The Town of Corfu
Located just 20 minutes or 14 kms from the hotel, Corfu Town (Kerkyra) is a principal port and the largest town in the Ionian islands. It is built between two Venetian castles, having its own unique atmosphere. It is a thriving mass of shops and businesses, set amongst a captivating and charming assortment of elegant buildings, churches, imposing fortresses and narrow alleyways leading to hidden squares. The tall buildings with the 'volta' (arches), the 'cantounia' (narrow flagstoned streets), the 'mouragia' (sea-walls) are showing all a clear Italian influence. The old Town of Corfu was announced as a Town of UNESCO in 2007, a fact of great significance.
The Palace of Mon Repos
The land of Mon Repos has an extent of 258 sq. m. and takes up the biggest part of the hill of Analipsis where Paleopolis was located, the ancient town of Corfu. It is 3km from the center in one of the best locations of the island. Almost in the center of the garden is the imposing palace built in 1824 by the English commissioner Frederic Adam, as his summer resort. It is a grandiose building that was the rural house for every commissioner during the English domain.
Achilleion Palace (Palace of Sissy)
Located in Gastouri village 25 km from the hotel, this luxurious villa was built for the Empress of Austria, Elisabeth von Wiltelsbach (more familiarly known as Princes Sissy), by the Italian architect Raffaele Carito in 1892. The loved Queen - whose life became a movie- gave preference to Corfu over all the other islands of the Ionian Sea, during her cruise in the Mediterranean islands. Today the palace acts as a museum, whilst the stunning, colourful gardens that surround it feature prominent statues such as that of the dying Achilles.
Kanoni & Mouse Island
World famous Kanoni is situated south of the Palaiopoli peninsula. It was named Kanoni after the battery of artillery established by French in 1798. One of the battery's cannons still stands at the tourist kiosk. In front of Kanoni is the Monastery of Vlaherna, linked to the mainland by a cement dock and built in the 17th century. Just across from the Vlaherna monastery, is the verdantly green Mouse Island (Pontikonisi). This stunning view is perhaps the trademark of the island.
IMPORTANT PUBLIC BUILDINGS
Palace of SS. Michael & George
Loggia Nobilei (Town Hall)
Ionian Academy (Grimani Barracks)
Aghios Spyridon church (guardian saint)
Panayia Kremasti and Ayios Iakovos
Church of S. Giacomo
The Gouvia Marina
Gouvia Marina, the first privately owned marina in Greece, is situated about 3 kms from the hotel. In the 17th century Venetian seamen selected the area of Gouvia as an ideal location for creating a naval station and shipyards, remains of which have survived in the region. This tradition has been maintained until today while sailing yachts and motor boats from all over the world arrive at Gouvia Marina, enjoying the beauties of the sea and the environment, the cool breeze and the beautiful island of Corfu.
Today, Gouvia not only features the remains of the Venetian shipyards, which are a point of historical interest, but is also a lively resort with various dining and nightlife alternatives, popular with locals but also visitors of all nationalities.
Paleokastritsa is situated 12 kms north-west of the hotel and has long been considered one of the most beautiful villages in Corfu and is a renowned Greek beauty spot. It is chiefly memorable for the exceptional scenery along with the superb beaches. It has six different secluded sand and fine pebble beaches enclosed by tall cliffs, wooded headlands, olive groves, lemon and cypress trees and lush hilly countryside.
The island’s favourite monastery is the charming Theotokos monastery, situated in the 13th century Venetian Castrizza San Angelo, located at a peak just above the main beach of Paleokastritsa itself.
A charming, quaintly traditional village that is situated at a height in the mountainous land above the area of Paleokastritsa. Here visitors arrive from afar to enjoy the captivating, panoramic views of the Ionian as well as one of the most renowned sunsets in Greece.
The Resort of Dassia
Dassia is an atmospheric, lively place, popular with younger couples, groups and water sport enthusiasts. Dassia is just 3 kms from Corfu Town on the east coast of Corfu with views across the sea to the mountains of Greece and Albania. Popular Dassia beach is long, quite narrow and a mix of shingle and pebbles. The water at is exceptionally calm and flat.