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Agii Douli Community

Tel: +30 26630 94255

A relatively new settlement in a charming location with blue water and golden sand. Rightly regarded as one of the island's finest beaches. From it you can visit the picturesque village of Sinarades, and Aerostato, which took its name from a coffee shop which seemed literally to be hanging from the heavens.

Agios Mattheos Community

Tel: +30 26610 75142
A large, but charming village, with buildings both new and old. A paved road leads to the Monastery of the Pantokrator at the top of the hill. Also at the top of the hill is the Hole of Pelaos, a cave which is said to communicate with the sea. In the fertile Gardiki district there is another Venetian castle, a twin to Aggelokastro. It too belonged to the Despotate of Epirus. It is octagonal, with towers at each corner. As happened elsewhere in Greece, the remains of ancient temples have been incorporated into the walls of the castle.

Agrafi Community

Tel: +30 26630 31100

Antiperni Community

Tel: +30 26630 31273

Avliotes Community

Tel: +30 26630 95445

Benitses Community

Tel: +30 26610 72284
The coastal region of Benitses, very developed as a tourist area, with hotels, tavernas, restaurants and nightclubs. Dense vegetation and beautiful beaches are typical of the area. It is said that the gardens of King Alkinoos were situated here. The springs providing waters to the Corfu Aqueduct are in the area, as are ruins of Roman baths with mosaic floors.

  Lovely Corfu, green and sun-drenched with its indented shores, a mythical, fascinating island, first appeared on the scene at the dawn of time when she gave refuge to Jason and the Argonauts on their return form their quest for the Golden Fleece.
  The description of "the island of the Phaeacians" in the Odyssey, Odysseus’ last stop before arriving in his beloved Ithaca, is among the most beautiful verses in world literature.
  The incomparable beauty of the island, which appears from time to time under other names, attracted a host of would-be conquerors. It also inspired artists of every kind, who praised its charms in words and music or rendered them in paintings, sculptures or engravings, spreading its renown to a wide public over the past few centuries.
  Literary figures such as Goethe, Oscar Wilde, Gerald and Lawrence Durrell, the painters Alfred Sisley ad Edward Lear, immortalized with their pen of palette Corfu's inimitable enchantment.
  Even the great Napoleon was not unmoved by its beauty.
  It was here that the sensitive empress Elisabeth of Austria erected the Achilleion, the palace she viewed as the solace of her soul, while according to Lawrence Durrell, Prospero’s island in The Tempest is modeled on Shakespeare’s notion of Corfu.
  Corfu was the birthplace of Greece’s first governor, Ioannis Kapodistrias, of the composer Nikolaos Mantzaros (who set to music Solomos’s "Hymn to Liberty", the country’s national anthem), of the writers Polylas, Markoras, Mavilis, and Constantine Theotokis, as well as being a source of inspiration to Greece’s national poet, Dionysios Solomos. Today it continues to attract and delight its countless visitors.
(text: L. Briola)
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the Greek National Tourism Organization tourist pamphlet (1993).

Kerkyra Community


Corfu, one of the most beguiling cities in the Mediterranean, lies in the middle of the east coast of the island. It has grown up along a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea. Its unique beauty is the product of the curious mixture of architectural styles left behind by the various occupying civilizations, blended into an especially harmonious whole.

The old city is the largest "living" medieval town preserved in Greece. Its streets wind and wader with no discernible order or object, its picturesque cobble-stone alleyways are interrupted by statues, graceful churches, Venetian tenements and fountains; the only way to see them is on foot.

The new section of the town is inseparable from the old, so that broad avenues with large piazzas can be found cheek by jowl with the cobbled lanes. Corfu's main square is the Spianada or Esplanade, rightly judged the most beautiful in Greece. Hotels combining the latest amenities with respect for their surroundings lie at various points round town. Some of the city's houses - two-storeys and higher - are in the English Georgian style, others display a strong French influence, while others are Italianate or in the island tradition. Arcades and arches decorate them, as do balconies with artfully designed wrought-iron railings.

Originally, Corfu was a fortress-state whose inhabitants lived within the walls of the Old (Sea) Fort built on the foundations of an earlier Byzantine castle that the Venetians reinforced and expanded in 1546. It is separated from the rest of the town by a moat, the Contrafossa, which used to be spanned by a moveable wooden bridge. The New (Land) Fort above the old harbour was erected between 1576 and 1588 to protect the town in the event of a Turkish invasion. The coast road with its graceful lampposts follows the medieval sea walls, the Mourayia. Its natural borders, the emerald sea on one side and lush greenery on the other, make it exceptionally lovely.

(text: L. Briola)

DASSIA (Settlement) CORFU
Dassia is a developed tourist area with big hotels and a variety of options open to the visitor: blue waters and clean beaches, olive groves coming down right to the water's edge. The gothic-style villa of Bibeli numbers among the sites of interest to visitors.

ERMONES (Settlement) CORFU
A seashore with steep rocks and icy-cold waters. This is said to be the place where Nausicaa came with her friends to wash their clothes in the running waters of the spring and so met Odysseus. The "Corfu Golf" is in this area. There are still some traces of Neolithic remains to be seen in the vicinity.

Gastouri Community

The village of Gastouri is set amid beautiful scenery on a green hillside. Dominating the hilltop is the Achillio, built for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, the renowned Sissy, in 1890-91 by the Italian architect Kapita. The Empress had a soft spot for the Homeric hero Achilles, and so named her palace after him. The neoclassical building is set amid magnificent gardens. The back part of the garden is dominated by the statue of "Achilles Dying", a creation of the German sculptor Herter. Some of Sissy's personal possessions are kept on the lower floor of the palace. After her murder the Achillion was purchased by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

Karoussades Community

Tel: +30 26630 31311

A town built on the site of an ancient settlement. Kassiopi flourished during the Roman period, chiefly on account of its geographic position overlooking the sea pass. In ancient times there was a sanctuary to Zeus here, on the site now occupied by the 16th century Panagia Kassiopitissa. The ruins of the town's castle, dating from the 14th century, can be seen on the hill. A number of narrow streets lead from the harbour to the town's beaches. Kassiopi is an ideal point of departure for visitors wishing to explore all the northern part of Corfu.

This text is cited December 2004 from the Ionian Islands Region General Secretariat URL below, which contains image

Kavalouri Community

Tel: +30 26630 31179

A little fishing port, which takes its name from the shape of its cove. The ruins of a building from the Venetian period can be seen here, formerly a residence belonging to the first governor of Modern Greece Ioannis Capodistrias.

A typical Corfiot village on a green hillside. It is worth taking a walk to Bella Vista, where the visitor can lounge in one of the charming coffee shops and admire the view over the bay of Palaiokastritsa. If you like rambling outdoors you can follow the steep path which will take you to Palaiokastritsa village.

Magoulades Community

Tel: +30 26630 51294

Moraitika Community

A seaside tourist resort situated at the mouth of the river Mesoggi. The area could well have been inhabited since Neolithic times if one is to judge from the small 3rd century B.C. temple which can be seen high up on the hill. At the river mouth there are ruins of a Hellenoromaic building.

The whole Paleokastritsa area has been developed for tourism. There are hotels, rent rooms and summer apartments. The countryside is magnificent. Apart from the main beach there are narrow paths leading to other smaller coves, suitable for bathing. The monastery of the Virgin was founded in 1225, though the building the visitor sees today dates only from the 18th-19th centuries. There is a museum with Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons. Legend has it that the small island of Kolovri at the entrance to the bay is a pirate ship which was turned to stone by the Virgin Mary, in this way protecting the monastery and the local population. Aggelokastro is the westernmost outpost of the Despotate of Epirus, to which Corfu belonged until 1267.

This text is cited December 2004 from the Ionian Islands Region General Secretariat URL below, which contains image

Mount Pandokrator is 911 metres in height. Small sections of cultivable (but almost totally abandoned) land are still to be found on its bare, rocky slopes. The Venetians gave the peak the name Monte San Salvatore. The view from the summit towards Barbati is incomparable. A monastery is to be found there on the site of an older building dating from 1372.

Pelekas Community

Tel: +30 26610 94211
A charming village situated at the top of Corfu's most beautiful hill. The houses of the village are painted in different colours and the quaint little streets are perfect for a peaceful walk. The view of the sunset from the top of the hill above the village is something the visitor should not miss. Kaiser Wilhelm II used to come here to enjoy it. The area is also called "The Kaiser's Throne". From here one can visit the Monastery of the Panagia Myrtiotissa, built in the 14th century. To get to it one has to go along Myrtiotissa Beach. The road to the monastery is not easy.

Peroulades Community

Tel: +30 26630 95239

Rhoda as also nearby Acharavi on the northern part of the island, offer an ideal combination of sea and mountain, while there have also been many important archaeological finds in the area. The beach is one of the most beautiful on the island, while the traditional settlement of Ano Acharavi is distinguished for its architecture.

Sidari Community

Tel: +30 26630 95664

THINALIO (Municipality) CORFU
  The Municipality of Thinali is located in the north of Corfu, covering the flank of the Pantokrator Mountain Massif as far as the sea, and comprises eight villages and 39 hamlets.
  Its boundary to the north is the sea, where the beach stretches for several kilometers from Roda to Acharavi and Almiros, Agios Spiridon, Apraos and Kalamaki. It is considered to be one of the most extensive and cleanest beaches in the Mediterranean, and in set in the scenery of exceptional natural beauty.
  The coastal area of Thinali was one of the first in Greece to develop for tourism, and all facilities one expects to find in a modern town are available in the region’s centre, Acharavi, with shops, restaurants, bars and banks supplying all services a tourist might require.
(text: Hilary Whiton Paipeti)
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the Corfu Villas & Apartments Federation tourist pamphlet (1996).

Velonades Community

  Velonades is a village in the northwest of Corfu, 31 kilometres from Corfu Town. It is located in verdant surroundings, near several lovely beaches, among them Peroulades, Saint George and Sidari.
  The prime occupation of the 1860 inhabitants of the community is olive cultivation and other agricultural activities, but during the summer they provide services for visiting tourists. Rooms and houses are available for rent in this traditional village, which also offers amenities such as bars and tavernas serving local specialities.
  The local people have preserved the traditions of the area, fro example the famous festival of the Church of the Prophet Elias, which is held on the 20th of July. The celebrations begin the evening before, and thousands of people, both Corfiots from all over the island and foreigners, gather for the event.
  Visitors who stay in Velonades are sure to enjoy the sheer tranquility of the area, coupled with the warm hospitality of the local people.
(text: Hilary Whiton Paipeti)
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the Corfu Villas & Apartments Federation tourist pamphlet (1996).

VIDO (Small island) CORFU
  A green paint stroke escaped the painting of Corfu and fell into the sea. Such was the creation of Vido Island, known since antiquity by the name Ptychia or the island of Hera, referred to by Thucydides, Ptolemaeus and other authors. Vido owes its present name to the French who occupied the island in 1830.
  With its sloping grounds, rocky coast, two wonderful beaches with blue-green waters and a self-growing forest with extraordinary flora and rare fauna, Vido presents a unique alternative for an unforgettable daylong excursion. Situated at a distance of 1200 m from Corfu town, it covers a surface of 550.000 square metres. The island can be accessed by a boat, which leaves the Old Port at Spilia at regular hours. The completion of Vidos’ development and promotion is one of the main targets ANEDK pursues.
  The Municipality of Corfu has financed a series of important projects on the island, like the restaurant (which can serve approximately 100 persons) in idyllic surroundings, as well as two refreshment kiosks, one on each beach. These facilities accommodate bathers, the young visitors staying at the Municipal Camping Site every year and foreign guests of the Municipality of Corfu.

This text is cited May 2003 from the Corfu Municipality Development Enterprise URL below, which contains images.

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