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The Corfu island among the most beautiful and popular islands of Greece and Europe.
One of the most cosmopolitan islands of Greece, Corfu is located on the northern side of the Ionian Sea. It charms visitors with the Venetian style, the lovely beaches, and the relaxing feeling. Corfu island was one of the first islands in Greece to open to tourism. The island attracts thousands of visitors every year from all parts of the world. Corfu is part of the Ionian Islands and lies in the north of the group, at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea.
Cultural events and festivals in Corfu island.
The celebration of Easter in Corfu is truly a unique experience carrying elements from the Roman Catholic community and Orthodox religion. On Holy Friday, the local bands and choir of the island accompany the procession of Epitaphios (the tomb of the Christ decorated with flowers) and the processions of all churches are gathered in Spianada Square, Corfu Town. Preparations start from the early morning hours for the Holy Saturday where local celebrate the first resurrection throwing clay pots from their balconies in Corfu Town. This particular custom is very characteristic of Easter in Corfu.
Saint Spiridon is the patron saint of Corfu island. The legend says that it has saved the island many times from plague, famine, and invasions from Sarakins and Turks in the Medieval times. Although he never lived in Corfu, his relics came to the island after his death. Saint Spyridon is very beloved in the residents of Corfu and celebrates four times a year: on December 12th, on Sunday before Easter, on the first Sunday of November and on August 11th. July 2nd On July 2nd, there is a feast in Panagia Vlacherna in Kanoni, Corfu Town. August 6th On August 6th, the feast for the Transfiguration of the Christ, there is a feast in Pontikonisi. Also from August 1st to 6th, there is a pilgrimage in the Monastery of Pantocrator, Corfu island.
Cultural events: The Carnival of Corfu resembles a lot to the Carnival of Venice, as it has its roots in the Venetian occupation of the island in the 17th century. Many traditional costumes take place in Corfu Old Town as well as a great parade in Liston. Varkarola The Varkarola is a special local event which is celebrated every August with choirs in boats singing kantades (traditional romantic songs from the late 19th/early 20th century) while fireworks light up the sky. Cricket Festival The Cricket Festival is a local custom coming from the British domination of the Ionian islands. This festival is annually and takes places in the huge cricket ground in spianada Square, Corfu Town.
See and Do in Corfu island.
Corfu Town is a gem for sightseeing with many monuments from the Medieval times, including the Old Fortress, the New Fortress, Liston Promenade and the Church of Saint Spyridon, protector of the island. Visitors should not miss the quarter of Kanoni, a bit outside Corfu Town, with the nice view to the Mouse Island and the chapel of Panagia Vlacherna. Very impressive sights in Corfu are also the Achilleion Palace, the Monastery of Paleokastritsa and the Fortress of Angelokastro.
With clean water and surrounded by lush greenery, the beaches in Corfu attract many visitors every summer. Paleokastritsa is the most famous beach resort, while other nice Corfu beaches include Agios Gordis, Pelekas and Glyfada. Many Corfu beaches are organized and lined up with hotels, seaside restaurants, water sports centers, and beach bars. You will find below a list with the best beaches on Corfu island.
Paleokastritsa Location: 23 km north west of Corfu Town
Description: Paleokastritsa is the most famous and probably most picturesque beach resort on the island. Huge, green cliffs surround the coast and many sea caves can be visited by boat around Paleokastritsa. Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Diving Club, Watersports.
Agios Gordios Location: 19 km south west of Corfu Town
Description: The beach of Agios Gordios is one of the most popular beaches in Corfu. The sandy beach is surrounded by impressive rock formations, much greenery, and tourist facilities. Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised.
Glyfada Location: 16 km west of Corfu Town
Description: One of the most popular and beautiful beaches of the island, Glyfada is west of Corfu Town. The large surface of fine sand is surrounded by tree-covered cliffs. Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Party, Watersports.
Myrtiotissa Location: 17 km west of Corfu Town
Description: The beach owes its name to the beautiful Monastery of Virgin Mary Myrtiotissa which is located just above it. It is an unorganized beach, totally unspoiled and unofficially nudist. Type: Sandy, Partly Organized, Nudism Friendly Lawrence Durrell’s claim in Prospero’s Cell that this tiny cove in the middle of Corfu’s scenic west coast is “perhaps the most beautiful beach in the world” will seem overblown to many. There are actually three diminutive beaches tucked beneath steep cliffs; the left-most, diamond-shaped lozenge of golden sand, barely 90 feet across at present (it seems to change annually), is now the island’s most famous nudist beach.
Nissaki Location: 22 km north of Corfu Town Description: Nissaki is among the most beautiful beaches in Corfu. A lovely shore with soft sand and rock formations around, this picturesque spot has amazing blue-green water. Type: Pebbled, Family Friendly, Diving Club.
Sidari Canal d Amour Location: 36 km north west of Corfu Town Description: The famous coves of Canal d’Amour are situated at the west of Sidari, on the northern side of the island. It is one of the most impressive and photographed spots of Corfu. Type: Pebbled, Organised.
Agios Georgios Pagon Location: 40 km north west of Corfu Town
Description: This is a small bay with sandy shore and clean water. It is located on the northwestern side of the island. Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised.
Issos Location: 32 km south of Corfu Town
Description: Issos is a magnificent beach located on the southern side of Corfu. The endless seashore with golden sand and crystalline waters makes a magnificent beach. Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Secluded, Windsurfing.
Acharavi Location: 37 km north west of Corfu Town
Description: Acharavi is situated on the northern tip of Corfu island. It is a long, sandy beach and it is particularly suitable for couples and families. Type: Pebbled, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Diving Club.
Ipsos Location: 15 km north west of Corfu Town
Description: The long, thin beach has a road that runs along the back of it. Behind the road, there are gift shops, minimarkets, bars, and cafes. Type: Pebbled, Family Friendly, Organised, Party.