Paleokastritsa Beach in Corfu, Greece
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Cruise to Corfu, Greece

Perched above the Adriatic Sea, Corfu, Greece is the second largest Ionian island, and its size is rivaled by its tremendous history and dynamic cultural identity. Cruise to Corfu and walk through the narrow streets of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the Italianate architecture left from centuries of Venetian rule. A number of scenes from the James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only" were filmed in the capital city of Corfu, and you'll understand why when you see the epic coastal roads and immense fortresses buttressing the town. With its rich combination of old fishing villages and immaculate beaches, Corfu is the perfect place to get lost in time during your vacation.
National Language Greek
Currency Accepted Euro (EUR)

Things To Do in Corfu

Statue of general Frederick Adam, in front of the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu, Greece

Palace Paintings

Statue of general Frederick Adam, in front of the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu, Greece

Statue of general Frederick Adam, in front of the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu, Greece

Palace Paintings

One of the most popular attractions on Corfu, the Asian Art Museum is the only museum in Greece dedicated solely to Asian art. With 15,000 pieces in the collection, you'll be amazed by Japanese antiquities, Buddhist sculpture, Chinese pottery and so much more. The museum itself is a work of art too, and is found in the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, a grand structure dating back to the early 1800s.

View of Palaiokastritsa Beach with beautiful flowers and blue sea water on Corfu, Greece

Soothing Sea-nery

View of Palaiokastritsa Beach with beautiful flowers and blue sea water on Corfu, Greece

View of Palaiokastritsa Beach with beautiful flowers and blue sea water on Corfu, Greece

Soothing Sea-nery

Paleokastritsa offers a spectacular combination of beaches, cliffs, orchards, olive groves and even the historic Theotokou Monastery, so you can pack a lot into a visit here. The village lies about 30 minutes from Corfu town and can be reached by bus, bike or taxi. The beaches alone rank among the best in Greece and there are plenty of eateries offering traditional Greek seafood dishes. So if you've never tried octopus, you have to try it during your Corfu cruise vacation.

Statues in front of the pillars of the Achillion Palace in Corfu, Greece
Statues in front of the pillars of the Achillion Palace in Corfu, Greece

Live Like Gods

Achillion Palace was built in 1890 for a former Austrian Empress, and was later home to Germany's last Emperor, Wilhelm II. Today you'll find evidence of the empress's love for Greek culture, including statues of famous Greek mythological figures such as Zeus, Achilles and Hera. You can also find frescoes and artwork that have been fully restored. Landscaped gardens and sweeping views of the city will take your breath away.

Grilled octopus served with white wine and lemons, on a restaurant in Corfu, Greece
Grilled octopus served with white wine and lemons, on a restaurant in Corfu, Greece

Local Cuisine

Corfu's history — and thus its cuisine — is comprised of many different cultures. One of the greatest influences is Venice, and you won't want to miss Venetian specialties such as sliced veal with vinegar and garlic, various types of fish stew, grilled octopus and plentiful seafood. The fact that you'll be enjoying these dishes while gazing at the sea or strolling in a charming town square makes the dining experience truly magical.

Traditional Greek ceramic pottery with blue floral decorations, on a shop in Corfu, Greece
Traditional Greek ceramic pottery with blue floral decorations, on a shop in Corfu, Greece

Shopping

Old Town offers plenty of shopping, including everything from housewares and modern fashion to souvenirs that suit any wallet. If you want something unique to the area, search for ceramic bowls, pitchers, plates and various other items, which are often decorated with designs specific to the island.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Explore one of the many old churches — there are 37 within easy reach — such as the Saint Spyridon Church.
2 With more than four million olive trees on the island, be sure to try not only the variety of olives but also the olive oil.
3 Aqualand is considered one of the best water parks in Europe, and features plenty of slides and tunnels as well as cafes, bars and massage areas.

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