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Captivating Corfu

22/04/2015

Corfu is an emerald charm in the Ionian Sea with its historic capital, turquoise waters and verdant countryside. And luckily P&O Cruises fly-cruise holidays can take you straight there, as well as our holidays departing from Southampton

The beautiful island of Corfu

Unlike most of the other Greek islands, when approaching Corfu visitors are met with a lush, green backdrop next to sandy beaches and pristine waters. Thanks to the mix of hot, dry summers and the winter rains, thousands of olive trees, lemon groves and cypress trees dominate the landscape of this Ionian island. With so much on offer, it’s hard to know where to start. But P&O Cruises is here to help, with our pick of the best things to do.

 

 

Wander through Corfu Town

According to the artist Countess Flamburiari, 'Corfu town is Venice and Naples, a touch of France and more than a dash of England, apart of course from being Greek'. As you wander through Corfu Old Town – a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007 – the rich history of the island becomes evident.

 

Sitting strategically at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea, Corfu was under Venetian rule from the mid-14th to the 18th century, followed then by French, British and Greek governments. The influence of these countries has led to the diverse look and feel of the capital. The old quarter is nestled between two fortresses, which were constructed by the Venetians to defend against the growing Ottoman Empire. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets (known as kantounia) past tall buildings and squares all reminiscent of the Venetian past. Or do as the aristocrats did and sip an aperitif in one of the many exclusive coffee shops and restaurants under the elegant arches of the French-style Listón arcade. Once refreshed, wander through the lawns of the Spianáda – a public square landscaped by the French which used to host weekend cricket matches – to the majestic Old Fortress, where you can soak up the beautiful vistas of both the city and the coast.

 

 

Explore the beautiful coastline

If you’re looking to simply unwind on a beach or discover the Corfu coast for a couple of hours, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the shore excursions on offer. Don your snorkel and mask and explore the treasures of Corfu’s crystal clear Ionian waters, or sit back and enjoy the view on the soft, golden sands of Glyfada and Kalamaki beaches. Admire the verdant green backdrop and beautiful coves of popular Paleokastritsa, and watch the local fishermen bring back their morning’s catch in the charming fishing village of Kassiopi.

 

But before you step back on board, make sure you sample some Koum Kouat liqueur. Made from the koum kouat citrus fruit, which is cultivated on the island, it’s Corfu’s most famous product!

 

 

Shore excursions:

Corfu Sights and Winery

Take in the breathtaking scenery of the island on this shore excursion. Start with the beautiful village of Paleokastrita and The Monastery of the Virgin Mary, perched on a cliff and home to monks. See how the famous wines and olive oil of the Theotoky Estate are produced, with a chance to sample some while taking in the stunning surroundings. Then finish your day by meandering through the streets of Corfu Old Town.

 

Cruise and Swim

Explore Corfu by its beautiful, crystal clear waters on this excursion. Swim in coves inaccessible by road, watch as the backdrop of the island changes from rolling olive groves to dramatic cliffs, and relax on the remote beach of Limnopoula as lunch is prepared for you.

 

The Best of Corfu

See the best of what this emerald island has to offer. Enjoy a visit to the pristine coves of Paleokastrita, explore the Achilleion Palace and its gardens in the village of Gastouri, relax over lunch in a winery in central Corfu while being entertained with a show of local Corfiot dances, and finish the day exploring Corfu Old Town.

 

The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

 

To find out more about P&O Cruises to Corfu, call 0345 355 5111 (local call charges apply ), talk to your travel agent or visit www.pocruises.com/cruise-destinations/corfu-cruises.

 

 

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