Panoramas of Garitsa & Mon Repos Palace

Garitsa & Mon Repos Palace

Garitsa is an upmarket area that spreads around the bay south of Corfu Town's old fort. At its most seaward point is the reconstructed "Anemomilos" (windmill) from which extends a short pier from which you can get great views around the bay and up to the Old Fortress.

There is also a small beach/sunbathing area and around Garitsa Bay is popular for locals as a place for a dip in the summer heat or for an evening stroll or a bite to eat at one of the "al fresco" restaurants and bars dotted along the walk back up to the Spianada. The bay is also for obvious reasons (location, views) a popular mooring location, with some deep berths, in the summer.

Mon Repos was built in 1828-31 for the then British High Commissioner (Governor) of the Ionian Islands; Frederick Adam and his Corfiot wife, only for them to be transferred to India shortly after its completion.

Rarely used by the subsequent British Governors it housed a school of fine arts and in 1863 Empress Elizabeth of Austria stayed there (and was obviously impressed and subsequently decided to make Corfu her home and created the far grander Achilleion Palace 10+ km south). After Greek unification (1864) it was granted to King George 1 of Greek as a summer residence and he renamed it "Mon Repos" (my place of rest). During the Italian occupation (1941-3) it was the residence of the Italian Governor of the Ionian islands. Mon Repos was the birthplace not only of Prince Philip (UK) in 1921 but also Princess Alexia (Greece and Denmark) in 1965).

After King Constantine fled Greece (1967) it fell into disrepair, was confiscated by the State in 1974 and restored in the 1990's. Mon Repos now houses a museum and in it's grounds are also an ancient Archaeological Site including the remains of a Doric temple Kardaki (dedicated to Apollon) and Heraeum (a temple dedicated to Hera).

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