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Corfu: The Grand Lady of the Ionian

Corfu: The Grand Lady of the Ionian

A diverse mosaic of myths, history and cultures, which is reflected in the picturesque streets of the historic center, the majestic palaces, the photographed attractions, the uniquely beautiful beaches and the fine traditional gastronomy. The Ionian island of Corfu is one of the lordliest Greek islands and promises to introduce you to images, colors, aromas, flavors and experiences that will remain etched in your memories forever. Look up and watch the colorful washing lines hanging over your heads while strolling in the picturesque old city. Listen to the melodic notes of the Philharmonic.  Wander among the arcades of the famous Liston. Surrender in the green nature that almost touches the beautiful golden beaches. Taste the kumquat liqueur and the delicious traditional dish of “pastitsada”.  Allow yourself to be seduced.

Old City

One of the most beautiful capitals of the Ionian and even in whole Greece, Corfu Town is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is a true gem that whispers you the secrets of its rich history in every corner. Here, you can see the coexistence of different cultures over the centuries, at the two Venetian fortresses, the church of St. Spyridon built in the 16th century, the Spianada (Esplanade), the largest square in the Balkans, the beautiful Catholic Diocese of San Giacomo, the medieval Kampielo and the imposing palace of Mon Repos. The most enjoyable way to discover the city is by taking endless walks through the narrow "streets" of the historic center. Once you wander through the picturesque narrow streets and admire the impressive buildings of medieval and Venetian architecture, all roads will lead you to the Liston, where you can enjoy your coffee in a cosmopolitan environment.


From the Cannon and the Mouse island, the Old and New Fortress, the beautiful town hall, the Esplanade, Liston and Mon Repos, located in the City, to Achillion, the Palace of Princess Sissy, the stone Venetian village of Old Perithia and the Kaiser's observatory in Pelekas, the island of Corfu offers travelers many reasons for a visit again and again.


Cosmopolitan or secluded, with golden sand and green that almost touches the sea or with clean pebbles, ideal for water sports or suitable for families, the beaches that adorn the 217 km. coastline of Corfu enchant visitors with their crystal clear waters and their scenic beauty. Dive into the turquoise waters of the cosmopolitan Glyfada, do not miss the famous for its crystal clear waters and lush landscape, Paleokastritsa, visit the organized Sidari, as well as the famous Canal d'amour to find your love, explore the pebbled beach of Benitses and dive in the awarded with a Blue Flag Avlaki beach, known for its wild beauty.


Renowned for its magnificent scenery, literally drenched in green, Bella Mare Hotel is located right on the pristine beach of Avlaki and offers sweeping views to the verdant nature of Corfu and the turquoise Ionian waters. An excellent choice for both families and couples, if you are looking for the perfect holiday experience in Greece, this 4 star hotel combines the serene atmosphere, the spacious renovated accommodation and the beautiful facilities, with the possibility to enjoy fun activities and water sports adventures nearby.

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From: Anthi Sasmatzoglou