Top 10 Best Things to See and Do While Visiting CorfuDaryaKuznyetsova Being a Mecca for those who love Greek Mythology, Corfu is as well one the world most beautiful and cozy combinations of different historical periods’ trails; famous personalities life stories; amazing natural views and religious atmosphere. It also attracts tourists with its rather affordable hotels, food spots, shops, and spa – all served with perfect and friendly smiles of locals.
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It takes you only 20 minutes by boat to get from the Old Town port to this small island but seems like here you move to a different world. Guido (Vidos, Vido or the island of Ptychia) has nothing to offer from the first view; and plenty of things you can catch if you look deeper.
Owned by Venetian count Guido Maliepierie, the Vidos during different epochs served as the fortress, the military base, the prison and the cemetery.
Despite its dark history and rather launched infrastructure, today Guido is a perfect place if you are seeking for privacy and reflection. Moreover, it is a designated nature reserve with wonderful flora and fauna. Nowadays injured animals, especially birds can find help and care here; while a tourist is able to enjoy that rare kind of birds freely walking around the island. - DaryaKuznyetsova
This story is at the same time tragic, patriotic, boyish and romantic. Kostas Georgakis, a person from Corfu who was studying in Genova, Italy. Kostas strongly opposed Italy's rule in Greece and advocated for own country's independence.
Once he gave an “anonymous” interview that showed his political views and preferences but in the end appeared to be not so anonymous. Being afraid that Italianate government of Corfu can persecute his family, and strongly insisting on own patriotic ideas, Georgakis committed an act of self-immolation, burning like a match for his views. His monument today is one of the most famous places in Corfu old town. - DaryaKuznyetsova
If you are obsessed with plane’s take offs, Kanoni is a must see spot for you. Here you can enjoy a perfect shrimp meal in the local restaurant, having a view on a salt lake with a stunning monastery island on it, accompanying with glance beautiful small planes gathering speed above it.
The place was ones the capital of the whole island, and its name Kanoni (Canon) has very religious roots, which gives to a local monastery, a church of Pantocrator a great importance. The only way to get to the church is to take a small boat. Charismatic boatman might have a small mermaid amulet, seeing which makes your trip to a monotheistic church even more charming.
After the lunch and the pilgrimage, you can enjoy yourself and the beautiful lake shore or have a pint of beer in a tavern, chatting to friendly locals. - DaryaKuznyetsova
The crystal-blue water of Nausicaa caves is amazingly beautiful and holds in its deepness both legends and real tragic and romantic stories. Nausicaa is a Homer character, a girl who wanted to be an Odyssey’s wife but never became one. If you drop some water on caves’ wall you can see her image on it.
They say Nausicaa can lead sailors to the same to a mermaid or the Lorelei. True or not, but tourists are often told the stories of the fish men who left their lives here. - DaryaKuznyetsova
An Austrian most famous Empress Elisabeth known as Sissy adored Corfu Island. This was probably the only place in the world where she could heal her physical and mental diseases.
Known as the softhearted Empress, she tried to care about the rights and living conditions of oppressed folks of her endless empire, and Corfu people were one of her favorites, who she supported by charity programs and whose interests she lobbied talking to her majestic husband.
Moreover, Sissy had an unrequited love. To a man, who lived many centuries before her. Achilles was her ideal man, who she dedicated a whole palace too.
Today Achilleon is one of the most gorgeous of all Corfu spots. The statue of the hero impresses and an audio tour of the palace tells you the whole story of Elisabeth fabulous and tragic life. - DaryaKuznyetsova
During the First World War, the island of Corfu served as an island hospital and quarantine for sick Serbian soldiers following the epic retreat of the Serbian army and part of the civilian population through Montenegro and Albania in 1915 following the Austro-German-Bulgarian invasion of Serbia (see Serbian Campaign (World War I)). While the main camps of the recuperating army were on Corfu itself (a contingent was sent to Bizerte as well, and many of the civilian refugees were accepted by France), the sick and near-dying, mostly soldiers, were treated on Vido to prevent epidemics. In spite of Allied material help, the conditions of both the improvised medical facilities and many of the patients on the island resulted in a high fatality rate. Due to small area of the island and its rocky soil, it soon became necessary to bury the dead in the sea (by weighting the corpses with rocks to prevent them from floating). Over 5,000 people were buried at sea near the island of Vido.
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