If you’re looking for scenic landscapes, secluded white sand beaches and crystal clear seas, you’ll be pleasantly delighted whilst visiting the beautiful village of Paleokastritsa. Nestled beneath the lush green slopes of olive groves and citrus orchards, Paleokastritsa has long been considered one of the most breath-taking villages in Corfu. You’ll discover an oasis of golden sandy stretches, cool aquamarine waters and lots of coves and caves to explore. Not to mention the 13th-century Angelokastro fortress, perched elegantly on top of the cliff with spectacular views that extend for miles into the horizon.
Although renowned for its relaxing coastal holidays and serene atmosphere, there’s plenty of action and adventure to be had on the waves - from boat excursions and submarine tours to a variety of watersports. You’ll never be short for entertainment, whether that’s exploring the hillsides, villages and historical sites or simply relaxing under the warmth of the sun on one of the many beaches during your Paleokastritsa holidays in 2017.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 15m
When to go
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Paleokastritsa holidays are all about beach life, especially for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day reality and retreat to serene shores. Paleokastritsa doesn’t disappoint with six beautiful beaches to choose from, all with clear waters, white sands and stunning scenery to enjoy.
When you’re not relaxing under the summer sun, take a trip to the Monastery of Theotokos, a 12th-century relic standing on a sheer hillside amongst wild flowers and olive trees. Inside, you’ll find a museum where holy artefacts are housed, providing an insight into its past culture and history. Outside, you’ll find a small taverna serving snacks and refreshments, as well as magnificent views of the surrounding terrain. In fact, wherever you find yourself in Paleokastritsa, from the picturesque villages to the steep hillsides, the views are always spectacular.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take to the waters where you’ll find numerous water sport activities to enjoy, such as diving, snorkelling and scuba diving. You can also rent boats, kayaks, and other water vessels on the beach.
Wine and Dine
There’s nothing quite like the taste of authentic Greek cuisine, especially when dining in the coastal beauty of Greece. You’ll also find many dishes inspired by cultures across the Mediterranean, from Italian to Venetian. Enjoy traditional plates of baklava and moussaka, complemented with fine wines and ouzo, whilst soaking up the ambience in one of Paleokastritsa’s restaurants. To really experience the full flavour of Paleokastritsa culture, make sure to visit the smaller restaurants dotted around the villages for true Greek hospitality and the most delightful dishes. The locals will be dining at the best spots, with fantastic food and a friendly atmosphere always on the menu.
If you’re looking for one of the best spots for drinks in Paleokastritsa, be sure to check out La Grotta, a fantastic bar built into the cliffs and popular with brave swimmers who like to dive from jagged rocks. Enjoy relaxing in the comfortable chill-out area with cocktails and ocean views ‘til the early hours of the morning.
Trying to please the whole family can sometimes feel impossible, but Paleokastritsa provides an endless amount of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the perfect family holiday. Stay at the Hotel Paleo Inn, one of the most popular family hotels in Paleokastritsa. You’ll find a lagoon-shaped swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers and fantastic views of the bay.
Venturing out for some family fun? If you’re looking for an inexpensive and family-friendly activity, you’ll find an exciting day out at the Corfu Aquarium. Get up close and personal with the aquatic species, all native to the Mediterranean Sea. Corfu Aquarium is also home to a variety of reptiles including iguanas and snakes.
Just a short drive away, you’ll find Corfu Town, a tree-lined retail strip providing the island’s best shopping destination. You’ll find craft shops and artisan shops offering jewellery, carvings and locally crafted souvenirs. You’ll also find small tavernas and cafes providing drinks and snacks for hungry mouths.
Action and Adventure
With big beautiful beaches and clear blue seas that stretch for miles, you’ll find most of the action and adventure right here on the Paleokastritsa coast. Make your way down to the Achilleon Diving Centre, known as one of best diving locations in Greece. Enjoy the choice of snorkelling or scuba diving in the Mediterranean Sea, suitable for both beginner and professional divers. If that’s not enough underwater adventure for one day, why not see the ocean from a unique perspective? Climb aboard the Yellow Submarine on the Corfu Sea Discovery, to explore the stunning coastline and its abundant aquatic life. You have large glass windows on the bottom of the submarine to enjoy full vision of the underwater world.
If you’d prefer to keep dry, visit the charming coves and hidden caves on board a Paleokastritsa boat excursion before heading back to shore for fine dining at one of the nearby restaurants. For a more personal experience, you’ll find small boats and canoes for hire on the beach so you can sail off on your own adventure.
Life's a Beach
Paleokastritsa is a beach lover’s paradise with not just one but six sandy and pebbled beaches scattered around the beautiful village. The resort stretches around breath-taking bays and there is a delightful harbour where you can board a variety of boat excursions that tour the isolated beaches. The main beach, Agios Spyridon, is quite compact but known for its cool waters and stunning sunsets. Surrounded by countless bars and tavernas, it’s the perfect place for light entertainment and relaxation. Agios Spyridon truly provides some exceptional sea views with its turquoise waters and white sands.
Take a trip to Agios Georgios North, a beach with exceptional scenery along a 5km stretch of fine sands and clear waters, where you’ll enjoy the diving facilities of the most popular centres in Corfu. Take to the sea for a variety of adrenaline-fuelled watersports or simply enjoy swimming in the waves. With its beautiful beaches, picturesque scenery and serene atmosphere, you’ll be sure to make the most of Paleokastritsa holidays.
Although a quiet and peaceful resort, Paleokastritsa does provide some after dark entertainment. There’s something about this beautiful destination and its magical vibes that sets the mood for an eventful night.
Enjoy the cheerful atmosphere and live music entertainment by the open beach at a number of bars and tavernas that line the bay. Enjoy wining and dining in the evening light whilst gazing out on the painted skies as the sun dips below the horizon. Sip on a selection of Paleokastritsa’s most popular drinks including classic cocktails, ouzo and Corfu beers. You can also enjoy a twilight swim in the perfectly clear waters and surrounding caves, whilst the music being played echoes throughout the coves.
Why not visit some of the dancing bars around Agios Spyridon beach? Providing you with late night snacks and refreshments, they turn up the music late into the night so you can dance into the early hours underneath the night sky.
Looking for a passionate and exciting getaway with your other half? Escape the commotion of modern day life for a romantic holiday in Paleokastritsa. You’ll find secluded beaches, hidden by the nature surrounding it and perfect for intimate moments. Frolic about in the clear aquamarine waters or hire your own boat for the day at the nearby harbour to discover the beautiful secrets that lie on the Paleokastritsa coastline.
For adventure, you’ll enjoy a variety of water sport opportunities, submarine excursions and diving facilities for those thrilling moments. Follow the footpaths hand-in-hand to the little hilltop village of Lakones, where you can stop for refreshments at Dolce Cafe. Rehydrate with fresh juices, smoothies and ice cream whilst enjoying the spectacular view of the coves and the Monastery of Paleokastritsa. Life’s nothing short of a fairy tale with Paleokastritsa holidays.
Known as one of the most breath-taking villages in Corfu, Paleokastritsa is also home to many historical sites, giving you a window into its cultural past. The Monastery of Theotokos, perched high on the cliffs above Paleokastritsa, is a 12th-century relic and sacred icon. Inside, you’ll find remnants of its past with artefacts including holy books, utensils and a collection of vestments.
Standing on the northwest coast is Angelokastro fortress, a Byzantine castle located on the highest point of the island’s shoreline. It remains one of the most important fortified complexes of Byzantine Corfu. Wander within its walls and through the cemetery ruins to get a feel for its historic past. Today, Paleokastritsa’s culture is very much alive, not just within the historic landmarks, but in the narrow, maze-like streets, the scenic landscapes, the traditional Greek cuisine and the friendly faces of the locals.