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The Island of Corfu
Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. The island is bound with the history of Greece from the beginning of Greek mythology. According to the myth, Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra and abducted her. Poseidon then brought Korkyra to an unnamed island and, in marital bliss, offered her name to the place: “Korkyra,” which gradually evolved to “Kerkyra” (English: Corfu).
Over time the island has changed a lot, but one can still feel the spirit of its glorious past. Its rich multi-cultural heritage, historic monuments, stunning natural landscapes, crystal clear seas, and excellent year-round weather conditions explain why Corfu is one of the most popular cosmopolitan destinations in the Mediterranean.
Corfu, unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under Ottoman oppression. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French, and the British, the island has primarily become part of the Western world. Therefore, Western culture has a strong influence on the city of Corfu. It was here that the first Greek University, (the Ionian Academy) the first orchestra and the first school of Fine Arts were founded.
In the beautifully preserved old town, a UNESCO world heritage site, palaces, fortresses, austere public buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with lines of drying laundries in tiny alleyways and small secluded squares. Strolling through a complex of narrow cobbled streets with stairways and vaulted passages, the so-called “kantounia,” will make you feel as if you are in Genoa or Naples.
When visiting Corfu, one should not miss the chance to tour the neighboring islands of Paxi and Antipaxi. You will be amazed by the island’s fjord-shaped beaches, underwater caves, small bays, and green hills. According to the myth, the island would have been the southernmost tip of Corfu if Poseidon had not broken it off with his trident. On the other hand, Paxi, although a small island lying 3 nautical miles from Antipaxi, is endowed with outstanding beauty. Antipaxi is also famous for its renowned exotic beaches, among which Voutoumi, with its exotic turquoise waters, is of the most impressive in Greece.
Unique Experiences – Easter in Corfu
The celebration of Easter on the island of Corfu is a truly unique experience, combining elements from Paganism, Agios Spyridon’s spirit (the Patron Saint of the island), the Roman Catholic community, the Venetians, the locals’ mentality and of course the Orthodox faith.
BY AIRPLANE – Corfu is connected to Athens with regular domestic flights. Also, during the summer months, it is connected with charter flights from all major European capitals.
BY FERRY – Corfu is connected with ferries departing daily from the ports of Patra, Igoumenitsa, and Venice (Italy).