Corfu - the Wonder Island Island, Sung by Homer It’s considered to be first mentioned in Homer's famous “Odyssey” (known also as Scherie) as the home of the Phaeacians. But Corfu has more to it. Here you can touch the miracle, get to know the history of the island and take a look at the houses of celebrities. The island of Corfu is one of the most famous and beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea in Greece, known worldwide for its natural beauty - exotic beaches, turquoise waters, olive and orange groves and green forests and rich history dating back to the ancient times. Kerkyra, as the Greeks call the island, fascinates with its Venetian aura, nesting in picturesque villages, narrow lanes and unique architecture. The Royal Choice Year after year royal persons, pop stars, actors, celebrities and nature lovers from all over the world plan their holidays in Corfu. In the 19th century Empress Elizabeth of Austria (Sissi) ordered to build a palace in Corfu and named it the Achilleion in honour of the ancient Greek hero Achilleios. The summer home of Empress Sissi is now a popular tourist attraction. In1864 King George I of Greece made the Palace of Mon Repos in the Old Town of Corfu his summer residence. Now the palace is a museum and every visitor can admire the panoramic view over the Ionian Sea and enjoy the beautiful green garden, which is considered to be one of the best in Europe.In modern Corfu the royalty share the island with the rich and famous. On the northern coast of Corfu, which is also called “Monaco of Greece” you can see among others the estate of Nathaniel Rotschild and a holiday home of Bruce Willis. Exclusive Destination Thanks to the fact that Corfu is a favourite destination of the aristocracy, it has everything to satisfy the most demanding travelers: aqua parks, tennis courts, cricket and golf courses, riding clubs, yachting sports facilities, diving schools, etc. Corfu Town The capital of the island, Corfu Town, can be divided into two main parts: the Old Town and the New Town. The Old town is a labyrinth of narrow streets and lanes. Many houses in Corfu can be attributed to the period of the Venetian rule, so you can get an impression of being in a small Italian town.