Car Hire in Corfu Town
Corfu Town is the capital of Corfu ( Kerkyra in Greek) one of the most beautiful and elegant towns in Greece. It is the principal port of the island and one of the largest and most populated (30 000 inhabitants) towns of the Ionian Islands. Built on a promontory, the town displays a unique architecture which is strongly inﬂuenced from the diﬀerent dominations, such as the Sicilian, the Venetian, the French and the English ones.
One of the most beautiful buildings boarding the square is the Liston building which stands at the western side of the Esplanade and was built during the French occupation. Its superb arched terrace was inspired by the architectural style of the Rue de Rivoli, in Paris, and houses the most elegant and luxurious cafes and restaurants of the island. It is arguably the most cosmopolitan spot in Corfu. Many other interesting monuments adorn Corfu Town, such as the Old and the New Venetian Fortresses, the Town Hall Square, the Square of the Saints, the Ionian Academy and the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint Georges.
The town is ﬁlled with beautiful Venetian neighbourhoods such as the Kanoni area where are the ruins of the Ancient city or the beautiful area of Mandouki. With all these treasures and marvels, Corfu Town is among the most important and beautiful towns of Greece, having innumerable sights and charms to oﬀer its visitors.
Here are some of the best sightseeing spots in Corfu Town:
Spianada Square: Spianada Square (Esplanade ) is one of the ost signiﬁcant monuments of Corfu Town and the largest square of the Balkans. It is the main social centre where many festivals and parades take place throughout the year. Close to Spianada square lie magniﬁcent buildings and fortresses.
Ionian Academy: It was founded in 1824 by Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of the New Greek Independent State during the British domination and it was the ﬁrst university of Greece. It is situated on the southern side of Spianada square.
Liston Paved Avenue: At the western side of the Esplanade square proudly the imposing building of Liston. It distinguishes for its impressive architecture, the beautiful arches and artistic details. It houses some of the ﬁnest cafes and luxurious restaurants and it is the most cosmopolitan spot of the island.
Town Hall: during the Venetian times it used to be meeting place of the nobles. It was also used as a lyrical theatre and today this elegant buildings houses the Town Hall of Corfu.
Ionian Parliament: the neoclassical monument was built in 1854. In May 1864 the Ionian Parliament voted for the uniﬁcation of the Ionian Islands with Greece. Today various inscriptions commemerating this vote surround the main entrance of this building.
Palace of Saint Michael and Saint Georges: this impressive neoclassical building is situated at the centre of Spianada square. It was built during the British occupation in 1824. It was ﬁrst used as the oﬃcial residence of the commissioner. Today it houses the Museum of Asian Art.
Kanoni and Mouse Island: it is the area where the ﬁrst city of Corfu was built. Today it is one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan spots in Corfu situated in surroundings. It oﬀers superb views to the island where it stands the monastery of Vlacherna.
Square of the Saint: around this square are located three of the most important churches of Corfu. These are the church of Saint Spyridon, the church of the Blessed Virgin of the Strangers and the church of Saint John.
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