Corfu

Town

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The main and historic town of Corfu island is found on the mid-eastern coastline of the island.




"Corfu (, also US: ) or Kerkyra (Greek: Κέρκυρα, romanized: Kérkyra, pronounced [ˈcercira] (listen); Ancient Greek: Κόρκυρα, romanized: Kórkyra, pronounced [kórkyra]; Medieval Greek: Κορυφώ, romanized: Koryfó; Latin: Corcyra) 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 margin of the northwestern frontier of Greece. The island is part of the Corfu regional unit, and is administered by three municipalities with the islands of Othonoi, Ereikoussa and Mathraki. The principal city of the island (pop. 32,095) is also named Corfu. Corfu is home to the Ionian University.

The island is bound up with the history of Greece from the beginnings of Greek mythology. Its history is full of battles and conquests. Ancient Korkyra took part in the Battle of Sybota which was a catalyst for the Peloponnesian War, and, according to Thucydides, the largest naval battle between Greek city states until that time. Thucydides also reports that Korkyra was one of the three great naval powers of fifth century BC Greece, along with Athens and Corinth. Ruins of ancient Greek temples and other archaeological sites of the ancient city of Korkyra are found in Palaiopolis. Medieval castles punctuating strategic locations across the island are a legacy of struggles in the Middle Ages against invasions by pirates and the Ottomans. Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way. As a result, Corfu's capital has been officially declared a Kastropolis ("castle city") by the Greek government. From medieval times and into the 17th century, the island, having successfully repulsed the Ottomans during several sieges, was recognised as a bulwark of the European States against the Ottoman Empire and became one of the most fortified places in Europe. The fortifications of the island were used by the Venetians to defend against Ottoman intrusion into the Adriatic. Corfu eventually fell under British rule following the Napoleonic Wars, and was eventually ceded to Greece by the British Empire along with the remaining islands of the United States of the Ionian Islands. Unification with modern Greece was concluded in 1864 under the Treaty of London. Corfu is the origin of the Ionian Academy, the first university of the modern Greek state, and the Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo di Corfù, the first Greek theatre and opera house of modern Greece. The first governor of independent Greece after the revolution of 1821, founder of the modern Greek state, and distinguished European diplomat Ioannis Kapodistrias was born in Corfu.

In 2007, the city's old town was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, following a recommendation by ICOMOS. The 1994 European Union summit was held in Corfu. The island is a very popular tourist destination." Wikipedia









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Corfu Airport
1 . Corfu Airport
2.5

Just a short distance south of Corfu town on the mid western side of Corfu island.

Pinnacle Yachts
2 . Pinnacle Yachts
2.5

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Sunsail Yacht Charter
3 . Sunsail Yacht Charter
2.5

Sunsail have been at the forefront of sailing vacations for over forty years. Since our very first Flotilla set sail from Aegina in the Saronic Gulf in 1974, we've expanded to destinations across t...

The Moorings
4 . The Moorings
2.5

Today, after more than 45 years at sea, The Moorings has established its reputation as the world's premier yacht charter company. Our award-winning charter fleet now includes more than 400 yachts i...

Neilson Active Holidays
5 . Neilson Active Holidays
2.5

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Nautical Club Corfu Harbour
1 . Nautical Club Corfu Harbour
2.5

Limin Kerkira Harbour
2 . Limin Kerkira Harbour
2.5

Corfu Old Harbour
3 . Corfu Old Harbour
2.5

Gouvia Marina
4 . Gouvia Marina
2.5

This is a large and mature marina in the Northern Ionian on the island of Corfu.

Benitses Harbour
5 . Benitses Harbour
2.5

Ypsos Harbour
6 . Ypsos Harbour
2.5

Ypsos (Ipsos) harbour to the southern side of the bay is sheltered by a sturdy curved breakwater and full of local boats. The harbour is silted and unable to take the draft of yachts. Mooring may ...

Pygri Harbour
7 . Pygri Harbour
2.5

A tiny harbour in shallow water for local boots only.

Nissaki Harbour
8 . Nissaki Harbour
2.5

A small breakwater provides a harbour for local boats and the occasional yacht.

Agni Cove
9 . Agni Cove
2.5

A double headed cove just south of Kalami often used for anchorage. The southern of the two heads has a couple of jetties providing access to shore and taverna's.

Kalami Cove
10 . Kalami Cove
2.5

A large pretty and busy cove with a south-east facing sandy beach. Yachts are often anchored in the cove.

Kouloura Harbour
11 . Kouloura Harbour
2.5

A small and pretty harbour on the tip of Kouloura cape just north-east of Kalami.

Kerasa Cove
12 . Kerasa Cove
2.5

This south-eastern facing cove and popular beach just north of Kalami has a small jetty to the north.

Stefanos Coves
13 . Stefanos Coves
2.5

A set of three coves south of the main (Saint) Stefanos cove provide some shelter for anchorage in the right conditions.

Messongi River Quay
14 . Messongi River Quay
2.5

Varvaro Central Cove
15 . Varvaro Central Cove
2.5

The middle of the three woodland beach coves on the cape is further inset and slightly smaller and offers some shelter for anchoring in the right conditions.

Varvaro Cove
16 . Varvaro Cove
2.5

A beautiful cove overlooking the tiny Persterai islet and Albani on the horizon. This cove has a woodland beach only accessible by sea and often used as anchorage.

Boukaris Harbour
17 . Boukaris Harbour
2.5

Imerolia Dock
18 . Imerolia Dock
2.5

The west side of the Kerkiras bay is home to a dock with a solid concrete quayside.

Kassiopi Harbour
19 . Kassiopi Harbour
2.5

The harbour has a quayside following the cove inside the two breakwaters providing shoreside mooring and access to the pretty town.

Palaiokastrita Harbour
20 . Palaiokastrita Harbour
2.5

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Nearby Towns

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Kontokali
1 . Kontokali
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

Merged with Gouvia, Kontokali is home to a large marina and a short distance from Corfu town.

Gouvia
2 . Gouvia
(Ionian Islands )
3.2

This large town on the western coast of Corfu is in the middle of a large bay north-west of Corfu town overlooking the mainland.

Benitses
3 . Benitses
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

A long town following the coastline on the mid-eastern side of Corfu island, just south of Corfu town.

Avramis
4 . Avramis
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

This lively little beach village on the western coast of Corfu is home to the Pelekas Monastery hotel resort.

Dassia
5 . Dassia
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

A beach resort town close to Corfu on the eastern side of the island.

Glyfada
6 . Glyfada
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

This village beach resort os on the western coast of Corfu island.

Agios Gordios
7 . Agios Gordios
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

This village around a long sandy beach on the western coast of Corfu.

Ypsos
8 . Ypsos
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

A small town on the southern side of the bay.

Barbati
9 . Barbati
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

Barbati (also known as Mparmpati) is on a south facing coastline on the north-eastern side of Corfu and hosts a long thin beach and many holiday resorts.

Pyrgi
10 . Pyrgi
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

A small hilly village overlooking the large bay and Corfu town.

Nisaki
11 . Nisaki
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

A hilly village set back from the south facing coast on the north-eastern side of Corfu.

Ermones
12 . Ermones
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

A small beach based resort at the head of a natural cove.

Kalami
13 . Kalami
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

A small coastal village on the north-eastern side of Corfu overlooking Albania.

Paramonas
14 . Paramonas
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

A tiny village on the western coast of Corfu.

Mesongi
15 . Mesongi
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

Also known as Messonghi this beach town resort is south of Corfu on the eastern coast of the island.

Gefyra
16 . Gefyra
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

This tiny town is found at the end of a beautiful natural cove on the north-western coast of Corfu island.

Ksamil
17 . Ksamil
(Qarku i Vlore - Albania )
2.5

Ksamil is a town in the southern part of Albania close to Corfu.

Kassiopi
18 . Kassiopi
(Ionian Islands )
3.9

This strategically placed historic town is between a bay and a cove split by a peninsula on the northern coast of Corfu.

Palaiokastritsa
19 . Palaiokastritsa
(Ionian Islands )
3.1

This town on the north-western coast of Corfu island is spread around the weaving coastline of the coves and is home to the Paleokastritsa Monastery.

Petriti
20 . Petriti
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

A village on the south-eatern coast of Corfu island.

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