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Paleokastritsa, Corfu

Found on the North West coast is the beautiful resort of Paleokastritsa, Corfu. The perfect place to relax and enjoy the simple things in life...
Famous for its breathtaking terrain it’s unsurprising that thousands return every year to marvel at the spectacular views and swim in the sparkling aquamarine sea that Paleokastritsa, Corfu has to offer.

Paleokastritsa has several stunning bays surrounded by beautiful rocky coves making it one of the best spots on the island for those who enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving.

It is possible to hire a boat and explore the bays of Paleokastritsa, in private or take an excursion to one of the remote caves. There are glass bottom boat trips, taxi boats and even a submarine trip available. You will find a host of traditional Greek tavernas and friendly bars in the resort where you can stop and chat to the locals and enjoy all that Paleokastritsa, Corfu has to offer.

Situated on the top of a remote hill stands a beautiful 13th Century monastery dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary) of Paleokastritsa, Corfu. The monastery courtyards are abundant with beautiful flowers and archways and offer some of the most outstanding views of Paleokastritsa. There is also a small museum with Byzantine and Post Byzantine icons. You will also find a prehistoric skeleton of the "sea monster" which allegedly in traditional folk law was killed by fishermen in the last century.

Paleokastritsa, Corfu is the perfect holiday destination and recognized to be one of the most naturally stunning areas throughout Europe.

For those who would like to explore the island, vehicle hire, taxi and bus services are all available from Paleokastritsa, Corfu.

Exploring Corfu

Corfu also known as Kerkyra is the second largest of Greece's Ionian Islands located on the western side of the mainland. Corfu is famous for its mountainous green landscapes and its abundance of olive groves, cypress trees and other vegetation such as the colorful oleanders and bougainvillea.

During your stay in Paleokatstritsa, a visit to Corfu Town is recommended. The capital of the island is a maze of narrow streets dominated by the 16th century fortress. Thousands of travellers return every year to explore the winding back alleys of Corfu's old town and take in the beautiful architecture which is strongly influenced by the Venetians, the French and the British that occupied the island at one time or another. Whilst walking through this beautiful town you will come across a number of local tradesman selling Corfiot produce, as well as a number of fashion boutiques, goldsmiths, leather shops and of course gift shops.

The Liston is by far one of the most popular attractions of Corfu town, it is an elegant and aristocratic arcade designed by the French engineer de Lesseps during 1807. A popular spot for tourists to sit back and enjoy a traditional Greek coffee whilst watching the world go by.

One of the best times to visit the island is during the spring. Every year, Easter is celebrated in Corfu and is considered one of the best Easter celebrations in Greece attracting many people from the mainland, Italy, England, and Germany. The Easter celebrations are marked by Holy Masses that go on throughout Easter week. The procession of Saint Spyridon, the patron saint and protector of the island, makes the tour of the Old Town along the Venetian paths. On Good Friday, the churches overflow with people for the ceremony of the Descent of Christ from the Cross. On Easter Saturday hundreds congregate by the Liston to watch the famous pot throwing event. Specially made ceramic pots are filled with water and pots as big as 1 meter high are hurled out of the windows to smash on the ground in front of the cheering crowds. The audience is encouraged to collect a piece of smashed pot from the streets to take home as a souvenir and for a year of good luck. The evenings celebrations attract thousands who gather in the centre of the Esplanade to listen to the priest make a speech. Everyone has a candle and a flame is passed round until the streets are lit up with the thousands of people carrying their Easter candles which are later used to mark holy crosses on door archways for luck. A huge firework display follows and the live bands bring the town to life.

There are many interesting historical, religious and archaeological sites and attractions in Corfu, including a number of museums and galleries. The Museum of Asian Art, The Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu, The Sea Shell Museum and the Corfu Costume Museum are just a few to consider whilst visiting Corfu.

Besides exploring the islands history there are a number of other activities you might enjoy. Water sports, Paragliding, Horse riding, Quad Biking, Mountain Biking, Golfing and hiking are also available for you to enjoy during your stay on the island of Corfu.

A number of excursions are available by boat or sea plane from Corfu to nearby destinations such as Paxos, Anti Paxos and Albania or the satellite islands of Mathraki, Othoni and Erikousa.

To see more photos of Paleokastritsa, Corfu and nearby areas please visit the following link on YouTube.