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Featured Hotels / Corfu Self-Catering/Vacation
in Corfu by Harry Lawrance
If you will be visiting Corfu
on holiday this summer and fancy taking a break from the beaches and the
bars, you will find there is plenty on offer to see and do. This is a guide
to some of the most popular places of interest in Corfu for holiday makers...
|If you are embarking on
your first holiday in Corfu, Corfu town should probably be your first port
of call. Corfu town is the commercial and cultural centre for the Corfiots
and is a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets. The town is dominated by
a sixteenth-century fortress which offers splendid views over Corfu town.
The shops found in Corfu town are diverse and plentiful with many of the
shops selling good value jewellery, local ceramics, leather goods and sculptures
crafted from olive wood. Also worth a visit in Corfu town is the striking
Saint Spiridons church, where the mummified remains of Corfu's patron saint
Spiridon lie, with the exception of the four occasions during the year
when his remains are paraded around Corfu town. Holiday makers visiting
the church must dress respectfully and it is essential that women keep
their shoulders covered and men wear t-shirts.
Corfu, Greek Islands, Greece, Mediterranean
One of Corfu's top attractions
for holiday makers is the Achillion Palace, situated in the village of
Gastouri in Eastern Corfu. Built in 1890 in the architectural style of
Pompeii, Achillion was constructed as a summer palace for the Empress Elizabeth
of Austria. The palace is an impressive, picturesque building both inside
and out and features perfectly landscaped gardens filled with artistically
sculpted statues of the Greek Gods. The palace is also famous as being
the birthplace of Prince Phillip and appearing in the James Bond film,
'For Your Eyes Only'.
Buildings , Corfu Town, Greece
|On the west side of the
island you will find Paleokastritsa, considered one of the most beautiful
spots in Corfu. The area consists of six bays surrounded by steep cliffs
and it is possible to hire a boat to explore the sea caves surrounding
the bays. The seventeenth-century monastery built on the headland is one
of the main attractions of the area and visitors should be sure to venture
inside to view the famous ceiling carving of the 'tree of life'. Again,
visitors should ensure they are appropriately dressed. Around the headland
you will find the Marina which will be of particular interest for the nautically
inclined as it draws some extremely lavish yachts in the summer months.
The highest point on the
island, Mount Pantokrator in the north east is nearly one thousand metres
tall. If you have arranged car hire for your holiday, you can drive to
the summit to enjoy the views over the whole of Corfu, with Albania and
Italy both visible on a clear day. The road leading to the top of the mountain
passes through the village of Strinalas which is well worth stopping in.
At the peak you will find Pantokrator monastery, rebuilt in the seventeenth-century
on the site of an older Angevin monastery.
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|About the Author - Harry
Lawrance is an experienced writer based in the UK.
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Beach Hotel, Corfu
Akrotiri Beach Hotel is located in the beautiful peninsula of Paleokastritsa,
just 22 kilometers west of Corfu, Greece. The right side of the peninsula
boasts Agia Triada Beach, 20 meters from the hotel, while the more natural
Rocky Beach is located on the left side of the peninsula. A diving centre
is within 200 meters of the hotel. American buffet-style breakfasts are
available at the main restaurant each morning. The restaurant serves four-
course Greek specialties amidst large windows and stone floors. A snack
bar provides lunch items poolside. Sun loungers, bright yellow umbrellas
and a children's playground surround the two outdoor pools. Tennis games
are polished at the beachside Akron Tennis Club.
Vista Hotel, Corfu
Bella Vista is a white and pink villa style hotel, just 200 metres from
Corfu's Benitses Springs and 30 metres from the beach. Guests of the Bella
Vista enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning, while the Bella Café
serves light snacks and Greek specialities throughout the day in a light,
bright setting with a relaxed atmosphere. After a day exploring the area
guests can relax with a drink in the bar. Visitors are well located to
explore the area, the Seashell museum and Benitses Springs are 200 metres,
the Archillion Palace is 3 kilometres. Guests can explore the Old Corfu
Town and visit the fortress 12 kilometres, or spend lazy days on the Chalikoyanas
Beach just15 kilometres from the hotel.
Beach Hotel Corfu
Located in a private olive
grove bordering the emerald Ionian Sea, the Mediterranean-style Marbella
Corfu Hotel, is 15 kilometres outside of Corfu Town. Guests tired of the
hustle and bustle of city life can find inner peace with Shiatsu and stretching
or Feng Shui classes. Travellers can also relax with reflexology and massage
treatments or unwind in the sauna after a workout in the fitness centre.
Those seeking more traditional quiet time will find a quaint Greek Orthodox
chapel on site. Children are kept busy in the Marbella Mini Club and can
swim in their own pool, while parents cool off in the saltwater pool with
its views to the Ionian coastline.
Nissaki Beach Hotel is a
modern, 11-floor hotel surrounded by olive groves and overlooking the beach.
Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast before relaxing beside the pool or
taking a refreshing dip in the sea. Children have their own playground
and mini club and the hotel organises sports and activities to suit the
whole family. Multilingual staff can give tour advice and the hotel offers
a free shuttle bus service to Corfu town, which is 23 kilometres away.
The Aphrodite Restaurant serves hot and cold continental buffet dishes
for breakfast and dinner, and the Calypso Tavern serves a la carte lunches
beside the pool. Relax with a drink beneath the stars at the outdoor Dionyssos