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Couple Of Hours In Corfu Town

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    Posted: 12 Aug 2014 at 10:21pm
Hi all, we are travelling from Paxos into Corfu new port (ETA 7pm) before travelling on to Kalami. We would like to spend a couple of hours in Corfu Town before heading back to the new port to pick up our cases then going to the old port to travel back on the 10pm return boat with Nautilus daily cruises. Is this being a little over-adventurous?

1. How long would it take to stroll into Corfu Town?
2. Could we walk from the new port to the old port, or would we need to take a taxi - if so does anyone know how much this would cost?

Could anyone recommend where we should head for in Corfu Town, bearing in mind we will only have about 2 hours to spend there.

Many thanks for any help

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 2:45am
20-30 minutes new port to old port. When at the old port, you are at the beginning of the old town just turn right.

Do able but with luggage not so good. Certainly three journeys will use up half your time!

There are several hotels at the old port who may allow you to drop off luggage for a while.

Taxi 10 euros (or it was a few years ago)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 3:55am
Hi Tricia,
If I'm not mistaken the Paxos hydrofoils and boats arrive at the rear side of ex Cafe Nautica (I can't recall its new name, sorry). From there it's only 600m to the Old port (about 8 minutes of walking). There is also a Left Luggage Office where you can leave you cases (2 Eur/piece).

On the other hand, if something's changed and the boats arrive close to the entrance to the New port, the distance is bigger (1.7 km = 20 min of walking), so maybe it's a good idea to take a taxi (7-8 Eur).

From the Old port it is just a short stroll to the old town centre. If you take the stairs to the Metropolitan Cathedral and follow the alleys behind the church straight ahead, you'll pass St. Spyridon Church and eventually emerge on Spianada Square and famous Liston (fantastic at night time). There are plenty of shops along the way. You can visit the Church of St. Spyridon, full of rare religious icons and relics. To return to the Old port take the Nikiforos Theotoki Str. or if you have more time Arseniou Str., the coastal road of the old town. Alternatively, you can climb the stairs to the New fortress (just above the old port) which is open till 9 pm (entrance fee Eur 3).

Just an afterthought: try to arrange with the Nautilus' crew the possibility of leaving your luggage on the boat; it will save you walking back to the new port.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 5:23am
Why put yourself under pressure Tricia. Corfu Town is not big but you have very little time and with the hassle of luggage is it worth it. Find the place where you meet the boat and then pick a nice taverna, relax and enjoy. If you want to see Corfu Town make a day trip or spend your last night there as hotels can be very reasonable.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 1:29pm
Café Nautica, the new name is Setti Venti.
We had breakfast there while staying at the Atlantis nearby, pretty good actually.
Bekios is nearby too, A good place for grills and salads.
And Atlantis is good for an ouzo and meze
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 11:34pm
I agree with Sue Avrio that a couple of hours isn't very long at all to see much of Corfu Town if you're under pressure to catch another boat and have luggage to sort out. Could you not get an earlier boat from Paxos so that you would have more time to relax and enjoy it?
I wasn't lost - I was just taking an interesting detour!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Aug 2014 at 3:52pm
Thank you all so much for your really helpful comments. Suppose it would be silly to put added pressure onto our travel onto Kalami - hubby never fancied it anyway!! I just thought it would be an opportunity to savour Corfu Town for a couple of hours then sail back into wonderful Kalami instead of sitting in a taxi for 45 minutes!

As a compromise, we will take the evening trip into Corfu town from Kalami without the added pressure of having luggage with us!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Aug 2014 at 4:53pm
Sounds perfect to me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Aug 2014 at 5:34pm
Tricia just a thought. The boat trip still only gives you a few hours in Corfu Town but I believe there is also a day trip (same day). May we worth enquiring if you could go in the morning but return on the evening trip. This would give you all day in town and time for a relaxing meal before the 10pm return.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Aug 2014 at 6:25pm
Great idea Sue, thank you
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