My trip to Corfu was, again, a last-minute holiday that turned out to be amazing! Corfu, an island off Greece’s Northwest Coast in the Ionian Sea, is known for it‘s rugged mountains and beautiful beaches. Paleokastritsa is a 30 minute drive from Corfu town, and Is absolutely beautiful. The town of Paleokastritsa is very small, and it was off-season when we were there, so there wasn’t much to do. Still, it was lovely. So without further adieu, here are my top 6 things to do in Paleokastritsa, Corfu
The only beach in Paleokastritsa covered completely with sand (most of the others are very pebbly which my bare feet suffered from) It is the most popular and the most beautiful. To the right is the centre of Taxi Boats and behind it is a large car park. To the left there are some incredible restaurants where you can sit practically on the beach and at your food. We found this beach on our first day and loved it so much we just stayed all day, only taking breaks to hydrate or enjoy some ice-cream. Needless to say I got VERY burnt that first day. Who knew you had to reapply sunscreen throughout the day? (everyone. everyone knew)
To get to the Monastery you head down to Agios Spyridon and just keep walking. There is a road that heads up the mountain which eventually leads to the Monastery. I was quite nervous about walking up as the road was incredibly windy with constant traffic. I’m sure there was a walking path but we, perhaps stupidly, didn’t bother looking for it. The views at the top are absolute amazing! The Monastery is closed in the afternoon, but there is a café there where you can recharge from the walk up. The monastery itself is beautiful. My favourite thing about it was that it was full of stray cats that the Monastery take in and look after.
Tango Bar and Restaurant
Paleokastritsa is a pretty small town so it won’t be hard to find. It was the first and best food place we visited during our trip. It is situated on a Cliffside so if you pick your table wisely you can look out over the whole of Paleokastritsa. Also, the owner has a dog called Daisy who wanders around and makes friends with everyone. Check out Melissa’s Big Fat Greek Food Guide for an insight into the local cuisine
We took a private speedboat out to Paradise beach. By it’s name you would suspect a beautiful place to spend the day, but as we were there off-season the weather wasn’t really cooperating. As soon as we got there and instantly knew we didn’t want the guy to leave us there. I think he felt bad that we weren’t going to stay so he took us on a tour of the coves and we got se feed some fish.
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We found Elysium Apartments online and I am so glad we did. It’s located right at the entrance to the town and it is run the a British Couple. They were very helpful and accommodating. Elysium Apartments is made up of 4 self-catering apartments who all share a garden with amazing panoramic sea views. There is quite a steep driveway proceeded by 80 steps to reach the actual apartments so it may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.
Due to the town being built up onto a mountain side, there are a lot of little staircases that lead down to hidden beaches. They are mostly shingle beaches but are very chill and secluded. It’s also fun to explore the town and see how many of these hidden beaches you can find!
My top 6 things to do in Paleokastritsa, Corfu, Have you ever been to Paleokastritsa? Are youconsidering it now? Let me know in the comments below 🙂