My 3rd feels-like-home place in the world. The first time I was there, I received the confirmation I was expecting as I loved the island without a special reason and I was anticipating to visit it. This time, I was extremely happy being there again and all the things I felt back then, I felt again 😉
Thankfully, a wonderful weather welcomed us at our last stop to close the long summer beautifully. The first night there, we strolled in the labyrinth of narrow streets paved with cobblestones, which are called kantounia, and are full of tourist shops making you want to buy everything. This is Corfu’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with influences of the Venetian architecture.
Unfortunately, we were in the city mostly in the evenings and the night light is not very helpful to take good pictures. As result, I will not post many pictures of the city, as I do not have any 🙂
The next day we visited the village of Palaiokastritsa on the west side of the island. Luckily, they were renting boats there, so we rented one and drove a lot again on this side.
There is a beautiful, wild landscape, similar to the one at Paxos, with many caves, steep cliffs, and turquoise water. We anchored twice and swam there at the pretty gulfs.
Reachable only by boat! So cool!!!!
Palaiokastritsa is also known for the monastery, which is located on the top of a hill next to the sea. A cafeteria is also close to the church, where you can enjoy an astounding view.
It is definitely better to spend at least 5 days on an island like Corfu, but as we did not have many days, we did the best we could for the limited time.
The last day we visited Pontikonisi, the nearby tiny island which is the home of the monastery of Pantokrator and the summer house of the beloved Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, Achilleion.
Close to Pontikonisi is the airport of the island and it was very impressive to watch the planes landing or departing extremely close to you!!!
The Empress of Austria built Achilleion, taking its name from Homer’s hero, Achilles, in order to seek refuge after the death of her son, Rudolph. She personally participated in the design of the house and her love for Achilles and the Greek History and Mythology is everywhere obvious. Statues of Achilles from the Trojan war or 9 Muses are everywhere to be seen. The palace offers a panoramic view of Corfu city to the north, and across the whole southern part of the island.
And the amazing view…
For the last time that we were going to swim for this year, we picked the beach of Agios Gordios on the west side of the island. A beautiful and peaceful place with many tavernas and an extraordinary landscape.
As you might guess, I would visit Corfu over and over again without getting tired of it and always discovering something new. I have a huge list of things I wanted to see there and I didn’t. So, I simply have to go again 😉