The Old Town of Corfu
The historical centre of the island's capital, is a unique place protected as a Unesco World Heritage Site due to its great architectural wealth, diversity and importance (described as an “example of outstanding universal value”).
It offers a multiplicity of extremely remarkable as well as beautiful sights to visit, which one is impossible to cover in a single day. For sure, what is easy and immensely rewarding is a walk through its kantounia, its narrow cobbled alleys, leading to the Esplanade, one of the largest European squares and a delightful public park. In front of you now stands the imposing Venetian Old Fortress, an artificially made, heavily fortified islet, full of amazing historical treasures generously offered to the lucky sightseers. Next to it, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, now home to the Museum of Asian Art, is definitely well worth a visit as well as Liston, the famous graceful walk, once only for the gentry, now full of cafés for all its happy visitors.
A host of particularly attractive colourful historic buildings, arts and crafts shops and galleries, coffee shops and restaurants are also there for the ones who have the appetite to explore them and enjoy their captivating atmosphere as well as learn about, and quite possibly buy, some unique local goods.
Furthermore, there is some added value to approaching the Old Town by boat. In this way, the powerful shapes and volumes of its fortresses as well as the beauty and elegance of all its buildings are panoramically revealed offering magnificent, overwhelmingly breathtaking views of its colourful and elaborately designed architectural landscapes. It’s an experience never to be forgotten!!