Corfu Old Town
The principal attraction of Corfu is the UNESCO site of the Old Fortress dating back to the Byzantine era. The grand Venetian New Fortress is also nearby, and the central green area of Spianada Square (said to be the largest in Greece) lies below. The Greek and Albanian mainland can be spotted in the distance, and there are views of the Italianate streets below, watched over by the Tower of Saint Spyridon where relics of the city’s saint are held. James Bond fans, keep a look out for familiar scenes – For Your Eyes Only was filmed here too.
The Corfu Trail makes exploring the island on foot easy, with a walking route covering its entire length. The North East Corfu walking region extends along a string of picturesque bays between Nissaki and Kassiopi.
A variety of water sports, boat hire facilities and idyllic sea front tavernas can be found along the trail. The resorts of Barbati, Nissaki, Kaminaki, Kalami, Agios Stefanos, Avlaki, Kassiopi and Apraos fall within the region, and it also includes the mountain villages of Loutses, Lafki, Old Perithia and Porta.
Mount Pantokrator is the highest point on the island. It’s a challenging 3 - 5 hour hike to the top, though there is also a direct driving route for those not wishing to walk. The reward at the peak is the Monastery of Ipsilos with beautiful paintings inside, and at the bottom is the oldest village on the island, Old Perthia, which is mostly deserted apart from five tavernas, perfect for hungry mountain explorers.
Walk or sail along the coastline