Day 2: Through the streets of Corfu Town
Follow us to a journey through time and learn all the trivia about the Corfiot history and the capital of the island. After visiting the gardens of Mon Repos – the summer residence of the Greek royal family until 1967 – you will continue with the visit of Jason and Sosipatros church, one of the most important churches dating back to the Byzantine times. Jason and Sosipatros were students and disciples of Apostle Paul who visited Corfu in 48 AD and are said to have introduced Christianity to the inhabitants of the island.
Further on to the centre of the old city of Corfu, included in the list of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage. The old city of Corfu with its narrow streets and its monuments with a history of 8 centuries stands between the New and the Old Fort, both built by the Venetians during their 500-year-dominion in the Ionian Islands. In the narrow streets of the old city you can find buildings with marble-flagged arcades hosting numerous galleries and souvenir shops. One of the most famous landmarks of the old city and favorite place for the locals is the enormous square of Esplanade (mostly known as “Spianada”), which is one of the largest squares in the Balkans. On the northern side of Esplanade stands the old city part of Kambiello, located by the sea.
Do not miss a visit to the patron saint of Corfu, Saint Spyridon, thought by the locals to do miracles. In the wonderful baroque-style church decorated with western-art wall and ceiling paintings, you can find the remains of the Saint in a sarcophagus and his silver slippers, which –according to the myth – Saint Spyridon wears every night and takes a walk in the streets of the old city. Saint Spyridon died in about 350 AD in Cyprus, but when the Arabs conquered Cyprus in 650 AD the remains of the former Bishop of Trymithous were taken to Constantinople (today Istanbul) and later in 1453 from there to Corfu, in order to be protected by the Ottomans. You will also visit the City Hall at the centre of the old town of Corfu and Liston with its arcaded terraces and fashionable cafes, built in 1807 by the French imperial commissioner Mathieu de Lesseps. The design was inspired by the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. One of the most famous beliefs about its name is that it was named after the list of the noble families of Corfu written on a wooden board; these families were the only ones allowed to cross this road. Last but not least, you will breathe some fresh air on the old fortress; you may climb a little, but the view is absolutely breathtaking! Return to your booked hotel. Hotel and overnight stay.