every point of view, Corfu is the most western region in Greece.
An island known worldwide as a tourist destination, with undisputed
natural, historical and cultural wealth, it has attracted travelers
from all over the world, has generated timeless schools of Fine
Arts, has demonstrated how sublimely green and blue can combine.
Besieged by many nations, it has been governed by the Venetians,
the French and the British, who always coveted its economic strength
and its strategic geographical position. Greece is often described
as standing between East and West, but this applies even more to
Corfu, which, whilst maintaining its Hellenic origins, has enriched
them with with western influences. Thus it has developed a complex
culture, and a way of life which breaks free from the classic Greek
model. From ancient times until today it has been a point of reference
for all the elements which make up the human personality. Evolution,
exploration, enjoyment, love, tradition, joy and surprise are all
to be found here, caught in the wheel of time. Hyperbole? You can
find that here, too, in the westernmost region of Greece.
The Prefectural District of Corfu (Corfu, Paxos, Antipaxos and the Diapontian Islands) extends over 638 square kilometres and has a population of 110,000, of which a third live in the town of Corfu. Almost without exception, the inhabitants are hospitable and kind, and their conversation is full of humour and spontaneity.The fruitful countryside, both beautiful and historic, has vested the Corfiots with a sense of belonging, and at the same time has not forced them to leave their homeland to search out employment. The few Corfiots who have emigrated are mostly from the outlying Diapontian Islands or from especially poor families. The rest remain on the island and mostly are involved in tourism and agriculture.
Today Corfu offers a complete range of services which are bound to satisfy the most demanding visitor. The facilities provided by the isand's tourism infrastructure have made Corfu the most popular destination for various forms of alternative tourism.
Thus in March and April, when students all over Greece take their annual school trip, the island is taken over by 17 year-old 'conquerors' who, in their school assemblies, have voted for 'holidays in Corfu'.
In the spring and the summer, the 800 churches of the island await religious visitors, who light a candle and worship before the wonderful icons.
'Futures' Junior World Tennis Championships, the antique car rallies
organized by the Municipality annually, the World Billiards Championship
and the numerous athletics events justify Corfu's reputationas a
modern international sports venue.
The frequent daily ferry services to Italy and flights to destinations all over the world have reduced distances, allowing Corfu to develop as a melting pot of peoples and cultures. Thus, every yer congresses, seminars, symposia and festivals of science and technology, culture, philosophy, ecology and environmental studies take place on the island. The Municipality of Corfu as well as several hotels, can provide venues and equipment for such events.