Discovering the Charm of Corfu's Old Town

Chrisa Lepida | Live the World

May 29, 2024

Corfu's Old Town is a remarkable UNESCO-listed monument that shouldn't be missed. With its roots dating back to the 8th century BC, the Old Town is situated in a strategic position at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea. It served as a crucial trading post and was defended by three forts designed by renowned Venetian engineers against the Ottoman Empire. Over time, the forts were repaired and rebuilt several times, more recently under British rule in the 19th century. 

The Old Town's neoclassical architecture, some of which dates back to the Venetian period, is a testament to its rich history. As a fortified Mediterranean port, Corfu's urban and port ensemble stands out for its high level of integrity and authenticity. Here are some must-visit spots in the Old Town.

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Spianada Square: The Heart of the Old Town

Spianada Square, the biggest square in Greece, is a hub of activity in the Old Town. You'll find some of Corfu's most significant sites, including the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, the Maitland Rotunda, and the Liston Promenade. If you're lucky, you'll catch a concert at the kiosk, which is used as a stage throughout the year. At Spianada Square, you'll also come across the Cricket Court of Corfu, which was created during the time Corfu was under English occupation.

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Stroll Along Liston Promenade

Liston Promenade, located on the western side of Spianada Square, is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. Elegant coffee places line the promenade, making it an excellent place to sit, relax, and soak in the atmosphere. During Greek Easter, Liston is bustling with traditional Corfiot customs and festivities.

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Achillion Palace: A Fairytale Come to Life

Achillion Palace, the former residence of Empress Sissy, is another must-visit spot. The palace was built in 1890 to help the empress recover in Corfu during a period when her health was weak. The palace took its name from Sissy's favourite ancient Greek hero, Achilles. The interior of the palace is filled with impressive exhibits, including statues, paintings, and Sissy's furniture. The palace is surrounded by a magnificent garden with exotic plants, palm trees, fountains, and flowers. The garden also provides a breathtaking view of Corfu town.

If you're planning a trip to Corfu, don't miss out on some of the amazing guided tours available in the Old Town.

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For a taste of the local cuisine and a chance to interact with the locals, we highly recommend the Corfu Town Guided Walking Tour and Local Food Tastings. You'll get to visit the most important monuments of the town, such as the Church of St. Spyridon, while also trying out traditional dishes from Corfu and Greece. And to cap it off, enjoy a delicious lunch of two typical dishes from a local restaurant

If you're looking for a more romantic experience, the Corfu Town Evening Guided Tour With Wine is a must-try. This guided tour takes place at dusk, where you can experience the exceptional charm of the Old Town in a new light. Discover the must-see attractions and see the area through the eyes of a local guide. And what's better than ending the evening with a glass of wine? 

Lastly, if you're a history buff, the Corfu: Historic Buildings and Great Personalities Tour is the perfect fit for you. Discover the charming architecture of the Old Town through iconic buildings, historic landmarks, and scenic neighbourhoods. Find out everything about the brilliant personalities that lived in Corfu and how their life was related to the beautiful landmarks of the town.

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Corfu's Old Town is a captivating destination that should be on every traveller's list. Whether you're interested in history or culture or just want to soak in the atmosphere, the Old Town has something to offer. 

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