Corfu, Greece

The Liston

History

On the western, town-side of the “Spianada” (Esplanade), the Napoleonic era French influence in architectural style is evident in the impressive, tree-lined pedestrian walk named the “Liston”. It is an elegant arcaded line of multistoried buildings, modeled on the Parisian Rue de Rivoli by its engineer, Mathieu de Lesseps. Some of the more popular cafes of the town are located under their arcades. Their open-air tables are facing the Old Fortress past the Spianada’s lawns, and Corfiots specially enjoy watching every year in August the cricket matches between local and Commonwealth teams. The game of cricket was introduced by the British during the Mandate. Locally brewed Ginger beer is another inherited British custom you can still enjoy anywhere in Corfu.

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