Corfu is the name of both the second largest of the North Ionian Islands and the city-port of Corfu. The Old City area of Corfu was designated an UNESCO world heritage site in 2007.Old Corfu is overflowing with Greek mythology and medieval battles.
Poseidon abducted the beautiful river nymph Korkyra and brought her to this unnamed island which gradually evolved to the Greek name for Corfu – Kerkyra . Spartans, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and latter day Europeans all fought over Corfu.
The Old City grew out the fortifications with two large fortresses still dominating the skyline. The ‘Old Fort’ was built starting in the 6th century and the ‘New Fort’ was built by the Venetians who placed their telltale Lion of St. Mark along its outer perimeter.
The Old City has lots of interesting places to see when walking about; shops, cafes, coffee houses, pubs and lots of churches! There are many tavernas to choose from; try the local Stifado, spicy beef and onions!
Whether sailing the North or South Ionian Islands, Corfu is a great first stop. From one its three marinas you can sail north to Kalami, south to Petriti or across the channel to Sivota. Don’t miss out on the Emerald Bay at AntiPaxos! If sailing the South Ionians, enjoy Corfu for a day or two and take the ferry from Gouvia Marina to Igoumenitsa, a short distance from Lefkas. From there, you have a whole new set of lovely Greek Ionian Islands to explore!