Description

Vido Island & Lazareto

Vido island is located opposite the town, 1,200 meters from the Old Port of Corfu. It covers an area of 538 sq.m. and is a small paradise. It owes its name to one of its owners, Guido Malipieri. The island was given the christian name and not the surname of the owner and was paraphrased from Guido to Vido.

In the past, the island was known as Ptihia, Agios Stefanos and the Island of Peace. Today it belongs to the Municipality of Corfu and there is a restaurant and canteen, beach as well as amazing paths for a stroll. To reach it, you have to take a boat from the Old Port of Corfu, which run regularly. The journey time is about 10 minutes.

The islet of Lazareto, on the other hand, is located in the north east of Corfu town and covers an area of 70,000 sq.m. Apart from its unique beauty, the island is of great historical interest. Its name, according to records found in the historical archives of Corfu, is attributed to the fact that here there was a church dedicated to Panagia of Nazareth. From La Nazaret, it became Lazareto.

A second version says that the name came from the quarantine (lazareto) which was there. However, lazareto was the name the Venetians used for all quarantine founded in Europe. Today, Lazareto is regarded as a national museum in honor of the rebels executed by the Germans during World War II.

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