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Paleokastritsa: A Beautiful Beach Resort in Corfu

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Last updated on March 5th, 2023 at 12:19 pm

Paleokastritsa Beach Resort on the West Coast

Paleokastritsa is located slightly north of the island’s west coast center, about 25 km from Corfu town. It is one of the most beautiful places and the most valuable jewel of Corfu. Set on a number of bays separated by small promontories.

This is a resort with a unique feature. It looks extraordinarily beautiful from Lakones village up in the hills, like heaven on Earth. This view is what makes this place so memorable.

There are hotels and apartments in the Paleokastritsa area to suit all pockets. Also, many tavernas and bars are strung out along the road, some on the hillside, and others on the water’s edge.

Paleokastritsa view from Lakones mountain village
Paleokastritsa view from Lakones mountain village

Beaches in Paleokastritsa

Paleokastritsa Agios Petros Beach
Paleokastritsa Agios Petros Beach

The beautiful shape of the seaside with the capes contains many bays-beaches between, 7 in total.

These beaches are fully organized, especially the central beach called Agios Spiridon. All beaches offer sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports, taxi boats, motorboats, and canoes for rent.

In the settlement’s area, we find the following:

  1. Ampelaki beach is the first on the line as we start from the West.
  2. Agios Petros beach, very close to the first, inside the first cove.
  3. Palaiokastritsa or Agios Spiridon, is the central and larger beach, in between the two capes
  4. Alipa or Alypa beach, where there is a small harbor is well known as the Alipa port, suitable for small yachts, speed, and fishing boats. From this port, you can hire a boat to visit the neighboring isolated beaches and remote caves south of Paleokastritsa.
  5. Platakia beach.
  6. Agia Triada beach.
  7. The Easternmost beach of La Grotta is close to the beach of Liapades a couple of miles to the East.
Ag Spiridon Beach Paleokastritsa
Ag Spiridon Beach Paleokastritsa

Paleokastritsa Theotokos Monastery

On the headland farthest out to the sea is the beautiful 12th-century monastery of Theotokos. Still working and occupied by cat-loving monks. It contains the famous icon of the Virgin in its church.

In this church also are the remains(bones) of a whale that was extinct long ago on the rocks under the monastery, they are kept inside a large glass box. You can see them if you visit the monastery.

This monastery was originally a small fortress, hence the name of the village which means literally ‘Old little fortress'(Paleokastritsa).

Photos from the Monastery

Paleokastritsa means Natural beauty

The view from the village on the hill above Paleokastritsa, Lakones, is stunning. Many visitors walk up the old donkey trail which goes between the two villages and some go on up into the hills above, exploring the inland villages of Krini and Makrades.

A gentler walk would take you south to the village of Liapades. One of Corfu’s oldest and prettiest, where life seems to go on in the same way as it has for centuries.

Around Paleokastritsa and particularly a couple of miles to the south there are many stunning secluded beaches. Hardly accessible or even isolated.

These are the secluded beaches of Corfu, all beaches with fine pebbles and little sand with crystal emerald clear waters without tourist development. Here you can discover the exotic beauty of Corfu.

You can hire a small boat by yourself on one of Paleokastritsa’s main beaches to explore these surrounding gems as the only way to reach them is by sea.

Also, You can enjoy a boat trip, and water sports- and get abroad on a glass-bottomed boat to explore the underwater world.

To the north of Paleokastritsa, you can visit the old fortress of Angelokastro- a steep climb but the view makes it well worth the effort.

And on the way back you can stop at one of the bars on Lakones road. From here you can look not only down at Paleokastritsa but across the island’s Ropa Valley towards Corfu Town.

Photos from Paleokastritsa beaches

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