Paleokastritsa Monastery

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Key Info

Palaiokastritsa 490 83, Greece

Price & Hours

Free
Hours vary

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.1

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  • 5.0Value
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  • 3.5Atmosphere

For sweeping views of the ocean and prime photo ops, travelers recommend visiting the Paleokastritsa Monastery. Located on a remote cliff peninsula in the village of Paleokastritsa, the Byzantine monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the site dates back to the early 1200s.

The grounds of the monastery are surrounded by lush olive and cypress trees. Inside, you'll find a small museum of Byzantine icons, books, relics and a traditional olive oil press.

While the interior and exterior architecture is a must-see for any history buff, recent visitors said the real star is the stunning views of the island and Mediterranean Sea.

You'll find the monastery about 15 miles west from Corfu Town. There's no official admission charge, but visitors can donate to the monastery or purchase handmade olive oil from the site's souvenir shop.

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With more than 130 miles of coastline, Corfu offers a bounty of beaches for travelers to choose from. These shores range from sandy to pebbly and quiet to rowdy. All beaches offer the gorgeous backdrop of aquamarine waters and stunning cliffs and rock formations.

The most popular village for beachgoers is Paleokastritsa. Located on the western side of the island about 20 miles from Corfu Town, the village is home to six individual beaches that offer a variety of amenities, such as restaurants and water sports rentals. Some beaches include umbrella and sun bed rentals as well as marinas for docking boats.

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