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Sightseeing 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 t-shirts.

Apartment Buildings with St. Spyridon's Belltower Behind, Corfu Town, Greece
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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 is an experienced writer based in the UK.

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Akrotiri Beach Hotel, Paleokastritsa, Corfu
The 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. 
Bella Vista Hotel, Benitses, Corfu
The 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.
Delfinia Hotel, Messongi, Corfu
The 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.
Marbella 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.
Nautilus 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 pool. 
Nissaki 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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