If you are interested in the local history and tradition you have to visit the musems in Corfu town. There, you will have the chance to see artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural and historical importance. Most of the museums are located in Corfu town, and few of them in the island's countryside.
Achillion Palace is the most popular museum in Corfu. Apart of its interesting exhibits and beautiful gardens, its history and previous owners make it even more interesting for a visit.
Achilleon Palace was built between 1890-1892 and is located in the village Gastouri, just 15 minutes drive from Corfu town. It was built by the Austrian Empress Elizabeth of Austria (known as Sissy) who dedicated it to Achilles (mythological Greek hero). It contains many statues and paintings and is surrounded by beautiful gardens, overlooking a big and very nice part of the island. After Sissy's assasination in 1898, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany purchased the place to whom belong many personal items and furniture.
Casa Parlante is located in Corfu town and is a museum where you can experience the old way of living in Corfu at tha period of 1900's. At that period, Corfu was the Capital of the united states of the Ionian islands, and centre of culture, education and commerce.
Casa Parlante museum is situated in an old style Corfu villa of 19th century which comes alive and tells it's story. The unique architecture scenery of this neoclassical building in Corfu's Old Town is the place you will experience the daily routine of the noblemen of that period. Robotic human figures, faithful decorating and furnishings, Casa Parlante promises to offer you the real picture of Corfu of a bygone era. The traditions of the island unfold and for all your senses, while waking through an authentic experience of sights, sounds and smells. The house will revive before your eyes... Listen children of the family to play music, smell the aromas that emerge from the pot to cook, read the news from the newspaper of the landlord.
The museum is located in the palace of Corfu near spianada square. It is the only museum in Greece where you can find items of Asian art exhibited. It was established in 1928 with the collection
The palace on the outside is decorated with themes of the Ionian Islands which are carved in relief, while on the inside there is a central hall with two rows of steles of Ionian order and painted themes of Odyssey. A magnificent staircase leads to the first floor, which is decorated with steles of Corinthian order.
The first floor also has three main rooms: the ballroom, the throne-room and the symposium-room. The palace was used, in the past, by the Ionian Senate and by Saint Michael and George's Order. For a half a century, it was the summer residence of the Greek Royal family. Since it has been restored, it functions as a museum of Asian art and it houses the Revenue Department of Classical Antiquities and the national picture gallery. It has also accommodated the leaders of the European Community for the summit meeting of 1994.
Corfu Archaeological museum
Corfu Archaeological Museum houses findings derived exclusively from the island of Corfu and revealed with them the cultural presence over time in the ancient world. The aim of the museum is to bring together visitors with the past, demonstrate the continuity of civilization on the island of Corfu and create the foundations that will help everyone to experience its cultural identity and to embrace the usefulness and necessity of preservation.
Its exhibits include items such as sculptures, bronze statuettes and objects from antiquities.
Kanoni is called the hill next to the town and in Greek means Cannon. It was named Kanoni after the French placed artillery in 1798. One of the Cannons is still in position. From there, you can reach the famous Mouse island (pontikonissi) and have a breathtaking view over the airport runway.
The Mon Repos is a grove where many archeological findings and the famous Mon Repos manor house are located. Mon Repos was built in 1825 under design of Sir George Whitmore and was used as summer residence of the English commissioners and the Greek King family. In it's garden you can find over 2000 rare plants and ancient monuments.
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.
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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