Corfu is the westmost part of Greece.
It is a medium- sized island with an area of 610,9 km2 and its estimated population is 110.000 inhabitants while the population of the Old Town alone is 28.000. It has an international airport, a large and busy port and a dense road network. Corfu is home to the Ionian Academy that consists of 6 faculties of higher education. Corfu also has a newly equipped hospital and several Health Centers. The intense economic activity of Corfu is mainly based on tourism.
A UNESCO World Heritage Monument, added in the List in 2007, the Old Town οf Corfu is well-known for its narrow cobblestone alleyways, known as ~Kantounia~~with the washing lines hanging above and the multi-storied and densely built houses. This particularly picturesque setting along with the several remains of the old city walls, resembles a theatrical scene retaining its old-world charm.
Fortifications, secret pathways, commanding gates, the impressive fortresses and the embossed St. Mark’s Winged Leo indicate the strong Venetian influence. Liston, the most popular center of social gatherings and entertainment reflects the beauty of the French elegance and the imposing Palace of Saints George and Michael marks the prosperous period of the British rule. Today, the Palace houses the Museum of Asian Art and the Municipal Library.
The huge square of ‘’Spianada’’ that unifies the Old Fortress with the dense residential area of Old Town, is a clear evidence that the French and British had once tributed to its configuration.