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4 hours, private tour
Achillion - Corfu town
We cross small villages half hidden among the olive groves and we will
arrive to the pretty village of Gastouri which still retains some of the old
world charm that inspired the Empress Elisabeth ( the legendary Sissy ) to
build her dream Palace in the eighteen nineties. We walk through the romantic
gardens with its many statues and flowering shrubs, which has little changed
since the days when Empress Sissy roamed its paths alone. Visit the chapel within the Palace and see a
collection of souvenirs connected with Elisabeth of Austria and Emperor William
of Germany who bought the Achillion in 1906.
We continue our drive to Corfu town where we
will have a walking tour in the square and into the narrow roads. We will see
the old fortress, the Esplanade with the cricket field, the Palace, the Old
town hall and the square with their unique atmosphere.
The Old Town lies on the northern
side between the Esplanade Square and the new fortress. Ferries approaching the
port of Corfu offer a magnificent view to this picturesque and beautiful town
as it is located close by. The square of the Esplanade (also called Spianada)
is the central square of Corfu Town and the largest square in the Balkans. It
became a public square during the French occupation and was designed according
to the French garden architecture, with many organised trees and flower pots.
It is surrounded by sumptuous buildings, imposing monuments and an old Venetian
fortress which marks the beginning of the modern town.