The Ionian island of Corfu continues to draw visitors and is more than just another holiday destination. This is an island of pleasing contrasts, with charming old villages, undulating hills, beautiful bays and secluded inlets, and the warmth and the hospitality of the local people is legendary.
Its history is long and turbulent. The Byzantines, the Venetians, the British, the French and the Austrians left their eternal mark on this marvelous Ionian paradise of western Greece.
The name of Ville D’ Oro derives from Libro d’ Oro , once the formal directory of the established nobility of Corfu , firstly published in 1572 .During the Venetian period, the financial, political and social life was firmly in the hands of the local oligarchy. On the other side of the social spectrum stood the ordinary people forming a developed, progressive and demanding society that knew how to fight exploitation and oppression and knew how to revolt , even when it knew that it would lose the battle. The sieges of 1538 and 1571 left gaps in the ranks of the nobles. To fill these gaps, new families were allowed to register in the book of nobles (Libro d’Oro).
There are mountains where eagles soar and rare orchids flourish, and there is the beautiful and bustling capital, Corfu Town, with sophisticated shopping and cosmopolitan restaurants. The coastline is idyllic and fascinating in its variety, sheltering rocky coves and opening out into long soft-sand beaches .
The old Venetian city is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE . The Achilleion Palace hosts the grandiose statue of Achilles and the stunning “Dying Achilles, as well as the magnificent colonial building, summer home of Princess Sissy .
The most famous Pontikonisi is one of the best attractions in Corfu and it’s home to the Monastery of Jesus the Savior.
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The North East Coast is an area of incredible natural beauty, where bays and coves of clean white pebbles nestle between rocky promontories.
The beauty of the region remains memorable, a holiday here is an uncomplicated affair that promises you to capture your heart.
There can surely be no better way to unwind than to potter about in a boat , dropping into a small cove for a long and very lazy meal, relaxing at the end of the day with a drink on the villa verandah, dining under the stars at some pleasant local restaurant.
A desire for activity is soon satisfied by waterskiing, windsurfing or dinghy sailing, for all of which the region offers ideal conditions.