Igoumenitsa is the main port on this Western Greek coast . From here ferries head North up the Adriatic towards Croatia and Venice,and South down towards the Greek Islands and beyond. It’s also only about an hours hop across to the island of Corfu. After a night in the puzzlingly called (but super comfy and quiet) Thirsty Dog Urban Port Motel in Igoumenitsa I decided to have an unscheduled night in Corfu Old Town. Apart from anything else, it was my birthday, and if you can’t have a cheeky (five Euro) ferry ride and a night in a UNESCO World Heritage site on your birthday then when can you?
It was certainly charming -it reminded me more of an Italian town than anything else. The view of the old town from the ferry was so scenic, and behind the facade, bookended by two Venetian fortesses was a jumble of small streets and squares with fountains .
It made for a civilised evening. My hotel was on the harbour front which made it easier getting the early morning ferry back to the mainland the following day.