If your idea of a honeymoon destination is a cosmopolitan city that exudes class and sophistication, you must take your honeymoon to Corfu! Corfu’s Venetian architecture stands out greatly. The island has also been influenced by the British and French. The island is justly called the Lady of the Ionian.
This is what you’ll feel if you and your partner find yourselves in Corfu: you are the star actors of a romantic movie. Two heroes, who are in love, wandering through the narrow streets of Kampielo, an old neighbourhood within the ancient Venetian city, who lose themselves in stunning sunset views at Angelokastro, the now-abandoned Byzantine fortress that rises on a steep hilltop above Palaiokastritisa. You would be like two people in love, who enjoy the amazing view before you from the top of the New Fortress, which although is less known than the Old Fort at Esplanade square, it is equally impressive. You would look like a loving couple that enjoys fine wine in the taverns of Strinilas village and the beauty of Old Perithia, the timeless Venetian town.
As soon as you set foot on the island you’ll realise that Corfu is filled with grandiose-like attractions and idyllic scenery. A must-visit is Pontikonisi (Mouse Island), the most photographed attraction in Corfu. Another top attraction is the Achillion Palace, the mansion of Queen Elizabeth (Sissy) also known as the Sad Empress.
WHAT TO EAT?
Corfu is a foodie’s paradise. Besides the exquisite restaurants serving international cuisine, Corfu honours delicious traditional local dishes! The tastiest pastitsada can be found at Duke’s tavern in the heart of the Doukades Village square, while you can taste the freshest seafood at Spiros Karydis fish tavern within Boukari region. In addition to the wonderful food, Corfu is also famous for its sweets.
It is said that the most delicious desserts (honey puffs stuffed with chocolate) can be found at Stazi Meli, at the square of the Town Hall.
When you’ve had enough of food and sweets, you can top off your night with a local cocktail, such as Spicy Mojito with ginger beer or Corfu Mojito made with kumquats. You will find these fabulous cocktails at Amaze, in Faliraki, where you’ll relax by the sea while overlooking illuminated ships.
WHERE TO STAY?
If you are looking for classy suites then opt for a junior suite at Siorra Vittoria’s attic. This is a traditional mansion that belonged to the Metaxa family, found in the old city. The romantic décor of those times is accentuated with wooden ceilings, while the amazing views of the fort will definitely mesmerise you.
Cavalieri Hotel is equally famous. The hotel has a lovely roof garden, which has been operating since the 60s and looks as if it is flying over the Esplanade square.
If you prefer something more private then you should take a look at Grecotel Corfu Imperial’s Dream Villas. These are nestled at a secluded area and have pools and gardens right by the sea.
WHERE TO SWIM?
Obviously, there are countless stunning bays, and each is different and unique, thus satisfying the tastes and moods of every visitor.
One of the most exotic beaches to go for a swim of is none other than Halikouna which is found on the south-western part of the island.
Tip: the secret to choosing calm seas, rather beaches with turbulence, is to take notice of the direction the wind is blowing and head for beaches on the opposite side of the island. For instance, if the wind is blowing east, head for Glyfada beach on the other side of the island.