On our way the Corfu island, we arrive to the City of Igoumenitsa with the great port, gateway of Greece to the West and Italy. We board the modern ship and in an hour we will be in Corfu.
The Ionian islands have a special beauty thanks to the excellent combination of crystal clear waters and the green that reaches the sea. Corfu is their queen. We will discover the island through visits to the most important historical monuments, to the picturesque cantons and the acquaintance with the locals and their products.
We will start our tour from Paleopolis from where the Kanoni peninsula begins, with the most famous places of the island.
Mon Repo, Pontikonisi, Casino.
The palace of Mon Repo was built by the English commissioner of the Ionian Islands Frederic Adam, in 1831. It is said that it was a gift to his beloved wife, Nina Palatianou from Corfu, while the architect of the project was also the Englishman Whitmore. It has large openings, colonial style with strong Greek and neoclassical elements. Mon Repo, after the union of the Ionian Islands with Greece, was ceded to King George and until 1967 remained in the royal family, which used it as a summer palace. Today the palace houses the Museum of Paleopolis.
King George I gave the mansion and the estate the name by which it was established: Mon Repos which means "my rest". Mon Repo hosted Empress Elizabeth of Austria before building the "Achillion", and Prince Philip was born there, who later married Elizabeth of England.
We continue our walk in Liston, the most central pedestrian street of Corfu and the most famous walk for locals and visitors.
We will continue with our visit to Achillion. Located 10 km south of Corfu town and 3 north of Benitsa next to the mountain village of Gastouri, is the palace built by the Empress of Austria Elizabeth who became known as the sad Queen Sissy. It was built in 1890. After the assassination of Elizabeth it passed into the ownership of the German Emperor Kaiser William II and after the First World War it passed to the Greek State and hosted a casino until 1981.
Next, we visit the green rocky islet, known to all as Pontikonisi, a natural monument where only short visits are allowed. According to the mythology, god Poseidon got angry with the Phaeacians who gave Odysseus a ship so he turned it into a rock. On the islet, we visit the Byzantine chapel of the Pantocrator.
Finally, we board the ship for our return to our hotel for dinner and rest.