We are no longer young, and neither, for that matter, is Corfu. Age is a relative thing. Corfu’s Old Town, where we stayed, has both an Old Fortress and a New Fortress.
The origins of the Old Fortress date back to the 6th century while the construction of the New Fortress started in the 16th century.
When “new” is 500 years old, then “old” is a hard concept to define. In the U.S., objects are considered antiques when they are older than 100 years. No wonder we’re confused.
We suppose that these buildings were all considered on the “new” side of construction. Now we wanted to see the “old” ruins of Corfu, so we headed just south of Corfu Town where there existed an ancient city in the area of Mon Repos. The archaeological site was termed Paleopolis (meaning “old city”).
We noticed a very narrow path into the woods at the edge of the temple. We made our way slowly down the path and came to a low, stone wall.
As we walked down the steps we heard splashing water, which we thought was waves on the shore. As it turned out, it was the Kardaki Springs we had read about!
That’s when the story came back to us how the Kardaki Temple had been discovered. In 1822 water no longer flowed from the Kardaki Spring to the nearby town. When the springs were inspected, it was discovered that an unknown ancient temple ruins had collapsed and caused a landslide which resulted in the blockage. It was then that the Temple dedicated to Apollo was discovered and became known as the Kardaki Temple.
In the evening, we researched nearby archaeological sites on our computer and then headed off on our daily walks to pay a visit to these old ruins – watching birds and photographing wildflowers along the way.
In our month-long visit to Corfu, we never quite made it to all the “old” and “new” sites on our list. Still, we left satisfied. We’d seen much more than we ever thought possible.