In the previous centuries, aristocrats and nobles belonging to the ruling classes adorned Corfu with luxurious palaces and mansions many of which survive and are open to the public today. Mon Repos Palace, which was built by the British Commissioner Adams as a gift to his Corfiot wife, has been turned into a museum. The gardens around the palace are ideal for long, peaceful strolls.
Another palace recently turned into a museum is Achilleion, the personal haven of Elizabeth of Bavaria. Built on a forested hill among ancient trees and dedicated to the hero Achilles, the palace symbolized the Spirit of Greece. The views from the palace of the green island justify the Empress’ growing attachment to it and enchant visitors from around the world.