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Corfu, (also called Kerkyra) is one of the most popular Greek islands, attracting every year thousands of visitors. It lies at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea in the north-east edge of Greece.

Map of Corfu

The island is very rich in history since the life on it dates back to prehistoric times. Due to its strategic position Corfu has been invaded by many foreign conquerors, the most important of which are the Venetians, the French and the British. Their influences in the culture and the architecture of the island are still visible.
For an integral list of monuments and museums you can visit in Corfu you may consult ODYSSEUS, the www server of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, through the interactive Culture map of Greece .

Due to its exceptional natural beauty, Corfu has been described as the jewel of the Mediterranean. No other Mediterranean island is as fertile as Corfu. It is a semi-mountainous island with dense sub-tropical vegetation, due to many rainfalls in winter and to its abundant natural water supplies. All plants seem to thrive in Corfu, from citrus trees to wisterias, "English" daisies, clover and teasels. It has impressive landscapes with cypresses towering above vast olive groves and with a great variety of gold sand and white pebbled beaches. The island has 214 km of well sheltered coastline, full of natural harbours at easy distances from each other.

The capital town of Corfu is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece due to its historical centre with the characteristic Venetian architecture of tall apartment buildings, narrow lanes, gates and walls, archways and broad stairways, the imposing Venetian Fortresses, the Liston built by the French and the large Spianada Square.

Corfu is, like Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos, one of the most famous places in Greece, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world and is the kind of islands that has everything to offer.

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More information about Corfu you may find in the web site of the Municipality of Corfu.


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