Interesting facts and ideas for your own excursion on the charming Mediterranean island
- Regular berth: New Harbour
- Regular berth: Old harbour
- Regular berth: Out on the sea
- Port shuttle: free at the port
- Port shuttle: to the old town with costs
- Taxis: usually available at the piers
- Buses: well-developed bus network
- Car rental*: Sixt, 46A, El. Venizelou St. and at the airport
- Car rental*: Hertz, im Cruise Terminal and at the airport
- Car rental*: Avis, Eth. Antistaseos 6 and at the airport
- Car rental*: Europcar, Georgaki Konstantinou 31 and at the airport
- Car rental*: Budget, Eth. Antistaseos 6
- Postal service: Leof. Alexandras 26
- Tourist Information: in the Cruise Terminal
- Banks and ATMs: scattered
- Berths of the Cruise Liners
The seventh largest Greek island of Corfu is often an integral part of Adriatic and Mediterranean cruises. The island covers an area of 585 square kilometres and the island's capital with about 40,000 inhabitants is called Corfu City or Kerkira (Kerkyra). This is also the destination of the cruise ships, which then usually dock in the area of the New Port, provided there is still space available. Smaller ships can possibly use the piers in the Old Port. During the summer months it can get quite crowded and so it is also possible that the ships have to anchor in the bay and then bring their guests ashore with the tender boats. The berths in the harbour are about 2 to 2.5 kilometres away from the Old Town and the harbour area can be crossed on foot. Depending on your own speed and the pier, you will need about 20 to 30 minutes in each direction. Many shipping companies also offer shuttle buses for this transfer. For example, at AIDA*, these last cost 9.90 euros per person. For a taxi you can calculate about 10 Euro for this route and in each direction. Alternatively, you can also take the bus lines 2b, 15 or 16, where a ticket cost 1.70 each. In the harbour area itself, there are usually free shuttle buses to the harbour exit. The city buses of line 15 also take you from the airport to the port and back. By taxi, you can calculate approximately 25 euros for the airport transfer.
- Public Transport Corfu City
Kerkyra has a quite well developed bus line network which is operated by Corfu City Bus S.A. The city is divided into two zones, where you can travel with single tickets, which are valid for one trip. For use in zone A (city area), the price is 1.20 Euro each and within zone B (near surrounding areas such as Kanoni and Achilleion) 1.70 Euro each. The tickets are available at ticket machines, in kiosks and from the driver on the bus, but there for an extra charge of 50 cents. A day ticket that is also available costs 5.50 euros at present, entitles the holder to any number of rides and is valid for 24 hours after validation. Single and day tickets must be validated on the blue and white painted and air-conditioned city buses at the start of the journey. The central square San Rocco (Plateia Georgiou Theotoki) is used as a kind of bus station, where many lines meet and a ticket booth is operated.
- Overland Public Transport
But by the green painting and the destination in the front window, one recognizes the buses of the interurban lines with which almost the whole island can be explored. The operator KTEL (Green Buses - Intercity buses of Corfu) maintains a modern, air-conditioned fleet of long-distance buses and provides free Wlan for travellers. Between the port and the airport is on the road Leof. Eptanisou the central bus station Corfu Green Bus Terminal. From there all lines start in any direction. Required tickets are available at the local ticket office. If you get on the bus on the way, ideally after having stopped the desired bus by hand signal, you simply pay the amount due to the driver. The fare is based on the driven kilometres and is, depending on the line and distance, between 2,10 and 5,00 Euro per person. Children under 6 years are carried free of charge.
- City Tour
On Corfu the Hop On Hop Off buses of City Sightseeing are on two different tours. Both tours are well suited for city and island exploration, start at the harbour exit and have 7 stops each, which are partly used by both lines and where you can get on and off as often as you like. The 60-minute Kanoni Tour is available all year round, is operated from 09:00-17:00 with a frequency of 15 to 20 minutes and has the stops Kanoni, Mon Repo Palace, Anemomylos, Spianada Square, Spiliaplatz and Old Port. In contrast, the buses of the 90-minute Achillion Tour run hourly from April to October from 09:30-13:30. They stop at Gastouriplatz, Achillion Palace, Perama, Spiana Square, Spiliaplatz and the Old Port. An audio commentary is available via headphones and is available in 8 languages, including German. From the age of 16, you pay 19 Euros for the Kanoni Tour and 25 Euros for the Achillion Tour. Combined, both cost 30 Euro per person. Children are cheaper to travel and the family tickets on offer also save you some money.
At the berths of the cruise ships and almost everywhere on the island you can find the black painted taxis. In addition to the usual transfers from A to B, they can also be used for round trips on an hourly basis. Normally, they charge around 40 euros per hour. A final clarification of the expected price with the driver is recommended in any case before the start of the trip. Taximeters are available in the vehicles, but are not necessarily used frequently.
- The New Fortress
The impressive building at the moorings of the cruise ships is the New Fortress (Neo Frourio), which is sometimes called after the hill that was built over, St. Mark's Castle, and is said to have an underground connection to the Old Fortress. It is located close to the northern shore of Kerkira, and is situated quite exactly between the New and the Old Harbour. During the construction phase, which lasted from 1576 to 1645, a large number of residential buildings in the city at that time had to make way for the bulwark. In the 17th and 18th century the fortress was further extended and later, unfortunately, was heavily damaged during the 2nd World War. In the middle of the 1990s an extensive restoration took place. Today you will find a café and a small gallery inside. In addition, various exhibitions and concerts are often held here. At the citadel of the fortress there is a great view of the roofs of the city and the harbour. During the main season in summer, admission fees of 3.50 euros per person are charged. Open during the week from Monday to Friday from 09:30-15:30.
- The Old Fortress
To protect the inhabitants, the two hilly headland in the east of Kerkyras was used for a long time. The Byzantines already built a fort there, on the foundation walls of which the Old Fortress (Paleo Frourio) was built in the 14th century. Later in the 16th century, the Venetians carried out an extensive expansion with the accompanying strengthening of the fortifications. However, most of the buildings that still exist today within the massive walls date from the time when the British set the tone here. By this way, in the southern part of the complex, the St.-Georgs-Church was originated in the year 1840 that seems to be very untypical for a church building and rather reminds on an old Greek temple. Furthermore, there is the clock tower Land Tower that is visible from a distance, a functional and still used lighthouse, a small museum with Byzantine art objects and the former military hospital in which today the music academy is accommodated. In the inaccessible part of the fortress there are also the ruins of the Old British Hospital. The access to the fortress is possible daily from 08:00-20:00 o'clock with a fee of 6 Euro per person. From 8 p.m. on, the fee is waived, but instead, the two hill tops are closed, from which one otherwise has a very good view to the city, the country and the adjacent sea.
- Park, Esplanade and Liston
At the foot of the Old Fortress there is a rather large park that connects to the old town. In former times, this area was densely built up with residential buildings. However, these impaired the view from the fortress and so in the 17th century they were removed for strategic reasons. This enabled potential attackers to be identified early on and the free line of fire proved to be advantageous. Today, the so-called Esplanade (Spianada) is a green, park-like square with several paths running through it. The occasional park benches invite you to take a short break. The house front adjoining to the west dates from the beginning of the 19th century. With the Liston, the most famous street of Kerkyra runs there, where there is almost always something going on. The Liston exudes a special charm in the evening hours when it is atmospherically illuminated. Behind the beautiful arcades there are all kinds of well-attended restaurants and cafés, where you can enjoy the end of the day. But those who want to stay there should be prepared for some higher prices.
- Old Town of Corfu Town and Shopping
Between the New Fortress and the Old Fortress, both dating from Venetian times, stretches the idyllic and almost car-free Old Town. In the maze of partly narrow, winding and charming alleys you will find numerous shops, boutiques, restaurants and cosy cafés. One of the main shopping streets is Evgeniou Voulgareos, which begins in the east and in the middle of the extensive square Esplanade (Spianada) as a pedestrian zone. In the further course of the street in southwest direction it becomes the Geor. Theotoki and leads, among other places, to the square San Rocco, where the local city buses meet. Located south of the New Fortress, all kinds of market stalls are open daily except Sundays from 06:00-14:00. In the wide displays you can find different kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, freshly caught fish and other goods, which are partly loudly advertised by the sellers. The market place is located at the street Lochagou Spiridonos Vlaikou. Free parking spaces are a matter of luck on site.
- The Old Palace and the Museum of Asian Art
In the north of the spacious square Esplanade is the Old Palace of St. Michael and St. George (Ajion Michail ke Georgios). The dominant building was built between 1819 and 1823 and served only as the residence of the acting Lord High Commissioner. The building material used was sandstone, which came from the Mediterranean island of Malta and was imported to Corfu. By the way, Malta's capital Valletta has a very impressive cruise port. In the years from 1845 to 1913, the Greek royal family used the building as a summer palace. Today, in the house you find the Museum of Asian Art, the Historical City Archive and the City Library. The former is the only museum in Greece devoted exclusively to the art and antiques of the Far East and India. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00-16:00. Mondays are closed. For admission, adults pay 6 euros per person and children pay half price. From November to the end of March the reduced admission of three euros applies to all visitors. In addition, combi-tickets are available for 14 euros each (children half price) per person, which, in addition to the Museum of Asian Art, also give admission to the Byzantine Museum, the Old Fortress and the Palaeopolis Museum (Mon Repo). A Municipal Art Gallery with works by Corfiot painters of the 19th and 20th centuries is located in the east wing of the Old Palace and can be reached through a separate entrance. The entrance fee is currently 1 Euro.
- St. Spyridon Church
Above the roofs of Kerkyra rises a church tower visible from afar. With its red pointed roof, it is the highest building in the city and belongs to the Church of St. Spiridon (Ágios Spirídonas), located west of the Old Palace. The church, consecrated in 1590, is dedicated to the patron saint Corfus, quite stately decorated and impresses in the interior with elaborate, detailed wall and ceiling paintings from the 19th century. In a side chapel, in a sarcophagus made of ebony with silver fittings, there are the mortal remains of Saint Agios Spiridon, who is very much revered and affectionately called "Spiro" by the locals. Every year on Palm Sunday, Holy Saturday, August 11 and the first Sunday of November there are processions in which the bones of the patron saint are solemnly carried through the streets of the city. The popular pilgrimage site is open to visitors daily from 07:00-20:00. However, photography is prohibited inside the building.
- Church of the Virgin Mary Spiliotissa
Almost right at the old harbour, in the maze of houses of the oldtown there is another important church building of the place. With its reddish painting, the Church of the Virgin Mary Spiliotissa (Mitropolis - Cathedral of Corfu), completed in 1577, stands out. In later years, it was used as an episcopal church from 1842. In the rooms today, besides numerous icons, the relics of St. Theodora can be found. They are kept in a silver sarcophagus, which has its main place in a side chapel to the right of the altar. As wife of the Byzantine Emperor Theophilos, she ruled over the empire for 13 years in the 9th century after the death of her husband. Her commitment to the preservation and veneration of icons is still appreciated today and has had a decisive influence on the decoration of Orthodox churches.
- City Hall
Standing with its back to the pedestrian precinct of Evgeniou Voulgareo, on a small open space, you can find the beautiful Town Hall building (Dimarchion) of Corfu City. There, at the so-called town hall square Platia Dimarchiou, there is the catholic bishop's church San Giacomo, which dates back to the 17th century, as well as some nice restaurants and cafés where you can take a little breather. The construction works for the present town hall building began in 1663 and lasted until 1691. After completion, the Venetian nobility used the premises as a meeting place for many years. Later, in 1720, the building was converted into a theatre and since 1903 it has been used as a town hall, where it is unfortunately not possible to visit the interior.
- Banknote Museum
A few streets north of the town hall, at Agiou Spyridonos Square / 32 Nikiforou Theotoki Street, there is a not uninteresting banknote museum. It is located on the first floor of the historic building of the Ionian Bank, which has been there since 1840. It is the oldest bank building in Greece. All Greek currency put into circulation since 1822 can be viewed in the permanent exhibition. The exhibits range from the Piastres bonds to the currently used Euro. The production is also discussed. Available catalogues for the exhibition are available in German and other languages. On the second floor temporary art exhibitions are presented from time to time. The small banknote museum is open in the winter half-year from October to the end of March, from Wednesday to Sunday from 08:00-15:00. During the rest of the year visits are possible Wednesday to Friday from 09:00-14:00 and 17:30-20:30, Saturday and Sunday from 08:30-15:00. Entrance is always free of charge and at the beginning of the week, on Monday and Tuesday, is closed all year round.
- The Byzantine Museum
In the north of the oldtown of Kerkyra there is the Byzantine Museum a little upside the coastal road Odos Arseniou. It can be reached from the street by stairs and is housed in the old church building Panagia Antivouniotissa (Church of the Holy Virgin of Antivouniotissa). The sacred building dates back to the 15th century, was privately owned for a long time and is one of the oldest of its kind on the island. In 1979, the building, with its extensive collection of valuable icons, frescoes and statues, passed to the Greek state. After demanding restorations on the building, the museum was first opened in 1984. The integrated museum shop offers numerous thematically matching items that may be quite suitable as souvenirs. The Byzantine Museum is open daily, except Wednesdays (closed), from 08:30-16:00. The entrance fee is 4 euros per adult. Persons under 18 years of age are admitted to the exhibition free of charge.
- Archeological Museum
On the other side of the old town, in the southern part, at the street Vrela Armeni 1, the Archaeological Museum of Corfu is located. It was opened in 1967 and shows to a large extent antique finds, which come from different excavation places of the island and from old Kerkira itself. With the help of the approximately 1600 exhibits on display, the visitor is introduced to the historical development of the island from the prehistoric era to late antiquity. Among the most important exhibits are the two temple gables Górgo (around 590 BC) and Figarétto (around 510 BC), as well as the sculpture of a lying lion, which was made around 630 BC. Adults pay 6 Euro each for the entrance. Children and young people up to the age of 18 years are admitted free of charge to the exhibition, which is open daily except Wednesdays from 08:00-20:00. From 1 November to 31 March, half the entrance fee is valid for all visitors.
- Artemis Temple and Panayia Neradziha
The historic Górgo Gable exhibited in the Archaeological Museum belonged to the Artemis Temple, whose original location is about 1.5 kilometres south of the museum, on the Kanoni peninsula (Analipsi). Unfortunately, not much remains of the temple, which dates from 590 BC. On the open space to the west, directly next to the 5th century monastery of Agios Theodoros, the remains of the former 22x48 meter temple were discovered in the course of 1812. However, at the excavation site today only some wall stones and fragments of the altar from that time can be seen. Certainly not spectacular, but still worth seeing for those who have a little interest in ancient and historical times. Less than 200 meters to the west is the Panayia Neradziha, the only remaining piece of the city wall of ancient Kerkyra with its once attached basilica. Here, classical and Byzantine architectural styles were combined and the former lookout tower was converted into a church tower, which, however, collapsed together with the west wall around 1900. From Kerkyra, the site of the Artemis Temple can be reached by taking bus line 2a in the direction of Kanoni. You can get off at the stops Mon Repo - Palaiopolis or Kalavretzos. From there you can walk for about 550 meters to your destination.
- Country Estate Mon Repos
To the east of the Artemis Temple, the park Mon Repos with the castle of the same name is spread over an area of approximately 25 hectares. The country estate was completed in 1832 after a construction period of about four years and served from then on until 1864 as the summer residence of the British governor Sir Frederick Adam. Thereupon, the Greek royal family moved into the rooms and used the whole area up to the year 1967, during which time, to be more precise on June 10th 1921, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and later husband of Queen Elisabeth II was born here. After a long period of vacancy, in the year 1994, the Greek state got the property rights, made the park accessible to the public, renovated the historical building and integrated a small museum into it. There, one gets today information about the former inhabitants of the house, the ancient agora, the central place of the old Paleopolis and the botany of the popular island. In addition, various archaeological finds and a photo exhibition are presented. During a walk through the extensive park area one can see the remains of the Hera Temple and the Kardaki Temple. Mon Repos is easily reached by bus line 2a in the direction of Kanoni. The bus stop Mon-Repo/Palaiopolis is located near the park entrance, which is accessible daily and free of charge from 08:00-19:00. The castle is closed on Wednesdays and open the other days of the week from 08:30-16:00. For the museum there is an entrance fee of 4 euros per person.
- Kanoni, Nunnery and Mouse Island
To the east of Corfu's airport, along the long runway, stretches the Analipsi peninsula, whose southern tip called Kanoni is now one of the most popular destinations. The region owes its name to a cannon set up there by the French in 1798. The nice cafés on site invite you to stop for a bite to eat and from the elevated vantage points you get a very nice panoramic view of the beautiful landscape with probably the most photographed motives of the Greek island, Vlacherna and Pontikonisi. The nearby former Nunnery of Vlacherna can be reached via a narrow footbridge. The white building complex dates back to the 17th century and was built under Venetian rule. Inside visits are not particularly spectacular but are also possible free of charge. A small souvenir shop is located right next to the church. From the access pier, one can take one of the boats to the island Pontikonisi in the background, which is also simply called Mouse Island. This takes less than 5 minutes and costs per person 2,50 Euro each for there and back. Hidden behind high trees, an old byzantine church that was built in the 12th century is hidden there on the approximately 100x110 metres small island. Incidentally, the Austrian Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) also liked to stay on this island in order to enjoy the peace and quiet undisturbed. A commemorative plaque has been erected to remind us of this. Due to the immediate vicinity of the local airport, it is easy to observe planes taking off and landing from Kanoni. Especially impressive is the view from the small dam that connects Kanoni with Perama. Here you can position yourself so that the airplanes thunder directly over your heads. An ideal place for airplane spotter. Kanoni is easily accessible from Kerkira with the city buses of line 2a. The buses depart every 20 minutes from Liston and take about the same time to the final stop in Kanoni, which is 4.2 kilometres away. With a rental car*, this distance can be covered in about half the time.
A little further south you will find another important sight of Corfu, a former summer residence of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth (Sisi). The construction of the so-called Sissi Palace Achilleion was commissioned by the Empress herself and was completed in 1892 after three years of construction. Built on a hill, the spacious estate, which was later acquired by Kaiser Wilhelm II, offers a magnificent view of the island and the sea. In 1993, the area passed into state hands, and was subsequently renovated and opened to the public. Today the premises are mostly in their original condition and some of them can be visited. In addition, the beautifully laid out and extensive park invites you to take a short relaxing walk. By the way, scenes of the James Bond movie "In deadly mission" were shot here. The park is open daily from 08:00-20:00 and during the winter months it closes four hours earlier, at 16:00. Adults pay 10 euros each for admission, 15 to 18 year-olds pay 6 euros each and children up to 14 years of age receive their access authorisation after paying 3 euros. Audio guides speak German and can be borrowed for one hour for a fee of 3 euros. The Achilleion is about 10 kilometres away from the moorings, for which you can plan about 15 minutes' travel time by rental car in each direction. However, parking spaces are only available to a limited extent. Alternatively, you can take the bus number 10, which starts at the central San Rocco Square in Kerkyra. As a rule, the Sissi Castle is always well attended, especially in the morning hours. If you have time, it is better to be one of the first guests of the day or plan your visit for the afternoon.
- Paléo Perithia
In Corfu's northeastern mountains, there is an old Venetian mountain village at about 450 meters above sea level. It was founded in a high valley below the Pantokrátor, the highest mountain of Corfu, for fear of pirate attacks and the dreaded malaria. The first records of Alt Perithia (Palea Peritheia) date back to the 14th century, but the majority of the buildings or some remnants date from the 15th to the 17th century. Later, more and more people left the place for longer periods of time, sometimes staying away for whole months to pursue their work in the deeper regions of the island. By the middle of the 20th century the dangers had been averted and the inhabitants were once again completely drawn to the coastal regions of Corfu. The massive population decline then made sure that Perithia became a true ghost town in the meantime. In 1996, the old heritage was listed as a historical monument and is now mainly used for tourism. The few people who live here have renovated their houses true to the original and now maintain souvenir shops, holiday apartments and taverns where traditional dishes of the Corfiot cuisine are also offered. Mostly from noon on many visitors arrive and it can be quite crowded on the otherwise empty paths. A visit is therefore recommended rather in the morning hours or in the evening. For a flexible arrival, a rental car* is recommended, with which one should plan on the fastest way from the cruise port, about 80 minutes driving time in each direction and covering a distance of 50 kilometres.
- Mon Repos Beach
Corfu has some suitable bathing facilities, but you will not find them near the cruise port. One of them can be found in the south of Kerkyra. The Mon Repos Beach is considered as a city beach and is quite popular among the locals, also due to the surrounding Beach Club (Royal Baths Mon Repos). After paying a fee of 1,50 Euro, one gets access to the approximately 200 metres long beach section with an upscale restaurant, sun loungers and parasols. The entrance to the Ionian Sea is flat and stony from the sandy beach. In order to get around this, one can use the long footbridge in order to climb a few steps into the refreshing Ionian Sea. The Mon Repos Beach is open during the summer months daily from 09:00-23:00 o'clock and is about 4 kilometers away from the moorings. By taxi or rental car* it takes 10 to 15 minutes per direction, depending on traffic conditions.
- Moraitika and Messonghi Beach
About 21 kilometres south of the cruise port, the holiday resorts Moraitika and Messonghi are located on Corfu's east coast. Situated directly next to each other and separated by the Messonghi River, both resorts also have pleasant beach sections. The Messonghi Beach is a free accessible, narrow and flat sloping pebble beach with quite dense buildings, where hotels and gastronomic offers can be found. Sunbeds and umbrellas are usually included and can usually be used free of charge, provided that you are a paying customer of the corresponding localities. Moreover, one can try out different water sports activities on the spot. At the mainly sandy Moraitika Beach it is similar, but with much more space. The beach is much wider, longer, less densely built-up and much sandier. Sunbeds and umbrellas are mostly rented here for a fee. In order to reach the beaches, a rental car* is available, with which you can plan about 40 minutes driving time from the harbour.
- Issos Beach
South of Moraitika and Messonghi you will find a very wide and long sandy beach about 10 kilometres away. The fine sandy Issos Beach with its dune landscape separates the fresh water filled Korission Lake from the Ionian Sea in a natural way. The sun loungers and parasols on site usually belong to the snack bars and can be used mostly free of charge, as long as one buys something there. Due to the frequent winds and the very shallow entry into the water, Issos Beach is quite popular with wind- and kite surfers. In addition, quad bikers often romp around in the dunes. For fans of the James Bond series it is interesting to know that scenes from the movie "For Your Eyes Only" were shot here. If you take the fastest way from the moorings of the cruise ships to this beach section, you can park your rental car* quite close to the shore after about 50 minutes and 32 completed kilometres.
- Glyfada Beach
The Glyfada Beach is only about 17 kilometres away from the New Harbour in Kerkyra, which can be reached after about 30 minutes by car. The fine sandy beach located at the west coast of Corfu is surrounded by a beautiful mountain scenery, enjoys great popularity and is often simply called The Golden Beach, as in the evening the setting sunbathes the whole area in a wonderfully harmonious light. The access to the sea is flat and there are numerous sun loungers and umbrellas available for a fee. Cafés, bars and restaurants are located in the immediate proximity and during the summer months, there are also some water sports providers at the beach. If several cruise ships have moored in the harbour of Corfu City, it can get quite crowded during the day, as the Glyfada Beach is normally also a part of the excursion offers of the shipping companies.
- Paleokastritsa Beach and Monastery
Further north on the west coast of Corfu is the very charming holiday resort of Paleokastritsa, with several beaches and bays nearby. The most beautiful beach among them is probably Paleokastritsa Beach itself. Flanked on both sides by steep mountains, the family-friendly, partly fine sandy, partly pebbly beach section is located in a protected bay. It has a gently sloping entrance into the normally crystal clear water. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for a fee and there are restaurants, bars and small shops nearby. From the narrow jetty, small boats regularly go to the surrounding grottos and small bays with their bathing facilities, such as Paradise Beach (Chomi Beach), which is only accessible from the sea. There is a spacious parking lot in the direct vicinity of Paleokastritsa Beach, but it fills up quite quickly in the early morning. It's worth a short walk up to the old Monastery of Moni Paleokastritsa, which offers great views of the bay and the adjacent sea. The building complex was already founded in the year 1225 and was later significantly extended in the 18th century. Today the monastery with its small museum is open for visitors daily from April to the end of October from 08:00-13:00 and from 15:00-20:00. The entrance is free of charge. The beach of Paleokastritsa is about 22 kilometres away from the port of Kerkyra, for which you can plan a journey of about 30 minutes in each direction by rental car*.
- More Beaches and the Corfu Aquarium
On the opposite side of the large parking lot at the Paleokastritsa Beach there are the two pebble beaches Agios Petros Beach and Ampelaki Beach, which also have sandy areas in parts. For the use of a sun lounger there is a charge of 5 Euro. The Corfu Aquarium, founded in 2008, is located at the parking lot. Here you can observe the sea dwellers in the 20 or so individual basins at close range, which you have already discovered while snorkeling in the fantastic bays of the island. In addition, the not too large exhibition area offers several terrariums with various reptiles. The aquarium is opened daily from 10:00-17:00 o'clock and for the entrance, the persons from an age of 13 years have to pay 6 euros each. Children from 5 to 12 years pay a reduced entrance fee of 4 euros and younger children enter free of charge.
- The Angelic Castle Angelokastro
To the northwest of Paleokastritsa, near the village of Krini, are the remains of a once very important castle Angelokastro (Castle of Angels) was considered impregnable during its lifetime and was one of the most important fortifications on the island, along with the bastions in Kerkyra. The first fortifications were built on the high and towering rocky peak already in Byzantine times. Later in the 13th century, extensive extensions and expansions took place. Apart from the foundation walls, which are worth seeing, only a few remnants from old times have been preserved. These include, for example, some rock tombs, a cave church and the Archangel Church built in 1784. At the foot of the fortress there is a small car park with a café and public toilets. From there, a paved path, partly with steps, leads to the historic walls and the extremely impressive panoramic view. The ascent on foot takes about 10 to 15 minutes and adults have to pay a fee of 2 euros per person to access the area. Open daily except Wednesdays from 10:00-18:00. The fortress is about 28 kilometres away from the cruise port in Kerkyra, which takes 45 to 50 minutes by rental car* in each direction.
- Agios Georgios Beach
Another beautiful and large beach is located to the north of Angelokastro, in a horseshoe-shaped bay flanked by green mountains. The Agios Georgios Beach extends over a length of approximately 3 kilometres and is always wide enough to offer enough space for numerous beach holiday makers. But it is never crowded and there are no big hotels here. Visitors of the place live in holiday houses and holiday flats to which small shops, grocery stores and different taverns join. The fine-sandy beach section slopes gently into the crystal-clear sea and has been awarded several times for its very good water quality. A sun bed with parasol has cost 10 Euro per day at last. For the journey to Agios Georgios Beach you can plan about 30 kilometres and 45 to 50 minutes time in each direction by car from the moorings.
- Sidari Beach and Canal d'Amour
In the very north of Corfu lies the touristically fully developed village of Sidari with its Sidari Beach named after it. In the former fishing village you will find a high density of different restaurants, bars and small shops with all kinds of goods. The wide and long extended sandy beach is gently sloping into the salty sea water. Sunbeds and parasols are available and during the season motor and pedal boats can be rented. At the western end of the beach you will find some nice rock formations. The sandstone cliffs, formed by the forces of nature, have several levels, shine in various shades of yellow and serve as a springboard for some daredevil people to jump into the depths to the surface of the water. In the middle of the cliffs there are small bays with sand beaches, caves and rock tunnels, as the quite famous Canal d'Amour. According to the legends, some people have already found their big love at the naturally formed "canal" after swimming through it. Sidari is about 36 kilometers away from the cruise port in Kerkyra. For this distance you need about 50 minutes by rental car* in each direction.
- Dassia, Ipsos and Barbati Beach
In a little closer distance to the moorings of the cruise ships, there are three more pebble beaches in north-western direction that can be reached quite fast with a motorized vehicle. First, after a drive of approximately 15 minutes, one comes across to Dassia Beach that is 11 kilometres away and that is separated from Ipsos Beach in the north by a small forest area (approximately 1,5 kilometres). Both beaches are quite narrow, often crowded and have some bars and restaurants. Much more space is available at Barbati Beach, which is located at another 2,5 kilometres distance towards the northeast. Apart from numerous refreshment facilities, sunbeds and parasols, you can also make use of the offers of the local water sports providers.
- Excursion Portals and Excursion Providers
Through the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and admission tickets in Kerkyra, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions offered by the shipping companies. Thus, if you book in time, you can realize a variety of excursions on your own.
A small preselection of independent excursion offers
for, in and around Kerkyra,
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- Cruises and Special Offers
If you have not yet booked a Mediterranean cruise, but would like to get to know Corfu personally and make excursions on your own, you will find great offers from the major cruise operators in the German-speaking countries. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises - Mein Schiff* offer attractive routes with their modern cruise ships, together with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with your favourite shipping company at fair conditions.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the sea travel specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria*. This means that you can choose from a wide range of up-to-date offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. Also attractive are the popular special offers, with which one can travel at a particularly low price and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Opening hours of museums: daily except Wednesdays from 09:00-18:00
- Opening hours of the post office: Monday to Friday from 07:30-18:00
- Opening hours of the banks: Monday to Friday from 08:00-14:00
- Opening hours of the tourist information office: several hours after arrival of a cruise ship
- Opening hours of the shops: Monday to Friday from 09:00-21:00, Saturday from 10:00-21:00. Some boutiques are also open on Sundays.
- Country code: +30
- Taxi Kerkyra: Tel. +30 266 103 3811 (Corfu Radio Taxi)
- General emergency call: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 100
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 166
- Fire department: Tel. 199
- Vaccination recommendation: Tropical Institute Greece
- German Embassy: Kapodistriou 23, Kerkira
- Safety Instructions: Federal Foreign Office Greece
- Buses: Corfu City Bus S.A.
- Intercity buses: Green Buses - Intercity buses of Corfu
- City map: Kerkyra Map
- City map: Kerkyra Map
- Climate table: Kerkyra climate
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Kerkyra
- Port occupancy: Corfu, Registered berths
- Official language: Greek
- National currency: Euro, 1 EUR = 100 Cent
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