CRICKET ON CORF

Corfu, otherwise known as Kerkira is the northernmost of the Ionian Islands. On the eastern side it borders with Albania, and on the west it is closest to Italy. The uniqueness of this Greek island is manifested in the fact that for many years it was influenced by many cultures. Thanks to this, Corfu has a specific character and unusual charm. Corfu is a very mountainous island. Its highest peak is Pantokrator, which reaches a height of 906 m above sea level. The area of the island is 592 square kilometers.
The Venetians who occupied the island at the turn of the 14th and 18th centuries had the greatest influence on the culture and architecture of Corfu. The Turkish influence, visible elsewhere in Greece, in Corfu is almost imperceptible. Corfu streets resemble typical streets of Italian cities and towns. High houses, iron balconies and shutters predominate there.

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There is a clear border between the northern and southern parts of the island. It is a fertile plain. The north is clearly mountainous, the south is lowland. The most visited by tourists is the north-eastern part of the island, stretching to the north of the city of Corfu. Beautiful and picturesque beaches are scattered all over the coast.
Corfu is the only island in the Ionian Archipelago where the European lineage is very visible. The people of Corfu consider themselves more aware people than the inhabitants of the other islands. Corfu is a veritable cultural melting pot. Cosmopolitanism is most visible in the city center, around the Esplonada, which is a combination of a park and a city square, with a cricket square in its center. (It is worth mentioning that Corfu is the only place in Greece where cricket is played, which is a legacy of British rule.) At the northern end of the square is the palace of St. Michael and St. George. In the 1950s, this palace was restored and is currently the seat of the administration, it houses libraries and the Museum of Asian Art. On the west side of the Esplonada is Liston. This street was commissioned by Napoleon and was to refer to the Paris rue di Rivoli. It is full of French cafes and shops. It takes time to walk around Corfu town and visit all the attractions. Undoubtedly, it is worth visiting the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Banknotes, as well as the Byzantine Museum.
The northern part of the island is the most diverse. Summer resorts such as Gouvia, Dasia, Ipsos or Pirgi have lost their individual character. These are the places most often visited by families with children, because there are many picturesque beaches and space for water sports. The further south, the more typical Greece. The villages of Kalami and Nissaki are among those places where crowds are rare and there is no commercial offer for tourists. Although there is a White House in Kalami that attracts many tourists.
One of the most visited places on the western side of the island is Sidari, famous for its unusual rock formations. Equally famous on the west coast is Paleokastritsa, where you can visit the ruins of a Byzantine fortress from the 13th century and the 17th century Moni Theotokou monastery.
The south of Corfu is famous for its unusual architecture. The Achilleon Palace is located here. A little further south you can visit the Gardiki Castle from the 13th century. For people who prefer "something to happen", Benitses will provide a lot of attractions. This place is bustling only in high season. In spring and autumn he returns to his fishing life.