The Old Town of Corfu is just off the Western coasts of Albania and Greece and located at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea with roots dating back to the 8th century BC. Corfu is Venice, Naples, France, British and of course Greek. The town is a maze of narrow streets and dominated by a 16th century fortress. The place to ‘people’ watch is the Liston: built by the French overlooking the cricket field, which was built by the British. Corfu Town offers a variety of shops selling many things including local products such as olive wood, leather handbags, clothing and jewelry designed by local craftsmen. Other places of interest are the Achillion Palace named for Achilles, the 1891, the palace was built for Austro-Hungarian Empress Elisabeth Bavaria. There is also Mon Repos which is a villa and lies south of Corfu Town in the forest of Palaiopolis and was the birth place of Prince Philip of England.
Ipsos is a lively party resort on the north east of Corfu island and set against the dramatic backdrop of the hills and mountains of northern Corfu and Mount Pantokrator. There are lots of taverns, restaurants, shops and bars in Ipsos, offering a wide and varied choice for dining and shopping. There are also a few nightclubs in the resort appealing to the younger holiday maker or just the young at heart. On the other side of the road there is a long shingle and stone beach, with sun beds and umbrellas available for hire and the calm shallow water is ideal for water sports and bathing. Ipsos is only a 20 minute drive from Corfu Town making this a popular holiday destination.
Dassia was one of the first villages in Corfu to be developed as a resort and is only a 10 minute drive from Corfu Town making it a firm favorite with tourists with its peaceful beachside location. Dassia is particularly popular for water sport activities, scuba diving, paragliding and the calm water is particularly good for water skiing. Dassia Beach is ideal for children, being a safe distance from the busy main road, and offering calm, shallow water for bathing.
Location & Directions
Corfu has no shortage of transport options depending where you want to go and what you want to see. The public bus network in Corfu is good and well priced; buses are dark-blue for Corfu Town, while green KTEL buses run to points island-wide. If you prefer a door to door service there are plenty of taxis available, agree a price before hand or ensure the driver uses the meter. Another option to get out and about in Corfu is to hire a car, scooter, bike or quad. The roads here are generally very winding, but the island isn’t that big and there are some fabulous areas off the beaten path to check out. Finally, in most of the resorts you can hire boats, giving you the freedom to set off and stopping off to see the sights or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the clear blue waters of Corfu.