In the footsteps of Achilles, Odysseus and Sissi
Some destinations have and always will be popular. Corfu is one of those places. The famous Austrian empress Sissi has showed the way: she visited the island in 1861, spontaneously fell in love with it and decided to build a summer residence there. Not a bad idea.
A crystal blue sea, quiet little bays and a hilly inland where olive trees, cypresses and orchids colour the island. The north is characterised by varied nature, the west by magnificent sandy beaches and the east by pebble beaches where the snorkelling is fine. Corfu expressly invites you to its beach life and relaxation but also to an island tour.
The summer residence of Empress Sissi – the Achilleion – meets all romantic expectations. It is a classical palace in Italian style where it is wonderful to dream away at the many statues, painted ceilings and murals. A garden is situated around the palace with statues of the dying Achilles and the Nine Muses. From the Achilleion it is only a small distance to Kerkyra, better known as Corfu Town. This fortified town was built during Venetian rule and gave an impulse to both art and architecture. City walls rose up, as well as two fortresses and the stately boulevard Liston with its characteristic colonnade. In the narrow streets of Kerkyra, shops, coffee bars and cafes alternate.
The small island of Vlacherna, which is connected to the mainland by means of a dam, is located south of Kerkyra. A pristine white monastery and a high tree belong to the most photographed objects of the country.
The island of Pondikonissi, or Mouse Island, is located further south again. The name refers to the shape of the trees and has, therefore, little to do with vermin. This is a special place because according to the stories from Homer, at this location the Greek hero Odysseus washed up on shore after he had escaped from the sea nymph Calypso. It is a stimulating example, so follow in the footsteps of Odysseus, head for Corfu and escape the everyday grind.