Meet CORFU (Greece)
With its leafy and luxuriant landscape, full of olive groves, orchards and Italian cypresses, this Greek island is distinctly rich and leafy-and the best things to do in Corfu prove it.
It is an impressive contrast to the turquoise sea that surrounds it.
This lush landscape has been home to the Venetians, French and British. (So much so, you would think you were standing in Italy or France.)
The architectural influences they left behind are part of the experience here.
You will see buildings with colonnade, walkways, wrought iron balconies, closed windows and terracotta roofs.
The pedestrian-only old town of CORFU is the best example of this. In addition, beautiful views, idyllic beaches and ornate palaces are also waiting to be explored.
The Old Town
An old Town (listed by UNESCO) with some of the most photogenic corners in the Greek islands.
What makes CORFU so beautiful is its confluence of world influences.
Admire The Italian architecture, peaceful squares, towering towers and medieval stone walls that seem to paint a movie scene-all ready to explore.
Architectural styles seem to extend from every corner of Europe, including the British city Square called The Spianada.
The cricket ground here is the only one in Greece. A row of cafes lined along the Liston reminds the Rue de Rivoli in Paris.
Meanwhile, Venetian influences are tangled in a web of quiet little streets where colourful bougainvillea hang over painted walls and fall off the terracotta roofs.
Old Fortress and new fortress
The Old Fortress and the New Fortress seem to be watching the old town, each of the fascinating parts of the island’s history.
Both offer panoramic sea views, so be ready to take pictures.
Old fortress sits on a rocky islet built during the Byzantine era.
Don’t be fooled by the name, the New Fort is also old.
It dates back to the 16TH century, built by the Venetians.
This imposing 19TH century house was built for the British High Commissioner Sir Frederick Adam. It was also where the author Lawrence Durrell lived in the years 1930.
To see the British influence on the island. The Duke of Edinburgh was born in Mon Repos.
Designed in the NINETEENTH century to be one of the best and as Palatian as Viennese palaces could be, this palace has accomplished so many stunning roles ever since.
Located near Gouvia, this palace-now a museum-has several claims for fame.
If you’re a James Bond fan, you’ll recognize him as the ‘ For Your Eyes Only ‘ Casino.
It’s got real connections, too.
It is the birthplace of Prince Phillip, but before that, it was built as a royal retreat for Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
A monastery painted in pastel tones from the 13TH century, set on a cliff overlooking the sea.
The breathtaking views over the entire island are just one of the reasons to visit this religious site.
In the museum, meaningful icons are on display.
It still works like a monastery.
You can see the monks doing their daily business while you stay here.
Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum houses a vast collection of Asian art and artifacts collected by two Greek diplomats.
If you like art, this unique museum of the Greek island-housed in a former palace-and definitely worth visiting.
You will find eclectic exhibitions from China, Japan, Tibet, the Kingdom of Gandhara (now in eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan), Cambodia and Thailand.