Corfu And The Pink Palace!
Reviewing Island And Legendary Toga Party
It's a wild scene at the legendary Pink Palace for the toga party.
Corfu could be called the Paradise Island of Greece.
Corfu was not given the name of the "Emerald Island" for no reason. The greenest of all the Greek islands, CorfuÕs natural beauty is hidden beneath a cloak of emerald green, with a mountainous skyline plunging into the bluest of blue waters.
Dancind in a toga at the Pink Palace.
It doesn't have to be night to party on Corfu.
Corfu is a pleasure-seekers paradise but it also has a colorful history that has been molded by its position in the Mediterranean Sea and the fertility of its fields.
That is why its history has been checkered one under a long succession of foreign rulers from Antiquity to 1884, when all the Ionian Islands were united with Greece. Romans, Venetians, French and British came rulers of Corfu during the centuries.
The marks of all that different people and their cultures and architecture can still be found today on the island. That is why visiting Corfu is like taking a trip back to the history and culture of Europe.
Arrival and Orientation
Corfu is not just wild, but beautiful.
A sailboat sits moored in Corfu (crew must be on shore partying).
Corfu is in the Ionian Islands which makes its location easy accessible from all directions, but it's no quick hop to or from the Cyclades. Most travelers arrive through the southern Italian ports of Bari or Brindisi. The 8-hour ferry ride costs about 30 Euro per person and only 6 Euro with a Eurail pass.
That route is the most popular to Corfu and the rest of Greece. But you can also get to Corfu with the Pink Palace bus from Athens, by boat from Patras or by plane from Athens or other destinations.
PubClubbing in Corfu – The Pink Palace
The toga parties at the Pink Palace are legendary.
The Pink Palace is legendary and with it, the rest of Corfu need not exist. It's run by a pair of characters, "Dr." George and his sister Magda. The stories that come out of a few nights in this place are retold for decades. Rates are 24 to 26 Euros per person.
Located right on beach of Agios Gordios, arguably Corfu's most spectacular beach, gives the Pink Palace a unique location.
The Pink Palace is the original Club Med – complete with weekly toga parties – at Greek Island prices (from 20 Europer night, which includes full cooked breakfast, private room and a three-course buffet dinner). It has Internet access, laundry, a Jacuzzi, inner-tubing, cliff-diving, bungy jumping, jet skiing, parasailing, basketball and volleyball. Mostly, though, people just crash out on the beach and recover from the night before.
The Palladium Night Club is like a spring break party every night.
The place is so wild that people come here intending to stay for only a couple of days but wind up crashing for a week or more. Some of the ferries depart in the morning and the action is so furious, the mingling opportunities so plentiful and the rooms and alcohol so cheap, some never make it to the boat in time to leave and stay for yet another day. About the only way some people make it off the island is to stay up all night and stagger out at daybreak.
It is self-contained with private beach and hill rooms, private bathrooms, air- conditioning, telephones and seaview balconies. But few people come here for the telephones. It's the on-site entertainment that make it a palace for its young and revel-seeking visitors.
Technically, the Pink Palace never sells out. Arrivals are greeted by a pink bus (what else?) with free transportation. Then it's up to the visitors to carve out their own piece of Greek history on Corfu.
Corfu Daytime Activities
The Corfu caves are a popular attraction.
Beers on a boat, the way to spend a day on Corfu.
It's a beach party by day in Corfu.
Jumping off this small cliff is somewhat of a daredevil activity.
The booze cruise and visiting caves are two Corful daytime pastimes.
Beside toga parties, there are several daytime activities to stir the travelers' souls. There's the beach, cliff-jumping, and cave exploring. Oh, and a booze cruise.