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Corfu shore excursions that showcase the island’s most impressive landmarks and stunning views run from the merely marvelous to the simply fantastic because, as a Mediterranean cruise port of call, Corfu is all that and more.
To maximize your time in Corfu, considered by many to be the most beautiful of the Greek islands, you can schedule Corfu shore excursions that offer visits to multiple venues. See the most popular sights on tours that take you to the Achilleion Palace, Corfu’s most opulent building, built as a tribute to Achilles, hero of Greek mythology. Walk through its impeccably landscaped gardens and stop to admire the famous “Dying Achilles” and “Achilles Victorious” sculptures. In the hills above the Bay of Paleokastritsa, visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin from the 12th century and explore the monastery’s small museum filled with priceless relics and icons. There are lovely gardens and a small olive oil press. Leisurely stroll through Corfu Town enjoying the shopping district, the restaurants, and cafés as you please.
On a scenic bus tour that takes you across the island to the one of the most beautiful sights in all of Corfu, the Bay of Paleokastritsa, you’ll have time to enjoy the spectacular view, before your bus climbs into the lush green hills to visit the mountainside villages of Lakones and Makrades. Stroll Lakones, with its small population, old stone houses and lovely views. As the bus climbs higher into the mountains, you’ll reach the village of Makrades, an old traditional Greek village with a few shops and taverns. Enjoy traditional mezes (snacks) and sip some local ouzo, Greece’s iconic anise-flavored liqueur.
If food and wine tours are your primary interest, choose Corfu shore excursions like a guided culinary tour through Corfu’s Old Town. Visit a local products store with a 200-year history, a delicatessen in the Old Jewish Quarter, and a taverna. Enjoy sampling true Corfiat cuisine, including a traditional casserole paired with wine, as you learn about the island’s customs and culture.
Itching for some beach time? There’s no reason to resist when there are Corfu cruise tours that will transport you on a scenic route, past olive and citrus groves, and interesting rock formations, for a half-day at Glyfada, a pristine beach on the western side of the island, complete with mountain backdrops, powdery light sand, and clear blue waters of the Ionian Sea.