About Nick E
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Oct 2013
50-64 year old male
I am a professional travel writer and have always preferred independent budget travel, making use of public transport and discovering the local way of life wherever I go. I have been to nearly fifty countries but my "holy triangle" is my native London, Greece and India. I lived in Athens for almost a decade and still visit Greece regularly. I was also based in Pittsburgh for nine years and return to that most underrated city when I get a chance. My total time spent in ever-fascinating India is now over four years and it is always a joy to return. I still cover large parts of Greece, India and the USA for the Rough Guides and occasionally get to go on a busman's holiday to somewhere new.
Ancient Ruins, Military Bases & Facilities
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts, Mountains, Scenic Drives
Bodies of Water
The majestic Old Fortress is the focal point of Corfu Town, visible from much of the town itself and from the approach by ferry. It is a great place to ramble around the substantial remains and check out the small Byzantine Museum just inside the gates.
The Liston is Corfu Town's classiest area for sipping a leisurely coffee or sampling a dessert, while watching the gentle proceedings on the green expanse of the adjacent Spianada - where they used to play cricket until recently.
Opinion is fairly evenly divided between those who think that the grandiose Achilleon Palace is a masterpiece of colonial architecture or a dreadful example of kitsch pomposity, so the only way to decide is to visit yourself. Either way, the gardens are delightful.
The nearest decent beach to Corfu Town, though by no means the most spectacular on the island, is at the fairly busy resort of Dassia, and is a logical place to have a dip after a day spent seeing the sights around the island capital.
One of the most attractive of the better known resorts, Kassiopi manages still to feel like a real village. Although the main beach is rather small, it has the added bonus of nestling beneath the remains of an Angevin castle, which lie on the headland behind it.
As the highest point on the mountain, Mount Pantokrator (meaning all-powerful) offers splendid panoramic views of the island and across to Albania. There are also some delightful villages on the various approach routes, such as Strinylas and Palia Perithia.
Maybe not quite as romantic an escape as it is made out to be, the Canal D'Amour, just west of Sidari, is still worth a brief visit by boat so that you can admire the stunning sandstone outcrops, a result of a millennia of erosion.
Paleokastritsa is actually several beaches some distance from each other, set along and at the end of the slowly descending peninsula that morphs into the resort. The most attractive spots for a dip are the two strands at the end on the right, below the monastery.
The only real inland resort, Pelekas is famous for stunning sunsets beyond the nearby coast, most popularly viewed from Kaiser's Throne viewing tower. The village also offers an appealing combination of genuine village and tourist facilities.
The Sinarades Folklore Museum is basically an old village house that has been preserved in aspic, with original period furniture and personal items. The beauty of it is that as most of the rest of the village consists of old houses, it blends in with the surroundings seamlessly.
Boukari is on a quiet strip of the southeast coast, 4km beyond the busy resorts of Moraitika and Messongi. Though it has no sandy beaches, the small pebbly coves are pleasant, and there are some fine seaside tavernas.
Korission Lake is one of the most peaceful places on Corfu. The lake itself is an important wetland biosphere and home to a variety of birds. The real beauty of it, however, is that is is only separated from the sea by a strip of sand dunes, which hide one of the loveliest and least crowded beaches on the island.