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Paleokastritsa, Corfu : Your Vacation paradise

Situated on Corfu's west coast, Paleokastrititsa, is the most beautiful and famous resort on the island.
Legend has it that this was the mythical island of the Phoenicians and the bay of Paleokastritsa was where the hero Odysseus was shipwrecked and met his lover Nausica, daughter of the Phoenician King. Three main caves are surrounded by a wooded promontory, forming numerous coves and beaches, ideal for families with children. Paleokastritsa has a Monastery, spectacular views and lush green hillsides. 20 klm far from the capital, (Corfu Town), Paleokastritsa is not hard to get to, even though I personally think there's a shortage of road signs on the island, so it's advisable to use the Google maps on your phone. Otherwise, take the highway going north from the Port and follow all the sins for Paleokastritsa.


Beaches in Paleokastritsa, Corfu !!
Paleokastritsa has so many beaches ideal for swimming and diving. The water is crystal clear and famously the coldest on the island.
Water Taxis can take you to beaches only accessible by sea.
There are boat trips around the local sea caves and plenty of motor boats for hire, daily or by the hour. Sun worshippers can rent sun-beds and umbrellas on the beaches for a small charge. Agia Triada has sun-beds, umbrellas and a Tavern and a Snack Bar.
AGIOS PETROS BEACH is near the Monastery of Theotokos and ideal for families.
AGIOS SPYRIDON BEACH is the largest and most beautiful beach.
ALYPA BEACH is quit and clean.
AMPELAKIA BEACH is the most secluded and where the
LA GROTTA BEACH is opposite Paleokastritsa Hotel and the water is pretty cold.
PLATAK BEACH is pebbly, quiet and ideal for fishing.

Things to do in Paleokastritsa !!
DIVING THE CORFU ACHILLEON DIVING CENTRE: has it's headquarters in Paleokastritsa.
One of the most professional Scuba Diving Centers, it offers a unique experience, diving the exceptional waters of the Ionian Sea.
BOAT HIRE: To hire a motor boat you need a form of ID and about 50 euro (plus 20 for fuel) per day. Taking a Water Taxi is cheaper - 2-3 euro per person, these have scheduled routes and stops.
YELLOW SUBMARINE: The Yellow Submarine is a glass bottomed boat which makes an hour long round trip in six of the bays.
You can admire the flora and fauna and it's a great opportunity to take some fantastic photos. Departures are every hour and the price is 10 euro for adults and 5 euro for children.

Landmarks in Paleokastritsa, Corfu !!
LAKONES: is a very high, picturesque mountain village where Greek settlers arrived from the Southern Peloponnese.
Narrow, winding streets are only wide enough for one car, and donkeys are a popular form of local transport. From the highest point there are amazing views of the entire resort. Also worth a visit are the villages of Liapades,Doukades and Scripero.
THE BYZANTINE MONASTERY OF PALEOKASTRITSA: The basic foundations were placed in 1225 and the current building dates back to the16th century. Inside is an interesting small museum and there's also a gift shop for mementoes, souvenirs and icons. Located high above Paleokastritsa's bays, the Monastery is beautiful and tranquil. It's peaceful park lures visitors to paint it's many flowers in the peace and quiet.
ANGELOKASTRO: located some 2-3 klm from Paleokastritsa. After parking in the car park you climb the steps to reach the castle (it takes roughly 10 - 15 minutes) meaning "Castle of Angels" in Greek, it's also known as the Bella Vista and is a Byzantine fortress.
The winding stone steps climb the cliff, passing through an Olive grove planted by Orthodox monks.
Close to the village of Lakones. the castle is built on the highest point on the North West coast of the island - 305 meters above the sea.
The Fort served as a point of defense for the entire Adriatic Southern coast. On the top is a church dedicated to the Archangel Michael, which was built on the foundation of the early Christian Church. In the East is a small chapel, carved in rock and dedicated to Saint Kyriaki, that resembles a cave. Inside you can admire paintings dating from the 18th century.

Eating out in Paleokastritsa !!
Our advice to all visitors to Greece is not to book accommodation which is classed " All inclusive " or including all meals, thus you have the opportunity to sample the delicious and varied dishes available in the local taverns and always reasonably priced.
LIMANI RESTAURANT: Located near the Alypa port in Paleokastritsa. The entrance holds an aquarium with live lobsters, from where you make your selection and it is then cooked and served.
TANGO CAFE BAR: The TANGO cafe bar is located on the main road in Paleokastritsa and is one of the resorts most popular restaurants.
A visit here is a must, the owners Katerina and Spiros make you very welcome and the panoramic views are breathtaking. Enjoying a drink in the shade is the perfect way to relax.
LA GROTTA: located in a cove close to the Paleokastritsa Hotel. There are signs in the resort guiding you to La Grotta Bar. The tables are arranged on a platform 5-6m above the sea, surrounded by high cliffs. For details please call : 0030 26630 41006 and 0030 26630 41211.

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