Kerkyra Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by mickeyboy07
  • Things to Do
    by mickeyboy07
  • Things to Do
    by mickeyboy07

Best Rated Things to Do in Kerkyra

  • XenosUK's Profile Photo

    The Old Fortress

    by XenosUK Written May 15, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Crossing the Bridge at the Fortress Entrance

    This is a good place to visit if you want to find out the history of Corfu and how the town has grown from a small settlement to become what it is today.

    As well as the Fortress itself, there are wonderful views of Corfu Town and across to the mainland, so don't forget your camera.

    Be aware that, apart from the museum display, there is very little shade, so avoid visiting during the middle of the day in summer, since there's quite a bit of climbing to do if you want to see everything and it gets VERY hot.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • XenosUK's Profile Photo

    The Liston

    by XenosUK Written May 15, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Under the Liston Archways

    Overlooking the Esplanade, this is one of our favourite spots for lunch, or just to sit and watch the world go by.

    The collonaded walkway, inspired by the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, is lined with bars and cafes and has an air of faded grandeur.

    The Esplanade (or Spianada) is a legacy of when the British were in charge of Corfu and reminds me a little of The Stray in Harrogate, complete with bandstand and cricket pitch.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • XenosUK's Profile Photo

    Old Corfu Town

    by XenosUK Written May 15, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Alleyway with church and washing

    The Old Town is a maze of narrow streets and alleyways. Don't try driving around here, you'll probably end up causing chaos in a narrow dead-end (I speak from experience!)

    The main streets are lined with shops and are a great place to buy touristy souvenirs or gold jewellery. Turn down a side street and you'll see washing strung across the alley from the upper-storey windows. Turn down another and you'll come across lovely little churches, hidden away at the end of the alley.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    Old town

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Oddos Agioy Spyridonis
    3 more images

    The old town of Kerkyra stands between the old fort and the new fort. It is limited eastwards by Oddos Kapodistriou and the Esplanade, westwards by oddos Velissariou and oddos Zambeli. Oddos Georgiou Theotoki is the only main street that penetrates, partly into the old town

    First photo: Oddos Agioy Spyridonis (Saint Spyridon street), a busy street with a lot of shops

    Second photo: Further in Oddos Agioy Spyridonis with Agios Spyridon in the background

    Third photo: Another busy street in the old city

    Fourth photo : A quieter street (yes some are rather quiet!)

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • mickeyboy07's Profile Photo

    Church of St.Nikolas

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Jun 6, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Plaque on church wall
    2 more images

    In the centre of Corfu town up a series of steep steps is the Small and charming Church of St.Nikolas,unfortunately the church was closed so we didnt get a chance to go in,though i noticed a lot of churches on Corfu island have signs outside saying no photos to be taken inside.The church was built in honour of St.Nikolas who is the patron saint of Corfu.
    Built in 1414,it was a cathedral until 1712 and its carvings are the oldest in town.

    Related to:
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • mickeyboy07's Profile Photo

    Achaeological museum

    by mickeyboy07 Updated May 29, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Entrance to museum
    4 more images

    Built between 1962-65 the museums initial purpose was to house the archaeological finds from the ancient temple of 'Artemis' in Corfu.In 1994 it was expanded with the addition of two more exibit halls that display more recent finds such as the ancient citadel of Corfu.
    Highlights include:Bronze statures from the 'Archaic to the Roman era'.Funeral offerings from the 'Archaic,Classical and Hellenistic era',from the cemeteries of 'Gantsa' and 'Almyros' as well as a rich collection of ancient coins.Findings from the Prehistoric era and 6th and 7th century B.C.,findings with the exceptional 'Menecrates Lion',clay pottery and terracota statuettes from the shrines of Corfu,and the impessive 'Gorgon-Medusa' pediment from the great temple of 'Artemis' made in 585 B.C.,excavated in 1911 near the monastery of 'Aghioi Theodoroi,the oldest,so far,stone-pediment of an ancient Greek temple.The museum is open 8.30am to 3pm tues till sun,closed mondays and entry is 3 euros.

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    Agios Spyridon

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Agios Spyridon
    1 more image

    Agios Spyridon church is one of the most popular monument on Corfu island. Saint Spyridon was a bishop in Cyprus. In 325 AD, he condemned the Arianism heresia. When he died, his body was transferred to Constantinople. When the city was taken by the Turks, Christians that fled out to Corfu, took it with them. The relic arrived in Corfu in 1489. It is believed that Saint Spyridon saved the city from the plague on several occasions and thus, was taken as the Saint patron of the city.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • mickeyboy07's Profile Photo

    Palaio Frourio(Old Fortress)

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Jul 12, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Fortress from the harbour
    4 more images

    One of Corfu towns most dominant landmarks rises on a natural headland to the east of the old town.The earliest fortifications were built by the Byzantines,after Goth raiders destroyed the original Corinthian settlement of Corcyra on the Kanoni Peninsula in AD 550.The surviving Corcyrans decided not to rebuild their ruined city but established themselves instead on the high headland with its natural defences.Materials from the ancient city were used in the construction of the new town.
    From 1550 the Venetians extended the fortifications and dug a moat,which was spanned by a retractable wooden bridge.Many of the buildings inside the fortress were built by the British for military use,including the church of St.George which was designed to look like an ancient temple and dates from 1840.
    There are sweeping views from the fortress south across the Bay of Garitsa to the Kanoni Penninsula and west to the old town.Although the gate to the higher levels closes at 7pm,the views are worth the climb though.You can wander around the lower rampants at any time and you can dine at the attractive bar-restaurant here.There is a music school on the lower level and part of the fortress is used for outdoor concerts in the summer,there is also a small museum.
    opening hours 8.30am till 7pm tue till sun,closed mondays,admission is 4 euros.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • mickeyboy07's Profile Photo

    Neo Frourio(new fortress)

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Jul 12, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Entrance
    4 more images

    The Promontory on which this fortress stands was first fortified in the 12th century.The Venetians built the outer walls of the fortress between 1576 and 1588,although the buildings within-stairways,tunnels and vaulted chambers-were constructed by the British.The citadel at the top was completed in 1843.The views from the top of the fortress are spectacular.Theres also a cafe open roughly 10am till 4pm at the top to refresh those worn out by the uphill climb,plus a gallery and small museum of Corfiot ceramics,both open erratically.
    Open 9am till 9pm May-Oct,closed in off season,admission is 3 euros.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    Butcher’s

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Butcher���s

    The photo of this butcher’s in Kerkyra old town was taken a few years ago. The meat is hanging in front of the shop. I can bet that this does not occur anymore for sanitary reasons but I feel that it is a shame to have now wrapped meat coming from the other side of the world, sold in supermarkets, instead of local meat sold by an actual butcher.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Nixter01's Profile Photo

    Here I Come Ready Or Not!

    by Nixter01 Updated Apr 2, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Bombs Away !

    We went on a day trip to paxos and Anti-Paxos afew hours away by boat from our beach, the only downside was that i had sunburn that particular day, I was ok going as it was around 7:30am that we departed, but come the mid-day heat I was just looking for shelter, thankfully it soon passed and I managed to enjoy all the beautiful sites and sounds that these 2 Islands and in between had to show us,including getting wet, which was a welcome relief from the burning sun I can tell you!
    On the way back he turned the engine off and we wondered why, then we were told to look to the right of the boat, there jumping up and down were a school of dolphins ! It was excellent I was well impressed, especially as they had babies with them and were swimming at the side of the boat!

    Was this review helpful?

  • Nixter01's Profile Photo

    More Caves

    by Nixter01 Updated Apr 2, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Inside The Caves

    These pictures were taken entering the caves, just look at the colour of the water, it was incredible, you could actually see the bottom, it looked so close but was so far.
    The gasps from the people on board the boat said it all really, it trully was a lagoon hidden in a cave.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Nixter01's Profile Photo

    Even More Caves!

    by Nixter01 Updated Apr 2, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A Small Glimpse Of Light

    Entering just in the mouth of the cave gave us a glimpse of what it was really like...Out of this world, we'd seen caves before but still the view never failed to amaze us ! Just look at the beauty!
    I was speechless, for once in my life, and how could you not be?

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    More old town

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Oddos Voulgareos
    2 more images

    First photo: Oddos Voulgareos, one of the main streets in the old city, though not really wide !

    Second photo: A street practiced mainly by locals!

    Third photo: a tiny little square, or actually, I should better say a wide street crossing, along Oddos Nikiforou Theotiki

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    The Esplanade

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Esplanade
    1 more image

    Between the old town and the citadel, the Esplanade is locally know as Spianada, which actually is the Italian word (or better the Venetian dialect) for Esplanade. The Esplanade is a pleasant place, with a lot of shade, where it is pleasant to wander.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Kerkyra

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

70 travelers online now

Comments

Kerkyra Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Kerkyra things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Kerkyra sightseeing.

View all Kerkyra hotels