The city of Corfu stands on the broad part of a peninsula, whose termination in the Venetian citadel is cut off from it by an artificial fosse formed in a natural gully, with a seawater moat at the bottom, that now serves as a marina and is called the Contrafossa.
A promenade rises by the seashore towards the bay of Garitsa , together with an esplanade( big square) between the city and the citadel known as Spianada with the Liston arcade to its west side, where restaurants and bistros abound.
The historic center of Corfu was declared one of the UNESCO Monuments of World Cultural Heritage in the summer 2007 and is itself the most important sight of the island. The past of Corfu is right here, before your eyes, at the city palace, , the two fortresses ,on traditional buildings and mansions , very easily accessible and evident The old town, having grown within fortifications, where every metre of ground was precious, is a labyrinth of narrow streets paved with cobblestones, sometimes tortuous but colourful and clean. These streets are known as kantoúnia , and the older amongst them sometimes follow the gentle irregularities of the ground, while many are too narrow for vehicular traffic.
The Old Town, developed diachronically, through the osmosis of features of the two worlds of the Mediterranean, the East and the West. It stands in the Mediterranean world between the East and the West whilst maintaining its Hellenic origins.
The historical Mayor Mon Repos Palace is situated on the famous Corfu Promenade at the tip of Garitsa Bay with panoramic views to the old Venetian fort in Corfu town and the Ionian Sea. The Mayor Mon Repos Palace combines the elegance of a city hotel along with the architectural splendor of an art hotel as it is furnished with 18th Century antiques from the Achileion Palace. All this plus the benefit of being located just 20 metres from the beach!
The Mayor Mon Repos Palace offers unique guestrooms – double rooms and art suites – the majority of which offer an outstanding panoramic view of the Ionian Sea. During the winter of 2012/13 the rooms have been fully refurbished, renovated and upgraded with all modern facilities guests expect, whilst still taking advantage of the specific architectural elements and maintaining the hotels artistic environment.
Konstantinoupolis Hotel was built during the British Protectorate (1814-1864). The hotel first opened in 1878 by a family from Konstantinoupolis offering rooms. Hotel Konstantinoupolis is in a most advantageous spot by the old port in the centre of the old town of Corfu.
Konstantinoupolis has a direct panoramic view of the Old Port and the two small islands of Vidos and Lazaretto to offer its guests but the most important is the charming and family atmosphere of the staff. The Konstantinoupolis has been carefully restored by keeping the original features and respect for the architectural tradition of Corfu.