PALEOKASTRITSA SIGHTSEEINGS

Where beauty meets culture, and culture meets religion.

It’s worth visiting all the near beaches in the area and see also the famous caves by boat.They are over 6 caves and each and every one of them has a mystery surrounding their natural beauty. One of them has the name Nafsika, the name of the daughter of Queen Arete and king Alcinous, who saved Odysseass as Omiros describes. The caves and the crystal waters, provide great points for diving.

From the harbor you can organize boat trips along the coastline, come across glorious beaches, crystal clear blue waters and fish, visible from above the boat. You will be able to have a look at many grottoes in the vicinity, and out around the Rock of Kolovri, alleged to be Odysseus ship which was turned into stone by the God of the sea, Poseidon, on its return from Ithaca, according to Greek Mythology. According to another legend, the Rock of Kolovri is the ship of an Algerian Pirate, who intended on looting the monastery of Virgin Mary, onthe headland. As the ship approached the shore, it was turned into stone in answer to the prayers of the Abbot .(499 ad.)

 

Above the main coast on a hillside full of wild trees and olive trees facing the deep blue sea stand the Monastery of Theotokos. The Monastery was built around the 12th century and into one of the cells a museum has been founded with Byzantine and post Byzantine icons. Into the main courtyard of the monastery there is also an old well where you can throw a coin and make a wish, which with the blessings of Virgin Mary Theotokos it will probably come true. The majestic Byzantine Monastery , is built on top of a hip which provides a magnificent view of the sea and is the home of 8 monks, and a small museum with Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons. There, you’ll be able to glimpse the religious history of the area and see artifacts such as rare icons that date from the Byzantine Era, holy relics, books, and more. While you are there, you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit the grounds and learn about the history of the monastery itself. Inside the monastery,you will find a traditional olive oil press , locally produced corfiot oil which can be purchased there as well as souvenirs from the small gift shop. While visiting , take time to just enjoy the beautiful view , the “Bella Vista” of the Ionian Sea and bays , lose your mind over the most romantic sunset and keep those memories by taking as many photos and videos as possible. The entrance to the Monastery is free and, traditionally visitors must be dressed properly , legs and shoulders must be covered , no need to worry , they offer clothing borrowed to those needed by the entrance.

 

When your visit to the Monastery willcome to an end, down the hill, on your left, you can visit Corfu Aquarium. It’s a small aquarium, which offers a fascinating chance to explore the underwater world of the sea life and reptiles, and gives the chance to touch and feed species. Definitely the best way to excite a family with kids. Corfu Sea Discovery was established in 2008 in Corfu for viewing Palaiokastrita’s amazing coast. The most unique place in Corfu with the crystal clear water, wonderful caves and fascinating sea life, viewed through the undersea windows.

Lakones is a lovely typical Corfiot village. Lakones is set on the slopes of the mountain above Paleokastritsa and has some spectacular views , on the road towards the village there are plenty of viewing points and it’s well worth stopping off to admire the view. Is one of the prettiest of Corfu’s many strikingly beautiful villages, with an incomparable location on the steep hillside overlooking the vividly colored bays of Paleokastritsa.Lakones is a very traditional village,you will find plenty of little stalls and shops selling local homemade products from organic honey, olive oil and herbs. You shouldn’t skip visiting the Eftichis traditional cafe. A clearly traditional coffee shop, that will give you a small taste of the everyday life of a traditional Greek. The old and very colorful houses huddle together, making a particularly photogenic sight. At the end of the village, there are several restaurants and bars at a wonderful point that will enable you to admire the breathtaking views of the area.

 

Angelokastro Castle is a Byzantine castle on the island of Corfu, which is also referred to as Angel Castle. It is located at the top of the highest peak of the island’s shoreline in the north coast near Paleokastritsa and built on particularly precipitous and rocky terrain. It is conspicuous by its domed gate at the entrance.

The primary reason why the fort was built was to protect the inhabitants from pirate attacks. According to historical records,Angelokastro was the capital of the island of Corfu and the Governor himself resided here. The castle never fell, despite the frequent sieges and attempts at conquering it through the centuries.

Angelokastro is considered one of the most imposing architectural remains in the Ionian Islands. Some of the Castle highlights: Church of the Acropolis, Circular tower , Anthropomorphic graves and a Chapel in the rock. You can access through the center of the village of Krini. The road is narrow with sharp turns but there are road signs leading to the parking lot where you can buy your ticket. From there are many stairs to the top (15 minutes).