|The Greek islands||Lazaretto HOME||Corfu|
|The island of Ptychia, Vidos or Vido in Greece|
This wooded island is located in the bay opposite Corfu Town. The name Vidos comes from the time that the French ruled over Corfu. Another story says that it comes from one of the Venetian owners, Guido Maliepierie, and that the island was named after him. Guido became "Vido" and than later the "s" was added. Which story is the real one I do not know... Since 1993 the island of is a protected nature reserve.
The island of Vidos was once owned by a Venetian count and in the course of time times it has been occupied several times by forces that wanted to take in Corfu. During the Venetian occupation there were tunnels built between Vidos and Corfu Town and criminals were transported though these tunnels to the island, where they were imprisoned. Between 1537 and 1716 the Ottomans used the island as a base for their attacks on Corfu. The Venetians had not put a fortress on the Vidos to defend it so it was easy for the Ottomans to occupy the island
During the Brittish occupation of Corfu Vidos was used as a prison island and the British built an almost impenetrable fortress. When they left the island in 1863 they demolished everything including the church of Agios Stefanos, whose origins can be found in the year 80 AD when it was built during the ruling of the Roman emperor Titus. The explosions which accompanied this ensured that debris even landed in Corfu Town. The destruction of both the old and the new fort in Corfu Town by the inhabitants of protests occur. After that Vidos island was used as a cemetery. There are 1,232 Serbian soldiers burried on the island that died of sickness and starvation while they were defending the island. To commemorate this there is a mausuleum on on Vidos. Eventually Vidos island has become a designated nature reserve, where now injured animals are cared for and helped (especially birds). The island has a restaurant and there are two beaches that are accessible via a path that runs around the entire island.
During the summertime there is a regular boat connection to Vidos island. The boat leaves from the old port of corfu Town and brings you to the island in about 10 minutes (2 euros for a return ticket in 2012). The boat goes almost every hour between 10.00 and 0100 o'clock. At 10.30, 11.30 etcetera the small ferry returns to Corfu Town.