Palaiokastritsa

Paleokastritsa is the most well-known tourist resort in Corfu -and quite rightly so. Its famous landscape combines rugged rocks, with ever-present verdant vegetation and six small coves with unbelievably clear waters surrounding a beach with hills and points covered in olive-, cypress- and lemon trees. Most of the small beaches are only accessible by sea or on foot. Many believe that this was where King Alcinous’ legendary palace was located -the place where he offered hospitality to Odysseus.

As a matter of fact, the locals will show you a rock which they call Ulysses’ stone ship. According to Homer, when the angry god of the sea Poseidon realised that the Phaeacians took Ulysses to Ithaki, he punished them by turning their ship to stone, upon its return to the island.

Here you may visit the historic Byzantine monastery of the Virgin Mary Paleokastritsa, built among and over the ruins of old fortifications.

Besides, the name Virgin Mary Paleokastritsa means Mary of the old castle. One should definitely go uphill at the entrance of the tourist resort and visit the historic villages located on the slopes of Mount Istoni (Lákones, Kríni, Makrádes, Vístonas). From the Bella Vista Location (outside the village of Lákones) one may admire the magnificent complex of bays and coves of Paleokastritsa.

One must definitely visit Angelókastro, a Byzantine castle of the late 12th - early 13th century. Imagine that it was on these very hills, that the locals, armed with agricultural tools and with the assistance of a small garrison, stopped the attack of the fearsome pirate Barbarossa, forcing him to retreat and abandon his effort to take over Corfu. The inhabitants, a mixture of descendants of the castle guards and refugees from Itylo in Mani, as is witnessed by their last names and the place names, shall offer you their hospitality and local products.

Just before the village of Vístonas, a road to the left shall take you through the dried dragon lakes (Limniá) at the Helidóni location, offering you a unique view of the Agios Georgios (St George) bay, northern Corfu and the Diapontian Islands.