Corfu was first mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, where he speaks about the hospitality of the people living on the island. Apart from being the capital of the island, Corfu is also the capital of the Ionian region.
The Old Town will enchant you with its fortress, Fortezza, which dates back to Byzantine and Venetian era. Strolling around the city, you will see beautiful sights like the Spiniada square, the church of Agios Spyridon and the tomb of Kapodistrias. It is also worth visiting the "Mon Repo" ( the royal summer palace) and the Achillion palace. Kommeno, just 12km away from Corfu Town, is a good suggestion for summer holidays, since it is a quiet place, offering all the tourist facilities you may need. The famous Gouvia beach is located five kilometers north of Corfu town. You can get there by bus, which has a frequent timetable. The area offers restaurants, bars, nightclubs and many shops. The beach is perfect for families with small children as it has shallow waters. You can also enjoy various watersports, such as diving. Moraitika is a quiet seaside village twenty kilometers south of the capital. There, you will find a lovely beach and picturesque little fish restaurants. Heading to the northwest of the island you will find Paleokastritsa with its green hills, olive groves and its magical coastline. There are many options when it comes to accommodation: hotels, apartments or even an organized camping spot.
The city is famous for its Carnival, where besides the parties, you can enjoy parades in traditional costumes.Those who plan to come on Easter, should know the tradition of the locals to throw clay vessels with water from their balconies as a symbol of the "first resurrection" of Christ. Do not forget to taste local dishes such as pastitsada, sofrito or bourdeto.