After seeing the beautiful mountains around the bay of Kotor, Montenegro, we headed off to our first stop in Greece, Corfu. YIPEE! GREECE! YAY! We were greeted by incredibly blue water of the Ionian Sea, and let me just tell you, you’ll be hearing me rave about the color of the water and the clearness of the water for the rest of the Greek Island blogs. I am pretty much obsessed with the water in Greece, it’s gorgeous. Like beyond gorgeous. Okay, you’ll hear more about it later…consider yourself warned 😉
As Joe and I were in the beginning stages of planning our ‘Tour de Europe’ we each chose two countries we wanted to visit the most. After some narrowing down, my choices were Greece & Ireland, Joe’s were Austria & France and we both agreed on Italy, duh. So, needless to say I’ve been dreaming about Greece for over a year. I was so giddy just thinking about the blues and whites you typically see in pictures of Greece, the captivating clear blue water, and of course the beach! Joe and I both love Mediterranean food a lot also so we’ve been looking forward to the food, especially the baklava, and it did not disappoint. It was delightful.
Corfu is located where the Adriatic meets the Ionian Sea, and the green island of Corfu has a history of being a strategic prize for world powers like the Byzantines and the British. Although, the Venetians ruled the island for four centuries which leaves a very deep and lasting impact on the culture and building styles. Having only been in Venice several days earlier we were able to pick up on all the similarities very easily.
We walked from the port into town, which is about a 30-minute walk along the water; it was a warm and sunny day! We explored through the town where the buildings looked a lot like Italy, there were many Italian looking palazzos and alleyways, which were lovely to explore. We hiked up the medieval fortress that stands guard over Corfu’s harbor. It was built when the Venetians ruled Corfu and gave us a lovely panoramic view of the town and harbor, and it was free from 9am – 5 pm, yay for free.
After exploring around we headed to the other side of the island to find a beach! We walked directly next to the sea and I’m telling you the water is just so enchanting. Whether it is 2 feet deep or 20 feet deep, you can see straight to the bottom! It’s a gorgeous turquoise, aqua blue so captivating we just kept staring at it. Every 10 feet we’d ‘oooohhhhh’ and ‘ahhhhh’ over it and I kept thinking, “I have to take a picture it just so pretty!” I have about 46 pictures of clear blue water you all can see anytime you want!
The beaches close to town were a little run down and rocky so we set up camp at the end of a pier where they had steps into the water for swimming, benches for sitting and reading, and a lovely windmill right at the end of the pier. There were no tourist around and only a few locals. We spent several hours reading, swimming, and soaking in the sun!
We headed back into town and found some gyros and baklava. OH YES, YES, YES, YES. Most of the non-tourist-good-priced food is several streets back off the beaten path and can usually be found in a place where you’ll think, “hmmm, I’m either going to get severe food poisoning or have the best meal of my life.” We try and find these places wherever we go because the food is always less than half price of the “touristy” places and it always tastes better, and so far no food poisoning 😉 … We found gyros for 2€ and spent about 5€ on a perfect Greek lunch! It was so sweet, the owner sat down with us and went over the menu and recommended a bunch of stuff, helped us get his internet Wi-Fi password set up on our phones and chatted with us for awhile, it was lovely! I wish I would have gotten pictures of our gyros and baklava before we stuffed our faces, but, alas I did not — just imagine how yummy they were 😉
After eating it was time to head back to our ship. We walked back and picked up another piece of baklava to eat on the way. We really enjoyed Corfu, it felt a lot like Italy which can be attributed to the Venetian rule for so long. Although we enjoyed it, it didn’t have the ‘Greek feel’ we experienced in Mykonos and Argostoli. Corfu is definitely a lovely island situated on the sea that we enjoyed but don’t know that we’ll be putting it on our “go-back-to-list.” Look forward to my posts on the Greek Islands of Mykonos & Argostoli coming soon!