Kerkira, Nisos Kerkira (Corfu), Greece
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Old Town of Corfu
The Old Town of Corfu, on the Island of Corfu off the western coasts of Albania and Greece, is located in a strategic position at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, and has its roots in the 8th century BC. The mainly neoclassical housing stock of the Old Town is partly from the Venetian period, partly of later construction, notably the 19th century. As a fortified Mediterranean port, Corfu's urban and port ensemble is notable for its high level of integrity and authenticity.
The old Fortress of Corfu is one of the most impressive fortifications in Europe. The castle is 2,000 feet long and 650 feet wide. It dates back to the Byzantine period. The Byzantines were the first to build on the eastern top of the Acropolis, but the main fortification was built by the Venetians (1402-1797).
Today, you'll take a guided walk within the fortification. Points of interest along the way include the church of St George, built on the eastern side of the fortress by the Venetians. This is actually the only church in Greece that has been constructed in Doric style.
By now, you've earned a gourmet snack and vintage local wine at the famous Corfu Sailing Club. Hidden behind the fortress itself, the sailing club is one of the best-kept secrets on the island. Have a seat and relax in this prime waterfront setting as you enjoy a Corfiot culinary experience.
From the club, it's a short return journey to the port.