Highlights of this tour
- The old fortress
- Corfu town center
Your Corfu Old town and Fortress tour starts with a pick-up from the cruise port in Corfu, where you find your private guide. She will be holding a sign with your name on it, and together you first head to the Old Fortress with private adapted vehicle.
The Old Fortress remains one of the most exciting tourist attractions of Corfu Island. Build initially by the Venetians, and a couple of centuries later the British made some alterations.
The fortress is said to date from the 6th century. Gothic looters landed here to seek protection. In the 15th century, the Venetians rebuilt the walls, they dug the canal (“contrafossa”) and provided a drawbridge. Later the British destroyed the Venetian base, and they built military barracks, a prison, and a hospital. The fort was in use by the Greek army until 1979, after which archaeological restorations began. Once finished, the fort was opened to the public.
Today at the premises, you find a small Byzantine museum, the neoclassical St. George’s Church. This is a garrison church built by the British in 1840. This church was severely damaged in the Second World War, however got restored after and is now an Orthodox church. This church, by the way, looks a lot like a temple. You find a bar-restaurant at the bottom of the fortress, which is also open in the evening when the fort is closed.
From the fort, you have the most exquisite views of the island and old Corfu Town City. Your tour continues on foot/wheels visiting the Venetian style old Corfu Town center from the Old Fortress. The narrow streets between the houses, the numerous churches around every corner, and the well known Liston, will amaze you and complete your tour in Corfu.
In the old Corfu Town center, you can do some shopping, taste the traditional local foods in one of the several restaurants or have a coffee in one of the Liston’s Cafes. The French built Liston in the same style as those in Rue de Rivoli in Paris. A real lust for the eye.
The museum is equipped with ramps (exterior and interior) and a lift for access to the exhibition spaces and specially adapted toilet facilities. Ιn addition, people with sight problems may become acquainted with the Asian civilization through the use of a multilingual audio guide system in combination with digital signage and short captions in Braille writing, which provides the necessary information for the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, as well as for exhibits of the Museum.
The Museum is accessible to people with disabilities. There are wheelchair ramps, a lift, and an adapted toilet. Disabled people and their companion are exempt from paying a ticket by showing the necessary identity.
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