Corfu Airport Car Rental
Corfu Airport, IATA code CFU, is also known with its full name Corfu - Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport. A curiosity: the first commercial flight departed in 1949 to cover the route Athene – Corfu with seven passengers on board.
The best way to visit Corfu island is by car and for this reason we suggest you the car rental service at Corfu Airport. The international airport named after Ioannis Kapodistrias is 3 km from the main city centre on the island. The reference road is Route 25, to be travelled northbound towards the harbour.
The journey time by car is around 5 minutes, depending on traffic. Once landed, you can go to the car rental offices at Corfu Airport and pick your rental car up, previously booked on RentalUp, then drive along the Route 25 to get to the city centre.
Corfu: points of interest
Successfully completed the procedures for the car rental at Corfu Airport, you will be ready to visit the main centre on the island. In particular, the old town, declared as World Heritage by UNESCO in the 2000s, deserves to be discovered.
At every step you will come across Venetian campiellos, porches and Neoclassical palaces, so that similarities with Rue de Rivoli (very popular street in Paris) are many. In Corfu old town there is the neoclassical Achilleion Palace, former residence of Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Princess Sisi. The Achilleion, open to the public, is among the main attractions of the old city.
Less than 10 minutes by car from Corfu city centre, there is the archaeological site Paleopolis, always included in the list of the best things to see during a short stay on the Greek island. Paleopolis hosts the ruins of ancient city walls and buildings that once dominated the historical centre. Among these the Monastery of St. Euphemia, the Palace of Titus and Mon Repus Villa, which host the Paleopolis Museum, deserve a special mention. Among the disgraced sites, of which only ruins remain, we must mention the Temple of Hera and the Agora (the ancient square of Corfu).
If you love landscape beauties, you can go on trips to Pontikonissi, PantokroutorMount and Pelekas, near Corfu town.
Pontikonissi is a tiny island which can boast the presence of a splendid white monastery (Vlacherna), object of desire of thousands of tourists every year, so that it is the most photographed place in the island.
Corfu is also famous for its spectacular sunsets. One of the privileged positions to admire the sunset is the top of Pantokroutor Mount, at a height of 900 metres. All that remains to be mentioned is the small village of Pelekas, where the observatory Kaiser’s Throne stands up, in honour of Emperor Wilhelm II, who used to come here to meditate and contemplate the beauty of the island.
Corfu: art and culture
There are many museums in the city of Corfu, some of which are very original. One of the most important of these is known as Reading Society, founded in the early XIX century; nowadays, within it there are numerous artworks, among which the works of famous thinkers such as Kalvos and Solomos.
Another very interesting museum is Banknote Museum, which represents a unicum in all Greece. Its foundation dates back to the early 1980s, thanks to the decisive impulse of the Ionian Bank. If you are passionate about numismatics, in the museum you can find the coins used by the local people during the last two centuries.
In addition to the Banknote Museum and to the Reading Society, the cultural offer of Corfu is enriched by the presence of the Asian Art Museum. In the rest of Greece, both insular and continental, there is nothing of the sort. It is within the Palace of St. Michael and St. George and hosts over ten thousand manufacts of Japanese and Chinese origin.
Old armours belonged to Samurais, precious objects belonged to the Qing and Ming dynasties add value to the entire museal proposal. The Asian Art Museum is open to public every day of the week, except Monday, that is the closing day.
Lastly, we suggest you a visit to the Byzantine Museum, located inside the Church of Our Lady, in Campiéllo district.