…daughter of Asopus and river nymph Metope. After marriage, he brought his bride to hitherto unnamed island and during the marital bliss, named the island after her. Together they had a son called Phaiax, after whom the inhabitants of the island are named – Phaiakes.
Or at least the Greek mythology says so. 🙂 In today’s post I’m gonna take you to Corfu Island or Kerkyra (Greek: Κέρκυρα). Let’s go!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was on the island in September 2018… and now is January 2019. It’s funny how I need time to write about a destination a visited. Not writing time, but just time so I can sit and write about it. I’ve never been able after going back home and unpacking my luggage to create a travel post. I need to enjoy the memory, to go back thеre in my mind a several times, to forget about it and dream about it in order to describe it. If there are any writers who are experiencing the same, I’ll be really happy if you let me know that I’m the one.
Some encyclopedic information: Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands, and, including its small satellite islands, forms the northwesternmost part of Greece. The island is part of the Corfu regional unit, and is administered as a single municipality, which also includes the smaller islands of Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi.
What actually made me fall in love with the island was it’s not just a resort where you can lay on the beach doing nothing. I don’t mean the beach laziness is something bad but I can’t imagine 10 days of doing only this, that’s why I was looking for a place with an atmosphere, history and culture. Aand Corfu fit me like a glove.
The main hub of activity revolves around Corfu Town, which dates back to the 8th century BC. The winding streets filled with shops, café’s and surrounding Venetian architecture are a must see. The timeless town is home to countless museums and churches, and Liston arcade – the best place to enjoy elegant cafes and restaurants. Notable monuments include Spianada Square, the New Fortress, the Town Hall, the Ionian Academy and the Palace of St. Michael and St. Georges. It’s easy to see why Corfu’s capital was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sisi’s white marble palace, “Achilleion,” is located approximately seven kilometers from the city of Corfu on a hilltop in the village of Gastouri. From here, one has an extraordinary view of the landscape and sea. In the palace and in the surrounding flourishing gardens the feeling of peace for which Sisi always longed is tangible. Here she takes long walks and travels on the sea. The heroic tales of Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey, which were so meaningful to Sisi, are implemented in various forms throughout the palace and botanical gardens.
With so many islands available to visit in Greece, it can be hard to decide which one to choose. If you’re interested in beautiful beaches with rocks instead of sand, excellent restaurants, religious sites, culture & history and stunning accommodations, then Corfu Island is for you.