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 GENERAL INFO

Corfu is the second largest island of the Ionian Sea and it covers an area of 592 square kilometers and a luxuriant

coastline of 217 kilometers. It is situated in the north side of the Ionian Sea, in the entrance of the Adriatic Sea,

two and a half miles from the beach of Albania. The mythical island of the Faiakes is an ornament of the Ionian

Sea, but it is also one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, combining the green mountains and the long sandy

beaches. The mild and rainy climate of the island brings out the rich flora which creates the unique color of the island.

 

                                      

The beautiful beaches form many bays. The best known of them are: Ipsos, Garitsa, Limnothalassa Chaliopoulou

(in Pontikonisi), Mantoukiou and others. Also, there are some capes like in Kavo Sidero in the City of Corfu, Agia Barbara,

Kassiopi and Agia Aikaterini in the north of the island, Kefali, Asprokavo and Leukimmi in the south, Agios Stefanos in the

west, Arilla, Falakro and Ag. Isidoros.

Three rows of mountains cross the island. The highest peak is Pantokratoras (914m). Between the mountains there are

many fertile valleys, like Lefkimmi and the grassland of Ropa that are washed by many rivers, which, however, are dry during

the summer. Around the island there are many small islands of the same beauty and clean beaches, like in Corfu. Opposite the

city of Corfu there is Bido (ancient Ptychia) and Lasareto, northwest stands Erikousa, Mathraki, Othonoi and in the south the

beautiful Paxi and Antipaxi.

The innumerable natural beauties of the Mediterranean climate, that result in cool summers and mild winters, the history and

the rich cultural tradition, have made Corfu into an excellent holiday resort that attracts many Greeks and foreigners.

People of Corfu offer their hospitality to the visitors of the island, who experience a unique opportunity to enjoy comfortable

and unforgettable vacations.

A mosaic of all nationalities and races walk through the picturesque alleys, known as the traditional "kadunia" of Corfu, which

create an atmosphere of past times. In this scenery, one can find the ideal place for vacations, since he/she can choose

between the small fishing-islands for quite and relaxing staying or the cosmopolitan places with loud night life. Also, the

villages that are built in the green valleys are the ideal place for those who love the country or the innumerable beaches

for those who love the extreme water sports.

 

Corfu - Greek Traditions, Holidays, Customs & Events in Corfu (Kerkyra) Greece

Tradition is a very important element of Corfu Island and its inhabitants. Naturally, the island has been influenced by Greek,

Venetian, French and British cultures that make Corfu (Kerkyra, Korfu) traditions and customs quite unique .

 CORFU (KERKYRA) CARNIVAL

During carnival time, Corfu puts on a spectacular celebration that fuses both the Ancient Greek paganistic worship of the Olympian

god Dionysos and the Venetian carnival spirit, making it one of the most impressive carnivals in the world. It is a time full of music,

celebration, bright costumes and laughter.

 EASTER IN CORFU (KERKYRA)

Easter in Corfu is a special event, not only because of the religious meaning of Easter, but also due to the fact that it is a time that

both Orthodox and Catholic faiths celebrate, especially on the island of Corfu.

Good Friday is the day of the Epitafios (a reenactment of the burial of Christ). In the evening, the churches take their funeral bier

through the streets, as people follow with candles in their hands, along with the Philharmonic Orchestra and choirs. Another custom

of Corfiot Easter is to throw pots from windows in the morning of Holy Saturday. At night time the Catholic Church first holds its service

 that finishes in time for the Greek Orthodox service and the Resurrection. In Corfu (Kerkyra) the service is held on Splianada Square.

When the bells chime midnight for the Resurrection of Christ, then a celebration begins, with fireworks, orchestral music and singing.

An abundance of wine is consumed and local Easter dishes are served such as red eggs, fogatsa, tsilichourda and columbines. In the

morning, the churches take the icon of the Resurrection through the town streets.

 CORFU LITANIES

The inhabitants of Corfu Island have great religious faith. Every year the churches hold litanies in honor of the Saints. The most

significant is the litany of Saint Spyridon, the patron saint of Corfu (Kerkyra), on Holy Saturday.

Some others are: the Litany on Vaion Sunday, the Protokyriako Litany (held on the last Sunday of November), Saint

  Spyridon's Litany on August 11th and the Litany of Santa Theodora on Orthodox Sunday.

 CORFU FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Throughout the year, fairs and festivals are held in almost every settlement and town on Corfu (Kerkyra, Korfu). The fairs and festivals

are wonderful celebrations with music, food, traditional costume and dance.

 CORFU GASTRONOMY

Corfu 's cuisine is a mixture of Greek and Western tastes, with elements of Mediterranean cuisine and many herbs and spices.

Some of the most popular local dishes are: Pastitsada (beef or cock in red sauce), Sofrito (beef strips with a white garlic and wine sauce)

, Savoro (fish in a white vinegar, garlic and spices sauce), Bourdetto (fish in a red spicy sauce), egg-lemon soup (served on religious

holidays), Kota bolida paragiomisti (the New Year's day traditional dish with chicken), Tsilichourda (the Easter soup with entrails),

Country - madesausages, Salami, the Koum-Kouat fruit (made into preserves and beverages) Freskamenta (or a prickly pear),

Mandoles (roasted and caramelized almond clusters), Mandolato (sweet clusters made of sesame, almonds, honey, sugar and rosewater),

Colombina (Corfu Christmas cake) and Gingerbeer (soda with lemon, ginger and raisin syrup).

 CORFU PRODUCTS

Corfu is famous for its lovely ceramics, handicrafts, weavings and woodcarvings as well as its sweets such as mandoles, mandolato

and koum-kouat preserves. Some areas of Corfu (Kerkyra, Korfu) also produce delicious honey, wine and ouzo .