On the Ionian Sea, off the west coast of mainland Greece, Corfu is one of the country’s most-visited island destinations. The capital, Corfu Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its elegant Italianate architecture – it was ruled by the Venetians for several centuries. Explore its romantic pedestrian-only streets to discover two 16th-century fortresses, and the arcaded Liston, lined by old-fashioned cafes. Corfu Town is a popular charter base for yachts sailing the Ionian and excursion boats offering sightseeing tours to Saranda and Butrint in nearby Albania. Corfu is served by an airport and ferries from Igoumenitsa and Patras on the Greek mainland. In summer, ferries sailing from Ancona and Venice also stop here.