Corfu, Greece (Greek Isles)Location: Europe
An island retreat located midway between Greece and Italy, Corfu has long captured the hearts of travelers, artists and storytellers. With its lush foliage, rolling hills, sweeping coastal views and charming culture, Corfu is an idyllic setting for a Mediterranean adventure.
Delight in the splendor of a destination that many only experience through books and film, including The Odyssey—Odysseus stopped here on his legendary journey—and the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.
Things to See and Do
The island of Corfu offers fun for history buffs and nature lovers alike.
Explore the town and its medieval architecture, including the Old Fortress—which was built in the 15th century—and the New Fortress. And be sure to visit Achilleion Palace, built by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria in 1891. Here, you'll find verdant gardens and the Terrace of the Muses—a tribute to the 9 muses of Greek mythology. The palace offers sweeping views of the Ionian Sea, so be sure to bring your camera.
Beyond the town, the countryside beckons you to explore. Take a drive and see beautiful groves filled with olive trees and citrus trees. Then, go hiking at Mount Pantokrator, where panoramic views from the top showcase the beauty of this beloved island and the Ionian Sea.
Local Culture and Flavor
In summers, Corfu Town comes to life with festivals and music. If you're lucky, you may catch an outdoor musical performance during your visit.
When you're ready to refuel after a long day of exploration, satisfy your appetite with classic Greek dishes that showcase the best ingredients of the Mediterranean region, like seafood, olives and citrus fruits. Guests ages 21 and older should be sure to try the local wine and ouzo, which is an anise-flavored aperitif.
Past and Present
A Corinthian colony in 8th century BC, Corfu has since been ruled by many different groups—including the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Venetian Empire. In 1864, Corfu was finally restored to Greece.
Today, the island is home to approximately 150,000 residents. Its largest industries are tourism and olive oil production.