... About Corfu culture & history

Corfu’s journey through the centuries has followed a richly historical course. From Homer and the traces he discovered here of the Phaiacians, as well as the presence of Odysseus, to the Athenians, the Macedonians, the Romans and the Byzantines, Corfu has been influenced by many different cultures, has acted as their receiver and later as the transmitter of new ideas.
If we say about Greece that it stands between East and West, then surely Corfu is the bridge between those two utterly different worlds. During Venetian times the easternmost port of entry, the meeting place of the world’s cultures.

In its centuries-old history, it  was besieged by almost all the great powers, and was occupied by the Angevins, the Venetians, the French and the English

It retained its Greek origin, however, and enriched it with western influences and thus a complex culture developed, and a unique way of life. Here, at the meeting-place of the world’s civilizations, much awaits the visitor – historic monuments, rich tradition, a high quality of life, art, original ideas, impressive events, true Greek hospitality and, of course, good wine and excellent food.
The province of Corfu (Corfu, Paxos, Antipaxos and the diapontian islands), comprising 638 square kilometers, today has 110.000 inhabitants, a third of whom in the town of Corfu.  Almost without exception they are hospitable people, polite and with a spontaneous sense of humor, expressed in their conversation


This fruitful, historic and beautiful place has endowed them with  a tendency to be parochial, with no particular urge to become noted travelers. The few Corfiots who have emigrated tend to originate from the barren Diapontian islands or from their poor families. The rest of the province’s inhabitants  stay put and are chiefly employed in tourism and agriculture. Today, Corfu offers a great variety of amenities which must satisfy even the most demanding visitor.
The efforts of the very active tourism system have resulted in making Corfu well-known for different forms of alternative tourism. Its great natural beauty and its mythical charms are the basis of its attraction for people who come from all over the world to spend their holidays




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