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I'm currently planning a trip to the beautiful island of Corfu and I'm keen on visiting some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are located there. Being a bit of a history buff, I believe that exploring these sites can give me a deeper understanding of the island's cultural heritage and historical significance.

Could anyone here share more information about the UNESCO site on Corfu? Is there only one? The Corfu Old Town? What should I prioritize to see in Old Town?

Thanks!
 
I believe that it is the entire Old Town of Corfu that is the World Heritage Site. Rather than staying at an all-inclusive I would recommend staying in the Old Town and renting a car to explore the villages and beaches during the day. If you don’t want to rent a car, there is a good enough bus system to take you to the most popular spots, but you’ll always be able to see more on your own.

I will add an absolutely fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that is possible to do as a day trip from Corfu - Butrint, Albania. The day I was there, they were actively excavating. They had just unearthed a statue of Minerva (Athena); perhaps so- called because it was most likely a Roman statue. It was all covered up in damp cloths to protect it from the air!

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/570/#:~:text=Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint

It is an amazing site and the visit to Saranda, Albania introduces you to a very special country that is fast-developing its own tourism - with the same beautiful mountains, beaches and friendly people as Greece.
 
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I believe that it is the entire Old Town of Corfu that is the World Heritage Site. Rather than staying at an all-inclusive I would recommend staying in the Old Town and renting a car to explore the villages and beaches during the day. If you don’t want to rent a car, there is a good enough bus system to take you to the most popular spots, but you’ll always be able to see more on your own.

I will add an absolutely fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that is possible to do as a day trip from Corfu - Butrint, Albania. The day I was there, they were actively excavating. They had just unearthed a statue of Minerva (Athena); perhaps so- called because it was most likely a Roman statue. It was all covered up in damp cloths to protect it from the air!

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/570/#:~:text=Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint

It is an amazing site and the visit to Saranda, Albania introduces you to a very special country that is fast-developing its own tourism - with the same beautiful mountains, beaches and friendly people as Greece.
This is some great information! I have yet to visit Corfu, but I am going to save this for when I do. Super helpful. And thank you for sharing the info about the tour you took!
 

Favorite things to do in Corfu?

Although I had been exploring the possibility of visiting the Cyclades this summer, it might not work out. I have some friends on Corfu, and there might be a wedding that I have to go to (but even that is up in the air).

So, I thought I would gather some information just in case I end up there. What are your favorite things to do in Corfu? I have been before, but I haven't spent much time consecutively there. If I end up having to go to a wedding, I will be there for at least a few weeks, so I will have plenty of time. Last time I went I felt like all I did was visit people, which is fine, but I want to get out more this time around.

What other islands are near Corfu?

I've heard that slands like Paxos, Antipaxos, and Erikoussa, might be close to Corfu but I'm curious to learn more from you guys. What are these islands like? Are they easily accessible from Corfu? What unique attractions, beaches, or cultural experiences do they offer? If these islands aren't close, can you think of ones that are?

I want to island hop a bit this summer, and I am trying to decide if Corfu is a good home base or if I should consider another island.

Planning What to See in Corfu

I've been to Corfu plenty of times. I am writing down some of my notes so that I can sort out what I want to see next time I visit. I have friends there and might visit again next year...

Old Town Corfu - It's a NESCO World Heritage Site and has an impressive collection of Venetian-era buildings, narrow streets, and hidden alleys. It is also home to the imposing Old Fortress, Esplanade, and there architecture of the Liston and Palace of St. Michael and St. George.

Beaches - The Blue Caves on the northern coast of the island are a must-visit attraction and can only be accessed by boat but are worth visiting. Once there, swim in the sparkling blue waters surrounded by towering cliffs.

Dishes to Try - Sample local dishes like Pastitsada (beef stewed in tomato sauce), Sofrito (thinly sliced veal with parsley and garlic sauce), and Bourdeto (fish in a spicy red sauce). Also drink ouzo or tsipouro, two popular spirits.

Achilleion Palace - Located seven kilometers south of Corfu Town. Built as a summer residence for Empress Elizabeth of Austria. The palace has gorgeous architecture, beautiful gardens, and exceptional views of the surrounding countryside. I have taken a tour - not sure I'd do it again.

Anyone have any good Tavernas to recommend?

Three Days or So in Corfu?

I was thinking of visiting Corfu over summer of 2024 and I am not sure how many days to stay. I was thinking that three days is a good amount, and that will enable me to visit other places in Greece (and other people - I have friends and family to visit).

Anyway 3 or 4 days really is ideal. But now, what to do? I have been watching a lot of content - there is some great travel content on YouTube and people love to visit Greece. Anyway, here is a great video:

Visiting Corfu off the Beaten Track?

I'm currently planning my itinerary for a trip to the beautiful island of Corfu, and while I've got all the major sights on my list, I'm particularly interested in those special "off the beaten path" spots that only the locals know about or seasoned travelers have stumbled upon.

I'm looking to explore the less commercialized areas, serene beaches, quaint villages, or any unique cultural spots that offer an authentic experience beyond the typical tourist attractions.

Does anyone have any personal favorites or undiscovered spots in Corfu they'd be willing to share? I'd love to hear about hidden beaches, local eateries or tavernas, and lesser-known trails or sights worth visiting.
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