Discover Kanoni & Corfu Island
The Royal Grand Hotel is located in the historic area of Kanoni
The location of Kanoni with the church of Panagia Vlacherna below and the Mouse Island (Pontikonissi) are the most famous and photographed spots of Corfu, apart from its natural beauty, holds a significant historic site, as identified with the ancient city of Corfu. It takes its name from the French when they settled in the area in 1789 one battery. In the area are both the ancient city of Corfu, which was founded in the 8th century. B.C. and the ancient temple of Artemis.Further inland lies the remains of the temple of Athena, and just outside the gates of Mon Repos Palace is a large site still being evaluated by archaeologists.
Sightseeing in the area
Mon Repos Estate : This park-like wooded estate 2km around the bay south of the Old Town was the site of Corfu’s most important ancient settlement, Palaeopolis. Temple of Artemis : Of the many ruins from ancient Palaeopolis that lie scattered throughout the Kanoni Peninsula, the most important is the Temple of Artemis. Museum of Palaiopolis : The Museum of Palaeopolis lies deep in the woods within Mon Repos Estate, built by the British in 1832. Menekrates Monument : A small circular tomb, constructed using stone slabs during the 6th century BC, stands not far south of the Old Town.
Only 300 meters from the hotel is the secluded beach of Kanoni. Kanoni has beautiful pebble beach and also offers the most magnificent views of the Mouse island with the monastery of the Pantokrator and Vlaherna the monastery with which is joined via a small bridge. The colors, the bright azure, the sea blue, the emerald green consist an oasis for ones eyes and senses, a quiet cove with gorgeous views of the Ionian sea. It’s the perfect spot to while away a lazy afternoon in the sunshine, so schedule an appointment with the sun lounger! Then, when you want to cool off, stroll down to the sea and take a refreshing dip.
The Esplanade : Between the tightly packed buildings of the old town and the Old Fortress, the Esplanade (Spianada) is a vast green space and claims to be the second largest square in Europe. Corfu’s main public gathering space, it is overlooked by the arcaded Liston, built by the French in the 19th-century, and home to a row of cafés that are ideal for people-watching. Locals play cricket (a game passed down to them by the British) on the carefully tended lawns of the Esplanade, and there is also a bandstand where brass bands occasionally play. Don’t miss to visit the Old & New fortress & the Museum of Asian Art.