Corfu, Greece Day 3 Tuesday, May 12th TR 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM Overview Fortresses flank your entrance to this most beautiful of the Ionians. Lose yourself in the Venetian old town or head north for dramatic seascapes. Vineyards and olive orchards thrive amidst rocky mountains on this westernmost Greek isle. Horse-drawn carriages for hire lead tours of the Liston, a galleria of open-air cafes and alluring shops. The best excursions include a city tour and an island outing that explores the beaches and countryside. Weather Temperatures shown are Fahrenheit Month Temp Avg Temp High Temp Low Rainfall May 73.4 81.9 64.9 0.27 12-May-2009 4931 Noordam MSC Musica http://www.paleokastritsa-bliss.com/corfu.html Corfu island lies at the north of the Ionian sea at the entrance of Adriatic. It is the most popular island in the group known as the Ionian Islands Or Eptanisa. Being the most green of the Greek islands, Corfu , has three million olive trees, flower-strewn countryside and Adriatic-style villages. Corfu island offers a splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches. On this cosmopolitan island, you'll be able to combine relaxation with good times and a full nightlife. Corfu is an international tourist centre which can satisfy the demands of the most difficult visitors. Spianada Square : The Spianada is the largest square in the Balkans. It was created in 1537-1571 by the Venetians, under the supervision of Sanmicheli, as a part of the defensive role of the Old Fortress. The Square was formed as seen today during the French rule. The Old Fortress : The Old Fortress, which lies at the centre of the city, began to form during the Byzantine Period. When the Venetians occupied the island, they worked hard to strengthen its defenses. The fortress has two twin peaks, one facing the sea and the other facing the city outside the fortress (called the Xopoli), where the Venetians built the Castel del Mare and the Castel del Terre respectively. A moat, the Contrafossa-one of the most pretty parts of Corfu city-, separates the Fortress from the Xopoli. The bridge that stands there, was once a wooden one, which during the night and in case of emergency was being pulled up. A major part in the defensive role of the Fortress played the space between this and the Xopoli, where now stands the Spianada Square. At the higher peak one can see the light-house tower, which was the first built in Greece . The Venetians also created a magnificent system of underground tunnels that used to link the Fortress with major parts of the city. At the entrance of the Old fortress stands the statue of Matthias von Schulemberg, an Austrian general who helped the Corfiots during the Turkish attack in 1716. As written at the inscription, the statue was created while Schulemberg was alive. The Palace of Sts Michael and George: The Palace, placing at the north end of Spianada, was built in 1819 by the architect Whitemore. It is the second palace following this of Othon (the House of Parliaments in Athens ), that despite its big dimensions is so fine in architecture. The New Fortress: In order to provide protection to the Xopoli, the Venetians –under the supervision of F.Viteli- built the New Fortress in the north-west side of the city in 1576-1588. The fortress communicates with the sea and town through four gates; Porta Raymoundo (Gilford str.), Porta San Nicolo (Michail Theotoki str.), Porta Spilia (Nikiforou Theotoki str.) and Porta Reale (Evgeniou Voulgareos str.). Mon Repos: In this area of 24 hectares lies a palace, which in the 1830's was the summer palace of the British High Commissioner. After 1864 (union of Corfu with Greece ), it became property of the royal family; nowadays it belongs to the Greek state. The Ionian Parliament : Designed in 1855 by the Corfiot architect Chronis, the Ionian Parliament at Moustoxydi St is the place where in 1863 the union of the Ionian Island with Greece was declared. The building was bombed by the German during the 2 nd World War and later rebuilt. Today, it is open to the public as a Museum of the Fighters for the Freedom of the Ionian Islands. The main mythical version about the origin of the modern name of the island, Kerkyra, is the following; God Poseidon fell in love with the Nymph Cercyra, abducted her and lay with her on the island. Their son, Phaeax, is the mythical primogenitor of the Phaeaceans, who lived in Corfu. Other names used for the island, is Makris (=long) and Drepane (=sickle) because of the length and shape respectively. Also Scheria according to Homer and Corypho during the Middle Ages. As a crossroads between east and west, Corfu has been the passage of numerous conquers. Geographically, the island was once part of the coast of Epirus . This explains the finds from Late Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods (6000-2600 BC). The first settlement of Greeks was this of Eretria in Euboea , in 760-750 BC. In 734 BC the Corinthians drove the Eretrians out and settled themselves. During the next five centuries several wars took place -Thucydides wrote about the first sea battle in the Greek history, this between Corfiots and Corinthians in 664 BC- ; the worst was this against the Spartians ( Corfiots fought in the side of Athenians). In 229 BC the rule of the island passed on to the Illyrians. In 229 BC Corfu voluntarily surrendered to the Romans, and became an important naval base for them. The Roman period lasted up to 395 AD. When the Roman Empire was split (West and East), Corfu belonged to the East ( Byzantine Empire ). During the Byzantine period (395-1267 AD) the island was part of the administrative theme of Cephalonia , and soon became an important trading-station and naval base. From 1267 until 1386 the Island was under the rule of the angerins. The second period of Venetian rule took place in 1386-1797. It influenced the economic progress and the assimilation of numerous elements in the mental makeup and culture of the Venetians. Considerably, Corfu was called the Gibraltar of the Adriatic. Despite the peaceful co-operation with the Venetians, this period was full of attacks by neighboring states; Genoa in 1403&1432, the Turks in 1431, 1571, 1573 and pirates by Hair-ed-Din Barbarossa (who slaughtered thousands of Corfiots in 1537). In 1716 thel ast unsuccessful attempt by the Turks took place; this anniversary is celebrated in the 11th of August annually in honor of St.Spyridon. In 1797 the General Gentily under Napoleon Bonaparte dominated Corfu , and the Ionian Islands became part of the republican French until 1799. They contributed to the education and founded the first printing-house. The "parade" of conquers went on with the Russians and Turks (1799-1807). According to the Treaty of Constantinople in 1800 the Ionian Islands became the " Septinsular Republic ", which was provided with autonomy and had Corfu as a capital. This situation lasted until the Russo-Turkish war in 1806, when the " Septinsular Republic " had to fight on the Russian side. In 1807 the Ionian Islands became once again property of Napoleon, under the Treaty of Tilsit between Russia and France , until 1814 when Napoleon fell. This is when the Islands were placed under British protection. Two years later (1816), the Ionian Islands were recognized as a United State under British control, as it was governed by a British High Commissioner. At last in the 21st of May 1864 the Ionian Islands returned to the rule of the Greek State . This anniversary is still celebrated and one can see the Monument of the Union. http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=176 The island of Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek) has everything one would expect of a great Greek holiday: a rich architectural tradition, a strong cultural presence (there are no fewer than 19 philharmonic bands) and ample opportunity to sample moussaka and dolmades. Corfu, 40 miles long and 20 miles across, also has some of the best beaches in the region; chief among them are Agios Stefanos - Avliotes, Agios Spyridonas, Boukari, and Arillas. It, along with many of its Ionian counterparts, is also lush with tropical flora and fauna -- a significant departure from, for instance, the stark, desert-like climate that permeates Greece's Cyclades series of isles. Beyond all this, there is something textured, something different about Corfu that sets it apart. Maybe it's as simple as the fact that the island -- hanging off the northwest coast of Greece and within a heartbeat of Albania -- has been occupied by so many cultures: the Byzantines, the Venetians, the French, the Russians, the British. It wasn't until 1864 that Greece annexed Corfu, the best known of the seven Ionian Islands. Throughout its history, Corfu has been an island power. Its earliest colonists came from Corinth, and Corfu soon became quite competitive; the in 664 B.C., first recorded naval battle in Greek history occurred between fleets of the two. The rivalry, some 200 years later, was an igniter of the Peloponnesian War. For 400 years between the 14th and 18th centuries, Corfu, under serious threat from Turks and pirates, was protected by the Venetian Republic. That republic disintegrated, and during the Napoleonic wars, Corfu and other Ionian islands were briefly part of the French empire. After that it was Great Britain (the island became the seat of the British High Commissioner); after withdrawing in 1864, the Ionions then joined the Greek kingdom. Most visitors to Corfu head first to Corfu Town. A bustling contemporary city, it's the capital of the island and, within its walls, contains its old town. What a delightful mish-mash: Italianate architecture ... Venetian monuments ... an exceptional Byzantine church ... The Liston, a French arcade that is the center of cafe life ... a museum of Asian art in an English palace ... a cricket field on Spianada, the town green ... and all of it framed by two hillside fortresses, one dating back to the sixth century. The historic town center's primary shopping and restaurant district lies just behind the Liston. This maze of tiny Venetian alleyways hosts some of Old Town's most picturesque architecture with a pleasing blend of Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassic styles. Its winding, narrow Venice-like alleyways can get especially crowded during the island's high touristic season (July and August, particularly), but just think of it as a pleasant hum to accompany your visually enriching tour through largely pedestrian-only streets. And, as they say in Greece: Siga siga. "Take your time. Slow down." And enjoy. Best Souvenir During Venetian times, 4.5 million olive trees were planted on Corfu and olives, and olive products remain an important cash crop. In addition to black olives and olive oil, you'll find soaps and sachets made with olive oil, as well as sculptures made from olive wood. Other souvenirs: dried fig pies, kumquat marmalade and liquor, gold and silver jewelry, and religious icons. Where You Dock Ships dock right at the New Port. They typically offer free shuttles to the passenger services terminal (if you get lucky, your ship will also operate shuttles to and from Corfu Town, a few miles away) where you can find auto rental kiosks and a sparkling duty-free shop. You have to exit the terminal to find taxis. Typically the first queue is for passengers looking for island tours; you have to walk way down to the end to find those cars that'll take you on the shorter hop to Corfu Town. Getting Around A taxi ride to Old Town is about 8 - 10 euros. It's a 30-minute walk from the port. Editor's Note: Many shore excursions conclude with a quick walk through Old Town before returning to port. Depending on ship departure times, passengers may consider extending their visit in town, returning to port by foot or taxi. Don't Miss~ Corfu Town: It's a divine place for shopping, cafe-hopping and dining (just meander along the Venetian-like walkways. The most touristic stores are located within the walls of Old Town; more contemporary shops and boutiques are found in the adjacent city. Beyond that, there are a handful of significant historic sites in Corfu Town and Old Town. These include: The Old Fort (Esplanade) began in the 16th century by the Venetians; the moat came first. It's a great stop as much for the ambience as for the views, which look out to Albania, east, and Corfu, the island, on the west. Pontikonissi and Vlaherna: Pontikonissi (or Mouse Island as it is popularly known) and Vlaherna are two tiny islands that serve as Corfu's visual signature. If you've ever looked at photographs of Corfu, you've probably seen a shot of these neighboring islets. Speaking of beaches, Corfu's most admired beaches are a bit of a drive from town. But Mon Repos, a 15-minute walk on the promenade south of Old Town, is a local favorite with its imported sand, taverna, bar and changing rooms. Just behind the beach is Mon Repos estate, or Paleopolis, which houses some of the best preserved archeological ruins on the island. Among the remains: Roman baths, an ancient dockyard, a Doric temple and an early Christian basilica. Summer hours are observed through October 31: Tuesday - Sunday, 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tickets, €3; free admission for students, people under 18 and 65 or older. Lunching Old Town is packed with restaurants, cafes and bistros. For afternoon cocktails and a quick snack, there's no better place than the Liston arcade and the line of cafes across from it -- if for no other reason than the people watching. On Kapodistriou Street behind the Liston, Rex is a popular family restaurant known for its wide- ranging menu. Among its Greek Corfu specialties are veal with garlic, chicken with kumquat sauce, Corfu-style rooster, rabbit in white wine sauce, and, of course, moussaka and dolmades. Lunch prices typically range from eight to €12. There is outdoor and indoor seating. But really, just about any eatery along the Liston or on Kapodistriou Street, which is parallel, will do. Also deep into Old Town is the family-owned Bellissimo (Plateia Lemonia). Consisting only of outdoor tables in a quiet plaza, it offers reasonably priced traditional fare. PONTIKONISI At the tip of the Kanoni peninsula a footpath descends to the Vlacherna Monastery, a tiny island linked to the shore by a causeway. The causeway is the mooring point for a number of small boats which will take you to Mouse Island (Pontikonissi) where you can visit the Byzantine Church of Pantokrator. The combined picture of Kanoni, Vlacherna and Pontikonissi has become the trademark of the whole island , and has been photographed , perhaps , by just about every camera in the world. Another causeway, for walkers or cyclists, links Kanoni with Perama on the opposite shore http://www.agni.gr/guides/what_to_see_and_visit/what_to_see_and_visit.asp Perithia Corfu is a deserted village. It is located high up, off the main road between Kassiopi and Acharavi. It is strange driving in the mountains, coming across this deserted village with a few sheep and a couple of Tavernas in the middle! 'Corfu town is Venice and Naples, a touch of France and more than a dash of England, apart of course from being Greek' - well worth a visit: Corfu Town Kerkyra http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=946888&highlight=corfu ~~~I have not yet visited Corfu, but I have arranged a tour with Corfu Private Tours for June 1. Here is a copy of what they have planned for the day: We will meet you at the port of Corfu and drive away from the city and into the fertile area of orange and lemon groves until you reach the Achilleion Palace. You enjoy the walk around the villa which was built 100 years ago. The villa contains mementos of its former owners, the Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The gardens are adorned with statues and the views over the densely wooded countryside are magnificent. Leaving Corfu town you travel along the scenic West Coast to the hill top village of Lakones or Bella Vista as it is known. This impressive location offers the most spectacular views over the famous Bay of Paleokastritsa, its emerald seas and unusual rock formations. In the distance the old Monastery founded in 1225 sits serenely over this popular bay resort. Next you drive to inland to the inspiring scenic village of Makrades, the Troumbetta Pass and the village of Scripero leading through the fertile area known as the Ropa Valley. Your next stop is at a distillery which produces an island favorite, Koum Kouat Liqueur. There will be time for tasting this specialty along with fruit glace. After enjoying this refreshing stop you start the trip back to Corfu town. Along the way a short stop is made at the area known as Kanoni, so called due the old Canons, still in place, which used to protect the entrance to the harbor. This vantage point offers wonderful views of the bay with Mouse Island and the little chapel clearly visible. Later this afternoon you return to the pier. I hope this gives you some ideas. I'm really looking forward to this private tour. ~~~We are also in Corfu for that amount of time, and here is what we are planning to do. 1. See the beach at Paleokatrista (hope I spelled that correctly). Evidently, the place is stunning. From the map, it appears to be just about west of where we dock - on the opposite side of the island - necessitating a cross-island drive. I have investigated taxi service there (the Corfu tax website says €34, one way) as well as the local KTEL bus. Those on Trip Advisor say the buses run regularly to Paleo, as it is quite the tourist haven, but I have not found out prices, and trying to locate a KTEL schedule has proven elusive for me. The trip takes 30 minutes, according to the Corfu sites. I have read posts of others who have rented a car and recommend a place called Sunrise. I read about the hairpin turns and crazy drivers, so I am not currently leaning toward a car. 2. Come back to the port, via taxi or bus. Grab a quick lunch on the ship? 3. Walk the 20 minutes into Old Corfu Town, which many have described as delightful with its winding alley-like streets (think Venice without the canals). Wander the streets. Climb to one or both fortresses. Enjoy the scenery and ambiance. I think my post is sounding more knowledgeable than I intend :-), and all I have posted here has come from a lot of time spent on these boards, Trip Advisor, and Virtual Tourist. "Research" is my middle name, and I am on overload, the more I read! ~~For Your Eyes Only was filmed in several areas of Corfu including the Achilleion Palace Casino, St George's Beach, Kanoni Island, Katami Bay, Corfu Town, and the Turkish Fort. The nicest beach area in my opinion is Paleokastritsa. It's quite picturesque with the steep and rocky cliffs. You can also do some snorkeling here or take a boat into the Blue Grotto. You can visit the monastery that sits atop a hill overlooking Paleokastritsa. There are also some good places to eat in the area. So, if I had to recommend two must-dos in Corfu it would be beach in Paleokastritsa and shopping in Corfu Town. Trip Advisor Kassiopi , Corfu - This tiny, peaceful village dates back to Roman times; visitors can walk in the footsteps of ancient greats like Cicero and Emperor Nero. Paleokastritsa , Corfu - Historic village; Beach; Religious site Grotto Boat Tour , Corfu http://www.corfuprivatetours.com/crotto-caves-boat-tour.htm CORFU GROTTO CAVES BOAT TOUR A very enjoyable excursion from Paleokastritsa beach is via small boat to explore the coastline. Each boat holds between 6 to 8 people and the cost for the half hour trip is 9 euros per person. Our guide was a jovial, friendly man who made sure everyone had time to take pictures and although his German was better than his English, I had no trouble understanding his commentary. The rock formations along the coast are home to many small caves and grottos and the boat was small enough that we could go into a few of them. One of the caves was called Nausica Cave, named after the daughter of the King of the Phaeacians who supposedly found legendary hero Odysseus and nursed him back to health. The walls of the cave near the waterline are a deep wine color - partly due to the lack of sun and the seaweed. Another cave called Blue Eye has a patch of incredibly blue water that is meant to resemble an eye. We passed by Monkey Face Hill where an outcropping of rock closely resembles the side profile of an ape. Crossing water that was at times 40 feet deep, we could see the Monastery of Panagia Theotokos perched on the hill above us and in the distance, Bella Vista hill with its cluster of houses and the remains of a 12th century fort above them. Although the boats use gasoline, the water is incredibly clear and we could see small schools of tiny silvery fish darting along as we came back to the dock. The boats run continuously every day and it’s a nice way to relax and see some of the coastline. There is no shade in the boats so you may want to take a hat because even a half hour trip on the water can cause quite a sun burn. http://www.corfuseadiscovery.com/contact.html Corfu Sea Discovery" has been newly developed in Corfu for viewing Paleokastritsa, the most unique place in Corfu with the crystal clear water, wonderful caves and the fascinating sea life, viewed through 22 giant undersea windows. See the world at 30 meters depth, which until now only expert divers could do. On no other tour would you get these exclusive underwater views. Only on the Yellow Submarine! During this 50 minute cruise, Captain Nemo's crew will entice the fish by feeding them in the water which will bring a myriad of colourful fish, jellyfish, and starfish up close through your window. Your captain also, will share his expert knowledge of the local marine life, rock informations, history and development of the area. lso you will relax on deck, get some sunshine and take lots of photos of the wild rocky scenery of Paleokastritsa. This eye opening tour is great for all ages. Don't miss the opportunity for a night trip to experience the mystical underwater night life too! Made more spectacular with lighting equipment. THE ACHILLION PALACE http://www.loulasshotel.com/corfu-sightseeing.htm Achillion was built from 1888 to 1891 by the Italian architect Kardilo on behalf of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria. It is situated near the village of Gastouri, where, in former times the mansion of the philosopher Petros Armenis Vrailas stood. The construction was built in the architectural style of Pompeii, although it includes elements of the Ionic, Roman and Aeolic traditions. The castle was called "Achillion" in honour of Achilles, whom the Empress admired. After her death in 1898, Achillion was not inhabited for nine years, until its purchase by the Emperor of Germany Vilhelm II, in 1907. The Kaiser made several alterations inside and outside the palace. He removed the two statues of Achilles, built a building, which he named the House of the Knights, in order to house his battalion, and he rearranged the gardens. During the World Wars, the palace was used as a hospital and headquarters. After World War II, Achillion became a public estate. Inside the palace, one can admire beautiful paintings by Italian and Austrian painters, the most impressive being the paintings of Aggelos Gialinas, a painter from Corfu. The most remarkable mural is the fresco of the reception chamber showing Achilles dragging the dead body of Hector in front of the Trojan walls. In the chambers, one can admire the personal belongings of Elisabeth and Vilhelm B', furniture, jewels etc. There are also exhibits of statues representing heroes from ancient Greek history and mythology, as well as portraits and pots. The decoration of the Catholic chapel housed in the palace is also of striking beauty. Scattered between the beautifully decorated gardens and the fountains stand the beautiful statues of the Nine Muses and ancient Greek philosophers, as well as, a large statue of Achilles, created in 1909 by the German sculptor Goetz, ordered by Vilhelm B'. The most impressive of all is the statue of "Achilles dying" created by the German sculptor Earnest Gustav Herter. Another building in Achillion was used to house the carriage drivers, the carriages and the horses http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=176 Achilleion Palace is a little kitschy, but how can you not love a place with this back story? A beautiful, but naughty princess had a wretched life. Her two children died, she battled an eating disorder and eventually was assassinated. Later, a German emperor rescued the princess' palace. Achilleion, located in the village of Gastouri just south of Corfu Town, was built in the late 1890's and was the inspiration of Elizabeth, Empress of Austria. A neoclassical mansion, Achilleion was named for Achilles and a huge four-ton bronze sculpture of the mythical hero dominates the back gardens. The palace itself has some nice frescoes and sculptures, but the real standout is Colonnade of the Muses -- a black- and white-tiled terrace lined with statues of gods, heroes, muses, poets and philosophers. Achilleion, the site of the 1994 European Union summit, is open daily, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Admission prices range from €5-€7. http://www.agni.gr/guides/what_to_see_and_visit/what_to_see_and_visit.asp Achillion Palace is definitely a place to take your camera. This beautiful building in picturesque gardens overlooking the sea and Corfu town is one of Corfu's top attractions. http://www.travelinfo.gr/corfu/excursions.html So to continue on to your next destination, the villa known as the Achilleion, you must drive back to the edge of Corfu town and then take another road about 8 kilometers (5 miles) to the south, signed to Gastouri and the villa of Achilleion. It's open daily from 9am to 4pm. Admission is Dr1,000 ($2.90). Bus no. 10, from Plateia San Rocco, runs directly to the Achilleion several times daily. This villa was built between 1890 and 1891 by Empress Elizabeth of Austria, whose beloved son Rudolf and his lover died mysteriously (most likely a double suicide) at Mayerling in 1889. The empress identified him with Achilles, and so the villa is really a memorial to Rudolf (and her grief)--thus the many statues and motifs associated with Achilles (including the dolphins, for Achilles' mother was the water nymph Thetis). As you approach the villa from the entrance gate, you will see a slightly Teutonic version of a neoclassical summer palace. Take a walk through at least some of the eclectic rooms. Among the curiosities is the small saddle-seat that Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany sat on while performing his imperial chores. (He bought the villa in 1907, after Elizabeth was assassinated in 1898.) The terraced gardens that surround the villa are now lush and tropical. Be sure to go all the way around and out to the back terraces. Here will you see the most famous of the statues Elizabeth commissioned, The Dying Achilles, by the German sculptor Herter; also you cannot miss the 15-foot-tall Achilles that the Kaiser had inscribed, "To the greatest Greek from the greatest German," a sentiment removed after World War II. But for a truly impressive sight, step to the edge of the terrace and enjoy a spectacular view of Corfu town and much of the eastern coast to the south. http://www.paleokastritsa-bliss.com/corfu.html Achillion: The famous palace, important not only for the building itself but also for the Beautiful environment that surrounds it, belonged to the Empress Elizabeth of Austria. After her death in 1908 it was bought by Wilhelm II, the German Kaiser. Having studied ancient Greek literature, especially Homer, Sissy decorated the palace with paintings and statues referring to the Greek mythology. One can visit the palace and walk around the first of the three stores of the building, constructed in 1889 by Rafael Corito and Antonio Lanti. At the back yard stands the magnificent statue of Achilles-to whom the palace is dedicated- showing the hero dying; the hero’s pain reflects the sensitivity of the “melancholy queen”. In the contrary, Kaiser constructed the colossal statue of the Triumphant Achilles, sign of his power. The palace now belongs to the Greek state and is open to the public as a museum. KANONI World famous Kanoni is situated south of the Palaiopoli peninsula. It was named Kanoni (cannon) after the battery of artillery established by French in 1798. One of the battery's cannons still stands at the tourist kiosk. In front of Kanoni is the Monastery of Vlaherna, linked to the mainland by a cement dock and built in the 17th century. From there one can visit Pontikonissi. According to the legend, this was the ship of Phaiakes which, after taking Ulysses to Ithaki, was petrified. Another legend claims that this is the rock where Ulysses crashed because of the storm. On the island of Pontikonissi stands the byzantine chapel of Pandokrator. The spectacular view from Kanoni inspired the German painter Becklin to draw "The Island of the Dead". This location is the most charming part of the island and it has always been the place where all the island's inhabitants love to promenade. http://www.travelinfo.gr/corfu/excursions.html Kanoni is approached south of Corfu town via the village Analepsis; it's well signed. Ascending most of the way, you come at about 4 kilometers (2 1/2 miles) to the circular terrace (on the right), the locale known as Kanoni (after the cannon once sited here). Make your way to the edge and enjoy a wonderful view. Directly below in the inlet are two islets. If you want to visit one or both, you can take a 10-minute walk down a not-that-difficult path from Kanoni; with a vehicle you must retrace the road back from Kanoni a few hundred yards to a signed turnoff (on the left coming back). One islet is linked to the land by a causeway; here you'll find the Monastery of Vlakherna. To get to the other islet, Pondikonisi ("Mouse Island"), you must be ferried by a small boat, which is always available (Dr500/$1.45). Legend has it that this rocky islet is a Phaeacian ship that was turned to stone after taking Odysseus back to Ithaka. The chapel here dates from the 13th century, and its setting among the cypress trees makes it most picturesque. Many Corfiotes make a pilgrimage here in small boats on August 6. It's also the inspiration for the Swiss painter Arnold Boecklin's well-known work Isle of the Dead, which in turn inspired Rachmaninoff's music of the same name. There is a causeway across the little inlet to Perama over on the main body of the island (the Kanoni road is on a peninsula), but it is only for pedestrians. http://www.corfutoday.com/resorts/kanoni.html The Kanoni peninsular, despite many buildings, contains a great deal of charming scenery and of course here you can see with your own eyes the famous picture-postcard view of Mouse Island ('Pontikonisi') According to the legend Mouse Island was formed when the ship that had taken Odysseus back to Ithaki, his home port, was turned to stone by Poseidon, god of the sea, angry at being defied by the Phaeceans. On the tiny island in the foreground is the Convent of Vlachernas, linked to the mainland by a causeway. From here you can take a boat to Mouse Island itself. http://www.paleokastritsa-bliss.com/corfu.html Kanoni : One of the most known parts of Corfu, because of the unique view to the Vlacherna Monastery and the islet of Pontikonisi. It is named after a cannon set up by the French and deffinetaly worth visiting, only 4Km from Corfu town.TheVlacherna Monastery is a picturesque church built in the 17th century,connected to thepromontory by a smal bridge. You can either walk down fromKanoni or take te road by car.Take the time to visit Pontikonisi by a caique (only 5 minutes away); in a place full of cypress trees stands the Byzantine Church of Christ Pantokrator. The islet believed to be the ship that took Odysseus back to Ithaca and Poseidon turned to stone PAELEOKASTRITSA Paleokastritsa is famous for being the islands most treasured beauty spot, and becomes busy with day trippers throughout the season. Luxury yachts sail in to admire the back drop of the beautiful green hills, while coaches clog up the narrow roads leading into town! It is situated 16 ml north-west of Corfu's attractive capital, Corfu Town. The resort runs along the coast road that winds among the cliffs and sheltered bays. It is a hilly place full of twists and turns and unexpected views. Paleokastritsa is one of the most celebrated beauty spots on the island, six small coves with incredibly clear water nestle in a coastline of hills and promontories draped in olive, cypress and lemon trees. Many claim that it was the site of King Alcinous's fabulous palace and the rock out to see, called Kolovri, is said to be the ship that carried Ulysses home. The landscape combines blue-green waters with picturesque rocky bays. Here one can see the byzantine monastery of Panagia Palaiokastritissa. http://www.corfu-island.org/nortwest/paleokastritsa.htm Boat Trips From Paleokastritsa From the main Agios Spyridon beach, boat trips, usually €8-10 per person for half an hour, leave for a series of spectacular nooks and crannies on the surrounding bluffs, accessible only by sea. Principal among these beauty spots are the Blue Grottoes, a name much used for caves in the Ionians islands, and, most impressively, The Eye, where the sunlight shining through the hole in a partially submerged rock illuminates a patch of water below the surface so that it resembles an eye. The trip is worth taking as much as anything for the spectacular coastal views. The same group of boatmen also run a sea-taxi service to several neighbouring beaches, including Agia Trianda, Platakia, Alipa and sometimes Elli, right across the bay. Each is a pebbly cove filled with blue water, and served by beach bars and snack bars, either at sea level or on the slopes above. The drive to Paleokastritsa is not too bad and there is parking. If you go that far, you might as well go to the Monastery. There is one oddity when driving to Paleokastritsa and Achillion Palace, depending on your route. One stretch is a narrow, winding one lane road. So there is a small traffic signal at the top and bottom to signal when it is safe to drive. Locals know when to stop. Unknowing tourists don't see the small signal and just keep driving until they have to back down the hill. http://www.paleokastritsa-bliss.com/ Paleokastritsa is chiefly memorable for the exceptional scenery along with the superb beaches. The cool crystal waters are ideal for swimming and water sports. On most of the beaches there are taxi boats, sun beds, umbrellas, motor boats, and canoes for rent. It is well worth to visit all the beaches (About 15, most reached only by boat) in the around area by boat and see also the famous Paleokastritsa caves. For the really active, the rocks, the caves and the crystal water provide great points for diving. Being the most green of theof the Greek islands, Corfu has three million olive trees, flower-strewn countryside and Adriatic-style villages. Corfu Island offers splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches. By Car : You take the right as you are coming out of the Port following the sign to North Corfu, South Corfu On the lights, in about 200 meters, you take the right following the signs to Paleokastritsa. You drive all straight for about 15 Km following the signs to Paleokastritsa. After a big straight the road becomes narrow with turns. You continiue all straight following the signs until you reach Paleokastritsa. Paleokastritsa Monastery, Corfu Island is an amazing tourist attraction in Corfu Island that attracts tourists from all across the globe. The beauty of the place of Paleokastritsa is accentuated by the presence of the Paleokastritsa Monastery in Corfu Island. The monastery is truly very beautiful that exudes the grandeur of the place in its every inch. The Paleokastritsa Monastery, Corfu Island is among the most visited tourist attractions of the island. The Paleokastritsa Monastery, Corfu Island is easily accessible from the various parts of the Greek archipelago as the place is well connected to the different parts of the land. The monastery experiences a heavy footfall every year for its beauty. The Paleokastritsa Monastery Corfu Island is an essential part of every Corfu Island Tours. The monastery also known as the Theotokos Monastery is situated in the rocky bluffs above the beautiful beaches of the place. The beautiful monument is whitewashed and reflects purity in its every aspect. The monastery was established in the thirteenth century, though ironically the current builders indicate that it was established during the eighteenth century. The monastery church is situated amidst the attractive complex of courtyards, cells, archways, monks', oil presses and storerooms. The monument is further punctuated by the numerous impressive icons which include the depictions of St George along with the dragon and an atmospheric Last Judgement. The ceiling of the place is a special one with the majestic architectural splendor reflecting out of it. The ceiling features a Tree of Life on woodcarving. The tourists can also visit the small museum which is resplendent with further icons; the beautiful Dormition of the Virgin Mary along with the jewel-encrusted silver- bound Bibles are the special mention. The Greek Orthodox ritual and the sea monster are the other representation. The brilliantly paved garden is one of the brightest highlight of the place which offers some of the most majestic views. The visit to the Paleokastritsa Monastery, Corfu Island is truly amazing with the beauty of the place making the monument a special one to visit. Daily 7am-1 pm & 3-8pm free, donations welcome. 1. Fleet Landing Mandouki 16. Old Fort 2. 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