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The Greek island of Corfu is full of breathtaking views, enchanting towns, museums and other activities that you might just miss out on if you are not in the wise! Don’t get caught up doing the typical tour of Corfu while you’re visiting this island brimming with hidden treasures for you to discover. Let’s take a look at some of the top things that you want to be sure to do while visiting Corfu!
1. Hike the Corfu Trail
Let’s start off with the holiday attractions for the active at heart and look at some of the top activities that you can engage in on Corfu! Hiking is a favorite pastime for the active traveler on Corfu and the Corfu Trail which crosses from one side of the island to the other is the place to hike! For more information on the trail, look here.
2. Visit the Monastery of Panagía Arkoudíla
There are great sights to see in Corfu that you can reach by vehicle or mountain bike too — such as the monastery of Panagía Arkoudíla which is just over 3 kilometers south of Kávos resort. Also, from here you will have amazing views over to Paxí island and access to a footpath which is part of the Corfu Trail and leads down to Arkoudíla beach which is complete with lounge chairs and a cantina.
3. Check Out the Andivouniótissa (Byzantine) Museum
Another great way to pass the time on Corfu is by learning of its rich history at one of its many museums. There are many top picks for museums on the island, and you must be sure to visit the Andivouniótissa (Byzantine) Museum which is located in the Mourágia district. You can visit this museum Tues–Sun 8.00am–3pm and entrance is €4. The museum itself is a medieval church filled with unusual icons of the 15th to 18th centuries — many of which were hand painted by refugee Cretan artists who came to the island following the fall of Venetian Crete in 1669. For more information about museums on Corfu, look here.
4. Take a Stroll Around Kérkyra Old Town
Visiting Kérkyra old town is the perfect way to get to know the island and its many charms. Why not spend the afternoon strolling the streets of this Unesco landmark with its pastel-colored buildings complete with Venetian-style shutters?
5. Make a Stop at Paleá Períthia, the Venetian-era Village
Visit Paleá Períthia, the Venetian-era village hidden in the north slope of island summit Mt Pandokrátor to be transported back into time! The village was abandoned after the 1960’s and has undergone many restoration projects since then — including the restoration of the 14th-century church of Agios Iákovos O Pérsis which you see as you approach the village.