In the North of the Ionian Sea, one finds the island of Corfu; strongly influenced by the Venetians, French, and English, it is full of cosmopolitan and multicultural charm. Some of its spectacular sights come in the form of picturesque villages, monuments from Medieval times, and charming landscapes, matched by the beautiful underwater scenes of impressive reefs, underwater caves, and old shipwrecks.
When approaching Corfu by boat, the first thing which catches ones attention is the red bell tower of the church of St Spyridon – the saint protector of the island. Castles and forts also dot the landscape, with one of the most notable attractions in Corfu being its Old Fortress – an impressive castle built on a peninsula and connected to the mainland by a narrow bridge. Between the Old Fortress and the Old Town one finds Spianada Square, the second-largest square in Europe built by the French and hosting a variety of cafes and restaurants. One of the most photographed spots on Corfu is Pontikonissi, also known as Mouse Island due to its size, with the church of Pantokrator at its centre it is entrenched in mythology as the ship of Ulysses that was stoned by the god Poseidon.
Going further back in history, one can see the ancient Temple of Artemis – a typical Doric temple built around 580 – 590 B.C. as well as Corfu Paleopolis, the ancient Agora where people used to meet to discuss and exchange ideas as far back as the 8th century B.C. Meanwhile, the ghost town of Old Perithia is evidence of the migration of the people of the village to safeguard themselves against pirate and enemy attacks in the late 19th century.
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