Corfu We Love
Think of Corfu and images of stone-built villages cascading hill slopes, crystal blue waters shimmering in the hot sun and golden-soft sandy beaches pop in your mind! A visit to this island is a lifelong dream for many folks, as it offers breathtaking landscapes, stunning coastlines, ancient historic ruins, vibrant spirit and a flair or essence that is hard to pinpoint-it is simply Corfu.
All you helpless romantics out there, you are in for a brilliant surprise! Meet the most romantic spot on the island, Canal d’ Amour- Channel of Love!
The canal has been linked to many myths and fairytales. The most preferred legend surrounding this mystical place accounts that whoever attempts and succeeds to swim from one side of the channel to the other is bound to meet the love of their life! So before jumping into the refreshing waters of the canal, make sure you are ready to take the big step and tie the knot!
Old Castle of Corfu
The Old Castle is the most famed fort standing on the island. The grand 600 metre tall castle stands on a rocky peninsula and has two peaks, dating back to the Byzantine era. The Byzantines were the first to construct the eastern peak of the Acropolis and baptised it the Sea-Tower. This was the time the ancient city of Koryfo was founded. Some believe that the island was named after the word Koryfi-meaning the peak. During 1402–1797 the Venetians constructed the main fortification which was surrounded by a moat. Under the castle there existed tunnels creating an underground passage way from the town to the castle.
Traditionally, the kafeneion is the males’ refuge, resembling a small cafe, which is usually found near the village square. You can instantly identify a kafeneion as there are small shops with a couple of old chairs and tables. Custom has it that men gather at the kafeneion to drink coffee and ouzo while playing tavli (backgammon). While vacationing on the island you must visit the nearest kafeneion where tourists are always welcomed with a glass of ouzo and a plate of meze!
The exquisite Folkloric Museum of Central Corfu consists of a two-storey traditional Corfiot house that exhibits artefacts used by locals dating back to the Venetians. The museum was founded in 1982 and is located in the Sinadres Village. The museum is unique as it is a reconstruction of a traditional middle-class, village home of the 19th century. It is often characterised as a real window to the past, reflecting how locals used to live on the island. The museum exhibits furniture, farming tools, traditional outfits and lots more.
Corfu Island is one of Greece’s gems and a real utopia to anyone that has visited it. Corfu island is quite unique and distinct in comparison to other islands, as it has transformed into a top holiday destination while simultaneously has gone to great lengths to preserve its past. Corfu is a dream come true.
Photos by Ava Babili