Get prepared for a lifetime experience in the island of Corfu!
Welcoming September in Corfu is exciting, as it is one of our favourite months. The weather is at its best while the post-summer ambiance is simply sensational. Sunshine is still aplenty, bouncing off the impressive landmarks of the old town and casting lazy shadows here and there. Romantic strolls in Corfu town by night are absolutely enthralling, while in September, city strolling is a fantastic pastime even during the day. The summer heat gradually fades allowing visitors to be out and about during the hours that were previously too hot to deal with. Discovering the sights and sounds of Corfu town by taking a leisurely saunter around, will immerse you into its unique urban vibes that are an exciting combination between ancient and modern, sprinkled with a general dose of colonial elegance. Apart from the top landmarks of Corfu, our town has a plethora of cultural experiences to offer its curious visitors. Corfu is a place that has a riveting history throughout the ages and therefore boasts a wide range of multinational attractions, across many time periods. Use our local insight and be sure to check out the following, off-the-beaten track things to see & do, regarding cultural attractions to visit during your Corfu town city strolling.
Museums in Corfu
Let’s begin with the Museum of Asian Art, which is also known as the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. Built at the start of the 19th century, it was considered to be one of the most important buildings of the English rule era. Used to house various institutions and administrative bodies until the unification of the Ionian islands with the rest of Greece in 1864, it became a Hellenic royal residence until 1913. Two interwar periods changed its use significantly, while it was not left unscathed. The building was restored just before the 1990’s, during which time it was converted into the museum that it is today. The permanent collections include some fascinating Chinese, Japanese, South East Asian and Central Asian art. Periodic exhibitions are also hosted which broaden the focus of the museum on occasion. The Serbian Museum of Corfu is linked to the First World War. It displays remnants of the tragic fate of Serbian soldiers who ended up in Corfu for three years following their exile after the downfall of the Serbian Front. It houses rare artefacts and exhibits pertaining to the Serbian Army including uniforms, weapons and ammunition, flags, ornaments, even surgical tools. At the Banknote Museum, housed in a building that was formerly the Ionian Bank, visitors can observe the history of Greek currency from 1822 to the present day, displaying about 2000 items. It is considered one of the most complete collections of its kind in the world. For those seeking a different type of museum experience, be sure to check out the Casa Parlante. Housed in a historic 19th-century mansion, this museum features animated figures using robotics, as well as realistic decor and furnishings that bring a bygone era of Corfu to life! For the lovers of Greece’s top commodity, the Olive Oil Museum of the Mavroudis family takes one on a journey that reveals the secrets of olive oil pressing. Knowledgeable guides run you through the history while you can also taste the olive oil and discern its distinctively superior flavour. There are also many dozens of by-products on sale made with this quality olive oil which you can take back home with you.
The Museum of Asian Art
Old packaging of Corfiot olive oil
Archaeological Sites of Corfu
For those who find ancient artefacts most intriguing, then the Archaeological Museum of Corfu is your starting point. It contains more than 1500 artefacts while it tells you the story of the island from Prehistoric times until today. The Temple of Artemis, or the remnants of, can be found at the suburb of Garitsa. It is one of the most important archaeological findings celebrating the Doric architectural style. Sady, there is not much left to see here, apart from the very prominent, large altar. The pediments of this temple are displayed in the aforementioned Archaeological Museum of Corfu. However, close to this, you can also find the Monument of Menekrates. The highlight of an ancient burial ground, Menekrates tomb is essentially a cenotaph dedicated to a legendary consul of Corfu in the 6th century B.C. It is a circular stone tomb that still features the original 10-verse inscription. One of the richest archaeological areas in Corfu is Palaiopoli. It is only a 20 minute scenic walk from our Mayor Mon Repos Palace Art Hotel, and it is there where civilization had prospered in ancient times. The first signs of settlement can be dated back to the 8th century B.C., while, according to the findings, the area appeared to thrive during the Hellenistic period. The same-name landmark as our adults-only Corfu town hotel, the Mon Repos Palace is the main site to behold in Palaiopoli. However, it is also where the Temples of Hera Akraia and that of Apollo the Corcyraean can be found. Just under a kilometer from the Temple of Hera you will come across the Temple of Kardaki too, a most mysterious ancient temple both in terms of its particular architectural details as well as regarding which deity it was dedicated to. Thereabouts too, near the area of Kanoni, you can reach the ancient ceramic workshop site of Kerameikos in Figaretto, showcasing the famous Corfiot urns and furnaces of antiquity.
The above concludes the top cultural things to see and do while on a Corfu town city stroll, in September ideally but they are also equally enjoyable during other seasons too. All you need is a pair of sensible shoes, a fully charged camera and remember to stay hydrated.
Bonus tip: Although not reachable via a stroll from the old town, did you know that Corfu is home to ancient Roman Baths in the Benitses area? The Roman Baths used to be part of a grand Roman mansion, of which only the baths remain.They are quite well preserved with impressive floor mosaics that will definitely impress you.
The Temple of Artemis
Monument tomb of Menokrates
The Temple of Apollo
The Temple of Kardaki