Less than 10 miles from the city you come across the magnificent palace of the Queen of Austria Elizabeth, Achillion. The loved Queen - whose life became a movie- gave preference to Corfu over all the other islands of the Ionian Sea, during her cruise in the Mediterranean islands, when she wanted to overcome her personal problems.
The entrance of the building is decorated with many statues and balconies. In the balcony of the first floor there are two vis-a-vis centaurs whereas in the balcony of the second floor there are four brass statues, which represent the mousses holding fire in their hands and serve as lights. In the same floor there is another brass statue from Hermes. Inside the building you come across on the right, a room functioning as a chapel and on left there is a dining room and smokers room. In the centre there is the reception room with many paintings of well-known painters like the "four seasons" by the Italian painter Galopi and the "triumph of Achilles"by the Austrian Frank Matt.
In the first floor there are the rooms of Elisabeth and in the second floor there are the rooms of Frank Jozef and of the archduchess Maria Valeria. In the balcony of this floor there is a peristyle of Ionian order which is decorated by the heads of philosophers and the statues of the nine mousses. Wonderful statues decorate the gardens of the palace, like the 'dying Achilles', the' Satyre with Dionysus on his shoulder', the' Lord Byron', an impressive statue of Achilles of 11,5m height and many more. Until a few years ago, the palace was used as a casino. Now the palace is used as a museum.
Kassiopi fortress and port
Kassiopi is one of the most expanded areas in north Corfu and is known for the ancient fortress and the picturesque port.
The fortress of Kassiopi is the oldest on the island and you can see the affect of time on it as few parts are still standing. At the Kassiopi port you have the chance to relax, watching the fishermen while you enjoy an Ouzo with meze or a refreshment.
Peroulades cape Drastis
Peroulades (near Sidari) is a must-see in Corfu. The magical scenery is of the most spectacular on the island due to the steep clayey cliffs and the green waters. Nearby, you will find cape Drastis which is a result of the sea's maniac sculpting habit.
Paleokastritsa and angelokastro
Paleokastritsa is definitely the most famous place in Corfu, and this because of the breathtaking view, the local monastery and the crystal clear waters. Paleokastritsa has a rich underwater world, making it unique for underwater activities. Moreover, it provides many isolated beaches you can only reach by boat. The best views of Paleokastritsa are from village Lakones and from Angelokastro.
Angelokastro is one of the most important Byzantine castles of Greece and is located at the edge of the highest point on the northwest coast at 330 meters height. A little walk up the castle is required but the magnificent view will pay back your effort.
Pelekas Kaizer's throne
Pelekas used to be famous for the endless parties in '80s. Now it is a peaceful village where you can enjoy the most romantic sunsets on the island.
Kaizer's throne is located in Pelekas' highest point, next to hotel Levant and provides an amazing view of the island. Visit our Pelekas Car rentals page for more information about the resort.
Rolandos rent a car in Agios Gordios is providing car hire services in Corfu island since 1980 and will ensure you will have a great time exploring the beauties of the island on your holidays.
Island tour instructions
Swimming in Corfu
There are many nice places for swimming in Corfu. The west coast of Corfu provides sandy beaches and the east coast pebbly. There are busy and quiet beaches, sandy, pebbly or beaches with rocks. There is definitely one for you to fall in love with.
Eating out in Corfu
Restaurants in Corfu offer local traditional and international cuisine and can satisfy all tastes! Click on the photo to view a full list of Restaurants on the island.
Nights in Corfu island
Corfu has a rich nightlife experience to offer. Not only Kavos which is popular to the British visitors, there are many Clubs, beach and cocktail bars all around the island.
Other attractions in Corfu
- Aqualand: One of the largest theme water parks in Europe.
- Canal d'amour.
- Glass-bottom boats in Paleokastritsa and Corfu town.
- Corfu Casino.
- Mountain Pantokrator.
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