Cheap Hotels in Corfu Island
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Hotels in Corfu Island
Described as a “beautiful and rich land” by Homer, Corfu is an island of rugged mountains, lush vegetation, olive groves and beautiful beaches. Its old city, filled with narrow cobbled streets, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Book one of our Corfu hotels and explore an island rich in history, art, culture and cuisine. The island was ruled by Venetian nobles for four centuries, and its food, language and architecture bear a strong Italian influence.
The Palaio Frourio, Corfu's Old Fortress, was built in the 15th century by the Venetians, who made it an island by creating a moat, and held off three major sieges. It now houses the Corfu Public Library and is also used for art exhibitions and concerts. Climb to the summit for superb views. The New Fortress, or Neo Frourio, built a century later, has a labyrinth of medieval corridors, tunnels and fortifications for visitors to explore.
The Spianada is the largest square in Greece and one of the largest in Europe, and is one of the city's most central and popular places. It has green spaces, several statues and monuments, a pavilion where the local Philharmonic orchestras perform, and a cricket pitch – 50 years of British rule left their mark on Corfu.
The 19th-century white stone Palace of St Michael and St George was the residence of a series of British high commissioners. It has also been a royal residence, a temporary home for refugees and the seat of the Ionian Senate. The palace now houses two museums – the Museum of Asian Art, which has more than 10,000 artefacts, and the Municipal Art Gallery, a collection of works by mainly Corfiot artists. There are also the impressive state rooms to visit, as well as the gardens, filled with exotic trees and flowers and overlooking the bay.
The main beach near the village of Paleokastritsa is possibly one of the best in the Greek islands – and there are six beaches in total near the village. Agios Georgios Pagon is popular with windsurfers and swimmers, and has a scuba diving club nearby. The olive groves and villages around it are a lovely place for a walk. Golden-sanded Myrtiotissa, sheltered by vegetation-covered cliffs, was described by Lawrence Durrell as “perhaps the most beautiful beach in the world”. Close to the 14th-century Myrtiotissa monastery, it is one of the island's most popular beaches, and its most famous nudist beach. Halikounas, more than 3km long, is unspoilt and popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers, as there's a kitesurfing centre here. There's also a birdwatching platform at the north-west end, due to the proliferation of winged creatures, some of them endangered, at Lake Korission.
Eating and drinking
Popular restaurants in Corfu include Taverna Bikolis, a family-owned restaurant famous for its homemade bread, and Taverna Savvas, close to the sea and in the middle of an olive grove. Armourada serves traditional Corfiot dishes, and has a Greek dancing night every Tuesday from around 21:00 – customers are more than welcome to join in. For after dinner drinks, try Ammos, a beachfront bar overlooking the Bay of Arilla, or Angelos for cocktails, 60s, 70s and 80s music and sport on TV.
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