Nisos Corfu, with its evergreen landscapes of crystal clear turquoise waters, is a land of extraordinary beauty in the Ionian sea of Greece. Occupied by the Venetians, French and the English in the 19th century, Corfu heritage is enriched by beautiful historic architecture, royal footprints and unique recipes, with an emphasis on music and the arts and a love for everything Asian.
Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek), unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under the Ottoman oppression. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries, the island has primarily become part of the Western rather the Levantine world. Culture that prevailed and was embedded in the architecture and lifestyle of the main town resulted in a number of achievements surpassing time and place: it was here that the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra and the First School of Fine Arts were founded.
Our dedicated concierge is proposing twenty one things to do on Corfu island, your perfect guide to planning your holidays at Angsana Corfu Resort. Here is a bespoke guide on what to see and what to visit on Corfu island, worth experiencing spots that will all leave you in awe, feeling the warmth and charm of Corfu island.
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.
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.
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.
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” (small stone remote churches on mountain tops). 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. Experience the wilderness of Corfiot nature and end your hike with a splash at our nearby private beach. For those who prefer a faster pace, you can rent a mountain bike or even a car to explore the island.
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.
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.
Discover the flavours of Corfu and gain unmatched insight into the culinary culture with an exclusive and authentic Corfiot gastronomy experience. Indulge in some of the island’s most mouthwatering dishes as fresh, local ingredients tantalise your palettes in dishes such as “Pastitsada” , “Sofrito”, “melitzanosalata” and so many more.
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.
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.
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. At Angsana Corfu, golf pros and amateurs can uniquely design their perfect golf getaway. Our cooperation with Corfu Golf Club will engage all golfers with this uniquely designed course by Donald Harradine, the Swiss based golf course architect, praised by world known golf experts and set in a lush green landscape, for which its core mission remains the same and is stronger than ever: To provide guests with the most enjoyable golfing experience possible in an environment that is friendly and lush with nature all around the year.
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?
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 lake Korission, a shimmering stretch of blue waters spanning 5km in length, with an area of around 24 km squared. Long walks down this natural haven will highlight its incredible variety of wildlife, more specifically, the wide array of local and migrating birds including swallows, owls, and even flamingos, among many more. This activity is sure to provide an unforgettable experience that will always be cherished.
Take a day to explore Paleokastritsa, a stunning village with rich mythological history that dates back to the journeys of Odysseus. Here you will be delighted by the clearest waters and rocky coves, as well as beautiful bays that will greet you with sandy shores. Along with traditional taverns and quaint island streets filled with shops, Paleokastritsa is home to a unique monastery located just above the cape. The area truly offers something to all visitors with its rich blend of history, culture, and stunning vistas.
Explore some of Corfu’s most impressive churches each of which is influenced by a different era or culture. From Byzantine-style architecture, to traditional Orthodox monasteries that stretch out before shimmering blue waters, and beautifully decorated chapels, an expansive variety of churches will intrigue you throughout your tour. Along with an exploration of unique designs take the chance to discover the various cultures that have influenced modern-day Corfu.
Visit a traditional olive mill in Corfu and discover the secret Olive Tree variation that exists on Corfu island. There are plenty of olive oil farms around the 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 or-ganoleptic 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.
Indulge in an adventure focused on crisp notes, fruitful flavours, and the most delicious blends of wine. The wineries of Corfu await to welcome you for magical days in the stunning Ionian. From discovering the vine-yards, to the process of making wine, enjoy a day designated to relax-ation and new experiences.
Enjoy an exclusive private tour to The Durrell White House, taste Kumquat liqueur, listen a live narrative overlooking the view and catch a game of cricket at Corfu town. Drive to the site with an old-school vintage car, the Durrell’s favorite biggle.
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.
The islet of Pontikonisi, just off Corfu, awaits to be discovered. Take a boat trip to the verdantly green islands blossoming with beautiful plants. Hidden between the tall trees you will find an 11th century Byzantine chapel that calls to the past and the island’s beautiful history.
If a unique beach day is what you are in search of, let the sapphire waters and golden sands of Antoipaxos beach greet you. Located in a sheltered cove, covered by vibrant plants this beach escape will make you feel as though you’ve entered a natural haven. Experience the most refreshing dips into cool waters and enjoy unforgettable moments in the sun.
Discover the beautiful village of Bentises, perfectly placed between the shining sea and rolling hills. While strolling through the quaint streets you are sure to find charming traditions and stunning views around every corner. Bentises is also the perfect pit-stop on your way to Old Corfu Town where you can enjoy some more peaceful moments before the bustle , immersing yourself in Greek culture. A wonderful way to see the village that is home to our Mediterranean sanctuary.