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Corfu (AKA Kerkyra), Greece (5/26/2019)

We have never been to Corfu, nor any anywhere in Greece, so this will be a treat. Last year we watched The Durrells in Corfu, a Masterpiece series on PBS. That series really gave us a yearning to see Corfu. So, when I booked this cruise I started looking for info on the port, or is it the island? Turns out that the capital city of Corfu Island is Corfu Town. As you can see on the map below, Corfu sits just off the coast of Greece and Albania. The snow covered mountains you can barely see in the picture below are likely in Albania as it is less than 1.5 miles away at the closest point.

The island of Corfu is about 40 miles long and 20 miles wide at its widest point. This makes it large by Greek standards, so you will not be able to see it all on our day in port. It had a population of 102,071 (2011 census,) while Corfu Town has 38,305 inhabitants based on 2017 estimates. The island is mountainous with the highest peak, Mount Pantokrator, being 2,972 feet high. Corfu is not just mountains though, it has 57 beaches as well as lush green hills covered with olive trees and a huge variety of other trees, plants and flowers. One of the nicknames for Corfu, is Flower Island and another Is Green Island Corfu. And it's true, Corfu is a paradise for flower and nature lovers!

Corfu pic

Ships dock at the Neo Limani (New Port), which also services ferries to Italy, Greece and Albania. The port is very big and they usually offer free shuttles to the cruise terminal, or it can be a 5 to 10 minute walk. There is a tourist desk in the terminal where you can get a map and information on sights to see. Some ships operate shuttles to town and back for a charge of 8 Euros, while taxis charge 10 Euros each way. For those who wish to walk, It is about a 20 to 30 minute walk into the town of Corfu.


Corfu Port Page - Cruise Critic port page for Corfu, Greece.

Corfu Attraction & Activities - Tripadvisor's list of Things to do in Corfu.

WhatsInPort - Great info about the port including a webcam (some ports), printable map and ships in port: currently we are the only ship in port.

Frommer's Corfu - a well respected travel guide, has their take on Corfu, with lots of links to explore like a walking tour.

Lonely Planet's Corfu Town - Lonely Planet's coverage of Corfu Town.

Corfu Tours by Locals - Experience Corfu through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse their tour 'suggestions' - each can be customized just for you.

Viator's Corfu Tour Offerings - Viator is a consolidator, meaning that they source tour companies and resell them. What is nice is that you can pay in USD with your credit card before you leave home. I've used them in a few places and was very pleased. If you can find the company they are using to book directly, you can save a bit.

Corfu Port Guide - Tom Sheridan has created a series of Port Guides for ports around the world. They are in PDF format; thus, can be loaded on your tablet, or printed, to have handy. Tom's website is, where he gives travel tips and explains how to best use his guides.

Corfu-Kerkyraen - The great travel website for the Corfu with lots of links to explore to include a list of top 10 sights.

Green Corfu - A website for holidays and accommodations. They have a beautitul 3-min, hi-def video with music.

Adventures Ashore - Corfu, Greece - A 9.5-min, hi-def video that is well done with lots to learn about Corfu: the city and island. It is narrated with music.

Corfu, Greece - Top 5 Things to Do - A 3-min, hi-def video by Brian Cox. It is narrated, simi-professional, but easy to understand.

Corfu, Greece Travel Guide - A 2-min, hi-def video by Alex from He is local and has a heavy accent, but I could understand him.

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