To think of Corfu is to think of a stunning Greek landscape with beaches on the Ionian Sea lapped by indigo waters, green hillsides draped in subtropical flora, and endless patches of gnarled, centuries-old olive trees. Known by its Greek name Kerkyra, the island displays centuries of Venetian rule in its architecture and its local history, along with Turkish, British, and French influences. Kerkyra (Corfu) Old Town was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historically, Kerkyra (Corfu) is different from the rest of Greece: “Corfu completely escaped the oppressive effects of Ottoman Turkish rule during its nearly 400-year occupation of most of the rest of Greece. Therefore, it belongs, as no other place in Greece, to the West, rather than to the Levant.” — www.grekomania.com
Little Known Fact: Famous for having more than three million olive trees, some more than 400 years old, Corfu produces 3% of the world’s olive oil. It is said that there are 20 olive trees for every woman, man, and child on the island.
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