Visiting Corfu on a Cruise Ship?

Photo © Bill Metallinos

Thousands of people visit Corfu every year while on a cruise in the Med.

These visits usually have a duration of just a few hours that are never long enough to really see and explore a destination but still are of great value since this stopover allows passengers to feel the place and decide if they would like to revisit in a future trip.

The number of excursions offered on board are endless and occasionally confusing especially for first timers, while for the regular lovers of cruises everything is always simple! In all instants, the best way to explore a destination is with a local’s help so here we go.

“Must Must Must See” is Corfu Town with its amazing buildings, narrow streets, the fortresses, the museums and of course hundreds of little cafes, restaurants and all kinds of shops spread everywhere. Doing a tour on foot of the old town of Corfu and visiting, the Old Fortress, the Esplanade, St George’s & St, Michael’s Palace, Liston, St Spyridon’s Church (Saint Protector of the Island) along with a couple of stops for a coffee and a snack will take up to 3 hours.

And if you have more hours then, a short ride till Kanoni to enjoy a visit the monastery of Vlacherena and Pontikonissi or else known as “Mouse Island” which is the place that has been photographed a million times and its like the trade mark of Corfu, would be a great idea.

Reaching Corfu Town from the Port is dead easy. You can walk if you feel like it and the weather is not too hot. It will take you about 20 minutes to reach Liston at most. Or you can take a taxi. A ride that would last maybe 5 min or less depending on the traffic. As for Kanoni and Mouse Island, you could get the blue bus leaving from Esplanade quite regularly but again a taxi ride is far faster since it is less than 10 minutes to get there.

And if you want to take a real local souvenir back with you that will remind you of this place then choose something handmade out of local olive wood. You will find a few shops around.

  • Rik Freeman

    Having visited Corfu for the very first time this year I have to say I have fallen in love with Corfu Town itself and as in the article cannot recommend it enough, so much so, I think a brief visit will leave you wanting to come back to explore it a lot more. It is unlike me to show any interest in a place that I know as a photographer has been photographed thousands of times in the past and so I tend to steer clear of such places but I was mesmerised by it and came back on no less than 3 occasions both night and day. The images I got are astounding, even with the experience I have and the places I have been I HAVE TO COME BACK, and again refering to the article what you see in the main streets or walkways is not all that can be seen, take a short walk along any street and take a peek at some of the side roads, the alley’s, and you will find a whole new world of small family run shops, little cafe’s selling pretty much anything including the kitchen sink. The locals take pride in there own home made products rather than the boring mainstream items you find in the larger stores so you can be guaranteed to come away form there with something not only personal to yourself but unique. There is also the little market for those of you that fancy fresh local produce you will be spolit for choice. Corfu Town has it all and so much more, with its rich heritage and history it is set as far as I can see as being one the the best set up places where it is possible to actually enjoy shopping at your pace and also enjoy the delights of the cafe’s, taverna’s etc… Oh and not to forget the hospitality of the people you will meet, it really is second to none. 🙂


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