Paleokastritsa is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Corfu and is located 25 km northwest from Corfu Town. The tourist that will visit the island, it’s impossible not to pass from Paleokastritsa. It is a place characterized by crystal clear waters and small bays that make up a unique landscape. It can not regard the area as village because most houses are rent apartments and big hotels and all these accommodation remain closed in the winter. The specificity of Paleokastritsa is that it has been built in six small bays that visitors can admire and relax on sandy beaches. Striking phenomenon is the waters of Paleokastritsa which change color, however, should not miss to explore the mysterious caves of Nafsika and Agios Nikolaos between on the rocks and create spectacular sight. Opposite from Palaiokastritsa is the island Skialoudi, where you can go by boat and swim there, but also you can admire the rich nature which located on the island.
Where to swim
Paleokastritsa offers to the visitor to choose from six small beaches and the largest of these are under the monastery where is the most visited. The region has a small harbor where yachts can moor and boats. The beach is fully organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and most of them have showers and WC. Because not all beaches are along the settlement, some of these you will have access only by boat, which you can rent from the area or use the service taxi- boat on the beach in the area. The settlement offers also diving center, for those who wanting to explore the rich underwater.
The monastery of Paleokastritsa was founded in 1228 and was named “The Monastery of Virgin Mary”. The monastery is situated on a hilltop opposite the settlement. Inside has a small museum with Byzantine artefacts where in the central hal,l the visitor can admire a giant prehistoric mammoth skeleton. The view from the monastery is spectacular, since someone from there can enjoy the Greek sun set in the blue Ionian Sea.
Accommodation in Paleokastritsa
In this tourist resort, there are tourist accommodation for all tastes, cheap apartments, studios, and many big hotels which offer all the comforts, some of them is Marilena Complex Apartments, Bouganville Studios Paleokastritsa, River Studios, Paleokastitsa Hotel, Kalypso studios, Maria studios , Arianna Apartments, Fotini & Korina Apartments , Zefiros Hotel, and Funtana Villas . Most of them have a great view, for this reason visitors choose a place like this to stay. The calm and blue landscape enchants anyone who decides to visit the place and stay there.
Paleokastritsa is a place that visited by many families and so has several restaurants like Nausika Taverana, Spiros Taverana, Akron Bar& Restaurant, Appolon Restaurant, and Idea Restorante Pizzeria, all that showcase the Greek cuisine directly from fresh ingredients and family recipes. There, the visitor can enjoy fresh fish escorted by a selection of wines. Except the taverns there are various snack bars and bars to drink with music by the sea. For those looking for a few moments of escape from the village, you can visit Aggelokastro, a medieval castle with great views, situated on a hilltop, along a green route to the village Lakones. The area covers all the basic needs of visitors. You can find before or as coming to Paleokastritsa some supermarkets, mini market, pharmacy, tourist gift shops, gas station, police station.