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Sightseeing 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.
Paleokastritsa, Corfu, Greek Islands, Greece, Mediterranean
Paleokastritsa, Corfu, Greek Islands, Greece, Mediterranean
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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'.
Apartment Buildings with St. Spyridon's Belltower Behind, Corfu Town, Greece
Apartment Buildings , Corfu Town, Greece
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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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Akrotiri Beach Hotel, Corfu
The 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.
Bella Vista Hotel, Corfu
The 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.
Marbella 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, Corfu
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 bar. 
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