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Corfu, the second largest of the Ionian Islands, is a carpet of green in the midst of a myriad islets. The highlights of this Venetian-influenced island include beautiful bays, long beaches, white cliffs and stately coastlines. If you are looking for crystal-blue water, fine sand and exquisite gastronomy, Corfu is your dream come true.
Kerkyra – Greek for Corfu – is not only the second largest Ionan Island but also unusually green. The vast number of heavenly beaches offer ample opportunities for relaxation. With its seven kilometers of sand, Chalikounas is among the most attractive ones. Century-old olive trees, soaring cypress trees and breathtaking coves contribute to the island’s fairly-tale landscape. Because most of Corfu has been preserved in its natural state, it is a fascinating vacation destination for hikers, surfers and divers alike.
Since the Venetians called the shots in Corfu for more than four centuries, it comes as no surprise that life, art and culture on the island today is a mix of Greek and Italian lifestyles.
The numerous churches dating back to Byzantine times are a piece of art in themselves; religious paintings and enrapturing cupolas have won the hearts of architects the world over. The Byzantine Museum houses several sculptures and paintings. The Angelocastro, a Byzantine-Venetian fortress built in the 13th century, sits on a steep cliff above the sea and offers spectacular views.
The mountainous hinterland with its secluded villages where time seems to stand still has its very own charm. Donkeys and black-clad farmwomen carrying their loads on their heads are typical sights.
Why not extend your trip to include all Ionian Islands and adjacent Albania? You don’t have the time? No problem – Germania takes you there throughout the summer.