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The ultimate guide for what to do in Corfu

Being one of the largest islands in Greece, Corfu has a multitude of adventure awaiting you. Its bigger size means competitive accommodation, from boutique to budget-friendly. There is something to satisfy every hungry traveller with award-winning restaurants and traditional tavernas. Its wild landscape also offers a plethora of adventures for nature lovers. The castles, museums, churches and palaces that dot the island reveal a rich and glamorous history.

Visit The Old Town

The Old Town in Corfu is a perfect slice of history, preserved and precious it was not surprisingly named a UNESCO World heritage site in 2007. With rare architectural beauty, you can wander the narrow alleys, explore the traditional shops and try some delicious hand-made delicacies.

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Saint Spiridon Church

While exploring the Old Town in Corfu you will no doubt pass Saint Spiridon Church. It is immediately recognisable due to its towering red bell tower, which is the highest of all the islands in the Ionian Sea. Dating back to the 16th century it houses the relics of Saint Spiridon, patron of the city. The basilica is a beautiful example of a Greek Orthodox church and if you’re wondering what to do in Corfu, this is a must-see.

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Swim In The Canal d’ Amour

When it comes to romantic islands Corfu is the perfect place to visit with a loved one. Any list that covers what to do in Corfu will include at least a few of its beaches. With over 50 to choose from you are spoilt for choice. But perhaps the most famous on the island is “Canal d’ Amour.”

Here, the endless fight between sea and rock has resulted in a series of other-worldly stone formations, winding sea canals and tiny caves. Take the plunge and jump from the cliffs, or enjoy an underwater exploration, however you do it you will be enamoured by everything this unique beach has to offer. According to a local legend, if lovers swim in these waters they will marry and remain together forever!

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Buy Some Soap

A slightly unusual addition to the list of what to do in Corfu, but a visit to the Patounis Soap Factory is definitely in order. This family owned business is renowned for its traditional soap made from olives. Take a peek inside the factory for an insight into their production process that has remained unchanged for years. Their products are the perfect souvenir to take home, whether for yourself or to provide a piece of Greece to your family.

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Climb Mount Pantokrator

A trip to the highest point of an island is the ultimate way to get a grasp of your surroundings. Mount Pantokrator, in the eastern region of the island, is 906m above sea level and provides astounding panoramic views of Corfu and beyond. On a clear day, you can even see Albania in the distance! You can drive or walk to its summit, but regardless make sure it’s one of the things you do in Corfu.

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The Royal Achilleon

The Royal Achilleon is a palace that was originally built in 1890 for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria. She is quoted to have said “I want a palace with pillared colonnades and hanging gardens, protected from prying glances – a palace worthy of Achilles” and this is exactly what she got. The palace is now a museum so visitors can wander its grounds and admire its halls and experience this haven for themselves. You’ll soon see why she chose Corfu as a retreat from the aristocracy.

☞ Related: You can visit the Achilleon Museum website here

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Angelokastro

If you are a lover of history and wondering what to do in Corfu, you will be presently surprised by what’s on offer. From Byzantine castles and converted palaces, there is a lot to explore. An ancient destination with a particularly breath-taking view is Angelokastro, perched 300m up on the northwestern side of the island. This castle was a successful stronghold for the Venetians against Ottoman sieges. You can follow a well paved stone pathway to the top and enjoy the exquisite views of the islands lush greenery the Ionian sea below.

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Paleokastritsa 

This village in Corfu is a hotspot for travellers who come to swim in the azure waters of its calm bay and enjoy a lunch at one of its many local tavernas. It is believed to be the place Odysseus (the Greek hero) met Nausicaa, the daughter of the King of Phaeacia, at the last stop on his journey to Ithaka. The locals still believe that the rock in the bay is the petrified ship of the weathered traveller.

From the beach, you can climb up to the Monastery of Paleokastritsa. Dating back to the 13th century it looks over the bay. Inside you will find hidden relics while outside, breathtaking vistas that make the humble Monastery one of the best things to do in Corfu.

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Vlacherna Monastery

This seaside monastery is the poster child of Corfu. Iconic and instantly recognisable it sits upon an islet at the end of a jetty. Originally built in 1685 you can access it by walking along a pier that connects it to the mainland. The monastery is about a 15-minute drive from the capital of Corfu (Kerkyra), and is located at the very end of the Kanoni peninsula. This beautiful spot is loved by many, so don’t forget to bring a camera and capture its essence for yourself.

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