CORFU - THE ISLAND OF FAIAKON
Corfu has been one of the main tourist attractions for many decades, both in summer and Easter, and is famous for its traditions. It has been inhabited since Paleolithic times, while later the island known from the Odyssey Faiakes lived on the island, which is why it is called the island of Faiakes. The city of Corfu has also been named Kastropolis because it was one of the few in the world that was completely enclosed by the walls of the two fortresses. Corfu is geographically located in the northern Ionian and is surrounded by three small islands in the northwest, the well-known Diapontia islands (Othonoi, Mathraki and Ereikoussa) and by Paxos and Antipaxos in the south.
It is one of the most densely populated islands in the Mediterranean with strong Venetian and Anglo-French elements, which offers great attractions such as Pontikonisi, Kanoni and Mon Repo. Also, the English Commissariat, the old palaces of Brigadier General Michael and St. George, the Kapodistrias Palace, the Metropolitan Palace, the current City Hall, the Ionian Academy Palace and Achilles, the palace of Queen Elizabeth is significant. The historic center of the island is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the famous cantons of Campiello with their typical hanging laundries, the iconic hotels offer an exciting time travel.
A trademark of the island is Pontikonisi in the area of Kanoni, which houses only a 13th century Byzantine church dedicated to the Pantocrator. Next to it is the famous island of Vlacherna with the 17th century Virgin Mary which is connected to the land by a narrow strip of land. Palaces, fortresses, museums, libraries, galleries, temples, public and private mansions, archeological sites, unique natural beauty, traditional settlements, picturesque harbors and beaches compose a unique landscape.
The patron saint of the city is Agios Spyridon, whose incorruptible relic is a pole of attraction for thousands of tourists every year. Corfu is famous for its musical tradition, from the characteristic "chants" to the famous "Philharmonic", which accompanies the procession of the Epitaph on Good Friday. The city is also known for its Carnival, which is accompanied by parades in traditional costumes. The headquarters of the Ionian University, also founded in 1984, includes six departments.
Corfu has many beaches where the natural shape of the coast has given it some of the best beaches in the Ionian. Many beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag, which to visit one needs a car on a coastline of 217 km. Beautiful beaches next to the city of Corfu with golden sand or pebbles as well as beaches where one can isolate. The northern part is traditionally more beautiful although more touristy while the southern is more unexplored.
In the city there is the famous beach Mon Repo while on the north coast are the beaches of Agios Spyridon, Paleokastritsa the wetland of the lagoon Antinioti, Agios Stefanos, Dassia, Kalami, Kerasia, Kouloura and Ipsos. To the north are also the beaches of Ai-Giorgis of Pagon, Arilla, Loga, Rhodes and Sidari, with the famous "Canal d'amour". On the south coast for those who love sand and shallow waters are the popular beaches, Benitses, Moraitika, Messonghi Glyfada, Kontogialo, Ai Gordis, Issou and Halikouna, in front of Lake Korissia.
Corfiot cuisine is famous for its delicacies that satisfy from the simple to the most gourmet traveler with typical dishes such as "pastitsada", "sofrito", "burdeto", "mandoles", "figadelia" and "pasteli" ». Traditional cuisine has Venetian, French, British and Russian influences. It has been shaped based on the choices of the lords based on oil, wine, greens and fish giving a culinary wealth to the island. Among the locally produced products are bergamot (for pastriew and liqueurs), gruyere and Corfu butter, olive oil and oregano.