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HOW ABOUT A VACATION IN CORFU THIS YEAR?

Where is Corfu?


Corfu is an island located near the coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea and, including its small satellite islands, forms the margin of the northwestern frontier of Greece. The main city of the Island is called Corfu.



 


A little history?


The island is bound up with the history of Greece from the beginnings of Greek mythology and is marked by numerous battles and conquests. Ancient Korkyra took part in the Battle of Sybota which was a catalyst for the Peloponnesian War, and, according to Thucydides, the largest naval battle between Greek city-states until that time. Thucydides also reports that Korkyra was one of the three great naval powers of the fifth century BC Greece, along with Athens and Corinth.


Ruins of ancient Greek temples and other archaeological sites of the ancient city of Korkyra are found in Palaiopolis. Medieval castles punctuating strategic locations across the island are a legacy of struggles in the Middle Ages against invasions by pirates and the Ottomans. Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way. As a result, Corfu's capital has been officially declared a Kastropolis ("castle city") by the Greek government.


From medieval times and into the 17th century, the island successfully repulsed the Ottomans during several sieges, was recognized as a bulwark of the European States against the Ottoman Empire, and became one of the most fortified places in Europe. The fortifications of the island were used by the Venetians to defend against Ottoman intrusion into the Adriatic. Corfu eventually fell under British rule following the Napoleonic Wars and was eventually ceded to Greece by the British government along with the remaining islands of the United States of the Ionian Islands.


Unification with modern Greece was concluded in 1864 under the Treaty of London. Corfu is the origin of the Ionian Academy, the first university of the modern Greek state, and the Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo di Corfù, the first Greek theatre and opera house of modern Greece.


In 2007, the city's old town was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, following a recommendation by ICOMOS.

 

How can I reach Corfu?


This is quite easy. Corfu has an international airport that accommodates direct flights from major European cities and beyond.


You can also travel by car and take the ferry from the coast to reach the island (the shortest trip is about 1,5 hours long and is fairly priced - from the port of Igoumenitsa).


If you prefer, you can also take a ferry from Italy, Albania, or even as far as France or Spain.


You can rent a car on the island, or if you prefer scooters are always a popular choice. For car rentals, we can recommend you:

Value Plus: +30 266 309 5779, +30 693 239 8975, info@corfucarrentals.com

 

How about accommodation?


We are happy to welcome you to Fotini Studios, located in the village of Paleokastritsa.


Our complex is comprised of the main building with 12 spacious rooms suitable for 2-3 persons. Each room has a private balcony, so you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Paleokastritsa area. Fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower, A/C. TV and Wi-Fi are so provided.

Besides the main complex, we have recently added a premium apartment and a premium studio located on the ground floor right next to the pool area.

Our guests can freely enjoy the pool area, sunbeds, and gorgeous scenery.

Enough parking spaces are offered to all our guests free of charge.

More than accommodation services we are trying to offer you beautiful experiences and memories from the time you spent with us. On the THINGS TO DO section of the website (as well as on the blog) you will find amazing ideas for unique experiences that will add that extra something to your visit. Feel free to also ask our friendly employees about what else is new or trendy. You might be surprised by what you can discover.


 

Why Corfu?


First of all, because it is a very beautiful destination. It is very easy to reach and fairly priced. It still has that non-modern resort (a more traditional place) vibe to it while offering all the modern facilities you would expect nowadays.


We strongly believe that traveling is about experiences and memories and Corfu has so much to offer that we are sure you will not be able to experience it all in one trip. From old fortresses and 17th century castless to traditional Greek cities and tavernas. Gorgeous beaches for every taste, from large hotel beaches to secret ones that are very secluded and are only accessible by boat. Do you want to mix sea and mountains, we have plenty of that so hiking is always a popular choice.


Are you the more adventurous type, we got you covered: rent your own boat, go paragliding, rent a Vespa scooter and explore at your own pace or jump from an incredible cliff into the turquoise water underneath in the wild cheers of the crowd.


Excellent local food will make you want to come back over and over again as well as many other hidden treasures.

 



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