Vlacherna Monastery
Vlacherna Monastery
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  • Atherton F
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip
    Beautiful setting, great location for photos, easy to park. Lovely cafe to sit and watch the world go by. The aeroplanes land at Corfu airport over the monastery so it’s a perfect place for natural beauty but also to watch the planes coming in
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • chantelleAmersham
    Luton, United Kingdom109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Corfu Image
    We got a bus to Corfu Town and then a number 2 bus to Kanoni, which is where the Vlacherna Monastry and Mouse Island are situated. The bus stops at the top where the restaurants / bars and shops are situated. The food and drinks at the Kanavi restaurant have a good choice and prices are competitive, and I was impressed that everytime you ordered anything, the waiter brought a bottle of water for free with your purchase. The Corfu runway is right by the monastery, so is quite exciting watching all the aircraft landing and taking off while you're eating and drinking. We walked down from the restaurant to the monastery and had a look around, there is a well stocked gift shop for you to browse . There are little boats that will take you over to Mouse Island for 3 euros each, where you can walk around the island and climb up the steps to the little chapel and gift shop. It was a nice half day trip out to what is essentially the image of Corfu.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • ram88doc
    Navarre, Florida347 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Corfu
    We rode the hop-on hop-off bus to Kanoi to see the Monastery. The restaurant by the bus stop at the top of the hill has reasonable prices and great views. You have to walk down a large number of stairs to get down to the pier, then walk across to the Monastery. The Corfu airport runway is just past the Monastery so it is irritating to listed to the planes as they are landing directly overhead. The Monastery itself is pretty small. For 2 euors per person you can also take a small fishing boat for a 5 minute ride to Mouse Island, that according to mythology is the ship of Odysseus that was stoned by the god Poseidon. There is a small church at the top of the island you can visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • SB01
    Sonning Common, United Kingdom867 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Four Stars for Location
    Visually stunning and largely unspoiled, but very small so don’t make this the centre piece of a trip. Other than the view and a brief glimpse inside there is nothing else to see. It can easily be reached by bus from Corfu Town, then it’s a sharp steep descent to sea level. You can combine this with a boat trip around mouse island or do as we did and walk along the jetty and marvel as planes fly close over your head to land at the airport. There are some decent places to eat before/after the descent and you could combine it with Mon Repos.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Sarah C
    Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom151 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice little excursion for an hour or so.
    Drove here after a day out in Corfu Town. Followed google maps easily and parked in the large parking area. A lovely spot for photography. Spent about an hour here including having a drink at the bar opposite the monastery while watching the sunset and the planes flying into the airport. A nice way to end our day out in Corfu Town.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
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David D
Devon, UK25,224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Friday 30th August and we visited this small Monastery which is situated literally at the end of the runway of Corfu Airport. It is just over 4 kilometres from the Town.

It dates back to the 17th or 18th Century and was in use until 1980. It was previously occupied by Nuns, who have left, leaving only one old Nun remaining. It is now only used now for celebrations and as a tourist attraction

We parked up in the car park nearby and we walked along the harbour jetty leading out to Island where the Monastery is located. It sits in Chalkiopoulos (Χαλκιοπουλοσ) Lagoon with Mouse Island, Pontikonisi, in front.

We entered into a small paved courtyard, through a door in the bell tower, passing underneath the two bells, adding to the unique charm of the place.

A whitewashed building with crinkled terracotta tiles. It is a small Church, so limited numbers in at one time as well as social distancing measures.

At the rear of the Church there is a simple altar screen, reredos, with a small plain altar behind it. Placed in the centre of the altar is a tabernacle with  a red dome, a crucifix hangs above it and religious paintings around the walls.

In keeping with the rest of the Church the altar screen is simply decorated with religious paintings. Strips of red ribbon were draped around the Church, must have been a recent celebration here.

Religious painted images and icons were around the walls of the Church.

Directly opposite the door to the Church, there is another door which opens to a small chamber, with just enough space for a tray where visitors can light a candle. Due to the heat from the candles, many were twisted and distorted making odd shapes. Amusingly it had its own extractor fan.

There is a shop there selling icons, religious pictures and souvenirs.
Written September 3, 2021
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chantelleAmersham
Luton, UK109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We got a bus to Corfu Town and then a number 2 bus to Kanoni, which is where the Vlacherna Monastry and Mouse Island are situated. The bus stops at the top where the restaurants / bars and shops are situated. The food and drinks at the Kanavi restaurant have a good choice and prices are competitive, and I was impressed that everytime you ordered anything, the waiter brought a bottle of water for free with your purchase. The Corfu runway is right by the monastery, so is quite exciting watching all the aircraft landing and taking off while you're eating and drinking. We walked down from the restaurant to the monastery and had a look around, there is a well stocked gift shop for you to browse . There are little boats that will take you over to Mouse Island for 3 euros each, where you can walk around the island and climb up the steps to the little chapel and gift shop. It was a nice half day trip out to what is essentially the image of Corfu.
Written August 27, 2023
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ram88doc
Navarre, FL347 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We rode the hop-on hop-off bus to Kanoi to see the Monastery. The restaurant by the bus stop at the top of the hill has reasonable prices and great views. You have to walk down a large number of stairs to get down to the pier, then walk across to the Monastery. The Corfu airport runway is just past the Monastery so it is irritating to listed to the planes as they are landing directly overhead. The Monastery itself is pretty small. For 2 euors per person you can also take a small fishing boat for a 5 minute ride to Mouse Island, that according to mythology is the ship of Odysseus that was stoned by the god Poseidon. There is a small church at the top of the island you can visit.
Written September 7, 2023
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withouttnekids
Kefalonia125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We walked over the causeway from our accommodation . It’s a an amazing little church with surprising little gift shop . Cats. Duck and ducks that look like turkey vie for space too . It worth 2.5 euros to go across to Mouse island Where there another church and gift shop also serving drinks . Great views of planes landing and taking off too
Written October 24, 2020
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Demy Delfi
Corfu Town, Greece104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
One of the best landmarks of Corfu! It definitely worth a visit! During summer you can go to Pontikonisi, or Mouse island with a little boat, in 2-4 minutes for as little as 1,5-2 euros per person. Inside the monastery, there is a little shop selling little souvenirs. One of the best parts is the little ducks and cats hanging around the monastery and eating bread from the guests. I highly recommend a visit there!
Written September 14, 2021
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Trombone99
Durham, UK79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Beautiful monastery. Take 2a blue bus from V. Dousmani in Corfu Old Town, very inexpensive, and get off at the end of the route. Delightful views from cliff top down to Vlacherna Monastery and Mouse Island. Ice creams and tavernas and loos. Walk down cliffs (another taverna and loos) to Monastery, and then take a boat trip (€2.50) to Mouse Island, for a wander round and then up to the Chapel at the top. Boats every 15 minutes and come back when you want. Back up the cliff (gentle walk although it looks steep) to the tavernas at the top. Highly recommended!
Written July 15, 2022
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Jessica M
Fondi, Italy151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The best way to visit this place is going at sunset, is a very relaxing spot, with a spectacular view on the see and is peculiar for being next to the airport. When the planes land it seems they're almost landing on your head! :D besides there are many restaurants and cafes where you can sit to have dinner and enjoy the view. Recommended for an evening out.
Written August 19, 2021
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK14,068 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The monastery is in a scenic setting at the end of the harbour mole (if you ignore the planes approaching directly overhead to land at Corfu airport!). There’s a small chapel and shop selling the usual “tourist treats”. From nearby you can catch a ferry to Mouse Island for 2.50 euros. The monastery also featured as a small part in the James Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only” which starred Roger Moore and Carole Bouquet.
Written May 3, 2022
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SB01
Sonning Common, UK867 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Visually stunning and largely unspoiled, but very small so don’t make this the centre piece of a trip. Other than the view and a brief glimpse inside there is nothing else to see. It can easily be reached by bus from Corfu Town, then it’s a sharp steep descent to sea level. You can combine this with a boat trip around mouse island or do as we did and walk along the jetty and marvel as planes fly close over your head to land at the airport. There are some decent places to eat before/after the descent and you could combine it with Mon Repos.
Written September 19, 2023
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Zee
London, UK297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Beautiful monastery with boat tours to mouse island.

We went at the height of the covid pandemic and had an amazing time because there was no crowds in the middle of July.

I doubt you can recreate that serene experience but it was very peaceful.
Written April 28, 2022
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