The Cruise – Kerkira, Corfu

Kerkira, Corfu

01 Corfu

  • Old Fortress – Palaio Frourio
  • Byzantine Museum
  • New Fortress – Neo Frourio

Our fifth port of call Kerkira, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. The old town, having grown within fortifications, where every metre of ground was precious, is a labyrinth of narrow streets paved with cobblestones, sometimes tortuous but colourful and clean. The main area is the Liston where restaurants and bistros abound. The smell of food as you stroll around the old traditional shops is quite tantalising.

Old Fortress is an old Venetian citadel built on an artificial islet with fortifications surrounding its entire perimeter, although some sections are slowly being eroded and falling into the sea. To enter the Old Fort, you walk across a bridge over a seawater moat. The central high point of the citadel is the British military observation post at the top, with a giant cross at its apex and at the foot of the observatory lies St George’s church which resembles a Doric temple.

The Byzantine Museum was a privately-owned family chapel donated to the state. It is only small but houses many paintings from the 15th -19th century.

New Fortress is a huge complex of fortifications dominating the north-eastern part of the city. Unfortunately, it was temporarily closed (due to it being Greek Good Friday), so we could only see the massive outside walls.

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