The 5 Must-vis­its on the Is­land

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Kas­siopi Vil­lage

This charm­ing his­tor­i­cal vil­lage up north is set against the back­drop of Mount Pan­tokra­tor (the high­est point on the is­land at 906m, with a view of the Al­ba­nian coast), and hills stud­ded with olive groves and lush plan­ta­tions. Walk around the ma­rina, take in the elab­o­rate Vene­tian ar­chi­tec­ture, and en­joy a light lunch of sus­tain­able seafood at Petrino tav­ern. A grilled sar­dine dish or mus­sel plat­ter is only 10 eu­ros, and in­cludes a glass of wine or ouzo. Af­ter lunch, walk along the gor­geous peb­bled beaches just 200m away.

Si­dari Town

Visit Canal D’Amour (Chan­nel of Love) for its quaint rock for­ma­tions and charm­ing coves, then view the sun­set from Aquar­ius Bar, which has a Mi­ami Art Deco vibe. Later, hit the city’s kilo­me­tre-long stretch of touristy bars, restau­rants and dives for loud and lively di­ver­sion. Pre­fer some­where qui­eter? A 10-minute drive away is The Three Broth­ers Fish Tav­ern (As­trak­eri Beach) where you can get tra­di­tional bour­detto (fish/stingray cooked with spices) and other fresh catch.

Pa­le­okas­tritsa

This vil­lage is fa­mous for its beaches and its monastery, ded­i­cated to the Vir­gin Mary. Monks built it on the hill­top in the 13th cen­tury, grant­ing the place a fan­tas­tic view of the sea. In­side is a small ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal mu­seum with rare Byzan­tine icons, holy books and other relics. Af­ter that, head for La Grotta, the most stylish beach bar in Pa­leo and where the beau­ti­ful go to sun­bathe. It’s built on the cliffs, so swim, wine and dive here to the Balearic beat. This is also a great launch pad for vis­it­ing var­i­ous is­lands, caves and coves, only ac­ces­si­ble by boat (10 eu­ros each way).

Per­oulades – Logga Beach

You’re wel­comed by strong winds at 7th Heaven Cafe at the top of a dra­matic cliff (is there any other kind?). A small stair­case leads you down to a se­cluded beach. Along the bay are a cou­ple of caves you can only reach when the tide is low. Gor­geous and very pri­vate.

Old Corfu Town

Set­tle the en­dur­ing ar­gu­ment of whether the Old Fortress is bet­ter than the New Fortress with a visit to this Unesco World Her­itage Site. The for­mer is an epic brutish struc­ture that juts out of the bay and was used to de­fend the is­land – suc­cess­fully – against Ottoman in­vaders. The new one is within the city, over­look­ing the shop­ping belt. Go for a swim at the foot of the fort, and get a beer from Naok Azur Bar. Eat at Tav­erna Ni­nos, a cen­tu­ry­old clas­sic eatery that at­tracts lo­cals, stu­dents and tourists alike. Ex­pect good home­made fare (us­ing se­cret fam­ily recipes!) like bour­detto with rice for 9 eu­ros. Then me­an­der through cob­bled streets and do some shop­ping. I rec­om­mend: • Firsthing & Noel (46 Dous­mani, across from St Ni­cholas Church): For col­lectible arts and crafts like painted peb­bles, cups and posters by a hus­band-and-wife artist team. • Aloelia (26 Mitropoleos Square): For olive oils, in­clud­ing Ko­pos, a hard-to-find, award­win­ning brand. And a great se­lec­tion of honey, spices and wines. Also pick up a bot­tle of home­made raki – an anise-flavoured spirit. • Olive Wood Mini Shop (25-27 Filelli­non Street): Watch a mas­ter carver at work here. You will also see many other ar­ti­sanal shops along this nar­row street.

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