To this day, Homer's epic celebrates Corfu as a green paradise that will enchant every visitor with its soothing charm. Today, when Corfu is visited every year by millions of seasonal tourists, it is almost a surprise to realise that you can still find beautiful, tranquil places here. The mountainous north gradually slopes down towards the plains of the south of the island. The rich, verdant cover of the island is in magnificent contrast to the arid Albanian mountains. The channel between the north of the island and Albania is only a mile wide, so you can see the Albanian military base at Butrin quite clearly. Roughly at the centre of the island, you will even find a golf course—the only one on the island.
Corfu Harbour (Limín Kérkira)
Anchor in the old harbour east of the customs pier. Here, it is the most convenient to land port-side and the northwest wind will guarantee you stay in position. The old harbour is usually full of cruise ships so it may be difficult to find a space. Sometimes you may have to circle the breakwater before one of the ships departs. You will find water at the customs pier, and there is also a tap behind the bathrooms in the old harbour. You can get fuel at the customs pier. Specialised mechanics are available for various repairs right on the seafront, and there are also a number of mini-markets for re-stocking provisions. Unlike the city centre that is sure to captivate you, the old harbour is not a particularly pleasant place, mainly because of fishy smell and overcrowding.
The city’s architecture shows very strong English, French and Italian influences. Local people like to claim that they are more cultivated than their compatriots from other islands. The capital city of Corfu features a wonderful combination of parks and squares, along with a typically English cricket field called the Esplanade. The old Venetian fortress from 1559, christened Palaio Frourio, stands atop the cliff opposite the square. You can take a walk on the northern side of the cricket ground and you will get to the Palaces of St Michael and St George. Discover the unique Museum of Asian Art with its unique collection assembled by Corfu diplomat Giorgios Manos, a collection that motivated his frequent expeditions to the Far East. Above all, the ladies of the crew will be enchanted by the area on the western side of the pitch, called The Liston. This row of charming cafés and shops in the French style was built at the request of Napoleon himself and was intended to rival the famous Rue de Rivoli in Paris. The local coffee is no more expensive here than anywhere else on Corfu.
Sailing south you will reach the resorts of Gouvia, Dasia, Ipsos, and Pirgi. These places have, unfortunately, long since lost most of their distinctive character. If you want distinctive character, you can still find it, for example, at the foot of the majestic mountain Pantokrátor, with a height of 906 m. The ideal starting point for going up to the mountain is the village of Old Perithia. Local villages such as Nissaki or Kalami, whose White House used to be the residence of English writer Lawrence Durrell (he was even visited here by Henry Miller), have retained their natural charm.
If Corfu is where you are starting your journey, from here you can sail to Sivoty, 29 km south. For about EUR 10, your children can visit the local water park. In the centre of town is the delightful Steak House restaurant, where excellent meals are served in large portions.
A beautiful beach at the southern tip of the island is at Cape Arcoudilas, which makes a wonderful stop for lunch and swimming when the winds are gentle.
If you are in the mood for tasteful night-time entertainment, then visit the Czech-Greek bar, the Golden Beach, which is right on the beach and 200 m north of the Messogi River, where it is possible to anchor at its mouth in good weather. There are three basic programs here: Latin-American dances, Elvis Presley, and Greek-Latin dances. This program is unparalleled elsewhere on Corfu, being cheerful and based on dancing and good drinking. Entry is free and drink prices are the same as in any other bar.