Corfu’s capital is called Corfu Town (also Kerkyra, or Chora) and is located on the east coast of the island. Corfu Town offers a host of holiday highlights and attractions to cater for all visitors. The town has traditionally been a pioneer for arts and creativity, and has the distinction of being home to the first modern Greek academic institution, the Ionian Academy, as well as the first School of Fine Arts, and the first Philharmonic Orchestra. Corfu Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a true jewel of the island. It is a must-see spot when visiting Corfu and is great fun to explore as it showcases the island’s history. This charming and vibrant historic area is packed with shops and cafes, and has a lively cosmopolitan nightlife too thanks to its many restaurants and bars. Particular highlights include Spianáda and Liston square. There is also a Byzantine Fortress and a Venetian Fortress and the Palace of St Michael and St George. The town also hosts several superb events like the Carnival of Corfu (the last Sunday before the start of Greek Orthodox Lent) and several festival events and performances.
There’s lots of great things to do in Corfu, and families and active holidaymakers can enjoy a range of great activities and experiences, as well as the island’s many beaches and the Corfu hiking Trail. Other highlights include Pontikonisi (or ‘Mouse’) island, the fascinating ‘frozen in time’ village of Paleá Períthia, and the gorgeous village of Paleokastritsa on the northwest coast.