Lovely Corfu, green and sun-drenched with its indented shores, first appeared on the scene at the dawn of time when she gave refuge to Jason and the Argonauts on their return from their quest for the Golden Fleece.
The description of "the island of the Phaeacians" in the Odyssey, Odysseus' last stop before arriving in his beloved Ithaca, is among the most beautiful verses in world literature. The incomparable beauty of the island, which appears from time to time under other names, attracted a host of would-be conquerors.
It also inspired artists of every kind, who praised its charms in words and music or rendered them in paintings, sculptures on engravings, spreading its renown to a wide public over the past few centuries. Literary figures such as Goethe, Oscar Wilde, Gerald and Lawrence Durrell, the painters, Alfred Sisley and Edward Lear, immortalized with their pen or palette Corfu 's inimitable enchantment. Even the great Napoleon was not unmoved by its beauty. It was here that the sensitive empress Elizabeth of Austria erected the Achilleion, the palace she viewed as the solace of her soul, while according to Lawrence Durrell, Prospero's island in The Tempest is modelled on Shakespeare's notion of Corfu.
Dasia, Acharavi, Kassiopi, Sidari, Agios Stefanos and Mesoggi are some of the many beautiful beaches on the island.
Corfu is suitable for any kind of sports. Windsurfing, tennis, golf, mini-golf, cricket and horseback ridding.
Corfu Night Life
Restaurants, discos, bars and pubs can be found in Corfu, in the suburbs and in many villages.Also there is the Festival of Corfu which starts on August and ends at the end of September and consists of ballets and operas.
PLACES TO MOOR IN CORFU
Kassiopi – Good shelter if you find a spot behind the mole. The harbor can be very uncomfortable and dangerous when there are NW winds. Care must be taken as close to the quay from the mole around the bay has depths of less than one meter. Fuel , water and provisioning can be obtained.
Paliokastritsa - The approach is difficult both day and night. When entering the harbor you must stay close to the head of the mole to avoid the rocks near entrance. The harbor provides good shelter especially to N winds. South winds cause a swell. Fuel, water and provisioning can be found in the town.
Benitses - A nice bay for a swim but is exposed to the weather. It is located 5 miles South of Corfu town. You must anchor in the bay as the harbor is allocated for the fishing and day cruiser boats.
Petriti – Located 7 miles SE of Benitses is the small fishing bay of Petriti. There is a mole with depth ranging from 1,5 – 2,5 meters. The bottom is uneven so take care. There a some good taverns to eat but fuel & water are not available and limited provisioning. The area provides good shelter from NW winds. This is a nice place for a swim.