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We passed through Kontokali, a place full of meat restaurants, not attractive at all, I was told to come here for some good meat though. Kontokali took its name from Christofolos Kontokalis, a sailor that back in 1571 managed to took up a Turkish ship during the Naypaktos battle and gave the ship to Corfu! The locals gave him in return the area that we call today Kontokali. We just took a pic of a church on our way (pic 3) and we continued down to Gouvia, which is actually part of the area, you cant really tell where they split each other.

From Kontokali you can visit Lazareto islet which is only 2 miles away. It?s only 70 sq meters with many trees and relics of buildings from several periods of Corfu. The history of the island is connected with some bad memories though as it was this place that the Italians forced the Greeks during WWII. What?s more during the greek civil war(1946-1949) many people were killed too and for this reason the islet is historical site with the wall against which those who were shot to death still can be seen. During the 16th century, the Venetians built a monastery and later a peprosarium (after it the islet was named) that was in use later too by the british and the greeks.

There were some clouds above us so we preferred to continue to the next little port on the west so after a while we were in Gouvia, a typical fish village that has long history behind (although most of the tourists come here during the summer for the clubs). It was here that the famous Barbarosa from Corsica led the Turkish ships (because of the natural harbour that is located on the area). The turks destroyed everything on their way to the capital where they tried to enter the fortress but failed. Two centuries (!) later they came again at Gouvia but failed again to enter the fortress (although the siege lasted one month). After that, the venetians fortified the port at Gouvia and a new naval dockyard was built in 1778 so they could protect the war ships.

It was relaxing to watch the small port (pic 1) but seeing the Venetian naval dockyard (pic 2) was really nice although it?s only the arcs, some arched arcades and the central gate.

Address: 8km north of Corfu town
Directions: 10? drive from Corfu town to the north, you?ll see a sign on your right that points the two villages

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  • Written May 10, 2010
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