Homer placed on the island of Corfu one of the most beautiful episodes of the “Odyssey” Today, the same land keeps inspiring visitors and luring them to follow in the footsteps of history, imprinted on every single corner of the island; findings from the prehistoric and archaic period, masterpieces of classic antiquity, Roman, Byzantine and medieval monuments and folk art coexist with the modern way of life.
Corfu, ranking amongst Europe's most fascinating destinations, is a crossroads of colors and civilizations. It is located in the northern Ionian Sea, at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea, between Greece's mainland and Italy. Its position enables visitors today to reach the island by direct flight from almost all European countries.
The whole town of Corfu is a monument. Narrow paved lanes (kantounia) with hung out laundry, flowering bougainvilleas, buildings with traces of Venetian, French and British influence attract any visitor. Local history, culture and tradition are thoroughly protected in museums and collections. In Corfu town's historic center, the medieval fortresses and the peripheral fortifications compose a unique architectural ensemble, which was added in 2007 to the list of UNESCO'S World Heritage Monuments.
Villages and traditional settlements, depending on the number of years they have been inhabited, go back to the Byzantine epoch, the Venetian Epoch but also to 20th century folk architecture. The stone paved houses, the classic town square with the small coffee houses, the picturesque chapels and above all the hospitable people, make a lasting impression on the visitor. Chic and delicate by nature, Corfu has an unsurpassed natural beauty. The sea, the sun and the wind have carved an impressive shoreline on the island.
Golden sandy and snow-white pebbled beaches, fine carved rocks resembling sculptures from a modern gallery, trees which stretch out their shadow up to the water. With an exceptional geomorphology and notable contrasts, Corfu hosts wetlands of unsurpassed beauty and unique ecosystems, which attract fans of alternative tourism.