Corfu, the most northerly of the Ionian Islands, is an island of Greece. Filled with natural beauty, the island boasts rolling green hills in its south, and rugged limestone rock formations in its north. It also has a mild climate, lush Mediterranean vegetation, and some stunning beaches and underwater caves and tunnels. As such, Corfu is a popular tourist destination with many things to do.
The island’s lovely capital, Corfu Town, is a warren of cobbled alleys and elegant Venetian-era buildings, many of which now host informal seafood tavernas and souvenir shops at ground level. Centering on the Esplanade, an expansive green square, the UNESCO-listed old town is guarded by two imposing 16th-century fortresses and a number of churches.
Just outside the village of Gastouri, 10 kilometers southwest of Corfu Town, this white Neoclassical villa was the summer escape of Sisi, an Empress of 18th centuary Elisabeth of Austria. A lover of beauty, Sisi immersed herself in Greece’s mythical history and lush nature. Neoclassical statues inside gives one idea’s of the idyllic world Sisi was seeking.
On Corfu’s northwestern tip, about a 20-minute walk from the equally intriguing small village of Sidari, the Canal d’Amour is one of Corfu’s top natural wonders. It boasts impressive sandstone rock formations that create a natural passage from its small beach into the Ionian Sea’s sparkling blue waters. You can jump off rocks into the warm, salty sea and then swim through tunnels and caves for awesome, fishy underwater explorations.
Corfu Donkey Rescue
The Corfu Donkey Rescue in Paleokastrttsa is well worth a visit for animal lovers. One of the top things to do on this part of the island is that it offers refuge to homeless donkeys that have been abandoned or need a safe place to live. Donkey’s used to be an integral means of transport and work aid in Corfu. This sanctuary is located on a beautiful piece of land filled with olive trees and a mountainous backdrop, and visitors can hang out with the donkeys daily between 10am and 5pm.
Traditional Corfu Food is an international fusion. Though Greek and Venetian are the strongest influences, spices from the east, cooking methods from France as well as other parts of the Mediterranean and even the remnants of British occupation, have all left their mark on Corfu food. Corfiot cuisine is dominated by the use of wine, garlic and eastern spices, like cloves, allspice, cinnamon and more.
This is one of the trademark dishes of the island. It basically consists of fried thin slices of beef cooked with white sauce, garlic, pepper, white wine, vinegar and parsley. It is served with a side of mashed peas or potatoes.