4 Reasons to Choose Corfu

on 11/05/2017

Corfu

is the second largest Ionian island, and, together with its smaller surrounding satellite islands of Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi, constitute the northwesternmost part of Greece.

The area of Corfu is around 592.5 square kilometres and about 64 km long.

The unique geographical shape of the island, resembles a sickle. In ancient times it was believed to hide the adamantine sickle that the Titan, Cronus used to castrate his father Uranus, the primordial deity of Ancient Greek mythology.

Corfu is also known as the “Emerald Island” of the Ionian Sea, due to its glittering green beauty.

Why choose this Greek island gem for your holiday?

Natural Beauty

The natural beauty of Corfu is something to marvel at, the waters, the beaches, the mountains, the groves, the air, the scent of olive trees and pine cones, and the sea views of a vast blue horizon, all take you away to a land of wonder, magic and beauty, a land steeped in history, myths and legends, a land so unique, that it can’t be experienced anywhere else.

Corfu brings joy to the senses and serenity to the spirit.

Local Food

Sofrito. Pastitsada. Bourdeto. These are some of the famous tasty local dishes the island has to offer.

Corfu cuisine is unique compared to the rest of Greece, as it has been influenced by a variety of cultures over the centuries. Some of the delicious foods have a blend of history by the Venetians, French, and English.

Corfu foods give a taste of the Mediterranean with a historical mix and twist of different cultures.

History

The rich history of the place is enveloped with many myths and legends, chiefly among them, Odysseus’s last stop before he goes back to his home, Ithaca, on his return journey from the Trojan war.

According to legend, Corfu, or Kerkyra in Greek, derives its name from a Nymph named Korkyra, the ancient Greek god Poseidon once fell in love with her.

Over the centuries, many have laid claim to the land of Korkyra – Most recently, the Venetians, French and British were once rulers, and have had a profound influence over the island’s culture and architecture. The place is a unique blend of cultures unlike anywhere else in Greece.

Corfu was once recognised as the supreme defense of the European States against the Ottoman Empire and became one of the most fortified places in Europe –  it has been acknowledged as a Kastropolis (castle city) by the Greek government and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Corfiots

The island has much more to offer, lots more! Corfu has culture, traditions and music! It also has the Corfiots! – a really special type of people, they are warm, loving, cheerful, and have a special “craziness” that only they are famous for amongst the Greeks.

So don’t hesitate – book your holidays to Corfu and enjoy every moment!

 

This was written by Joseph Harry Rapsomanikis, he is a writer, marketer and entrepreneur. You can connect with him on facebook, for business, fun, or both!