Location

Villa “Emily” has a very strategic position. The property is located in the heart of the greenest island of Greece - Corfu. Built only 500 m away from the famous Achilleion Museum and about 500 m away from the Corfu Sea museum, it is an ideal starting point for exploring the island. The nearest beach is the beach of Benitses, which is reachable in 3 minutes by car or in 10-15 minutes on foot. From Benitses marina a lot of tourist ships start their trips to Paxos and Antipaxos.

Tourists can find a number of tavernas, bars, cafes, mini-markets and other shops in the centre of Benitses or in the village of Gastouri (Achillio), which is 2 km away from the villa. Kanoni and the Mouse Island (Pontikonissi) are 3 km far from Villa Emily.

The Corfu capital – Kerkyra – is only 10 km far from Villa Emily in northeast direction.

Gastouri (Achillio) is a picturesque village 11,5 km from Kerkyra town, which was built at a short direction from the sea. A gully divides it into two attractive settlements with traditional houses, narrow streets and arches. Two kilometers east of the village, on a small hill, is built the recently renovated Achilleion, the palace of the Austrian empress Elizabeth, or “Sissi”. The “melancholy empress”, as her biographers have called her, retreated to Corfu after the death of her son Rudolph. She was already familiar with the beauties of the island from previous trips when, in 1890 she decided to build the palace.

The Achilleion is a neoclassical building, extremely ornate and impressive, which seems out of place in the natural environment. On the ground floor, in a series of rooms decorated in Pompeian style, are preserved personal items and mementoes, which had belonged to the Kaiser, as well as various paintings, furniture, etc. To the right of the entrance, there is a room decorated with wall paintings, which served as a chapel. On the balcony with its Ionian style, on the second floor there are several pieces of sculptures, among them the busts of ancient Greek philosophers, of Shakespeare, statues of the nine Muses, etc. The palace is set among beautiful gardens, with a wonderful view towards the Halikiopoulos lagoon, Kanoni, Pontikonissi, Perama, Pantocrator and the mountains of Epirus opposite. The gardens are adorned with various statues, of which the most important is the “Dying Achilles”, a work by the German sculptor Herter. Further down stands the eight-meter-high bronze statue of “Achilles Triumphant”, the work of the German sculptor Goetz. There are also statues of Lord Bayron, of the famous hetaera Phryne, and of the empress Elizabeth herself.

The coastal road, which is almost 1 km far from Achilleion palace and which leads from Perama to Moraitika, passes through Benitses.

Benitses is a seaside village and one of the most popular of the island, where found ruins of Roman baths. In the village there is a maritime museum with interesting exhibits from the Mediterranean and other seas.

The village of Benitses is located near the ceneter of the island, just twelve km. south of Corfu town. Here, the sea and the mountains co-exist in harmony like many other things, including traditional singing and modern music, traditional food and international cuisine- the graphic chapels and the busy restaurants and bars.

In the last few years, Benitses has been part of the municipality of Achillion with a special place amongst other villages. Just 3 km away from Benitses there is the famous Achillion Museum (Sisi's Palace) and the well-known "Mouse Island of Corfu". Through the festive functions of the municipality, the local choir, the community center and the governing authority have organized festivals worthy of great admiration. Distinguished amongst these are the Resurrection Night, Saint-Marina celebration (16-17/07), The Baptism(06/01), and the Sardine festival in August.

Beside the crystal clear waters of the beaches, awarded with the EU Blue Flag, the new harbor is built with modern facilities, enhancing the village, the municipality and also the whole island.

 

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