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Corfu is the largest and the northernmost of the 7 Ionion islands that formed for a little more than half a century (1799-1864) the seven islands Republic: Corfu, Cephalonia, Lefkas, Zakinthos, Kithira Ithaki and Paxos.
In the antiquity, Corfu was named Corcyra. In the Odyssey, the description of the island of the Phaeacians where Ulysses landed just before his return to Ithaka, matches well with Corfu. Many European writers, painters or sculptors have celebrated the beauties of Corfu. Sissi (Elisabeth of Austria) ordered the building of the Achilleion in a superb landscape.
For the last fifty years, it has attracted millions of visitors from all over the world. Some sites have been spoiled by mass tourism but on the whole, the island has kept most of its charm as mass tourism has been mostly limited to a few places.
The island has a total population of about 100,000 spread over an area of 585 km2. One third of the population is in the capital, Corfu. For more on the city, visit my Corfu page.
Besides the island of Corfou (Kerkyra), the province of Kerkyra comprises the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.
Maps mention Lefkimi and Ano Lefkimi (Lefkimi Heights),but actually, they are completely melted into one another and... more travel advice
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