An island of charm and dreams.
An island of charm and dreams.
Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek), unlike the rest of Greece, never became part the Ottoman Empire. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries, the island has primarily leaned towards the Western rather the Levantine world. Corfu town is home to many cultural firsts: it was here that the first Greek University opened (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra was established and the First School of Fine Arts were founded.
Start your day with a stroll at the Old Town. The entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site”- and a source of tremendous interest for architecture enthusiasts. There is no better way to explore Corfu than wandering through the lovely narrow alleys, known as “Kantounia”. There are so many points of interest to visit but a walking tour covering the highlights would include: Liston & Spianada Square, Old and New Fortress, Palace of St Michael & St George (Museum of Asian Art), Archeological Museum, Mon Repos Palace (where the Duke of Edinburgh was born, Church of Saint Spyridon, the picturesque Vlacherna Monastery and of course Achilleion Palace, as a last stop.
Returning to the resort, you can enjoy a well-earned and delicious lunch at our Greek tavern, Sofrito Restaurant. This multi-sensory experience, rich in flavors and local cuisine’ influences, will guide you through tradition and culture of Corfu. End your day by the beach, with a live music program accompanied by an ouzo while listening to the waves lapping along the shore.
Achilleion Palace was built under the order of Empress Elizabeth of Austria, the famed Princess Sissy. It is also one of the most famous royal mansions in Europe and the most important architectural landmark in Corfu. The famous backdrop of the casino scene of the James Bond film, “For Your Eyes Only” was filmed here back in 1981.
Visit the deserts of Corfu, which features the most amazing sand dunes and the natural reserve lake on Corfu island. Take a Jeep safari style ride at the beautiful Issos Beach and Korission Lake, a landmark and a natural wonder with steep sand dunes and crystal-clear waters. Korission Lake, a natural lake next to Issos beach and the famous Cedar Forest, makes the perfect home to exotic bird species and animals, including the beloved pink flamingos, spotted in the area every spring. You have the option to explore the natural beauty on a horse riding along the lakeside path to reach the “Sahara of Corfu”, a strip of nature with beautiful geological characteristics. It is also the perfect destination for a water sports lover, then this is also a perfect place to be. Strong gusty winds at both Issos beach and Chalikouna beach makes it a popular spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Alternatively, take a Safari Tour in a jeep, crossing the sandy shores and the Cedar Trees. After the thrilling day, visit a nearby organic Corfiot farm situated a few kilometers from Korission Lake to get a little closer to nature and enjoy a lunch by the perivoli, where vegetables and fruits are grown during summer. End your day with a breathtaking views and allow yourself to be captivated by the hues as the sun goes down in this mesmerizing scenery south of Corfu.
There is no better combination than golf and fine food. Located just 30 minutes from the resort, Corfu’s Golf Club is one of the most beautiful hidden secrets of Europe. Situated by the vast expanse of Ropa Valley, the golf course features tree-lined fairways harmoniously combined with several lakes and meandering streams against the backdrop of the surrounding lush green hills. Both advanced and beginner players can enjoy a memorable round of golf in Odysseus secret valley followed by a sumptuous meal. After your invigorating day of golf, return to the resort to enjoy an ultimate fine dining experience with dishes curated by Michelin-starred chef Ettore Botrini. This is the chance to savor some of the most extraordinary Mediterranean and Corfiot cuisine on a vast wooden terrace overlooking the alluring landscape and feeling the Corfiot breeze.
Explore Corfu’s enchanting coastline and untouched natural landscapes by car or by boat. Whizzing along the beautiful coastline you will come across unexpected rocky formations, turquoise waters, secret coves, small water caves and beaches accessible only by sea. Take in the richness of nature, the diversity of landscapes and swim in crystal clear waters. From south to north Corfiot’s coastline is a treasure of geology. Do not miss Issos and Chalikouna beach, a nature reserve with the flamingos, Barbati beach with the white round pebbles, Palaiokastritsa beach with its icy waters to revive your skin, Agios Gordios, Pelekas, Agios Georgios ton Pagon to name a few. The serene and transparent waters make them the perfect spot for snorkeling and swimming. Discover the isolated landscapes, against a background of green hillsides with your own boat.
Start the day exploring secret pathways leading up Corfu’s mountains and discovering the small stone-built remote churches on the tops known as “Xoklisia”. Corfu boasts official trails of 180 km length, spanning the entire island, from south to north, for all levels of fitness. Embark on a journey to appreciate nature like never before. Give yourself the time and the space to explore the countryside of olive groves and picturesque small villages. For those who prefer a faster pace, you can rent a mountain bike or even a car to explore the island. End your day properly with a refreshing dip at Angsana’s main infinity pool and spoil yourself to exotic cocktails and breathtaking views of the bay.
While in Corfu, do not miss the unique chance to visit the small islets of Paxos and Antipaxos or even the Blue Lagoon which is situated in Syvota. Cruise away for a day with a luxury yacht or motorboat and discover the secret wonders of Corfu’s coastline. Corfu is perfect for those wanting to have an authentic Greek luxury yacht charter experience. Snorkeling, dining on board, discovering secret caves, enjoying secluded beaches, and exploring the hidden coral reefs of Corfu island.
The emblematic Old Fortress of Corfu town is one of the first things a visitor sees when approaching Corfu. It stands on the eastern side of the town, on a rocky peninsula that juts into the sea. This fortress was constructed by the Venetians in the 15th century on the site of a former Byzantine castle. It was connected to the land by a movable, wooden bridge. In 1819, the British replaced this bridge with the present pathway, which is 60 m long and stands 15m above the fosse, locally known as contafossa. The entrance to the fortress is available through Spianada, the famous square of Corfu, which is, in fact, the second largest square in Europe. The entrance is arched and has a Venetian symbol above it, carved in marble. After the entrance, there are two rooms on both sides that now host the Byzantine Collection of Corfu and a gift shop. On the eastern side of the fortress, there is a flatland, used today for cultural events in summer. In this flat square, there is the church of Saint George, built by the Venetians as an ancient temple. This is actually the only church in Greece that has been constructed according to the Doric style. Above this square, there is a cafeteria. For more than four centuries, this fortress had been the symbol of the Venetian presence in the Ionian islands and today it is one of the most impressive sights on Corfu.
James Bond’s For Your Eyes Only was filmed in Corfu–scenes were shot at Spyridon Church, around the alleys and piazzas around the old basilica. In the story, James Bond (played by Roger Moore) has to confront Greek smugglers, who had stolen an important British military device. The trail leads to the Greek island Corfu and young Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet).. Bond and Melina join forces – and fall in love. In one scene Melina shows Bond the beauty of Kerkira, Corfu’s main town – they walk through the city center around Spyridon Church, shop for figs at the market and watch a Greek folklore dance. The other scenes with the Greek dance crew had been filmed at a small square at Nikiforou Theotoki, one of the main streets of Kerkira.
The formation of philharmonic orchestras was part of a wider trend which flourished in Europe during the nineteenth century, which saw thousands of music associations founded across the continent. Thanks to their studies at European universities, the Corfiot society, influenced by the elites of Europe, became part of this musical idiom. The island’s philharmonic orchestras are particularly famous for their performances during Easter celebrations. For Greeks, Corfu is one of the top destinations for Easter vacations, mainly due to its unique and colorful Easter traditions.
Mon Repos was built as a summer residence for the British Lord High Commissioner of the United States of the Ionian Islands, Frederick Adam, and his second wife (a Corfiot), Diamantina “Nina” Palatino, in 1828–1831. After the union with Greece in 1864, the villa was granted to King George I of the Hellenes as a summer residence; he renamed it “Mon Repos” (French for “My Rest”). Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was also born on there, on June 10, 1921.
Kumquat is a citrus tree that flourishes on Corfu island and has become a signature fruit of the island. Introduced during tradesmen bringing goods from China and Japan, it has been cultivated extensively for almost a century. Kumquat is the vibrant little gem of the citrus family; in Chinese it means “golden orange”. It can be eaten with the skin and its flavor is bittersweet. They are used in all local delicacies, from sweet, to liqueurs, citrusy recipes and exotic cocktails.
Visit one of the amusing seaside waterparks with the family. These involve passing through a challenge of balancing beams, catapults, rope swings and high dives as well as slides and trampolines designed for everyone amused and entertained. Corfu has a range of Aqualands and Floating Water Parks, and our concierge can arrange your family visit anytime. Your kids are ready for the challenge, are you?
Corfu Aquarium brings the underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea to light. Take an amazing aquarium ride around and discover the Paleokastritsa picturesque seabed with the family and meet more than 50 species of fish residing at the crystal-clear waters viewed by the undersea specially designed windows displays. Octopus, calamari, seabass and dolphins are regulars at the site.
Stroll to Garitsa, down the coast from Corfu Town to visit the Archaeological Museum of Corfu. Inaugurated in 1967, it was founded to host the findings of the ancient temple of Artemis in Kanoni. The museum houses exhibits dating from the Prehistoric to the Hellenistic times, consisting of bronze and marble statues, funeral offerings, ancient coins, clay pottery, golden jewelry, and parts of ancient temples. The impressive Gorgona-Medusa pediment from the temple of Artemis, dating from 585 BC is the highlight. This pediment was excavated in 1911 and it is considered the oldest stone pediment of an ancient Greek temple. If you rather stay at Liston area with the children, visit the nearby Museum of Asian Arts housed in the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, the only one of its kind in Greece which is solely dedicated to the art and antiquities of the Far East and India. You will be amused by the colors and artistry, a wonderful journey through civilizations.
A dolls museum welcomes all visitors to a living museum at the heart of Corfu town. A 19th noble mansion with its unique architectural setting, showcases in a theatre of dolls, the everyday life of noble Corfiot society back then. Through animated figures, using robotic technology, and the perfect reproduction of décor and furnishings, Casa Parlante promises to deliver an insight into the glorious past of Corfu society. Kids will love to explore the dolls and all the family will enjoy listening to the children of the family playing music, smelling the aromas of the cook’s cuisine, reading the headlines of the Count’s newspaper. Casa Parlante brings Corfu history to life.
Ride a horse on the sand, hack through the mountains or take a lesson in one of Corfu’s riding stables. A pony ride will be the best experience for your little ones. Not far away from Angsana Corfu Resort, in the middle of the forest, there lies the Equine Centre, SIlvaland. Set in an estate of over 7 acres, it boats a 2000 sq.m. indoor arena, two outdoor arenas, and stables. There are all kinds of horses, including ponies and, more specifically, Skyrian ponies. The Skyrian pony was an endangered species and when Sylvia Steen, owner of Silvaland, became interested in this ancient breed of horses, there were only three pairs left in the world! Now, thirty years later, the population comprises about 50 ponies on Corfu, another 20 that are back on Skyros and another 20 in Scotland.
Visit a traditional olive mill in Corfu and discover the secret Olive Tree variation that exists on Corfu island. Visit Mavroudis Museum Olive Mill, owned by Mavroudis, a local family of olive producers. The estate keeps over 2000 olive trees in the south of the island. A large proportion of these groves are made up of the”Lianolia Kerkyra” olive tree, a variety native to Corfu, some of which are over 700 years old. Other varieties that belong to the family include the Koroneiki, these olive trees have been planted more recently and produce an olive oil with an intense green color, fruity grassy flavor and distinctive aroma. It’s rich in precious organoleptic substances, vitamins and low acidity. Visitors can taste fresh olive oil with homemade bread and local delicacies and learn about the process of pressing the olives.
Spend a day at the Bioporos Organic Farm, an large olive grove of 70 acres in the south-west part of Corfu island. In a unique location right next to the unspoiled Korission Lake, families will find it an educational and relaxing experience. Check out the Olive Tree groves, the bee society, the flock of sheep, horses, donkeys and several types of poultry . Lunch is served at the traditional terrace using organic produce handpicked right from the perivoli (homemade organic cultivations).
Music Museum Nikolaos Matzaros visit
Water sports & mountain hiking