The island of Vido is situated across the Old Fortress, in the Old City of Corfu, at a distance of about 1.200 meters. It covers an area of 538 acres and stands out for its natural beauty and its beaches which are mostly preferred by the locals because it is very close to the city.
In the past in Vido a penitentiary of minors and later a prison operated on the island. Later, the buildings which are located there, were deserted, while afterwards a mausoleum was constructed by Serbia for the Serbs who perished from a cholera epidemic which broke out when they were in Corfu, driven away by the Austrians during World War I. Up until today, Serbs in Vido perform rituals honoring the memory of those people.
Today Vido is uninhabited. Apart from the fully organized beach on the small island of Corfu, you will also find the church of Agios Stefanos as well as facilities for the municipal, children’s summer camps.
The ancient historian, Thoukididis, refers Vido with the name Ptychia, while the island is also known as Agios Stefanos or the Island of Peace. The name Vido derives from one of the Venetian owners of the island, Guido Malipieri, and it is a paraphrase of his first name, as Guido became Vido.
A restaurant and refreshment stands, complete sanitary facilities but, also lovely paths for walkers who enjoy contact with nature, are all offered to the visitors of Vido.
From the old port of Corfu during summer, small boats depart for Vido and vice versa, every hour from 9 in the morning. The ticket costs 2 euro.