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ABOUT Corfu , Ionian

Corfu download (2)is an island which enchanted poets and kings. It’s the port which linked the East to the West .

History

The island’s history is full of battles and conquests. Castles punctuating strategic locations across the island are a legacy of these struggles. Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way. As a result, Corfu’s capital has been officially declared a Kastropolis (“castle city”) by the Greek government. From medieval times and into the 17th century, the island was recognised as a bulwark of the European States against the Ottoman Empire and became one of the most fortified places in Europe. The fortifications of the island were used by the Venetians to defend against Ottoman intrusion into the Adriatic. Corfu repulsed several Ottoman sieges, before falling under British rule following the Napoleonic Wars. Corfu was eventually ceded by the British Empire along with the remaining islands of the United States of the Ionian Islands, and unification with modern Greece was concluded in 1864 under the Treaty of London.

download (1)In 2007, the city’s old quarter was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, following a recommendation by ICOMOS.Corfu is a very popular tourist destination. The island was the location of the 1994 European Union summit.

Sightseeing

It is no coincidence that the well-preserved historic center has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The visitor that will wander around the city of Corfu, the suburbs, the communities and the greater area of the Municipality of Corfu, will have the chance to discover the ‘dowry’ that nature and man gave to Corfu. The ‘Old City’ recalls past ages; the European influences are visible everywhere and harmoniously coexist, giving to the city a special color. There are no mosques and minarets in Corfu. No stamp of Asiatic occupation can be found on the island. Here that Europe meets Greece and the nature ungrudgingly spread hundreds the shades of green and blue, the Corfiot Civilization developed with significant particularities that make him stand apart.
Palaces, fortresses, museums, libraries, galleries, churches, interesting public buildings and privet mansidownloadons, public, privet and archaeological sites, sites of natural and special interest, traditional houses, verdurous olive groves, picturesque ports and blue beaches make an unexpected puzzle on the area of the Municipality of Corfu, that lives speechless even the most demanding visitor.

Food – Tastes – Relaxation

The visitor can taste the local cuisine, as the famous pastitsada meat cooked in sauce with vegetables, vinegar and pasta. Other local specialities are sofrito(veal cooked in bread with garlic sauce), and the gardoumpes bourdeto (fish cooked in a spicy sauce with onions). All that visitor can taste in one of the many picturesque little-taverns of the city; he can buy, if he wants, a characteristic souvenir of the island, the shops stay open until late at night during the summer months. The tour may end with a visit at the famous bars and discotheques of Corfu, for an all-night carousal.

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