Touchdown on the olive grove island of Corfu, slap on the sunscreen and head for Paleokastritsa. Families can look forward to sunning themselves in the beautiful bays and beaches, while couples may enjoy exploring the surrounding hills and villages. Far from being a sleepy Corfiot hideaway, Paleokastritsa manages to maintain a laid-back vibe while ensuring every visitor has plenty to do. Known as one of Corfu’s most beautiful regions, this renowned beauty spot has been wowing visitors for years.
Beach-lovers will be spoilt for choice with Paleokastritsa’s selection of six beaches. Summer temperatures climb to a toasty 30 degrees so the surrounding cliffs, vegetation and shade-providing villages provide welcome shelter from the sun’s rays. Mild winters complement Paleokastritsa’s scorching summers, ensuring year round holidays are most definitely on the cards.
If beach bars and boat trips aren’t your thing, Paleokastritsa and nearby locales have plenty of culture, architecture and attractions on offer to explore. Whether it’s the late night beach strolls or welcoming local tavernas sweeping you off your feet, we think Paleokastritsa will charm its way into your holiday-loving heart.
If you’re done with sun, sea and sand you’ll want to head inland to Krini for some village life and a glimpse into Corfu’s history. Set on the nearby highest peak of the Northwest coast is the Angelokastro. The castle’s fascinating architectural remains loom over the rocks and Ionian sea below and provide a great day’s exploring for families and couples.
Liapades is classic Corfu. A traditional Greek village that remains untouched by tourism development. A beautiful beach, typical Ionian architecture and friendly local residents are all waiting to welcome you. Your only dilemma will be choosing which of the many restaurants, cafés and tavernas to visit next.
Just a stone’s throw from Paleokastritsa is the traditional village of Lakones. Perched high up into the lush forests of the island, the village offers a bird's eye view of Paleokastritsa and an insight into Corfiot life. Many women here wear the traditional Greek dress and it’s a beautiful village to wander through and enjoy a quiet coffee overlooking the bay below.
Corfu Donkey Rescue Centre
Only cats are allowed to sit on the donkeys at this donkey retirement home. Meet the donkeys enjoying a well-earned rest after working hard on the island, their golden years are now spent bringing smiles to every visitor’s face. Take a donkey for a walk, perhaps bring some carrots and apples along and enjoy seeing these golden oldies enjoying their heydey in the sun.
The most famous of Paleokastritsa’s six beaches, Agios Spyridon is also the largest. The long stretch of sand is a bustling mix of sunbathers and families enjoying the beach. People come and go via the taxi boats and there are plenty of places to enjoy a bite to eat or a quiet drink in the sun.
Located to the west of Paleokastritsa beach, Corfu’s aquarium is home to many native fish, shellfish and reptiles. Learn about Mediterranean sea creatures, marvel at the abundance of life swimming just metres from the shore and then see what you can spot at the adjacent beach.
See Paleokastritsa’s abundant aquatic life in its natural habitat from a unique perspective. Climb aboard one of Corfu’s yellow submarines to explore Paleokastritsa’s stunning coastline 30m under the sea. Peer through one of the 22 giant windows for an entirely different look at the island and its marine inhabitants.
Corfu’s cuisine is inspired by cultures across the Mediterranean. Italian and Venetian influences mingle with the more traditional Greek mezze, feta and tzatziki. If you’ve tried the ever-popular Moussaka and Baklava and are keen to explore new dishes we recommend trying Bourdeto. One of Corfu’s most famous recipes, Bourdeto is a simple dish of fish cooked in a spicy tomato sauce with onions and garlic. Packed with flavour and celebrating the island’s access to sumptuous fresh fish, it doesn’t get more Corfiot than this.
Authentic Corfiot cuisine wins over the best views in our opinion. Flashy sea-front restaurants my lure you with an enchanting vista but if the food doesn’t pass muster maybe just pop in for a drink. For true Greek hospitality and traditional dishes check out the smaller restaurants. Locals eat here for a reason - top notch food and a friendly welcome are always on the menu.
That said, if you go anywhere on your trip to Paleokastritsa, be sure to check out La Grotta. A hot-spot for brave swimmers who dive from the craggy rocks, there’s also a fantastic bar built into the cliff face. Sip a cocktail next to the sea, relax in the comfy chill out chairs, sample some bar snacks and click an Instagram snap worthy of a thousand likes. It doesn’t get more bucket list than this.
A holiday in Paleokastritsa offers scenery, relaxation and sun by the bucket load. Entertainment for families and kids isn’t in short supply either. Do as much or as little as you want, it’s yours for the taking. Whether you want to get away from it all and chill on a beach or explore the sights and sounds Corfu has to offer, Paleokastritsa’s got the lot. When it comes to nightlife, Paleokastritsa has its share of bars, but booming bass and foam parties are just not it's thing. A gorgeous slice of Corfu to visit at any time of the year, Paleokastritsa is the perfect destination for a fun-filled family break.
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