It’s assumed that in ancient times Corfu was called Scheria and it was the land of the Phaeacians, who were known as the masters of the sea. In Homer’s book Odyssey the place Scheria is first mentioned as the last destination of the mythical hero Odysseus before he arrived home at his island Ithaca, which is at a distance of about110 km from Corfu.

Odysseus washed up at Scheria after being shipwrecked by the god of the seas Poseidon who sought revenge for blinding his son. Odysseus was heading home to Ithaca after a journey that lasted ten years after having fought in the Trojan War.

On Corfu he meets the daughter of the king of the island, Nausica, who offers him clothes and food and takes him to the palace of her father. With an impressive ship he is returned to his island Ithaca. But when the Phaeacian ship returns to Corfu it’s turned into a rock by the angered god Poseidon for helping Odysseus.

It’s said that Paleokastritsa was the capital of the island during Phaeacian times, though excavations haven’t revealed any evidence of that until date. Nevertheless, the local of Paleokastritsa are convinced that the island opposite of the town is the petrified ship of the Phaeacians. Other Corfiots favor identification of Pontikonisi, a small island opposite of Corfu town, as the petrified ship.

BOOKING RESOURCES FOR YOUR VACATION TO GREECE

ACCOMMODATIONS

Maybe your tour already includes accommodation, but if not, you can search for a hotel or B&B in a specific area, city or village in Greece using Booking.com. If you prefer to be more independent you can rent a house on HomeAway.

FLIGHTS

Skyscanner is very useful to find your flight to or within Greece. Skyscanner scans the web for hundreds of worldwide flight offers at once and returns the cheapest flights immediately. You can compare all options and book at once.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is a type of insurance coverage that helps protect you if your travel plans change. It also may provide medical coverage for emergencies that occur outside of your network. To protect you from huge financial losses RoamRight offers travel insurance for all kinds of situations.

WALKING & HIKING TOURS

If you love walking you should take a look at the wide range of walking, hiking and trekking tours in different parts of Greece. TourRadar offers multiple day walking & hiking vacations, KeyTours and GetYourGuide offer walking & hiking day trips.

SAILING TOURS

The thousands of Greek islands, are explored best by sailboat. G-Adventures and TourRadar offer different sailing vacations in Greece.

CYCLING TOURS

Cycling vacations on the Greek mainland and islands are offered by TourRadar.

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