CORFU ISLAND

 

Unparalleled in natural beauty, rich in cultural heritage and with contemporary tourist infrastructure, beguiling Corfu is the best known of the Ionian group. The northernmost of the Ionian Islands and the Westernmost frontier of Greek territory, it lies at the mouth of Adriatic Sea separated from the Greek mainland shoreline by a narrow water channel.
An international transportation hub, Corfu can easily be accessed through numerous charter flights from various European cities throughout the summer months or by regular ferryboat connections from the Italian ports of Brindisi, Bari, Ancona and Venice. Olympic Airways and a number of private airlines have daily connections from Athens and Thessaloniki to Corfu international airport. Regular ferryboat services connect the island with Patra, Igoumenitsa.
Built on a narrow strip of land, the delightful capital corfu town and one of the most attractive towns in Europe, owes its harm to the multitude of visible traces evidencing the diverse cultures that have settled it throughout the ages. The Italian influence is evidenced in Corfu's spacious squares such as the popular Spianada and its narrow cobblestone alleys known as Kantounia. Having gracefully absorbed its many layers of history,the island combines.the old with the modern harmoniously blending to provide an alluring. The Archeological Museum in Corfu houses numerous collections representing various periods of Corfu's history.
In Corfu age-old events are still celebrated in the traditional way. Of the most impressive are the festivities during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday, while four times each year a procession through the streets of Corfu town is headed by the preserved remains of Patron St. Spyridon accompanied by the islands many philharmonic bands. Numerous art galleries house exhibitions featuring works of international and local artists and various romantic outdoor locations provide the venue for a variety of events ranging from rock concerts to classical music performances, theatrical plays and dances. The Corfu Festival is held in September and includes concerts, ballet, opera and theatrical performances. Proud of their history and culture, Corfiots are characterized by simplicity and courtesy. They are genial and love entertaining, gregarious and always ready to turn the smallest gathering into a party. In every location, at every event, the Corfiots make the visitor feel at home.
With its pure crystal - clear waters and picturesque bays and coves, the island enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate of mild winters and cool summers. Trees, grass and bushes stretch down to the shore lining it year - round with the colors of blooming flowers and trees laden with fruit. The northern coastal area is replete with caves and has the longest sandy beach of the island. Corfu is not exhausted in magnificent beaches and important historic monuments, there is also a wide number of sporting activities to enjoy, such as sailing, jet skiing, wind surfing, tennis, diving, horse riding, cycling while boasts a fine golf course. Corfu is known for holding an exclusivity in Greece, a legacy from the era of British invasion rule the Kerkyra Cricket Festivals held in the summer with the participation of teams from many countries.
Nevertheless, with a variety of relaxing trekking routes through the lowlands and a number of hiking on foot or on bike, is still the best way to discover the hidden charms of the island. Experienced guides bikes and cars are available for hire throughout the island.
Contemporary Corfu is an international tourist resort with a superb blend of leisure, recreational activities and exciting nightlife, supported by an excellent tourist infrastructure. Restaurants, cafes, taverns, bars, discos, nightclubs and casinos can be found islandwide.
The Corfiot table is an essential expression of local hospitality. The local cuisine is based on the bounty of nature. Bustling of intimate simple or sophisticated, the multitude of restaurants serve international dishes as well as local delicacies like the famous local "Pastitsada" and "Sofrito" dishes, the Corfiot "Noumboulo" smoked meat, superb cheeses, exquisite wines, nougats made with almonds dipped in red caramel, fragrant liqueurs and the tiny oranges known as "Koum-Kouat".


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