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The new castle of Corfu Town

610_8837_wI guess, you might have expected this weeks topic, when being a regular reader of my blog. Last week I introduced you to the old castle, thus I focus on the new castle this week. Don’t get me wrong. Although, this castle is called the new one, it’s also old. But, it’s newer than the old one.

It’s located ‘behind’ the old town and above the harbor. So, the old town is located between two big, old castles. When walking up, to the castle, don’t forget to turn around. You will have a fantastic view over the old town and the old castle in the back. You also have a good sight overt harbor and the huge cruise ships.

There’s also a small entry fee for adults (minors are free). But, you can use the ticked as a voucher for a drink at the exit. We were up there in the late afternoon, when the setting sun was about to paint the old town golden. Unfortunately, there were lots of clouds that day and it was our last evening. So, there wasn’t a change to postpone the visit. But, after waiting a while I got the image of the old town in the right light. Pew!

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The old castle of Corfu Town

 

610_7862-s_wI mentioned it before, Corfu town has two big old castles. One of them is way older than other. Today I want to show you some impressions from the older one. It’s very present in front of the old town. Departed by a moat from the Esplanade.

You have to pay an entrance fee, but in the evening (from about an hour before sunset) you can go inside for free. But, the museum and the chapel are closed now. You can go inside for free, because there is a restaurant inside the castle.

Although, it looks big from the outside, it seems to be much bigger, when standing inside. I don’t know, how many soldiers once were living here guarding the town and the whole island. Once, there were 4 castles around the island. We visited 3 of them: Angelocastro, the old castle of Corfu town (this one) and the new castle (next post). The high density of big castles for such a small island might give you an idea of the importance of this island for the Venetian Empire. Corfu was their main source of olive oil. In those times the people needed olive oil for many more purposes than simply for cooking. They made soap from the olive oil and used it for their lamps. It was a very important product.

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The Esplanade

610_7786-e_wThere is a huge open space between the old town of Corfu Town and the ocean, called Esplanade. Here you can find access to one of the two castles, horse-drawn carriages, a parking ground and a big park. Inside the park, there are two interesting locations:
– Maitland’s Rotonda: this small ionic round temple is a memorial for the british Lord High Commissioner Sir Thomas Maitland (1816-24 in Corfu), who hast build a new water supply system for Corfu Town. It is located just above one of the new cisterns.
– a memorial with seven bronze reliefs for the union of the ionic islands with the greek main land back in 1864. Each of them represents on of the seven main island. Corfu is represented by the Phaiaken boat. I told you a bit about those people and their role in the story of Odysseus (sometimes calles Ulysses) in one of my past posts.

The place itself was created in the 17th century when Corfu was a part of the Venetian Empire for defending the island mor easily by having more room for using cannons. Today, it us used for more peaceful activities and as a meeting point for the locals. To the west, the place is limited by high residential buildings from the early 19th century. Some of these building have arcaded sidewalks called liston. Here you can find sidewalk cafés, restaurants and bars with tables outside waiting for tourists and locals.

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Walking around in Corfu Town

610_7694-s_wToday’s post is a continuation of my post from last weeks. I want to show you some further impressions taken in the old town of Corfu Town. All the images in the gallery below are taken during several strolls though the streets and alleys.

I really recommend to take the time and leave the main alleys with the shops and walk around, just following your heard. This way you can find some hidden places.

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Wanna go shopping

610_8461-s_wToday, I want to make you along trough the narrow alleys of the Old town of Corfu Town. Many, many tiny shops are on the sides. Some for the inhabitants and many more for the tourists. You can buy gifts, food, alcohol (ouzo and kumquat liquor), olive oil, soap, clothes, wooden stuff, sponges and many, many more products.

I’d recommend, going in the old town not before 2 p.m. or so. In the mornings the alleys are very crowded. The harbor is not far away and Corfu is a common station for the huge cruise ships. So, the cruise ship passengers can walk from the ships to the old town of Corfu town in a few minutes. But, in the afternoons the alleys are less frequented and you can walk around more easily.

The old town is quite big for such a small town and island. A few impressions you can get in my gallery below.

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