Tap into this post to read about some of our sightseeing, fun facts, travel tips and many pictures of our time in Corfu. We encourage you to get out and see the world if you are able, and if not, we will bring it to you through our posts. We hope you enjoy!
Flag of GreeceThe flag of Greece is one of the most recognizable flags among all nations of the world. The white cross represents the Greek Orthodox religion of the nation, while the blue and white colours symbolize the surrounding seas and white waves. The nine stripes represent the nine letters in the Greek word for freedom.
A Greek Gem in the Ionian Sea
Another port of call on our Mediterranean cruise was the lovely Greek island of Corfu, which is located on the western side of Greece in the Ionian Sea just off the coast of Albania to the north (see map below). So close to Albania, in fact, that my mobile phone picked up an Albanian carrier. We found Corfu to be very busy with tourists from two cruise ships, but we walked through the narrow cobblestone streets of Corfu Old Town and saw many shops, restaurants, and old Venetian era buildings. We hiked up to the old ‘New’ Fortress atop a nearby hill where we had great views of the island. Overall it was a lovely day on Corfu.
Facts & Figures
— Archaeologists have determined that the island of Corfu has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Era that dates to 70,000 B.C.
— There are 2 very old fortresses on opposite ends of Corfu Town, one dubbed the ‘Old Fortress’ and one as the ‘New Fortress’; the New Fortress actually dates back to the mid-1500s but has undergone several phases of additions over the centuries and most recently was a military garrison, thus the ‘New Fortress’
— The original architect of the ‘New’ Fortress was Ferrante Vitelli in the mid-1500s
— At its closest point, Corfu is only about 1.2 km (three-quarters of a mile) from the Albanian coastline (in fact my mobile phone signal kept saying “Welcome to Albania”)
— Corfu has been referenced in writings that date back to 1300 B.C. and Phaeacians are believed to have been the first settlers of Corfu island
— Corfu Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007
— We simply did not have enough time to tour the famed beaches; we simply stuck to a walking tour of Corfu Town
— For good authentic food, try any of the outdoor cafes along the narrow streets of Corfu Old Town; prices are a bit relaxed if you venture a couple of streets away from the main tourist streets
— Currency used in Corfu is the Euro
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