From the Aegean Sea to the Ionian Sea, it took a ferry, a bus, and a plane to get me there but I finally arrived on the Greek island of Corfu. As I’d had to hang out in the Athens airport for 4 hours awaiting my early morning flight, I was exhausted. However, there were no buses to my hotel, Pontikonisi Hotel, and the taxis were exorbitant! So I hiked for a couple of miles before a helpful store owner pointed me to a bus stop that dropped me at my destination.
After a nice long nap, it was time to see Corfu Town. I wandered (I really did!) through the romantic cobbled streets and alleys, gazing up at the beautiful church facades, and dodging tourists. Realizing how hungry I was, I stopped to eat then realized how late it was. It was late enough that the buses were no longer running! I headed to the Sea as I figured I’d reach my hotel if I followed it. Just in case, I stuck out my thumb. Very quickly, an older man, who spoke no English, stopped and gave me a ride on his scooter. It’s a long story on the actual getting to my hotel but he did get me there!
Making sure I had the bus schedule, I spent the following day exploring the sights of Old Town. There are two fortresses, old and new. I did not venture into the new one but fully explored the old, most prominent, fortress. It offered up canons, St George Church, a prison, and incredible views of Corfu and the Ionian Sea.
In my wandering, I found a fabulous spot near the port to enjoy the sunset and a beer. The diverse architecture throughout the city was a pleasure for me. The beautifully paved Liston Promenade is a fantastic spot for people watching while enjoying a rest and a drink or a gelato!
I have to say that I was tired at this point in my travels. I had been moving fast and carrying a heavy load for months and it was catching up to me. This will explain why I was only interested in Old Town and did not take the time to explore the rest of the island. From what I understand, the numerous beaches are gorgeous and I did see that the clear, cobalt blue of the sea is entrancing! Mouse Island (Pontikonisi Island) was actually the view from my hotel, and I actually could have swam to it, but I didn’t bother to visit it or the monastery on it.
Probably because of my disposition, Corfu was my least favorite Greek island and a challenge to truly enjoy. I drank and dined well, had amazing views from my hotel, enjoyed a day of hotel hospitality (private beach, pool, bar, and wifi), and got a lot of exercise. Maybe I should go back one day to see the rest of the island…just to make sure!