PALEOKASTRITSA AND LAKONES TOUR
- 6 hours
Price Per Person
- The tour starts from 17,95€ per person.
Paleokastritsa is a village in the North West of Corfu. Palaiokastrites was a former munality on the island of Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece. Its including area was defined around the original village of Palaiokastritsa. Since the 2011 local government reform Palaiokastrites is picipart of the municipality of Corfu as a smaller municipal unit.It has a land area of 48.379 km² and a population of 4,395 (2001 census) and is located on the west coast of Corfu just south of Angelokastro.Read More...
The seat of the formerly independent Palaiokastriton municipality was the town of Lakones. The largest villages are Liapades, Doukades, Skriperó, and Lákones. Corfu has been suggested to be the mythical island of the Phaeacians, and the bay of Palaiokastritsa to be the place where Odysseus disembarked and met Nausicaa for the first time, see Geography of the Odyssey. The monastery in Palaiokastritsa dates from 1225. There is a museum inside.
Full Tour Description
Different starting and ending points are available at extra charge or no charge depending on your location.
We start at beautiful Paleokastritsa described as the jewel of Corfu, this Arcadian, red-roofed town never fails to enchant. Paleokastritsa is one of the most famous locations on the island. You will visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin, monastery’s gardens where you have spectacular views over the beautiful green and blue bays of the area with their crystal-clear turquoise waters.
From here we continue to Lakones. The village has been visited by many famous and important people over the years. Story goes that a Greek boat with refugees from Laconia (a village in the Peloponnese) stranded on the west coast of Corfu. Pirates and other groups of nasty characters regularly visited Corfu in those days and that was why it seemed to the survivors a good idea to seek refuge higher up. From afar, the uninvited visitors could be spotted in their boats and thus the brand new residents were prepared in advance for a proper reception of the villains. Also the location of the original village made it difficult to see it from land, sheltered as it was behind a rocky crag.
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