Hotels in Corfu Island, Greece
in Corfu by Harry Lawrance
If you will be visiting Corfu on
holiday this summer and fancy taking a break from the beaches and the bars,
you will find there is plenty on offer to see and do. This is a guide to
some of the most popular places of interest in Corfu for holiday makers...
If you are embarking on your first
holiday in Corfu, Corfu town should probably be your first port of call.
Corfu town is the commercial and cultural centre for the Corfiots and is
a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets. The town is dominated by a sixteenth-century
fortress which offers splendid views over Corfu town.
The shops found in Corfu town are
diverse and plentiful with many of the shops selling good value jewellery,
local ceramics, leather goods and sculptures crafted from olive wood. Also
worth a visit in Corfu town is the striking Saint Spiridons church, where
the mummified remains of Corfu's patron saint Spiridon lie, with the exception
of the four occasions during the year when his remains are paraded around
Corfu town. Holiday makers visiting the church must dress respectfully
and it is essential that women keep their shoulders covered and men wear
|One of Corfu's top attractions
for holiday makers is the Achillion Palace, situated in the village of
Gastouri in Eastern Corfu. Built in 1890 in the architectural style of
Pompeii, Achillion was constructed as a summer palace for the Empress Elizabeth
of Austria. The palace is an impressive, picturesque building both inside
and out and features perfectly landscaped gardens filled with artistically
sculpted statues of the Greek Gods. The palace is also famous as being
the birthplace of Prince Phillip and appearing in the James Bond film,
'For Your Eyes Only'.
On the west side of the island you
will find Paleokastritsa, considered one of the most beautiful spots in
Corfu. The area consists of six bays surrounded by steep cliffs and it
is possible to hire a boat to explore the sea caves surrounding the bays.
The seventeenth-century monastery built on the headland is one of the main
attractions of the area and visitors should be sure to venture inside to
view the famous ceiling carving of the 'tree of life'. Again, visitors
should ensure they are appropriately dressed. Around the headland you will
find the Marina which will be of particular interest for the nautically
inclined as it draws some extremely lavish yachts in the summer months.
The highest point on the island,
Mount Pantokrator in the north east is nearly one thousand metres tall.
If you have arranged car hire for your holiday, you can drive to the summit
to enjoy the views over the whole of Corfu, with Albania and Italy both
visible on a clear day. The road leading to the top of the mountain passes
through the village of Strinalas which is well worth stopping in. At the
peak you will find Pantokrator monastery, rebuilt in the seventeenth-century
on the site of an older Angevin monastery.
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About the Author - Harry Lawrance
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Beach Hotel, Paleokastritsa, Corfu
Akrotiri Beach Hotel is located in the beautiful peninsula of Paleokastritsa,
just 22 kilometers west of Corfu, Greece. The right side of the peninsula
boasts Agia Triada Beach, 20 meters from the hotel, while the more natural
Rocky Beach is located on the left side of the peninsula. A diving centre
is within 200 meters of the hotel. American buffet-style breakfasts are
available at the main restaurant each morning. The restaurant serves four-
course Greek specialties amidst large windows and stone floors. A snack
bar provides lunch items poolside. Live music and dancing takes place at
the hotel bar weekly. Sun loungers, bright yellow umbrellas and a children's
playground surround the two outdoor pools. Tennis games are polished at
the beachside Akron Tennis Club. Guestrooms showcase private verandas with
direct sea views. Amenities include minifridges and cable television. Bathrooms
offer tubs only.
Vista Hotel, Benitses, Corfu
Bella Vista is a white and pink villa style hotel, just 200 metres from
Corfu's Benitses Springs and 30 metres from the beach. The 23 guestrooms
have light, bright decor in cheerful colours. All of the rooms open out
onto balconies and include satellite television, telephones and minibars.
Guests of the Bella Vista enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning, while
the Bella Café serves light snacks and Greek specialities throughout
the day in a light, bright setting with a relaxed atmosphere. After a day
exploring the area guests can relax with a drink in the bar. Multilingual
staff on the 24-hour front desk can help with advice on the hotel and the
surrounding area. Visitors are well located to explore the area, the Seashell
museum and Benitses Springs are 200 metres, the Archillion Palace is 3
kilometres. Guests can explore the Old Corfu Town and visit the fortress
12 kilometres, or spend lazy days on the Chalikoyanas Beach just15 kilometres
from the hotel.
Hotel, Messongi, Corfu
Delfinia hotel complex is ideally located on a peaceful, exotic garden
by the beach at only 5 minutes walk from the Moraitika village center.
Peaceful and self sufficient it has become popular for its friendly
atmosphere, its high standard services and its gardens leading up to the
beach. Delfinia is the ideal holiday resort for adults and children of
all ages. Our guests can choose between endless hours of relaxing in the
hotel's beach bar, the sandy beach, or from a variety of water sports.
In the evenings 4 times a week local dancing parties as well as live electric
music is offered at the hotel's cocktail bar. A variety of bars,
restaurants and local taverns can be found in the village of Moraitika.
Corfu, Agios Ioannis Peristeron, Corfu
Located in a private olive
grove bordering the emerald Ionian Sea, the Mediterranean-style Marbella
Corfu Hotel, is 15 kilometres outside of Corfu Town. This nine-floor hotel
features 395 guestrooms, all of which feature exposed beams and Grecian
archways and open onto furnished balconies or terraces with sea or garden
views. The half board room rate includes breakfast and dinner.
Guests tired of the hustle and bustle of city life can find inner peace
with Shiatsu and stretching or Feng Shui classes. Travellers can also relax
with reflexology and massage treatments or unwind in the sauna after a
workout in the fitness centre. Those seeking more traditional quiet time
will find a quaint Greek Orthodox chapel on site. Children are kept busy
in the Marbella Mini Club and can swim in their own pool, while parents
cool off in the saltwater pool with its views to the Ionian coastline.
Hotel, Barbati, Corfu
Nautilus Barbati Hotel is
set in one of the most beautiful locations on the island's rugged Northeast
coastline, between Corfu Town and Kassiopi - 15 km from Corfu Town and
the Airport. 10 min walk away from Barbati beach. 2 km away from
Ipsos resort. Attractively furnished each room has a private bathroom
with WC, washbasin, shower, plus a private balcony where one can sit and
enjoy the stunning views. Nautilus Barbati Hotel offers an indoor bar on
the poolside where meals or snacks can be taken at all times. Guests
usually prefer to use our Impressive swimming pool side; nevertheless,
Barbati beach (EEC Blue Flag Award) is just 10-min walk. Private
access to the waterfront, ideal for Water sports & snorkeling.
The Nautilus Hotel offers Children's play ground area and children's swimming
Beach Hotel, Nissaki, Corfu
Nissaki Beach Hotel is a
modern, 11-floor hotel surrounded by olive groves and overlooking the beach.
The 239 air-conditioned guestrooms all include satellite television, direct-dial
phones, minibars, safes and private bathrooms with hairdryers. All are
furnished in a modern style and extend to balconies, some with sea views.
Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast before relaxing beside the pool or
taking a refreshing dip in the sea. Children have their own playground
and mini club and the hotel organises sports and activities to suit the
whole family. Multilingual staff can give tour advice and the hotel offers
a free shuttle bus service to Corfu town, which is 23 kilometres away.
The Aphrodite Restaurant serves hot and cold continental buffet dishes
for breakfast and dinner, and the Calypso Tavern serves a la carte lunches
beside the pool. During the evenings guests can relax with a drink beneath
the stars at the outdoor Dionyssos bar.
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