Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian islands. It has a lush green landscape, stunning architecture with a strong Venetian influence, grottos and golden beaches. The cobbled streets in Corfu Town are super places to go shopping at leisure for local favourites. Here are some of the tours and things you can do when spending a day in Corfu from the Marella Celebration Cruise with TUI …
Facts about Corfu
- Corfu’s coastline is the Ionion Sea
- Corfu’s capital is Corfu Town. It is now a UNESCO Heritage Site
- Currency – Euro
- Time difference – 2 hours ahead of UK
Note: It is recommended you book excursions early to avoid disappointment as some of them are extremely popular.
Disembarking the ship
On disembarking the ship, there were a number of excursions you could book depending on how you wish to spend a day in Corfu. The tours were varied and great for solo travellers. You have the option to explore on your own or be part of a guided tour…
Exploring on your own
I like to explore on my own whenever I can so I can do things at my own pace. Corfu Town was a wonderful place to browse. There were plenty of local shops in winding, cobbled streets selling leather sandals and bags, items from olive wood, jewellery and the local Kumquat liquor.
I couldn’t resist seeking out a wonderful little sweet shop called Hansel & Gretel for a range of delicious sweet treats…
In the town there are a number of cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating areas where you can sit and watch the world go by.
The salads and cheese dishes are particularly fantastic.
From Corfu Old town it is a very short walk to the Venetian Old Fortress. The views from here are stunning. The combination of viewing the Fortress, enjoying a Greek lunch and browsing the shops is a wonderful way to spend a day in Corfu.
Visit Corfu’s Greek Byzantine Monastery for a guided tour. You will then head to the stunning bay of Paleokastritsa. Here you get the chance to take a boat ride to the caves around the bay. Next you will have the opportunity to visit Bella Vista, which is the most famous view in Corfu. Finally you will return to the ship passing through village of Makrades, Troumbeta mountain passage and some traditional villages.
The Sea Caves of Paleokastritsa
Take a 30 minute boat ride to view 3 stunning, colourful grottos – Nafsika, St Nicholas and Blue Eye. From here you will visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin, home to eight monks. Once inside, you will be able to view a traditional olive press and browse around the museum. Next pay a visit to Bella Vista, the most famous view in Corfu before ending the trip with some free time in the old town.
Hop on Hop off Bus
Explore Corfu at your own pace by purchasing a 24 hour bus ticket. There is a guided audio tour once onboard and you can choose to hop off at points of interest to suit you.
Explore Corfu by Bicycle. A guided bicycle tour takes you to places of interest, informing you of interesting facts along the way. It also enables you to access places where cars can’t go!
A transfer will take you to spend a few hours on the beautiful Glyfada Beach.
For the thrill seekers, a transfer can be arranged to take you to a waterpark with plenty of fun rides and water based activities.
Achilleion Palace and Corfu Town
Take a ride through the countryside to Achilleion Palace and its beautiful gardens in the village of Gastouri. It was built as a summer retreat for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Next you will be taken to Corfu Town for a walking tour of the old quarter where you can admire its stunning architecture with an Italian influence.
Suggested Further Reading:
Here is the link to TUI’s website for further information about the recommended Marella Celebration Cruise along with suggested further reading about cruising and day trips…