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    Town Hall, Corfu

    by apekovic Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Near the Esplanade (Spianada Square) in Evgeniou Voulgareos street, stands the most elegant of the Venetians buildings. This building, which today is the Town Hall, was first built between 1663 and 1691 as a club for the officers of the Venetian fleet and was used as a meeting place ('Loggia') for members of the aristocracy.
    It is built in Renaissance style of hard limestone quarried near the village of Sinies, in the north of the island. The emblem of Corfu, an ancient sailing vessel, appears over the entrance door facing the square. On the eastern wall is a marble fresco representing Francesco Morosini, the Venetian admiral and later Doge, who defeated the Turks in the Peloponnese. The four children's figure around him symbolize his virtues.
    In 1720 the building was converted to a theatre, which was named 'San Giacomo', due to the nearby Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. James (San Giacomo). Since then is closely linked to the history of the theatre in Greece, and especially in the Ionian Islands. From 1733 it became an important center in Europe for lyric presentations. During that period an extension to the original building was added,'Aggiunta', which was demolished in 1903.
    In the early 20th century a new theatre was built in Corfu town and the 'Loggia' was converted into a Town Hall.

    Bilja in front of the Town Hall Bilja in front of the Town Hall Kids and me in the Town Hall Square Kids and Bilja in the Town Hall Square Kids and Bilja in the Town Hall Square
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    Enjoying Greek Flora

    by AusPinay Updated Aug 9, 2010

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    Corfu as a typical Greek island has not only plenty of olive trees but amazing flora. The vegetation, shrubs,flowers and trees are in abundance particularly in spring when we were there so make sure you stop and enjoy them too aside from the other sceneries like the beaches, old buildings and landscape as a whole.

    They are truly amazing and help make Corfu interesting. No wonder Corfu is considered the greenest island in Greece!

    bounganvillea at the monastery plenty of green just near the water evergreen trees greenery makes up a big part of Corfu Corfu has thousands of olive trees!
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    Shopping is A Breeze Here!

    by AusPinay Written Aug 6, 2010

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    I find Greeks very friendly and the shopkeepers are very helpful too! It is also a plus that prices here are so reasonable, I can even say very cheap!

    Fridge magnets which we collect are normally from one Euro, compared to Dubrovnik where the cheapest is 4 Euros! I also got some jewelry- silver with typical Greek designs.

    Even food is cheap here. We were surprised to find plenty of Nutella (choc hazelnut in bottles) sold everywhere in Greece too. They put them even in crepes, yummy!

    Olive oil products are abundant too here, bars of soap especially with various scents but mainly from olive oil are sold everywhere and are so cheap! I bought about seven of them for 5 Euros!

    toiletries from olive oil Nutella! more olive oil products sweets
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    Lower Plaza (Kato Plateia)

    by AusPinay Written Aug 6, 2010

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    This place has plenty of attractions around it! They include various green spaces, seasonal flowers, a Romani-influenced rotunda, and a rather gorgeous music pavilion, where regularly performances by the town's Philharmonic Orchestra (Philharmoniki) are staged - well worth looking out for.

    Since it was very hot that day, we had our much needed solace from the heat from the shades of the trees in the plaza. We enjoyed looking at the gardens and the old buildings.

    Corfu tourist attraction open: daily - 24 hours
    Corfu tourist attraction admission: free

    at the plaza part of the plaza peaceful gardens away from the crowds having a rest in the shade feature at the plaza
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    Corfu Old Town

    by AusPinay Written Aug 6, 2010

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    This place is filled with amazing shops, I was hooked!

    The Old Town area of Corfu Town is particularly enchanting and contains a number of appealing historical attractions, which often offer a distinctive Venetian flair.

    I especially like the fact that much of the Old Town is made up of a maze-like array of cobblestone alleyways and these winding streets as referred to as the 'kantounia'.

    The Venetian Citadel is a particular highlight, as is the seafront esplanade and the views across the Bay of Garitsa.

    Corfu tourist attraction open: daily - 24 hours
    Corfu tourist attraction admission: free

    lots of alleyways with plenty of shops another part of the Old Town Old Town filled w/ shoppers amazing old buildings plenty of shops here
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    Moni Theotoku Museum

    by AusPinay Written Aug 6, 2010

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    This museum is part of the monastery and is open to the public. There are lots of artefacts dating several centuries as the monastery building here today was actually built during the 18th century and contains a detailed picture showing the Last Judgement.

    Outside, the walls of the Moni Theotokou are whitewashed and beautifully draped in bougainvillea, which is another attraction as the flowers are so bright and colourful!

    We spent quite a while inside viewing the antique exhibits, arts and religious relics.

    relics like this one are plenty here ceiling of the museum antique  Virgin Mary & child portrait still inside the museum more ancient artefacts
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    Paleokastristsa Resort

    by AusPinay Written Aug 6, 2010

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    This resort was established as far back as the 13th century as told by our tour guide and it also contains the Moni Theotokou Monastery plus heaps of beaches, mostly secluded. The place is a sight to behold as you see panoramic views of the ocean and the surrrounding greenery!

    Other attractions in Paleokastritsa include both the Corkyra Dive Club and the Korfu Diving Centre, as well as plenty of sandy beaches and motorboats for hire.

    Corfu tourist attraction open: daily - 07:00 to 13:00, 15:00 to 20:00
    Corfu tourist attraction admission: free

    secluded beaches are so inviting(twas spring there view from outside the moanastery Look at the amazing view! peaceful place esp. in spring simply awesome!
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    Lovely Ancient Monastery

    by AusPinay Written May 3, 2010

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    The Monastery at Mouse Island is a popular sight most tourists visit as part of escorted tours. We joined one as organised by our Costa Victoria crew ship. It is just divine- small but terrible indeed! Gardens are small yet maintained well and the foothpaths and floorings are made of slippery marble so be careful especially negotitating steps!

    at entrance to the monastery, great views! inside the monastery grounds inside the chapel ancient document
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    Who is who in Corfu

    by apekovic Written Jan 1, 2008

    There are a lot of activities during your stay in Corfu. Diversity of offers is amazing. One of the activities is to look around nice old stone houses in the city. Because of his beauty, Corfu is the magnet for the people from all around the world, as well as a lot of celebrities from the time. Among others, I make a picture of the house where lived Edward Lear and Corfu painter Nikos Zervos.

    Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator and writer known for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form which he popularised. He lived in this house at Corfu city during 1863-64 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Lear)

    The house where lived Edward Lear The house where lived Nikos Zervos House was buld on 1856 Inside the house - old wooden stairs House fasade
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    Island Vido

    by ruki Written Oct 23, 2007

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    This is place where deceased Serbian soldiers found eternal peace. This tips is the most meaning for tourist from Serbia. On this beautiful island is located “Blue Tomb- Plava Grobnica”.
    Serbian army in the first world war through cold Montenegro and Albania was forced to withdraw from Austro-Hungarian, Bulgarian and German troop. In their way in Albania 243.877 persons was killed. The suffering of solders and civilians did not, however, stop upon their arrival on the "Island of Corfu. Suffering solders began to die en masse.It is estimated that around 10,000 Serbian soldiers and recruits were buried on the island of Vido and in the "Blue Graveyard".

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  • Kayak Safari for Backpackers

    by MagicIslands Written Jun 26, 2007

    Kayak Safari at the Pink Palace- first a 10 minute introduction to Kayaking, they mix you into teams of 2 so it is easier to Kayak or you can have your own boat. Then 10 minute of mythology and how Aphrodite, Zeus, Poseidon are related to the island. Another 3 hours out at sea, with Wine Tasting on Artemis Beach, Visit to 6000 year old sacred site on Aphrodite Island, Cliff Dive off Apollos Leap and finally a bell ringing ceremony sharing stories and philosophies.

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  • purrffect

    by nickydee Written Oct 28, 2005

    Corfu- Well this is a place i would recomend anybody to go its beautiful, even if you go just for the weather you will have a brilliant time. Ok this is the place for families and yes it can be touristy, but aside from that the people and the food are out of this world. You can get of the beaten track vey easily the best way is to rent a car and go in to the hill. This is where the real corfu is, take a stoll through the villages and speak with the local, they are welcoming and warming. They are still using traditional methods for there daily lives and proud of there history. Go to corfu town, the narrow streets and small bouteques are a must these shops can b expencive though. steer clear of KAVOS this is a bit like aiya napa and san antonio bay in ibiza. If your not into this scene steer clear, Alternativly go to places north of the island such as archavari these are quiet and quaint where you can get a good greek dish, but your not in the sticks. travel the coast go to sidari if your brave this is supposed to be a picture perfect town, but the first thing that meet you are mcdonald and kfc, not so picture perfect in my mind, You will also find that if you want to island hop you can do easily just go to the local tourist info or to the harbour at corfo town there are regular ferries that take to the mainland and smaller islands. If you travel in to the hills you get some of the best sigts in greece. PUURRRFFET

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    Cofu town , Harbour

    by beccyandjohn Updated Sep 26, 2005

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    We spent a few days shopping and visting places in corfu town, they where alot of big and small boats here, we got to the top of an old milatry building to get some pics, the planes just fly right above this point.

    Whilst in Corfu town we saw lots of stray dogs a bit upsetting at first but this seems to be away of life for them.

    view of the harbour
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    Corfu Town

    by beccyandjohn Updated Sep 26, 2005

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    Corfu Town is mad , cars and bikes all over the place, lots of shops, and bars, and we found Mac Donalds.

    You can but just about anything, lots of spices and terracota. Desiner bags for the girls, Burberry, Louis Vuitton etc. but dont forget to shop about for a good price and haggle.

    Just like home
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    Barbati Beach

    by arv1 Written Aug 22, 2005

    Its a pebble beach. At first I was annoyed, but I liked it, because it massaged my feet (even though I took my flipflops right to the waters edge, which means I walked for about 10 seconds on the pebbles!!) and I didn't go home with sand in my suit case!! Great!!

    The beach is big but secluded! Its absolutely beautiful and standing in the water and doing a full circle gives you an amazing view of....everything!!

    There is a restaurant nearby incase you get hungry, places to rent water sports equipment and just a niiiice place to chill out!! It may not be the best beach in Corfu but it sure is great!!

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