Corfu, Greece - Corfu Town

Corfu town is Venice and Naples, a touch of France and more than a dash of England, apart of course from being Greek' - Countess Flamburiari. This quote perfectly describes Corfu Town. Throughout Corfu's history, it was under Italian, French and English rule. The town today reflects that history in amazingly varied architecture, beautiful squares, statues, a fortress and a palace. It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Greece.

The Liston Esplanade is the central square of Corfu Town and the largest square in the Balkans. It became a public square under French rule, and it resembles a flower filled French garden today. It is surrounded by beautiful buildings, inspired by the Rue do Rivoli in Paris. You will find the most luxurious cafes and shopping around the square. Also bordering the square is the fortress. It was built between the 6th and 19th centuries. Today, one of the buildings in the center of the fortress is a music school -- there are nightly concerts held here during the summer.

Other notable sights are: the Town Hall Square, the Square of the Saints, the Ionian Academy and the Palace of Saint Michael & Saint George. The neighborhoods of Kanoni (ruins of the ancient city are found here) and Mandouki are also great places to wander around.