Old Fortress Corfu

Old Fortress Corfu, Corfu Town

Old Fortress Corfu
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Ancient Ruins • Military Bases & Facilities
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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David D
Devon, UK16,627 contributions
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Sunday 22nd August and we visited this ancient Fortress an iconic landmark in Corfu Town.

It was constructed in the 15th century by the Venetians. The Fortress sits on an artificial island which was made by creating a canal linking the Gulf of Kerkyra and the Bay of Garitsa.

We paid the entrance fee of €6 each, card payments accepted. We proceeded over the small bridge spanning the canal and entered the Fortress through its mighty entrance gate.

There is so much see here which makes walking around such an interesting and enjoyable experience.

The clock tower was something that could not be missed as it stands tall. It was not telling the correct time.

The Saint George Church sits majestically in the corner of a large courtyard.

The former Chapel Latin (The Latin Chapel Madonna of the Karmelitae) which is now home to a Byzantine exhibition.

We also visited an exhibition of contemporary Greek art.

The challenge when visiting this old Fortress is to reach the dizzy heights and climb up to the top and see the old lighthouse. There is also a rusting metal cross up there. Definitely worth the climb for the panoramic views. Do take care, going up and down as the well worn stones are shiny and slippery underfoot in places.

Dotted around the Fortress were a number of old canons used in its defence.
In 1994 the EU leaders visited the Fortress, a summit was being held in Corfu during the Greek Presidency of the EU.

So much restoration work has been completed and very evident.

It was not possible to access all areas of Fortress as some places were being renovated and restored or waiting to be done.

There is a restaurant within the old Fortress, €4.50 for a small bottle of beer, ouch, captive market.

The entrance fee into the Fortress is worth every cent of the €6, we enjoyed every minute and step.

It was very hot and large areas were exposed with no shade, so would recommend wearing some head covering and sun screen.

Face masks had to be worn in enclosed areas of the Fortress.
Written August 24, 2021
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,527 contributions
Couples
We enjoyed our morning visit here. There is a small fee here at €6 each which was reasonable value, although we didn't actually manage to get into the museum here as there was a small queue (2 people max allowed in at a time), we decided not to wait as it was such a hot day. However, there is a lot to see, a church with a long history, the fortifications and a great view from the top. Well worth a visit!
Written September 9, 2020
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pony2323
Peel, UK226 contributions
The fortress was free to enter after around 5pm but some of the best parts (including the highest point- the acropolis) were closed during this period. So we went back next day and a standard ticket is 6 Euros per person. Good view from the top.
Written June 20, 2022
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kjkpatriots
Toronto, Canada73 contributions
Couples
You basically pay to go up to the lookout for a view of Old Corfu town, and to see inside the British church.
All the other buildings were closed off or in a state of disrepair.

There were a lot of people paying to enter and if it’s like that all the time it makes you wonder if they could afford to do restoration work on some of the old buildings or have some historic artifacts from the fortress periods on display.

You leave with not very much information of what it was like as a fortress or to be there in the past when it was built and used.
Written June 14, 2022
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199stevenw
Glasgow, UK91 contributions
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We visited Corfu Town one day and had a wee trek around the old fortress, it was a decent outing and the views at the top were great.
We booked the trip to Corfu through an events company in Sidari and were told it was free to enter but it is actually €6 per person.

Worth a visit.
Written September 26, 2021
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Ryanuk
Church Gresley, UK149 contributions
Couples
Visited the fortress on a Tuesday 10AM
no que but this does seem to happen as the tour coaches arrive on the hour .

6 Euros and your free to roam the vast fort
Many rooms are limiting numbers to 4 or 6 at a time and masks must be worn inside .

Head right out of the first corridor of buildings and head to the church great views of the harbour, before heading up the ten minutes walk to the very top point of the fortress the lighthouse ,tread carefully the cobles have been worn smooth and very slippy and the hand rails in the sun a bit hot to touch .great views worth the climb.

Definitely worth a visit if spending a day in Corfu town ,parking well can be difficult the parking by the fort was full by early morning so a 1km walk from the port side parking lots

Written September 8, 2021
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Meiravka74
Leeds, UK131 contributions
Family
Most of the fortress is closed inside so no access to view it really... they charge €6 per adult and kids go free. We made a mistake of buying 3 slushies at the only cafe there and they cost €16.5!!! There is no signage so you can only guess what it is that you are looking at. Very disappointing which is a shame.
Written August 16, 2020
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Francesca G
40 contributions
Really interesting, so much to see here. The view from the top of the fortress is fantastic. There's even a tiny beach area in the sailing club, well worth finding it to dip your feet in the sea and cool down!
A must visit for any visitors to Corfu Town.
I would recommend visiting the fort after visiting the Archeological Museum or Mon Repos, as I felt I learnt more about the history from the museum, so it would have been good seeing the fort with this contextual information.
Written August 2, 2022
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Jeremy P
Dallas, Texas113 contributions
Solo
Really worth a visit. From the ramparts, and especially from the lighthouse, for those intrepid enough to make the uphill trek, one gets the finest views of Corfu harbor, and the waterfront. About the lighthouse, the walk up is both steep, and the
cobblestone a bit slick, so be forewarned. The Church of St. George is lovely in its simplicity.
In the Latin Chapel, there is currently an exhibition on the history of Jewish life in Corfu,
Which is both fascinating and sobering. There is also a room with amazing early church frescoes,
some going back to the 5th / 6th c AD. I would
allow 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Big tip: the Fortress opens
at 8 AM. Go then. Once it gets past 9-9.30, the
heat gets intense, and it gets packed. If you get
there when it opens, you have it yourself, and it’s
not yet hot. Admission is 6 euros, 3 for those
over 65.
Written July 18, 2021
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gelias
Brighton, UK418 contributions
Couples
As we are a couple of oldies we only paid €3 to visit this attraction. We had been to Corfu several times before but there were always queues. Not this time!! Although it is quite a slog to reach the summit of the fort it is well worth it for the views. Not much else in there of major interest but its a large site to wander round for a few hours
Written October 21, 2020
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