Perhaps the most famous resort on Corfu; beautiful beaches and coves are surrounded by a stunning landscape that is topped by the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. Paleokastritsa has much to offer visitors, with good accommodation choices, excellent fish tavernas, bars and even a disco or two it will appeal to all. Car hire is recommended as this is a good base from which to explore the island, but for those wanting to visit for the day, there is a regular bus service from Corfu Town.
The Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary (13th century). The Byzantine church, a single nave basilica is at the centre of the monastery complex however, the monk’s cells and the courtyard date from the 18th century. The Monastery is home to eight monks, who hold traditional masses. The museum has Byzantine and Post Byzantine icons; the most notable is the beautiful Dormition of the Virgin Mary.
1000ft up a steep cliff on the north west coast is the Fortress of Angelokastro. The exact date of its construction is unknown although the first documented evidence of its existance is 1272. It was one of the most important fortifications and formed a defensive triangle with Kassiopi Castle on the north east coast and Gardiki Castle in the south.
At 906m high Mount Pantokrator is the highest point on Corfu. On a clear day at the summit, and despite it being 130km away, it is possible to see Italy, as well as the whole of Corfu and Albania. At the top is café for tourists who have reached the summit either on foot or by car, a well and a telecommunications tower. The church dates from 1689; however in 1347 the first monastery was built with the help of the Perithians.
Waterpark is 12000 square metres of fun for everyone. For the fearless there are 36 different water slides. Jump into one of the 15 different pools or wait in the Wave Pool for the madness to start! Qualified lifeguards are never far away and a service is available for those guests with special needs.
The Corfu Golf Club is beautiful 18-hole course (Par 72-SSS 72, length 6,803 yards). There are no weak holes and the cleverly designed hazards make it a fair test for both low and high handicap players. It is perfect for golfers who wish to practice their favorite sport during their holidays.
Surrounded by towering cliffs, Paradise Beach can only be reached by boat from Paleaokastritsa Beach where a boat can be rented. For those who prefer a skipper, a water taxi will take you and collect you. Depending on whom you choose there is the possibility of a tour of the caves as well. For the adventurous a pedalo can be hired and as long as you are fit the hour’s journey can be immense fun.
The stunning, rocky landscape of the area emphasises the drama and the beauty of the coastline and the crystal clear water. Snorkelling is highly recommended.
The beach is pebbles/small stones and appropriate footwear is recommended for those with sensitive feet!
There is a small booth that sells cold drinks but take your own snacks and lunch. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for daily rent.