Q: When did you last travel to Corfu and why were you there?
I last visited Corfu with my wife and three daughters in the summer of 2014 for two weeks’ sailing and another week in a villa. It was great, but we almost came a cropper during the last week of sailing when we got caught in a storm. We survived.
Q: Why do you love the location?
It’s a wonderful combination of history, beauty and old-fashioned charm
Q: What top 3 sights would you recommend people visit while they are there, and why?
For history, the Venetian-built Palaio Frourio (or old citadel) in Corfu Town; for the view, the abandoned Byzantine village of Palea Perithia in the mountainous north of the island; and for entertainment the sight of Perikles, the proprietor of Nikolas Taverna in Agni Bay, dancing every Thursday at the climax of ‘Greek Night’.
Q: During what period of its history would you most wanted to have visited Corfu and why?
I’d love to have visited Corfu in 1716 when the Venetian rulers repulsed a fourth attempt by Ottoman forces to storm the Old City. It was one of the few parts of Greece never conquered by the Ottomans.
Q: Where else in the world would you most like to visit and why?
A place I would like to visit before I die is the fabled city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, the capital of Tamerlane’s Mongol Empire and the site of the beautiful early 15th Century Bibi-Khanym Mosque.
Professor Saul David is a historian, broadcaster and author. You can read his feature on Corfu in the June 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine – out now