The Old and New Fortress
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- The Old and New Fortress
A Journey to the Middle Ages
The Old Fortress dominates the heart of the old city and rewards its visitors with stunning views of the old town and the crystal blue waters of the island. The magnificent Old Fortress was built in 1546 by the Venetians.
It is accessible from Esplanade via a bridge, the famous Contra Fossa, measuring 15 meters of depth and 40 meters of width.
The New Fortress was also built by the Venetians in 1577 to protect the city from the Turks. You can wander around and explore the empty stone halls and passages or reach to the top to capture stunning pictures of the old city and its numerous distinctive buildings and houses.
Unique view of Pontikonisi. With its name from the peninsula of the same name, Kanoni offers its visitors a spectacular view of the chapel of Vlacherna, which dates back to the 17th century and is one of its most famous and characteristic attractions island. Behind it dominates the famous Ponticonisi, the rock with the tall cypress trees standing around a Pantokrator's chapel. The view overlaps (especially in the afternoon hours) with the natural beauty of the sheltered ancient harbor of Hylippos (today's Chalikipoulou lagoon) combined with the green vegetation.
A stroll with the atmosphere of another era The Old Town of Corfu is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. Built according to the Venetian medieval architectural style, the Old Town offers an endless sherry in its picturesque bay. Furthermore, its strategic position in the Adriatic Sea played a crucial role in the 8th century BC. In the heart of the old town is situated the second largest square in Balkans, the beautiful and green Esplanade. This square is a gem next to Corfu’s famous street, Liston, built by the French in the 19th-century. Being there you will also have the chance to visit the Palace of Saints Michael and George, which today houses the Asian Art Museum, as well as take a stroll in the narrow streets, visit the market, ad meet the locals.
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Paleokastritsa is undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday destinations in Corfu. Its unspeakable natural beauty became widely known in the 1950s by English travellers and it has maintained its prestige up to these days. The area is just 25 km from the city center and consists of two peninsulas and six smaller bays. Its blue-green waters, pebbles and golden beaches have never failed to mesmerize the visitors. The beauty of the natural landscape of the area has remained unchanged over time and classify Paleokastritsa as one of the most picturesque parts of Greece. At the top of the hill, you will find the historic monastery of Panagia Paleokastritsa, built in 1225, with Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons being kept in its sacristy. The monastery is built on a steep cliff and its view is breathtaking.
Romantic sunsets and panoramic views Just 13 km from the Old Town of Corfu is situated the traditional village of Pelekas on one of the most beautiful hills of the island. On the top of the hill you can visit the Kaiser's throne, also known as the Observatory of William II, where you can admire amazing sunset views Pelekas, although it is a small village, is quite busy, as it is an access point for some of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the island: Glyfada, Pelekas beach and Myrtiotissa. It is also the perfect place to get a taste of a picturesque village and experience the village lifestyle unfolding along with Greek warmth and hospitality.
Unwind with your family or friends This amazing and adventurous waterpark is acknowledged to be one of the best water parks in Europe! It is fully equipped with all kinds of water attractions and has many facilities to make every child’s –and adult’s– day unforgettable. Aqualand Theme Park occupies a large area with 3 main attractions: Children's area (4 – 8yrs) with easy water slides and adventurous water games for young explorers who want to discover the treasures of the Big Caribbean Pirate or swim around the Fantasy Island. Family area (8+ yrs) where you can either relax in the Deep Pool with Jacuzzi, go for something more adventurous, such as the Family Rafting and Deep Blue Kayak or challenge yourself and give the mysterious Black Hole a try! Extreme Area (12+ yrs) is always there for the bold ones! Double Twisters, Hydro-tube slides, Hurricane Twist, Kamikazes and Free Fall; Undoubtedly you will find something to hike up your adrenaline.