Posted on January 20, 2011
In the largest of the Ionian Islands, visitors are a great combination for your holiday: sandy beaches and a succession of peaceful and picturesque villages.
To the west of mainland Greece, the island of Corfu, the island of the Ionian group, is one of many tourist resorts of the Mediterranean. But, unlike Mykonos , here you can still avoid massive crowds of visitors.
With an area of almost 600 square kilometers (more than double the city of Buenos Aires), Corfu has, besides its namesake bustling capital, a number of picturesque villages that are born and die in time with his abrupt geography.
One is Gastouri, known for being the place where the luxurious mansion that once belonged to the Austrian Empress Sissi. Called "Achilleion" this building is locked at 145 meters above sea level, on a hill from which obtained fabulous panoramic views of the city of Corfu and the island of Pontikonissi.
Other sites worth visiting in Corfu are the villages of Pelekas and Agios Matheos. In the latter, the Monastery of Christ Pantokrator stands out for its medieval architecture. The surrounding landscape is otherwise beautiful and cozy, like almost all the beaches of Corfu.
The capital itself is the commercial center of the island and also offers many attractions. It's tempting to get lost in the narrow streets of Kampielo, dominated by the cobblestones and old Venetian fortresses. They are also unique and magical Mouragia neighborhoods, with its huge walls, and the Ombriakí, old Jewish quarter.
For those wishing to interfere in the island's past, the museum of Archaeology, Byzantine Art and Asian Art can have satisfactory answers.