A Taste of Corfu
A Taste of Corfu
Also known as Kerkyra, the island of Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian islands and forms the northwesternmost part of Greece.
During your 4-hour tour you will quickly understand why this portion of land in the Ionian Sea was long coveted by ancient armies and weary travelers.
Your walking tour of the Old Town of Corfu begins at the Bonati Arch, a northern gate welcoming you into this 18th century venetian town full of historical buildings and winding streets. Stop at a 200-year-old Damatis store and sample the mouthwatering original olive wood smoked ham and sausages that this merchant is known for.
Continue through the old Jewish Quarter of the city that was once a refuge for more than 4,000 Jews before WWII. At the local taverna of Sakis you will get to try some traditional Corfiot recipes such as the spicy bourdetto, a casserole of fresh fish and sweet paprika showcased with freshly baked bread and regional wine. Enjoy the views from under the shade of the vines that cover the courtyard, lending the establishment the nickname The Pergola.
Over at Mr. Thymis' delicatessen you can try his legendary koum-quat ice cream and delight in its ginger beer flavor. Continue through Corfu's serpentine streets to the Town Hall Square with its San Giacomo building, Catholic Cathedral "Duomo" of St Jacob and St Patric and the Church of Saint Spyridon. This 16th century church honors the patron saint of the island and is renowned for its frescos and the silver and gold coffin containing the holy man's remains as well as its miraculous healing abilities. While in the area you can check out Afthonia, the local market shop, and sample koum-quat liquor hand crafted from a special citrus only found in a few spots around the world.
Conclude your time in Corfu with some shopping or just relax at one of the popular cafe bars and watch the locals as they go about daily life in this magical island. If you want a tasty and perfect introduction to the Old Town of Corfu, this is it!
Reviewer: Paula Macaulay
This tour was great! Not only did we get to sample various food items native to Corfu, we learned a great deal of information. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and easy to understand. He discussed both the history of Corfu and the current state of the economy. I would recommend this tour to everyone, if you don't mind walking.