Paleokastritsa Monastery

Paleokastritsa Monastery, Corfu

Paleokastritsa Monastery
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Jessica M
Fondi, Italy137 contributions
Aug 2021
The monastery is on the top of the hill. In order to go inside you need to cover your legs with a skirt provided by them, or if you have one, you can use a towel (as I did). It is well maintained, clean and tidy. It's worth a visit.
Written August 19, 2021
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,515 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Currently free parking at the Aquarium just at the bottom of the hill with a variety of tavernas and cafes.

Beautiful cove for swimming, or just enjoying the view and taking photographs.

It's a 20 minute walk up to the monastery from here, and although it is possible to drive up further, it's a very narrow road controlled by traffic lights, so unless you have mobility problems I would suggest taking on the walk and enjoy the view as you go!

The monastery is lovely, we sat for a few minutes of quiet reflection and took the opportunity to light a candle, (donation invited). There is also a small museum which was fascinating, great collection if liturgical vestments, religious artworks and prayer books, some from the 15th century. Amazing collection with I imagine lots of stories to tell. Well worth a visit. There is also a lovely gift shop selling honey, and religious memorabilia as well as Corfu guide books in English and most other common languages.
Written September 9, 2020
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK13,158 contributions
Apr 2022
Drive on past the beach and tat shops. There’s a traffic system which makes it easy to drive the last km or so up to the monastery. If you look out over the viewpoint to right of the entrance you’ll spot a cross high up on an outcrop above the sea and there’s a path which is an easy climb to it. Inside the monastery you can enter the church and separate museum (where there’s also a shop selling religious icons and postcards etc) the flower gardens are well kept and colourful. Well worth making the effort, even if you don’t have a car and have to walk up from the beach (good exercise!!)
Written May 6, 2022
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Lordshillroadrunner
Southampton, UK17 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
The monastery lies at the top of a very large hill. Takes around 15 minutes to walk up there and the views are well worth it with lots of vantage points on the way. Had a good old chat with the man selling paintings outside of the monastery about a stray puppy (puppy was found a home during my stay), and then went inside to be greeted very warmly by one of the monks. My attire was suitable so no need for extra scarves or layers to be borrowed. Of course the paintings, mosaics and ornamental trappings of the place were superb but I loved looking at the plant specimens even more. The gardens are beautiful. Went inside the church and museum. A strange exhibit is a huge glass case containing the skeleton of something with very big bones. Afterwards I read online that this was the remains of a sea creature?

The place is so calm, peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful. Not so many visitors so plenty of time and space to have a good look around.
Written September 22, 2020
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Katka S
Slany, Czech Republic36 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Very nice monastery on a top of the hill. Nice view from the top. It was possible to park at the top just next to the monastery when we visited but we were there during covid. It is not to far from the top parking lot either. Trip for about 15 minutes when at the top.
Written September 2, 2020
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Simon M
46 contributions
Aug 2020
Drove from the East to the West to see the monastery... lovely drive and then a short ‘self tour’ round the monastery. Free to enter. Great views and an interesting visit to small church and museum and gift shop. Nicely shaded too..
You need to be dressed appropriately.. my wife was provided a temporary skirt as her shorts were just above the knee.
Nice beach nearby to wander around and have a beer.
The half day trip was a great break from just sun bathing and swimming...
Written September 5, 2020
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KrisD_pl
Warsaw, Poland7,666 contributions
Dec 2020
Built on the hill above the bays, it is one of the oldest monasteries on the island. It was built in the 13th century but recontructed in 18th century. The are two levels - lower one consists of garden with some arches (picturesque). The upper level consists of church, museum and monks' cells. Entry is free, but remember that it closes the doors at 1 pm. Great views from the surrounding areas.
Written November 7, 2021
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philip m
Gainsborough, UK140 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
You can drive up the hill, note the Traffic lights though. Large parking area, pretty obvious when you get there. Short walk to monastery. No charge to enter, observing dress code. Great views from here.
Written October 31, 2020
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Joergstravel
Shanghai, China1,349 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Historic monastery on a hill giving u an amazing sea view. Getting there by car is the easiest way, but roads are partly bit narrow. It’s really worthwhile to visit this place when being on Corfu.
Written October 21, 2021
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Jordan D
London, UK194 contributions
Aug 2020
A lovely view over the town gives way to a beautiful monastery. Go there with the expectation of being reverent (so appropriately dressed, covered shoulders for ladies, legs covered for men and women). There are many cute kittens around, so you will inevitably be distracted by them. The views are sublime and worth the trip itself. Go on a sunny day and just give yourself time to enjoy.
Written August 23, 2020
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