About Corfu Town

La Casa Del Nonno a Corfu

Saint Spyridon Corfu

The apartment is only 5 min on foot from St. Spyridon’s Church. St. Spyridon was born in 270 a.D. in a relatively prosperous shepherds’ family. Although he received education, he didn’t quit the family tradition and kept making a living as a shepherd. He was a good and honest man full of love for his fellow one. On Sundays and Feast Days he would take his fellow shepherds to the church in order to explain the word of God. Often he would protect widows and orphans. He got married to a pious woman and had a daughter, Irene. Soon though he lost his wife, and, in order to soothe his soul, Spyridon dedicated himself even more to the God’s word. After a long exhortation, Spyridon was ordinate priest. St. Spyridon rested on the 12th of December 350 a. D.

About Corfu

Corfu is one of Greece’s northwestern islands, located in the Ionian Sea. Its territory is almost 592 sq. km.

The island’s southern half is quite hilly while the northern part is also covered with craggy mountains, among which Pantokrator peak stands out.

Therefore you will find abundant wild flowers, cypress trees, herbs and many more flora and fauna varieties. If you get to visit the island in the summer you will enjoy the fabulous beaches of the Ionian Sea.

Corfu History

At The border between East and West the island was both the ancient Greek’s trail head towards the West and a main target for western rulers attempting to dominate the area.

The successive western conquerors have left their indelible signs both at the town’s urban design and its architectural style.

Corfu owes a lot of its glamorous reputation to the stone-made, multileveled, tile-roofed houses that have maintained a very intense trace of Italia, French and British architecture.

Corfu Town

The island’s capital is characterized by a very bold Venetian evidence, but also French and British impact. Some of its must-see monuments are the large Spianata Sq., the Old and the New Fortresses, the Town Hall, the Byzantine Icon’s Museum, the Mon Repos Park as well as the Kanoni district. Just off the Kanoni peninsula there is the tiny islet with the Mother Mary Vlacherna Church, which is connected to Corfu through a narrow strip of land. A few meters farther lay the famous Mouse Island, on the top of which there is the 14th century Almighty Chapel. Saint Spyridon, whose incorruptible body is housed in the church dedicated to him, is the islands patron. The town is full of historical buildings such as the outstanding St. George & Arch. Michael Palace, where the Asian Art Museum is housed, the Liston, the Kapodistria Family Mansion, the Reading Society Mansion and the House of the former Ionian Bank, the renowned San Giacomo Theatre and the House of the Ionian Parliament as well as that of the Ionian Academy.

How to Get to Corfu

Corfu is regularly connected to Igoumenitsa by ferry. As soon as you reach the town you will fall for its theatrical setting, you will feel like walking everywhere around.

And still when you leave you will be filled with a nostalgic feeling, that only the promise of return will manage to eliminate.

Corfu disposes an international airport for flights to and from Athens, Thessaloniki and the other Ionian Islands while during the summer season (Apr-Oct) numerous charter flights connect the island directly to most European countries.

Sightseeing

Unique and special, full of history and monuments Corfu’s old town is only a 5 min walk the La Casa del Nonno a Corfu. The Liston is the town’s main attraction both for residents and guests. Under its vaulted arches you can find the finest cafes and restaurants.

Next to the Liston, Greece’s one and only cricket pitch is part of the town’s main square. Walk along the kantounia and the campiello. An amazing scenery gradually unfolds in front of you from the Mouragia promenade to the Garitsa bay, but also in the narrow streets that very much remind those in Naples or Venice. You should definitely not miss the patron’s St. Spyridon Church, also not more than 5 min from the La Casa del Nonno a Corfu.

Around the Town

Great sites can be found outside the town. Among the must see monuments in the countryside there is the Achilleion, summer residence of the Empress Elisabeth (Sissy) of Austria with its impressive statue depicting the Dying Achilles and many more frescoes and paintings. Pelekas boasts a justly famous sunset, while just above Paleokastritsa to the west you will find the Angelokastro, an impregnable byzantine fortress. Certainly worth going are the beautiful sandy beaches of Agios Gordis, Glyfada, Korission Lake, Agios Georgios Pagi, Marathias, Gardeno, Kassiopi, Almyros and Paleokastritsa. Last but not least, Corfu’s inland is full of charming villages drown in vegetation, such as Agios Matthaios, Giannades, Episkepsi, Chlomos, Spartilas and Lefkimi.