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With the passage of time Corfu may have changed, but we can still feel the spirit of a glorious past. Its rich multi-cultural heritage, historic monuments, stunning natural landscape, crystal clear seas, and fine weather all year round explain why Corfu is one of the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean destinations and casts a powerful spell on its visitors.

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Cosmopolitan Corfu is perhaps the best known of all the Ionian Islands and one of the most popular in the Mediterranean. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and is also a source of inspiration for the fine arts, with an enormous cultural heritage, and special prestige. All of which, in combination with its natural beauty, wonderful climate, beaches and sights make Corfu one of the most attractive destinations.
The capital of the same name is a museum-city, a place with a major artistic tradition and a multitude of European influences, and constitutes the most successful example of the combination of Greek and Western architecture. Its very well preserved historic centre has been declared by UNESCO a monument of the global cultural heritage.
Discover every lovely corner of the city and wander through the old town with its surrounding walls and particular architectural layout, with high multi-storey houses, narrow lanes (kantounia) and small squares.
Visit Mantouki in the northwest, Saroko between the hills of Avramis and Sotiris, and Garitsa which starts from the column of Dugla on the south coast.
Visit Spaniada Square, the city’s largest and most impressive, many events take place here, such as concerts, processions and parades, as well as cricket games (on the grass in the square). Here is the Liston, a building complex of French architecture with its characteristic arches, designed exclusively to provide a walk for the city’s aristocrats.
Corfu’s impressive past is registered in the city’s significant sights
• The Old and New Fortress, rare examples of fortress architecture,
• The magnificent Palace of Saints Michael and George.
• The many and splendid churches such as that of Agios Spyridon, the Corfiots’ patron saint, with the highest bell tower in town, a marble icon screen, wall paintings, artifacts and votive offerings.
• The Museum of Asiatic Art with its 10,000 exhibits from the countries of the Far East and the collection with sculptures in the Greek-Buddhist art of Gandara, the Archaeological Museum with its very large pediment of Gorgons from the Doric temple of Artemis, the Byzantine Museum, the Banknote Museum, the only one of its kind in Greece, and the Dionysios Solomos Museum are waiting for you to explore them.
And finally, the sights that you owe it to yourself to visit while you are in Corfu are:
• Mon Repos. A visit to this beautiful property is necessary. Admire the summer cottage of the British High Commissioner, a masterpiece of 19th-century neoclassical architecture.
• The famous Kanoni. From here take a little caique to Pontikonisi, the islet that is the island’s trademark.
• The Old Town, the ancient city of Corfu. Look for the temple of Artemis Gorgon, one of the most ancient stone Doric temples in the Hellenic world (6th cent. BC).
• Near the city of Corfu, at Gastouri, is the Achilleion, the famous palace of Elisabeth (Sissy) Empress of Austria which today operates as a museum. The peristyle and gardens of the palace, with an excellent view, are adorned by wonderful statues, and inside it, the visitor can admire excellent murals and paintings inspired by Greek mythology.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation