Corfu – Tradition

The distinctive cultural tradition of Corfu is characteristic of the island, due to the fact that it has been influenced by consecutive conquerors throughout the centuries. Despite the tourist development, Corfiots largely maintain their customs and traditions, especially those related to religion. The special way that Easter  is celebrated on the island has made it a number one tourist destination in the country during these days and for a good reason. Epitaphs, devoutness, boisterous customs, mournful sounds from the Philharmonics during the Holy Week and an impressive ceremony of the Resurrection in the largest square of the Balkans, Spianada, are elements which attract thousands of tourists.

The presence of the Relic of Agios Spyridonas on the island has been related to the salvation of the land from great destructions and the Corfiots honor their Saint four times a year with processions  where the litany of the relic takes place in an atmosphere of devoutness.

The customs of the Carnival in Corfu are also special and have been influenced by the Venetians and the Italian Commedia dell arte, with characteristic costumes which remind you of Venice. The Venetians have also affected the Corfiot cuisine. Pastitsada, sofrito , bianco  and bourdeto, are all recipes from Italy and today are local specialties which will enchant you.

As far as the local products are concerned, it is not possible to leave the island without buying koum-kouat, without having tried the traditional tsitsimpyra  or the unique, fresh beer which is sold throughout Greece. Corfu also produces great quantities of olive oil but, also good wine, from varieties that thrive in the island, such as kakotrygis, petrokorytho and mantzavi.

  • Philharmonic Society of Skripero

    The Philharmonic Society of Skripero was founded in 1909 and offers ever since significant services for the musical development of the children in the area.

  • Philharmonic of Sinarades

    The Philharmonic of Sinarades was founded in 1961 and has, apart from its adult band, a band of students.

  • Philharmonic of Korakiana «Spyros Samaras»

    The Philharmonic of Korakiana «Spyros Samaras» was founded in 1958 and is one the greatest musical societies of the island.

  • Philharmonic of Kontokali

    The Philharmonic of Kontokali participates in all the cultural events of the region.

  • Philharmonic of Kato Korakiana

    The Philharmonic of Kato Korakiana «Gerasimos Markoras» was founded in 1982 and was named this way in order to honor the great Corfiot poet.

  • Philharmonic Society «Mantzaros»

    The Philharmonic Society «Mantzaros» with the characteristic blue and white color of its uniform, counts over 120 years of life.

  • Philharmonic Society of Lefkimmi

    The Philharmonic Society of Lefkimmi maintains a band, a bandina, an orchestra and the dancing group Kantrilies.

  • Philharmonic Society of Corfu

    The Philharmonic Society of Corfu or else the «Old Philharmonic», is the oldest musical-educational organization in all of Greece.

  • Philharmonic of Gastouri

    The Philharmonic of Gastouri is the oldest Philharmonic of the Greek countryside, founded in 1898.

  • Philharmonic of Kynopiastes

    The Philharmonic of Kynopiastes has about 80 musicians.

  • Philharmonic Union of Corfu «Kapodistrias»

    The Philharmonic Union of Corfu «Kapodistrias» was founded in 1980 and is one of the largest musical unions of Corfu.

  • Musical Artistic Union of Lefkimmaion

    The Musical Artistic Union of Lefkimmaion offers its services to this city since 1910.

  • Conservatory of Corfu

    The Conservatory of Corfu is the second oldest conservatory in Greece. It was founded in 1894.

  • Corfiot Stage

    The Corfiot Stage is a theatrical society with intense activity in the theatrical happenings of the island.

  • Corfiot Kantada and Mantolinata

    The Corfiot Kantada and Mantolinata is the oldest choral society of the island.

  • Historical Archive of Corfu

    The Historical Archive of Corfu is one of the richest in all of Greece and has documents from the 14th century.

  • Society of Corfiot Studies

    The Society of Corfiot Studies which, organizes numerous cultural events, is housed in the residence of the national poet of Greece, Dionysios Solomos.

  • Municipal Theater of Corfu

    The Municipal Theater of Corfu is the newest member of the Municipal Theaters as it was founded in 1997 but, it has presented very significant performances.

  • The Municipal Choir of Corfu

    The Municipal Choir of Corfu has been very active in the field of classical music and takes part in the major events of the island.

  • Astronomical Society of Corfu

    The Astronomical Society of Corfu is the first astronomical society established in Greece in 1927. Today it presents very significant work in Astronomy.

  • Reading Society of Corfu

    The Reading Society of Corfu is the oldest spiritual institution of modern Greece, with rich spiritual action for more than 170 years.

  • Olive Oil Soap

    The Olive Oil Soap which is produced on the island is a pure product with no additives and has mild, hypoallergenic effect.

  • Petegoletsa

    Petegoletsa is a custom that takes place on Pancake Day in the evening in the old city where you will hear its gossips in authentic Corfiot dialect.

  • Serbian Museum

    The Serbian Museum of Corfu narrates the stay of the Serbian soldiers in the island, during World War I, after the collapse of the Serbian Front.

  • Banknote Museum

    The Banknote Museum of Corfu, one of the most complete worldwide, is housed in the building of the Ionian Bank, one of the most beautiful of the Old City.

  • Solomos Museum

    The Solomos Museum is located in the old city of Corfu and is the old house of the national poet Dionysios Solomos where his items are exhibited.

  • Museum of Palaiopoli

    The Museum of Palaiopoli is located in Mon Repos of Corfu and hosts exhibits from its construction era and findings from excavations in the area.

  • Museum of Ceramic Art

    The Museum of Ceramic Art of Corfu is housed in the old English barrack of the New Fortress and has ceramic works, samples of the folk art of the island.

  • Kapodistrias Museum

    The Kapodistrias Museum is housed in the family holiday home of the first governor of Greece, in the village Evropouloi of Corfu.

  • Sea Shell Museum

    The Sea Shell Museum in Benitses of Corfu has more than 10.000 exhibits from the deep of the Ionian and Mediterranean Sea and the Indian and Pacific Ocean!

  • Olive Museum

    The Olive Museum is an old oil mill with all of its equipment and is located in Kynopiastes of Corfu.

  • Museum of Asian Art

    The Museum of Asian Art is the most unique museum of Corfu, housed in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George and includes more than 15.000 exhibits.

  • Folklore Museum of Middle Corfu

    The Folklore Museum of Middle Corfu is located in Sinarades and its exhibits are items and costumes from the daily life of the Corfiots in the 19th century.

  • Folklore Museum of Acharavi

    The Folklore Museum of Acharavi, located in northern Corfu, narrates the daily life of the Corfiots during the last three centuries from 1800 and onwards.

  • Municipal Gallery

    The Municipal Gallery of Corfu primarily includes works of Ionian artists of the 19th century and is housed in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George.

  • Antivouniotissa Museum

    The Antivouniotissa Museum is located in the Old City of Corfu and hosts works of the post-Byzantine ecclesiastical art, from the 15th century.

  • Archaeological Museum of Corfu

    The Archaeological Museum of Corfu remains closed due to renovations from May of 2012 and is expected to open to the public in the summer of 2015.

  • Panagia of Foreigners

    Panagia of Foreigners in the Old City of Corfu has rare icons of the 18th century.

  • Panagia Platytera

    Panagia Platytera is situated in Corfu, inside the city and is the place where, the grave of Ioannis Kapodistrias is found.

  • Panagia Mandrakina

    Panagia Mandrakina is a small, crimson church among the Garden of the People and Boschetto Garden, in Spianada of Corfu.

  • Panagia in Magoulades

    Panagia in Magoulades is a Historically Preserved Monument and one the most ancient monasteries of the island.

  • Panagia of Vlaherna

    Panagia of Vlaherna is the small monastery in Pontikonisi of Corfu, in one of the most photographed landscapes of the island.

  • Panagia Antivouniotissa

    Panagia Antivouniotissa is one of the oldest churches of the Old City of Corfu and today it hosts an ecclesiastical museum with a great collection.

  • Monastery of Pantokratoras

    The Monastery of Pantokratoras is the monastery that is situated on the highest mountain of Corfu, since the middle of the 14th century.

  • Monastery of Palaiokastritsa

    The Monastery of Palaiokastritsa is located at the top of the hill, in one of the most popular resorts of Corfu and dates back to the 12th century.

  • Monastery of Myrtidiotissa

    The Monastery of Myrtidiotissa is situated in Western Corfu and is built in a verdant landscape with an endless view of the sea.

  • Monastery of Kassopitra in Kanoni

    The Monastery of Kassopitra in Kanoni is a male one and is located in the archaeological site of Figaretto.

  • Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi

    The Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi is located in Kastellanoi of Middle Corfu and today it houses the schools of the village.

  • Monastery of Agioi Theodoroi Stratias

    The Monastery of Agioi Theodoroi Stratias is one of the most significant monasteries of the island and was founded in the beginning of the 16th century.

  • Monastery of Agioi Theodoroi in Kamara

    The Monastery of Agioi Theodoroi in Kamara was founded during the 16th century and is located in the village of Kamara of Corfu.

  • Monastery of Agios Onoufrios

    The Monastery of Agios Onoufrios in Corfu is now deserted but, still maintains its impressive architecture of the past.

  • Monastery of Agios Dimitrios

    The Monastery of Agios Dimitrios is situated in Agioi Douloi of northern Corfu and is a nunnery.

  • Monastery of Agia Triada in Klimatia

    The Monastery of Agia Triada in Klimatia is located in the northern end of Corfu, perched in the mountains, with an endless view of the Diapontia Islands.

  • Monastery of Agia Kyriaki in Kouramades

    The Monastery of Agia Kyriaki in Kouramades is the newest monastery in Corfu and is situated in the village of Kouramades.

  • Monastery of Agia Eythimia in Anemomylos

    The Monastery of Agia Eythimia in Anemomylos is one of the most ancient monasteries of Corfu and is located in the bay of Garitsa.

  • The Cathedral of Corfu

    The Cathedral of Corfu is also known as Panagia Spilaiotissa and is an impressive church, in the alleyways of the Old City.

  • Lady of the Angels

    The Lady of the Angels in Corfu is a monastery in the region of Lefkimmi, in the southern part of the island.

  • Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas

    The Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas is located in Agioi Douloi of Corfu in verdant nature and flowing waters of the homonymous spring.

  • Church of Agios Iassonas and Agios Sossipatros

    The Church of Agios Iassonas and Agios Sossipatros dates back to the 11th century and is the most significant Byzantine Monument of Corfu.

  • Agios Spyridonas

    Agios Spyridonas, the patron saint of Corfu, whose relic is kept in the homonymous church of 1589, a great Byzantine monument in the alleys of the Old City.

  • Agios Nikolaos of Geronton

    Agios Nikolaos of Geronton is located in Campiello and was built during the 16th century.

  • Agios Ioannis in the Old City

    Agios Ioannis in the Old City of Corfu is one of the most beautiful and historical Churches of the island and Nikiforos Theotokis served as a priest there.

  • Saint Jacob

    Saint Jacob is the Cathedral of the Catholic Church in Corfu, Duomo. It is located in the Old City and it is one of the most impressive edifices.

  • Agia Paraskevi in Sgourades

    Agia Paraskevi in Sgourades is a convent in northern Corfu, built amongst a verdant olive grove.

  • Agia Paraskevi in Makrades

    Agia Paraskevi in Makrades is a nunnery of the 17th century in Palaiokastritsa of Corfu.

  • Agia Paraskevi in Kinopiastes

    Agia Paraskevi in Kinopiastes is a holy retreat in Kynopiastes of Corfu, created during the 16th century and celebrated on the 26th of July.

  • Roman Baths in Benitses

    The Roman Baths in Benitses are very well maintained and are situated inside the modern settlement.

  • Palaiopoli

    Palaiopoli, the ancient city of Corfu, is today the most significant archaeological site of the island with many ancient sights such as the ancient market.

  • Temple of Kardaki

    The temple of Kardaki is the best preserved ancient temple of Corfu, situated in Palaiopoli, inside the Mon Repos estate.

  • Temple of Artemis Gorgon

    The pediment of gigantic proportions stands out in the Temple of Artemis Gorgon which, is saved and adorned with embossed representations.

  • Monument of Menekrates

    The Monument of Menekrates is a circular, stone tomb, constructed during the 6th century B.C. and has one of the oldest inscriptions.

  • Kerameikos in Figaretto

    In Kerameikos in Figaretto of Corfu visitors can see up close an ancient ceramic workshop where, furnaces are saved but, also a well.

  • Tomb of Ioannis Kapodistrias

    The Tomb of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, is located in the Monastery of Plarytera, in the city of Corfu.

  • Spianada

    Spianada is the main square of Corfu, one of the largest in the Balkans and one of the most beautiful because the sights surrounding it are magnificent!

  • Maitland Rotunda

    The Maitland Rotunda is a circular edifice which is surrounded by twenty Ionic columns and is located in the southern end of Spianada in Corfu.

  • Old Fortress

    The Old Fortress of Corfu is situated on a peninsula at the end of Spianada and the well maintained infrastructures in its interior will surprise you.

  • Palies Sinies

    Palies Sinies is one of the villages in ruins of northern Corfu and one of the most impressive destinations for hiking in the island.

  • Old City

    The Old City of Corfu is one of the greatest sights of the island, with narrow alleys, tall buildings, old churches and priceless, architectural monuments.

  • Palia Peritheia

    Palia Peritheia is a ruined, Venetian, stone-village in northern Corfu and its 130 houses are architectural masterpieces which attract many visitors.

  • New Fortress

    The New Fortress of Corfu, with underground galleries, vaulted passageways, emplacements and imposing bastions, offers the best view of the Old City.

  • Mon Repos

    Mon Repos is a verdant estate, outside Corfu, with a palace from the English occupation which, became a place of leisure for royalty throughout centuries.

  • Liston

    Liston was built during the 19th century and is the most famous promenade of Corfu, the meeting point of locals and visitors.

  • Dougla’s Column

    Dougla’s Column, the obelisk in Garitsa bay, is dedicated to the English commissioner Sir Howard Douglas who offered great work to the island.

  • Kassiopi Castle

    Kassiopi Castle is the oldest castle in the island and its walls dominate above the resort of Kassiopi.

  • Gardiki Castle

    Gardiki Castle is a Byzantine castle which protected the southern part of the island from pirates and conquerors raids.

  • Kanoni

    Kanoni in Corfu is where you will enjoy, not only the old cannon of the French artillery but, also Pontikonisi and planes that land in the airport!

  • Town Hall of Corfu

    The Town Hall of Corfu is an imposing, made of stone, Renaissance style building located in the alleyways of the old city.

  • Kaiser’s Bridge

    Kaiser’s Bridge is located in the area of Achillion and was built by the German emperor Wilhelm II in order to access the sea easier from his palace.

  • British Cemetery

    In the British Cemetery, apart from the burial monuments you can see, you can admire the verdant gardens with countless plants and 30 species of orchids!

  • Achillion

    Achillion, a palace, built in Corfu by the Empress of Austria Elizabeth to honor the Homeric hero, is one of the most significant sights of the island.

  • Statue of Guilford

    The statue of Guilford is dedicated to the philhellene Lord of Guilford, Frederic North and is located in Spianada.

  • Statue of Adam

    The statue of Adam is located in front of the Palace of St. Michael and St. George in Corfu and is dedicated to the homonymous English Commissioner.

  • Palace of St. Michael and St. George

    The Palace of St. Michael and St. George is located in Spianada and it is an impressive edifice, built during the English occupation.

  • Aggelokastro

    Aggelokastro in Corfu is a Byzantine fortress, perched on a hilltop, from where the view towards all the island is enchanting!

  • The statue of Schulenburg

    The statue of Schulenburg is the statue of a German commander who saved Corfu from the Turkish siege. It is made of white marble in rococo style.

  • Tennis

    The first time a tennis game took place in Greece was in Corfu in 1896, residue of the English occupation on the island.

  • NACC

    NACC is the largest and most historical nautical athletic club on the island including swimming, polo, sailing and rowing departments.

  • Cricket

    Cricket in Greece began in Corfu during the period of English occupation. The Greek Cricket Federation is based in Corfu and 10 clubs are active there.

  • National Athletic Center of Kerkyra

    The National Athletic Center of Kerkyra includes a football stadium, a track field, an indoor swimming pool and an indoor gym. It hosts 22 athletic clubs.

  • Golf

    The golf course of Corfu has been characterized as one of the most beautiful in Europe. It is located in the center of the island in Livadi Ropa.

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