once home to the British high commissioners of the 1800s but which now houses the Museum of Asian Art with its impressive, well documented collection of artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age. Some of the palaces’ rooms have been decorated in Regency style to give visitors a taste of how its original inhabitants would have lived.
Other cultural points of interest include the Municipal Art Gallery and the Corfu Reading Society which is known to host lectures and concerts. The city’s walking tour have various themes from history to food and are a great way to get a real feel for Corfu Town.
Island of olive oil
Corfu is well known for its olive oil which comes from the millions (yes millions!) of olive trees on the island, some of which are estimated to be as much as four hundred years old. With such plentiful supplies of this amazing ingredient, it’s little wonder that Corfu Town is rich with top quality restaurants and tavernas that come highly recommended. In addition to some well-established Greek eateries serving traditional dishes there are also a number of excellent Italian restaurants harking back to the days when Corfu was a Venetian strong hold.
The Liston is a great place to grab an upmarket bite and an even better one to find a drink: the ginger beer is something of a local specialty. There are a numerous bars along the street some of which are located on the rooftops of hotels with great views out to the horizon. If you’re looking for sweet treat, then head over to one of the city’s many bakeries for some homemade baklava.
Taste for exploration
Just outside of Corfu Town is Mon Repos Estate where you’ll find the Museum of Palaeopolis which gives a comprehensive history of the town and its archeology. However, the grounds are what makes the estate truly special as you can explore the sites of two ancient ruins before settling down for a picnic lunch near what is left of the Temple of Artemis.
Corfu is a great spot for keen walkers and many hotels will provide maps and guides to some of the must-see spots including Mount Pantokrator, Korission Lake and the Nymphes, where water goddess were once said to bathe. The beaches on East of the island tend to be more sheltered with calmer waters that are great for snorkeling and swimming but if you’re looking for picture postcard sandy shores then it’s worth checking out the Western coast too.
As is true of most of the islands in Greece the best way to get around is by boat. Again, these can be rented from local companies or you can join one of the day cruises that allow you to reach some of the more isolated beaches as well as explore the surrounding islands and caves.
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Hotel konstantina apartments Kavos
The 3-star Konstantina residence consists of one main building with 20 apartments and features a family-run restaurant. Kavos resort is only 100 metres away from one of the most beautiful stretches of sandy beach on the island of Corfu. One of the highlights of this property is the beautiful garden which features a swimming pool, children’s pool and a pool bar where you can savour your breakfast every morning. Built by the grandfather, the resort has been greeting guests from all over the world for the last 25 years. The next generation extended and beautified the resort, and it is now one of the loveliest in the whole of Kavos. Impressed by the family atmosphere, many visitors have become regulars; guests’ well-being is the number one concern. You will immediately feel welcome and at home here. more
Hotel Olive Grove Resort Kavos
Built next to the long, sandy beach of Kavos, the Olive Grove Resort is located in the southern part of Corfu, and has been planned to cover all the needs of our guests for a fantastic stay. A king-size swimming pool will relax you during the hot daytime, while you let yourself be delighted by the tastes of our pool bar delicacies. All apartments of the resort are inspired by a different theme and are decorated in a unique touch with different colours and hand-made wall paintings. Each apartment disposes of private bathroom, kitchenette and balcony and is designed to offer you an experience that stands out from any other conventional accommodation. Book your holidays with us on Bed&Breakfast or Half Board basis and explore the best tastes of authentic Greek gastronomy! more
Hotel Elli Studios & Apartments Kavos
The Elli Studios & Apartments are situated in a peaceful garden area and is one of the most attractive buildings in Kavos, the party capital of Corfu. Apartments offer a good standard of accommodation, within easy reach of the nightlife, yet far enough away to ensure a good night\'s sleep - if you wish!The complex offers tastefully furnished studios and maisonettes with well equipped kitchenettes, providing a comfortable base from which to enjoy this lively area.Safe deposit boxes & A/C in the rooms (extra charge). WiFi free of charge.Elli Studios & Apartments are 20 minutes walk from the clubs and pubs of Kavos resort centre and within 5 minutes walk of the sandy beach. Getting to the hotel: Corfu Airport is 38 km from the Elli Studios & Apartments. more
Hotel Olympion Village Kavos
The Olympion Village offers up style, scenery and a first-class setting. The Olympion Village is set on a hillside in Kavos, so it comes with fantastic views of the town and the sea. The property has its own restaurant as well as a swimming pool with a poolside bar. more
Hotel Morfeas Kavos
The Morfeas hosts the biggest pool party in Kavos. The hotel frequently throws Greek and other theme parties. The laid-back hotel aims to entertain and celebrate modern and traditional aspects of Greek life. Guests can select between a bed-and-breakfast room and a self-catering studio. Both options have modern furniture, balcony, air conditioning, telephone and fridge. The self-catering rooms have a sofa bed in addition to the two single beds. For your entertainment, the Morfeas offers a children’s playground, outdoor swimming pool and video games. Parking and laundry services are also offered. The Morfeas Lounge offers more than 100 dishes that celebrate traditional Greek cuisine. The hotel’s in-house bar is open 24 hours a day and an additional poolside bar also serves drinks. The hotel is located within walking distance to the beach, which offers water adventure activities like speedboating. more
Hotel Nikolas Club Apartments Kavos
Situated in the heart of St. Peters, the Nikolas Club is a family run business which consists of two blocks of apartments, one just off the pool and another above a tavern on the beach. The lively resort of Kavos is approximately 1 mile away with many local bars, restaurants, supermarkets and nightlife. Relax during the day under the warm sunshine on the fantastic golden sandy beach, or by the pool with a drink from the pool bar which is open from 10am until the early hours of the morning. This accommodation is great for a group of friends and couples seeking value for money on the beautiful island of Corfu. Nikolas Club was one of the first resorts to open in Kavos in the early 70s and has remained a family run business ever since. You can enjoy traditional Greek food and Seafood at the Tavern which is located on the beach and amazing cocktails and snacks at the pool bar. more