Monastery of Virgin Mary, Paleokastritsa
We begin the tour in Paleokastritsa, which is considered to be the most beautiful sight on the Island. The Monastery of Virgin Mary is situated on a lush green hill above the beach and is still inhabited by a community of monks. It features a small museum where a unique collection of Byzantine and Post Byzantine icons are housed. See the beautiful Domitian of the Virgin Mary, silver bound bibles and other religious artifacts of the Greek Orthodox Church. You will then be able to admire the beautiful seascapes from the monastery gardens.
Next stop is the Achilleion Palace located in the village of Gastouri, 10km south west of Corfu Town. This wonderful mansion was built in 1891 by the emperor of Austria known as Sisi and later owned by Kaiser, Wilhelm II of Germany. Tourists can visit the stately rooms and wander through the lush extensive gardens. You will also be able to admire the prominent statue of Achilles, which shows him trying to remove a spear from his ankle and other invaluable pieces of art. The grounds also offer spectacular views over the Ionian Sea from both the lower and upper levels.
On the way to Corfu town, you’ll pass by the coastal resort of Perama. You will be able to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Monastery of Vlacherna and the most photographed tourist attraction Mouse Island.
Old Corfu Town
Finally we head towards the Old Fortress the most interesting tourist attraction and explore Corfu town on foot! The Venetians originally built the town with narrow streets between the houses, which are known as ‘Kandounia’. The Liston Square is home to the Royal Palace of St George and St Michael built by the first British commissioner. This is a great place to enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by! In the heart of the town, you can visit the 300-year old church, St Spryridon the town’s most famous monument. You will also be able to shop ‘til you drop, visit many museums and indulge in traditional local food at a wide variety of restaurants.