Join a walking, bike, or driving tour of Corfu to take in the town’s vibrant Spianada, or visit on your own as part of a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of Corfu’s highlights. As you stroll through the expanse, be sure to admire the Royal Palace of Corfu (also called the Palace of St. Michael and St. George) at one end—today home to the Museum of Asian Art—as well as the Peristyle of Maitland, a circular monument honoring the first English Commissioner Thomas Maitland in the early 1800s. The Venetian citadel known as the Liston, notable for its covered arcade, runs along the edge of the square facing the old town, and a significant part of Spianada is taken up by a cricket field, a sport made popular on the island during British rule in the early 19th century.
Things to know before you go
- The Spianada is an open-air square, though there are shaded areas to escape from the Mediterranean sun. Choose comfortable shoes and wear a hat and sunscreen if exploring during the hot summer months.
- Just outside the Old Fortress, the lush Boschetto area of the square is home to the children’s playground and a nice break from sightseeing for families.
- The Liston’s arcade hosts a number of cafés, bars, and restaurants for a snack or meal.
- A small train travels along the length of the square during the summer months, and horse-drawn carriages are also available to ride around the square.
- The square is crisscrossed by paved and gravel paths, all accessible to wheelchair users.
How to get there
The Spianada is set between Corfu’s old town and the Old Fortress, and is easy to reach on foot or via hop-on-hop-off bus from the top attractions in the city. Visit as part of a walking, bike, or driving tour of the city or explore on your own on foot.
When to get there
The square is thick with locals and tourists from morning to night, though is particularly pleasant to visit in the cooler hours of the early morning or late afternoon. Pair a stroll through the square with an evening aperitif in one of the cafés at the nearby Liston.
Corfu’s Trendy Liston
Lining the northern half of the Spianada, the Liston arcade was built by the French during the 19th-century Napoleonic occupation of Corfu and its portico hosts a number of fashionable cafés and restaurants that open to both the Spianada square and to Kapodistriou on the opposite side of the building.