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, besides its namesake bustling capital, has a number of picturesque villages that are born and die in time with its rugged 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 fabulous panoramic views of the city of Corfu and the island of Pontikonissi are obtained.
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 actual capital 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 the cobblestones and old Venetian fortresses. Mouragia neighborhoods, with its massive walls, and the Ombriakí, old Jewish quarter are also unique and magical.
For those wishing to interfere in the island's past, the museum of Archaeology, Byzantine Art and Asian Art can have satisfactory answers.