Corfu Town’s mesmerising mix of cobbled streets and modern amenities make it an ideal destination for a 2020 holiday. Corfu’s capital offers visitors excellent shopping, cultural highlights, bustling nightlife and easy access to the rest of the island’s attractions. Surrounded on two sides by huge fortresses, Corfu Town boasts imposing buildings that are a great place to explore the town’s history and take in views over the rooftops and coast below. Home to the island’s top restaurants, the winding maze of the old town’s streets are packed with world-class eateries, small cafes and bars.
Visiting the nearby Vidos Island opens up a whole host of secluded spots to explore, far from the main tourist traps on the island of Corfu. With theme parks, water parks and a vast range of sporting activities close by, you’re guaranteed not to be bored on a holiday to Corfu Town. With some superb hotels offering top-notch accommodation and glistening swimming pools to lounge beside, you may not even want to leave your hotel.
Corfu Town at a glance
Top attractions to visit
Don’t miss out on the Old Fortress (Citadel)…and the Venetian-build New Fortress too!
Must-visit historical sites
See the red-domed church of St. Spyridon (Áyios Spyrídon), the Neoclassical palace of Mon Repos & gorgeous Achilleion
Rest & relaxation
Savour the beauty and serenity in Pontikonisi (Mouse Island)
Art & culture
Head to the Royal Palace, Museum of Asian Art & historical Casa Parlante
Sample the local food
Indulge in some hearty Sofrito and Pastitsada
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Things to do in Corfu Town
Don’t be fooled by the narrow streets winding through Corfu Town. These tiny roads are a gateway to The Esplanade, one of the largest squares in Europe. Winding your way through this labyrinth of alleyways is a highlight of a Corfu Town holiday. Discovering hidden gems, chic boutiques and quirky cafes - or just indulging in some people watching - can quickly become a daily habit.
Around the town, there are fortresses, historic churches and museums - all with a tale to tell about the island’s history. A visit to St. Spiridon’s Church reveals that it’s the home of the mummified remains of the patron saint of Corfu. Away from the old relics, there’s a range of sports, water sports and activities happening in and around town. Use the town as a base to hike all, or part of, the Corfu Trail, visit nearby water parks and hire a car or bike to explore the island. Don’t forget to head back to the maze of the old town to shop ‘til you drop for holiday souvenirs.
Although Corfu Town itself doesn’t have a sandy shore to lounge on, beach lovers have plenty of options. If you’re a keen swimmer, there are some sheltered coves near the Old Fortress. Used mainly by locals, this is Corfu Town’s best kept swimming secret. Most sun, sea and sand enthusiasts on a Corfu Town holiday head to the extensive beach complex at Dassia. A sand and pebble beach stretches across the front of the cosmopolitan resort. Sun beds and umbrellas line the flat beach, giving you chance to soak up the sun. A line of trees back the sands, providing welcome respite from the hot summer sun.
Boat trips leave the bay, taking visitors to other beaches and nearby hotspots, and some secluded coves are also within walking distance. Vidos Island is just a 5-minute boat ride away from Corfu Town. As well as the opportunity to discover the island’s wildlife, buildings and monuments, the beautiful beaches are under-used and provide the ideal place to escape the crowds.
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