Mon Repos was built by Sir Frederick Adam, the British high commissioner of the Ionian islands. Among with Achillion, both Corfu Palaces are neo-classical buildings. Mon Repos construction began in 1828 and finished in 1832. When the Ionian Islands united with the rest of Greece (1864), Corfu Mon Repos was given to the Greek Royal family.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh was born in the villa which after several years of legal battles was returned to its rightful owners - the local administration.
The Mon Repos hosts Paleopolis Museum which opened its doors to the public in 2001.
In the museum you will see archaeological finds, historical documents, prints and lithographs of the Mon Repos mansion, authentic furniture and decorative objects of regency style, models, maps and chronicles of ancient monuments as well as a collection of wetercolours and botanical samples representing the natural heritage of Corfu and the Mon Repos garden.
The estate which is covering 260 acres of trees and ancient temple remainings, was home to the botanical gardens of the Ionian Academy. On the northwestern side, by the sea, there is a path leading to the ancient well of Kardaki (popular legend says that if a foreigner drinks from the well forgets his native land and remains in Corfu forever!). Further down the same road you will find the cave of Nymphs and an ancient theatre just above the sea!
The area of Mon Repos is one of the greenest spots in Corfu Town. Excavations next to the entry have revealed ancient Greek temples and remains of Paleopolis (old own) which was the first town in the island before the attack of the Goths which forced the population to move towards the town we know today. Spread around the Mon Repos area you will find ruins of the temples of Hera, Artemis and Apollo, the agora (market), the roman baths, the conservatory and the altars.
A visit to Mon Repos is completely different from any other museum or monument in Corfu. Even on the hottest day of the summer the forest provides shadow to every step you take and it's probably the only museum visit which can be combined with a refreshing swim! Where the forest meets the coast there is a small dock and a tiny beach which was made for the private use of the royal family. So if you are planning to visit Mon Repos - take your swimming costumes!
The distance from Corfu town is 2km and the entrance fee is 3 Euros per adult. You will find parking easily around the premises for free.
The Mon Repos Palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday 08:30-15:00hrs.