Greece has lived in all of our hearts ever since we were young. We’ve learned about Greece since we were little, because it’s where democracy was born. Greece is actually a nation that has an archipelago of islands off it’s southern and eastern coastline. However, there is one of the larger islands that is part of it’s nation, at the upper left side of it’s shoulder.
On the western edge of the coastline, sits Corfu. It’s known for being one of the ultimate holiday destinations in the world. Time and time again it’s shown how hospitable it is to tourists, holiday goers and travelers. It’s easy to access from the mainland and it has lots of private spaces to roam, sunbathe and admire. And recently, flights have reopened to this island so book quickly if you want to beat the rush.
This palace was built for Empress Elisabeth of Austria and opened in 1889. It depicts many different statues to the mythological warrior Achilles. He was one of the best-known names in the ancient world, and not just because of the way he died but what he represented. He was the image of youth, power, strength, courage and also rage. The palace is located in the City of Corfu and made in impressive neoclassical architecture. As you can imagine, it’s pretty much the most beautiful building on the island. It has life-size statues of maidens that stand before the pillars and columns of the structure. The garden is sublime and it’s often seen as a summer retreat for tourists and the rich alike. The museum is open to all and has some of the best early-modern paintings of ancient Greece in the country. The views from the outside are amazing and it looks over the coast and mountains of Corfu.
In the hills
Of course while you are here you will want somewhere to stay. There are lots of hotels but there are plenty of amazing Villas in Corfu too. They are made in the classic Mediterranean style, with your very own swimming pool to cool off in at the end of a busy day. You have utte privacy as there are tall trees around the edges of the villas. There are multiple bathrooms, bedrooms and plenty of space out on the patio for lounging and even sleeping. Hanging hammocks in the Greco sun, with plenty of cocktails and a good book is all you need when you’re here. The villas are in the hills by the way, so you have amazing views that are worth the price themselves. You can look over the coast and watch the local fisherman drag in their hauls for the day and watch the sunset while you sip a glass of local wine.
Perhaps the most beautiful hilltop place on the island is this humble little archway building with two church bells. It’s right at the edge of the coast so you can smell the salt in the wind. It’s painted in bright yellow and it has a yard where you can stroll and feed the fish in the fountain piece. Many people like to come to this part of the island, which is the Old Town. Corfu has some very old places that kind of sneak and hide and it takes local knowledge to find them. This monastery is used by locals on various festivals and Christian celebrations. But it’s a nice place to sit and watch the world as you take in the sights and perhaps, your lunchtime snack.
Like all islands that have seen war, it’s got a castle! This castle is on top of a hill that is 1,000ft high. It was made by the Byzantine Empire which was the Eastern Roman Empire. Left behind almost 800 years ago, it’s been a fixture of Corfu that symbolizes it’s strength and stay as a fortified island. Since 2018 it’s been allowing visitors within its walls for a mere 2 Euros. That’s literally £1 or so or maybe $2. The sights are breathtaking and the old fort still has life in it yet. It hosts guided tours and also is part of the national and local festivals.
Corfu is a blessed island that has stood the test of time. From the Siege of Corfu in the 1500s and even through WW2, it has remained as one of the iconic images of the Greco heart and soul. It’s beautiful, rugged and so classical.