Corfu, Greece. June 2016. Photos taken using iPhone 5S.
Featuring Corfu town, Sissi’s Palace (Achilleion Museum), the islands of Paxi and Antipaxos.
To celebrate the completion of our degrees with a week of sun, going to Greece was a no-brainer. This is the fifth Greek island I have visited and once again, I was blown over by delicious cuisine, perfect beaches, bustling and beautifully designed towns, and extremely welcoming locals. We stayed in the Annaliza Apartments in Ipsos, surrounded by tranquil green mountains, but a short walk away from a busy high street of shops, bars and restaurants. The apartments were fuss-free and perfect for young people and families, and provided everything we needed for our stay.
We were not limited to this area of the island thanks to Corfu’s excellent bus and coach services. Our first stop was Corfu town (Kerkyra). I was impressed by how modern it felt alongside the gorgeous traditional architecture. It was easy to get blissfully lost as we strolled down cobbled alleyways that sit cosily amongst high story buildings. We climbed the old fortress and were rewarded with a 360° view of the town and the breathtaking surrounding landscape.
We visited Achilleion Palace (Sissi’s Palace) on a whim and it turned out to be one of the best places we visited during our stay. Built in 1890 by Empress of Austria, Elisabeth of Bavaria, its central theme is the mythical hero, Achilles, and the palace portrays the Empress’ obsession with beauty. It houses an array of dramatic sculptures and every inch of the building seems elegantly and carefully designed. In the Imperial gardens stands a large, bronze sculpture of Achilles overlooking the romantic Greek landscape that surrounds the palace in luscious flora and fauna.
Via bus, we also visited Kassiopi and Paleokastritsa. Both areas boast truly stunning beaches and were perfect for a day away from busier tourist spots. I would also recommend going to see the Vlacherna Monastery and Mouse Island. Mouse Island sits just across from the Monastery and is accessible by a frequently running boat. It was like stepping inside a Greek postcard; complete with white stone bell towers and surrounded by peaceful waters. We met two friendly dogs and a timid peacock that sat atop a tower.
When exploring Corfu’s two Southern islands, Paxi and Antipaxos, we were greeted by intensely blue and crystal clear waters, delicious local ice cream, and a picturesque perspective of the entire island. The perfect way to say a sad goodbye to Corfu.