4 h. tour (Private tour)
(transportation + visit of Virgin Mary monastery + visit to Kanoni + free time in Corfu old town)
Departing from Corfu's port, you will drive to Paleokastritsa, the west coast's most picturesque resort. Paleokastritsa consists of two large peninsulas and five coves surrounded by wooded hills. There you will find the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary, founded in 1225, perched on the rocky northern promontory. The building which exists today was built later and houses a museum with Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons. Its picturesque bell tower must be one of the most photographed sights in Corfu.
You will continue to Kanoni, from where you can enjoy the excellent views of the picturesque Mouse Island and Vlacherna Convent which is linked to the mainland by a causeway. Mouse Island was formed, according to legend, when the ship of Odysseus that took him back to his homeland Ithaca, was turned to stone. The god of the sea Poseidon was angry at Phaeceans because they defied him.
You will then return to Corfu Town with its unique architecture influenced by Venetian, French and British occupation. You will see impressive buildings such as the Old and New Fortresses as well as the Palace of Saint Michael & Saint George which now houses an impressive Museum of Asiatic Art. The Liston is Corfu Town's most traditional meeting place, where people gather to read newspapers and drink coffee or ouzo at the old-established cafes. Its terrace, with a series of arches fronting the road, is based on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris and was designed by the French in the early 19th century. It forms the western side of the Esplanade, which is the largest square in southern Europe.
At the end of your excursion you will be taken back to the port.