Corfu Attractions – Sightseeing
There are many interesting historical, religious and archaeological sites and attractions in Corfu (Korfu, Kerkyra) Greece, making it ideal for sightseeing lovers. Below we name some of the most prominent sightseeing on Corfu Island.
:: The Ancient Site of Palaiopolis
The Ancient Site of Palaiopolis is located near Mon Repo. Palaiopolis was the ancient agora of Corfu (Kerkyra) Island. The most noteworthy monuments of the site are: the agora (market), the Doric style Temple of Kardakios, the Roman Baths and Post-Hellenistic curved building. On the site there is a museum where findings from the area are exhibited.
:: The Grave Monument of Menekratis
The Monument of Menekratis is located in Garitsa, Corfu. It was constructed in the 6th century BC and was discovered in 1843. One of the most impressive parts of the monument is an Archaic 10 verse inscription, which is considered one of the oldest inscriptions in Greece.
:: The Ruins of the Roman Baths
They are thought to be a part of a group of Roman buildings, located in Acharavi, Corfu. They were discovered in 1985.
:: The Temple of Artemis Gorgous
At the site visitors can see the well -preserved Doric style temple and the large alter. It was constructed in the 6th century BC and discovered in 1822.
Historical & Religious Sites in Corfu
There is also a church in honor of the archangels Gabriel and Michael built in a cave.
:: The Old Fortress (Palaio Frourio)
The Old Fortress, located on the eastern side of Corfu’s (Kerkyra’s) port, was built initially during Byzantine times. It was reinforced by the Venetians and later by the British. It had a moat and a draw bridge, which has now been replaced by a steel bridge that connects the fortress to the city. The most significant monuments in the fortress premises are: the central gate, the Savornian, Martinengo and Mandrakios ramparts, the land and sea towers, St. George’s Church, the Roman Temple, the prison, the British hospital and the British barracks. The fortress is also home to several public offices such as the Municipal Library, the Archives, the Byzantine collection, the Conference Center, as well as the clock tower and the lighthouse.
:: The New Fortress (Neo Frourio)
:: The Achillion Palace
There is a lovely view of Pontikonissi and the Monastery of Virgin Vlachernas from the site.
It lies near Corfu Town.
::Splianada Square and Liston
Splianada Square is the main square of the island and the central meeting spot for locals and visitors, situated in Corfu (Kerkyra) Town. It was constructed to resemble the European Royal Gardens. It is the largest square in the Balkans and one of the largest in Europe. During the summer months, symphonic orchestras perform at the kiosk that is situated in the square.
::The Church of St. Spyridon
St. Spyridon is the patron saint of Corfu (Kerkyra) Island. The church was built in 1589, in Corfu Town. It holds many excellent relics and has magnificent icons.
The remains of St. Spyridon are held in a silver reliquary in the church, which comes out in procession during the town litanies.
::The Church of the Virgin Antivouniotissa
The church has some exquisitely intricate ecclesiastical art and houses the Byzantine Museum. It is located in Corfu (Kerkyra) Town.
::The Church of the Virgin Spiliotissa
It was built in 1577 in Corfu Town, and possesses some impressive ecclesiastical art.
::The Byzantine Church of St. Jason and St. Sosipatros
::The Monastery of the Virgin Mary
:: The Archaeological Museum
The contents of the museum’s impressive exhibits originate mainly from excavations of several ancient sites on the island as well as an excavation in Epirus and cover the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Periods.
- Built in: 1962-1965, expanded in 1994.
- Collections and contents: Bronzes, Statues, Pediments, Marbles, Pottery, Funeral Offerings and Minor Artefacts.
- The Archaeological Museum of Corfu (Kerkyra): 1, Armeni Vraila st, 49100, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel. 30 26610 30680 or 30 26610 43452
:: The Byzantine Museum
The museum is housed in the Church of Panagia Antivouniotissa, which is believed to be built during the 15th century and is a wonderfully preserved ecclesiastical building.
- Built in: 15th century, established in 1984. Renovations were made till 1994.
- Collections and contents: Icons and religious artefacts from the 15th to the 19th century.
- The Byzantine Museum of Corfu (Kerkyra): Antivouniotissa Church Arseniou, 49100, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel. 30 26610 38313
:: The Museum of Asian Art
The Museum of Asian Art contains exquisite collections from Asian countries. The building has a long history as it has been used for many official political purposes such as Headquarters of the British Commission and the Headquarters of the Ionian Senate, as well as the Greek Royal Family’s summer residence. The majority of the exhibits are donations from prominent Greek citizens, the Municipality of Corfu and the National Archaeological Museum.
- Built in: 1819-1824, established in 1927.
- Collections and contents: Chinese artefacts from the Ming, Sung, Tcheou, Chang, Han, Wei, Ch’ing dynasties, Japanese artefacts such as weapons and masks and artefacts from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia, Korea, Thailand and Siam. Furniture, portraits, medals, paintings and relics of the presidents of the Ionian Senate and of the particular era.
- Additional activities: periodical exhibitions.
- The Museum of Asian Art : St. Michael and St. George Palace, 49100, Corfu (Kerkyra), Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel. 30 26610 30443
- Fax: 30 26610 20193
:: The Kapodistrias Museum
The museum’s contents are donations by Maria Desylla-Kapodistria, who held the office of Mayor of Corfu from 1956 to 1959. The museum is built on the family property of Greece’s first governor Ioannis Kapodistrias.
- Established in : 1981
- Collections and contents: Furniture and artefacts of the era, personal articles of Ioannis Kapodistrias.
- The Kapodistrias Museum: Evropouli, 49100, Corfu (Kerkyra), Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel. 30 26610 39528 or 30 26610 32440
:: The Solomos Museum
This museum is a tribute to the life and times of Dionysios Solomos, Greece’s national poet who wrote the poems “Eleftheri Poliorkimeni” (Free Besieged) and “Ymnos eis tin Elefthrian” (“Hymn to Freedom”) from which the two first stanzas became the Greek National Anthem.
- Collections and contents: Furniture, portraits, photographs and personal articles of Dionysios Solomos.
- Additional activities: Library
- The Solomos Museum: 1, Arseniou St, 49100, Corfu (Kerkyra), Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel. 30 26610 30674
:: The Museum of Ceramic Art
The Museum of Ceramic Art contains a wide variety of ceramic objects that are distinctive of Corfu Island.
- Collections and contents: Ceramic Folklore Art.
- The Museum of Ceramic Art : “New Fortress” – English Barracks, 49100, Corfu (Kerkyra), Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel . 30 26610 27370
:: The Ionian Bank Museum of Banknotes
The Banknote Museum is one of a kind in Greece and one of the existing few in the world. It is now under the auspices of Alpha Bank.
- Collections and contents: Banknotes issued from 1839 to 1920, the first banknotes issued by the National Bank of Greece, a banknote from China that was issued in 1300 AD and is considered one of the oldest in the world, post-war banknotes from other countries, documents, seals, photographs, coins, stamps, etc.
- Additioanal activities: Workshop
- The Ionian Bank Museum of Banknotes: Iroon Kypriakou Agona Square, 49100, Corfu (Kerkyra) , Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel. 30 26610 41552
:: The Serbian Museum
The Serbian Museum exhibits relics that belonged to the Serbian Army that found refuge on Corfu after the Austro-Hungarian attack during WWI.
- Collections and contents: Ammunition, uniforms, flags, medals, religious items and other minor artefacts
- The Serbian Museum: 19, Moustoxidou St, 49100, Corfu (Kerkyra), Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel. 30 26610 33960
:: The Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu
The Municipal Art Gallery holds a large collection of works by 19th century Corfiot artists, many of which were donated by prominent citizens.
- Collections and contents: Paintings
- Additional activities: lectures, periodic exhibitions, educational programmes for children ages 8-12, book presentations, young artists’ exhibitions, chamber music concerts, history of art seminars.
- The Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu: St. Michael and St. George Palace, 49100, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel. 30 26610 44606
:: The Historical Folklore Museum of Middle Corfu (Kerkyra)
This museum focuses on traditional everyday life of the 19th century inhabitants of Corfu villages.
- Established in: 1989
- Collections and contents: Furniture, crafts, cookery utensils, the interior of a village house, tools, musical instruments, costumes.
- The Historical Folklore Museum of Middle Corfu (Kerkyra): Sinarades, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel. 30 26610 54962
:: The Sea Shell Museum
The Sea Shell Museum contains findings from the Indian and the Pacific Ocean, as well as from the Mediterranean Sea. It has received an award from the I.R.E.D.A. Research Institute in Italy.
- Established in: 1989
- Collections and contents: shells, fossils, sponges, corals, embalmed fish, lobsters, crabs, snakes, sharks and shark jaws, sea-urchins, etc.
- The Sea Shell Museum: Benitses, Corfu (Kerkyra), Ionian Islands, Greece
- Tel. 30 26610 72227 or 30 26610 42900