Corfu, known also as Kerkyra, is the northernmost of the Ionian Islands in Greece. Located off of the far northwest coast of the country, Corfu lies in the Adriatic sea, east of Italy and southwest of Albania.
The island has a great history , laden with battles and conquests. The legacy of these struggles is visible in the form of castles punctuating strategic locations across the island. Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way.
Corfu was long controlled by Venice, which repulsed several Turkish sieges, before falling under British rule following the Napoleonic Wars. Corfu was eventually ceded to Greece by the British Empire along with the remaining islands of the United States of the Ionian Islands, in 1864 under the Treaty of London.
If you visit Corfu, do not forget to visit Nymphes, Kynopiastes, Lakones, Roda and Achilleion.