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Corfu

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Chic and delicate by nature

With the passage of time the island of Corfu may have changed, but any traveler can still feel the spirit of a distant glorious past. Its rich multi-cultural heritage, its historic monuments, its stunning natural landscape, its crystal clear seas, and its excellent weather all year round explain why Corfu is one of the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean destinations weaving a powerful spell on its visitors.

Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek), unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under the Ottoman oppression. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries, the island has primarily become part of the Western rather the Levantine world. Their culture wielded strong influence in the city: it was here that the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra and the First School of Fine Arts were founded.
Let Corfu weave its spell over you with its historic monuments, rich multi-cultural heritage and stunning natural landscape.
IONIAN SERENADES
SAILING & CRUISING
“Anything like the splendour of olive-groves and orange-gardens, the blue of the sky, the violet of the mountain, rising from peacock-wing-hued sea and tipped with lines of silver snow, can hardly be imagined …”. Edward Lear, Victorian artist & author.

Sightseeing

In the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical “repertoire” came to be successfully applied to local artistic traditions. Palaces, fortresses, austere public buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with lines of drying washing in tiny alleyways and small secluded squares. Strolling through a complex of narrow cobbled streets with stairways and vaulted passages, the so-called “kantounia”, will make you feel as if you’ve travelled to Genoa or Naples.

Discover the most beautiful spots in the city of Corfu walking through Spianada, the largest square in the Balkans, is the centre of the city, adorned with 19th-century remarkable works of French architecture. Here you can watch cricket games, or attend in musical concerts organised throughout the year. Visit Liston, the city’s trademark, where the aristocrats used to enjoy their evening promenades. The characteristic arcades form the most romantic background setting for a welcome cup of coffee at one of the town’s cosy cafés. Explore the smart suburbs Mandouki, Garitsa and Saroko.

The most important city’s attractions bear eloquent witness to its rich history:
  • The impressive 15th century Old Fortress, as well as the New Fortress.
  • The Saint Michael and George Palace at the northern part of Spianada, built during the British occupation.
  • A considerable number of churches. The most imposing one is the city’s Cathedral, the Church of St. Spyridon, the island’s patron Saint, whose relics are kept here. The church’s immensely tall bell tower certainly reminds us of that of San Giorgio dei Greci in Venice. Four processions are held every year during which the body of Saint Spyridon is carried around the streets of the city (on Palm and Easter Sunday, on April 11th and the first Sunday in November). All the philharmonic bands of the city accompany the processions creating a remarkable awe-inspiring spectacle.

Call in at the city’s fascinating museums:

  • The Museum of Asian Art: Being the only one of its kind, it was founded in 1927 after the donation of 10.500 items by Gregorios Manos. Until 1974 it was a Chinese and Japanese Art museum, but it was then enriched with other private collections.It is housed in Saint Michael and George Palace.
  • The Archaeological Museum: Here you can admire important finds from the temple of Artemis and excavation finds from the ancient city of Corfu.
  • The Byzantine Museum: It is housed in the Church of the Virgin Mary Antivouniotissa and houses an interesting collection of icons and ecclesiastic items from the 15th to the 19th century.
  • The Banknote Museum showcases a collection of Greek coinage from 1822 to the present day.
  • The Museum of Dionysios Solomos: The national Poet of Greece left Zakynthos and moved to Corfu, important intellectual centre of the Ionian islands in those years. Solomos lived in a state of self-imposed isolation, and Corfu offered him the ideal environment to work on his studies in poetry. Today his house hosts a museum dedicated to his honour.
These five sites located around the city of Corfu used to be the aristocracy’s favourites:
  • Mon Repos Palace was built by the British Commissioner Adams as a gift to his Corfiot wife. It is a small but beautiful palace with colonial elements, which today operates as a museum. In this luxurious dwelling, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Elisabeth the Second, was born in 1921. The park around the palace is ideal for long romantic walks.
  • Kanoni (meaning canon) offers from its circular terrace an amazing view across the island of Pontikonissi (meaning Mouse Island), one of the most photographed spots of Corfu! According to the legend, this rocky islet was a Phaeacian ship that was turned into stone.
  • Paleopolis (at Mono Repos estate) stands where the Agora of the ancient city of Corfu was located. Admire the remains of several public buildings erected there along with sanctuaries, workshops and residencies.
  • Achilleion is a fairy palace built among cypresses and myrtles by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who wished to escape from the Austrian court. Elisabeth truly fell in love with the island, and she dedicated this palace to Achilles as she cherished the belief that he represented the very soul and fairness of Greece.
The island where Ulysses met Princess Nausicaa in one of Homer’s Odyssey most celebrated scenes is a magical destination all year long; colourful music events, culinary feasts, religious festivals, carnival celebrations –known for their deep Venetian influences–, and the most joyful Easter in Greece form an exquisite mosaic of experiences. 

And don’t leave before you pay a visit to the nearby islands of Paxi and Antipaxi!

Filming in Corfu

FILMING IN GREECE

FEDORA (1978)

A Hollywood producer travels to Greece to try to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement to star in his new version of 'Anna Karenina'. His attempts to contact her are thwarted by her overprotective secretary, her plastic surgeon, her chauffeur, and the Countless at whose island villa she's living...

DIRECTOR: BILLY WILDER
FILMING LOCATION: CORFU, LEFKADA

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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)

After a British information-gathering vessel gets sunk into the sea, Agent 007 is given the responsibility of locating the lost encryption device and thwarting it from entering inimical hands. Therefore, he comes to Greece and collaborates with the charming Melina Havelok, daughter of archaeologists who seeks revenge for the unjustified murder of her parents.

DIRECTOR: JΟΗΝ GLEN
FILMING LOCATION: CORFU, KALABAKA

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THE GREEK TYCOON (1978)

She was the most famous woman in the world. He was a peasant, a pirate, a shark. The Greek Tycoon is the story of their fiery romance. Liz Cassidy, the unhappy widow of an assassinated American president, is pursued by womanising millionaire businessman Theo Tomasis, who proves to be very persistent. Starring Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Quinn, Edward Albert and James Franciscus.

DIRECTOR: J. LEE THOMPSON
FILMING LOCATION: CORFU, ATHENS, MYKONOS

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THE BURGLARS (1971)

A band of crooks, led by a professional jewel thief, break into a mansion on the outskirts of Athens to steal a priceless collection of emeralds. The robbery is a success, but the gang miss their escape transport out of the country. Meanwhile, their leader is pursued by a crooked police chief, who will stop at nothing to lay his hands on the stolen jewels...

DIRECTOR: HENRI VERNEUIL
FILMING LOCATION: ATHENS, PIRAEUS, CORFU

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ESCAPE TO ATHENA (1979)

The movie is set during the II WW. It is an adventure war film with some comedy elements about a strong Greek resistant movement that took place on a small island. This movement prepares the landing of the Allies and plans to overtake a prisoner camp, run by an Austrian general (Roger Moore). This Austrian general loves antiques and actually has forced his prisoners to work in archaeological excavations, in exchange for a more comfortable treatment. Also starred Terry Savalas, Claudia Cardinale, and David Niven.

DIRECTOR: GEORGE COSMATOS
FILMING LOCATION: RHODES, CORFU, HALKIDIKI

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THE DURRELLS (2016-2019)

In 1935, Englishwoman Louisa Durrell's life has fallen apart. Her husband died some years earlier and she has financial problems and troubled children. She suddenly announces that the five of them will move from Bournemouth to the Greek island of Corfu. A Homeric battle ensues as the family adapts to life on the island, especially when they discover that Corfu doesn't even have electricity yet. But it is inexpensive, an earthly paradise, and the Durrell family makes the big step that will change their lives.

DIRECTOR: ROGER GOLDBY, STEVE BARRON, NIALL MACCORMICK, EDWARD HALL
FILMING LOCATION: CORFU

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JUPITER'S THIGH (1980)

A honeymoon turns into a breathless country chase for a police inspector and a researcher of ancient Greek civilization.

DIRECTOR: PHILIPPE DE BROCA
FILMING LOCATION: KALABAKA, PARGA, CORFU, ATHENS

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BY SEA
Corfu is connected to the port of Igoumenitsa and the conventional ships make the route ""Igoumenitsa - Corfu"" in about 1.5 hours.
BY PLANE
Corfu is connected to Athens International Airport, the flight lasts 1 hour but also to Macedonia International Airport (Thessaloniki), it is also connected to other airports in Greece.

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