Paleokastritsa Beach
Paleokastritsa Beach
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Surrounded by lush greenery and rocky cliffs, Paleokastritsa Beach is known for its crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and stunning natural beauty. The beach is also great for a variety of water sports, making it popular amongst adrenaline seekers. Tours of the bay will take you the enchanting Nausicaa's Cave and the famous Blue Caves, and secluded beaches that are only accessible by boat. The Monastery of Theotokou overlooking the bay is just a short distance from the beach and is considered one of the most important monasteries on the island. – Tripadvisor
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  • Wayne Cook
    71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views, gorgeous little beaches and fantastic boat trips
    Beautiful views and stunningly clear waters.greet you on arrival to this gorgeous little bay on the western coast of the island. We arrived on a coach trip from further along the coast and it was definitely worth the visit for the views. On arrival. our coach pulled into a substantial car park at the end of bay before the driver took us all down to the hatbour to jump onto a discounted boat ride around the bay and caves. If you do nothing else in the town. take the boat trip, it gives a fantastic view of the area, costing around €15 for a guided trip lasting about 45 mins the captain telling us about the history of the area and you even get to see a James Bond film location . Arriving back we wandered up to the aquarium. €8 entry for another guided tour with some lovely exhibits but nothing extraordinary but for the price its worth the entry fee. In terms of food and drink there are plenty of options, and prices are probably what you would expect to pay in a popular tourist area. We stopped and ate at Zefiros, a lovely little cafe at the opposite end of the strip to the aquarium, with good food and service, but be warned toilets are up a couple of flights of steep stairs, but I would definitely.recommend this place, especially if you like people watching, as everyone has to pass by this little place. As expected the bay is full of the little souvenir shops with their trinkets. costing about 50% more than the rest of the island for the same things. Are there any bad points? I guess there are a couple. The Monastery which is a must see apparently, is up a steep climb and not one for those less able, we had to give it a miss as just too much for me and if you're not a sun worshipping beach goer then there isnt a lot to do if you're there for several hours as the beaches are quite narrow and packed. You.can hire boats to go out to sea yourself, which seemed quite popular. Overall worth it for the views alone but if you're not planning on sitting on the sand all day maybe somewhere to stop off on a tour of the island
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Arthur C
    Bury, United Kingdom264 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area.
    Lovely views of the bay and the crystal clear waters. There are a few gift shops which are overpriced and some nice places to eat. We were there for a few hours which is enough unless you want to sunbathe on the beaches. There are also boat trips though we didn't go on one.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • I W
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom322 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely beach
    We visited on a thursday in August. Roads to the beach can be a bit torturous, but it's worth making the effort. Get there before 10.00 as there is limited parking (5euros for the day). Limited shade, so either buy an umbrella at the shop at the north end of the beach for 12-14 euros, or hire one by the aquarium. The views are stunning, and the water is crystal clear. Felt a bit cooler than the other beaches we went to, but great for snorkelling - lots of fish.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • oak2wn
    Oakland, California861 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful waters
    Came in April 2023, just before tons of tourists start coming to Greece. We stopped here and at the harbor to see the clear waters and to enjoy the view. We lucked out on a parking space, and there was a place for us to grab a snack and drink. Only a couple people were in the water, as it was still cold at the time. Worth a visit to just take in the surroundings.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 14, 2024
  • Michael S
    Cardiff, United Kingdom155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful cove and sandy strip
    Visited as part of a day excursion from Kanoni, and it lived up to expectations. Paleokastritsa seemed to incorporate numerous small coves strung along a winding coastline on the west coast of Corfu but most people seem to converge at the far end of the resort where there is a large car park, various shops and restaurants and various jetties from where you can join a 30-minute boat cruise past the cliffs and into a few caves. Cost me 10Euros but had to be done! The beach itself is quite a narrow strip but I managed to find a spot to perch for an hour. Wooded mountains make an attractive backdrop. While most promotional photos are taken from high above the resort, the beach was almost as beautiful.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Pompeylad
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom267 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty Beach, but that’s all it is…?
    Pretty beach, but there’s nothing else there. Early in the season so not at all crowded, but I imagine come the middle of summer it could be be chaotic. Beautiful to see & be on your way within the hour. The road from Sidari has unbelievable hairpin bends. Not for the faint hearted.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
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BVRUK
London, UK54 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
This is not a review of the beach but to warn you not to hire a car with Paleo Car Rentals - go to an official company with a good reputation. My friend and I had an awful experience here. The man running the place was as nice and friendly as could be until we came to return the car. Due to the condition of the roads in Corfu we did scratch the car and fully admitted to this and offered to pay for the damage. Despite this the man became increasingly confrontational and aggressive. He argued that he had arranged for another customer to pick the car up on the same day and now this wouldn’t be possible. We asked him why as the damage was only surface level, and he started shouting and pointing in our faces! He said he had given us his best car (not what we had requested) and that we should have only driven it on main roads (of which there is only one in Corfu). The car was a 20 year old Nissan Micra that had already seen better days so this didn’t really ring true. He then took my friend on a moped to a separate location and demanded she pay €300 for the damage, which is probably all that the car is worth. To be honest, whilst this is clearly an absolute rip off, if it’s in the contract then fine. My biggest issue was the aggressive manner in which he spoke with us and his inability to conduct a reasonable conversation, or to provide an explanation for the cost of the damages. Hiring a car is a good way to explore Corfu but just bear in mind that the roads are not in the best condition, and find a company with a better reputation!
Written August 25, 2020
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travelscot2015
Edinburgh, UK56 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Visited by bus from Corfu town. Ok, it WAS a Saturday, but we couldn’t believe how busy it was. Even if we’d wanted a sunbed on the beach, there were very few to be had.
We had coffee in one of the tavernas when we arrived (Vrachos, I think). No problem. Less than an hour later, while I was having a walk around, my husband wanted just a cold drink in the shade to wait for me. No, he couldn’t come inside unless he was having lunch. The only place they would serve him with a drink was at a table in full sunshine (it was 35C). Same story at a different café. Having spent some time on Paxos before finishing off our holiday in Corfu, we had got used to the friendliness and helpfulness we encountered there, so found this experience extremely disappointing. It’s a shame that such a beautiful place can no longer be enjoyed as it should be.
We didn’t stay long, and certainly wouldn’t recommend a visit unless you want to be packed on to the beach like sardines or treated with only profit in kind, even if you’re an older person who just wants a shady seat.
What a pity.
Written June 26, 2022
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HelsBels96
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
We took the 9A bus from just outside of Corfu town to the beach. It was 2.30 euro one way, taking just under an hour. Be careful the times aren’t very regular, maybe one an hour. Took us directly to the beach, which was a little small but no problem getting a space. The views are stunning, you could look at it all day! Two beds and a parasol cost 12 euro for the full day. Beach is primarily sandy but a few rocks here and there. A couple of places to eat but we didn’t try any, except a ice cream shop before we went, yum! There are some small shops for drinks and snacks too. No public toilet as far as we were aware, just the restaurant ones. Little signal so be prepared for no internet! There were also some pedal boats to rent, which were about 10 euro for an hour. It was pretty windy when we went but still very fun. Had a great day, definitely worth the trip!!
Written September 16, 2020
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CaroSarah
United Kingdom26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is a very pretty resort with lots of little coves/beaches. We came to visit this beach as we did not have a very nice beach where we were staying in Corfu, admittedly we set off a bit later than intended so it was about 11am by the time we got here and we could not find any free sun loungers (with parasols anyway) apart from some extremely pricey ones part of a restaurant by one of the coves - 25 Euros per person, and we were a family of four! So sadly we had to find somewhere else to go. So the advice is, get here early!
Written July 31, 2023
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Ian S
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We swam here many times during our stay. As with probably every accessible beach in the whole Mediterranean, it can get crowded; even in September, when we were there. I preferred to swim earlier in the day, while beach spots were still available and before the daily film of sun-oil began to accumulate on the water surface. As I say, this is unavoidable, it is not a feature of Agios Spiridon beach as such. With that proviso, it is a lovely place to swim in the warm Med. The water really does have that ultramarine clarity the photos suggest. The deep bay between olive-wooded hills provides shelter from the wind, while still allowing in plenty of sun. The beach itself is sand, with occasional stones which come in handy for weighting the corners of your towel. :) The sand extends more or less to waist depth, but from there I recommend you swim to pass over a belt of rocks. (Standing on these is probably not a good idea because sea urchins lurk here and there among them.) Fresh water showers are available, also change cabins, and there are many adjacent places to have lunch and enjoy the view.
Written October 1, 2021
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Wayne Cook
UK71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful views and stunningly clear waters.greet you on arrival to this gorgeous little bay on the western coast of the island. We arrived on a coach trip from further along the coast and it was definitely worth the visit for the views. On arrival. our coach pulled into a substantial car park at the end of bay before the driver took us all down to the hatbour to jump onto a discounted boat ride around the bay and caves. If you do nothing else in the town. take the boat trip, it gives a fantastic view of the area, costing around €15 for a guided trip lasting about 45 mins the captain telling us about the history of the area and you even get to see a James Bond film location . Arriving back we wandered up to the aquarium. €8 entry for another guided tour with some lovely exhibits but nothing extraordinary but for the price its worth the entry fee. In terms of food and drink there are plenty of options, and prices are probably what you would expect to pay in a popular tourist area. We stopped and ate at Zefiros, a lovely little cafe at the opposite end of the strip to the aquarium, with good food and service, but be warned toilets are up a couple of flights of steep stairs, but I would definitely.recommend this place, especially if you like people watching, as everyone has to pass by this little place. As expected the bay is full of the little souvenir shops with their trinkets. costing about 50% more than the rest of the island for the same things.

Are there any bad points? I guess there are a couple. The Monastery which is a must see apparently, is up a steep climb and not one for those less able, we had to give it a miss as just too much for me and if you're not a sun worshipping beach goer then there isnt a lot to do if you're there for several hours as the beaches are quite narrow and packed. You.can hire boats to go out to sea yourself, which seemed quite popular. Overall worth it for the views alone but if you're not planning on sitting on the sand all day maybe somewhere to stop off on a tour of the island
Written August 14, 2023
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Despoina
Thessaloniki, Greece10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Very cold and deep waters, only for courageous swimmers... The view is wonderful, the place is astonishing!! Among the rocks, the view is breath-taking! After swimming, we rent a boat and we went to some caves with a captain that explained everything to us, for 10E per person. Strongly suggest it!
Written August 2, 2020
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csissons
Nottingham, UK94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Lovely Sandy Beach. A bit stoney as you enter the sea, but goes sandy again within a few metres. Sunbeds €30 for the day for 2x beds & umbrella (with reduced price for a short stay if you are cheeky enough to ask), but cheaper as the day passes, but there is an area where you just use towels etc. Gets very busy with a mix of all ages. Bars, restaurants, shops all near by. Toilets a bit sparse, with local restaurants etc
available. There are 2x more beaches within 150 metres, both stony & can get very windy. Green line bus stops in the carpark behind the beach

Written September 25, 2022
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Danexplorer
Copenhagen, Denmark340 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This place makes me think of a joke drawing I saw many years ago. A family was sitting at a picnic table nea a lake in a forrest. In the distance a deer was eating, and the atmosphere exuded peace and idyll. "It is so lovely and quiet here, why don't they place the cities here so everyone can enjoy it," the wife said. This is exactly what has happened to Paleokastritsa. We were there during our first visit to Corfu back in 1974, and it was a wonderful place. Today it is completely destroyed by the overwhelming mass tourism - they have simply moved the city out there.
Written October 12, 2022
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Holly S
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
If you get to this beach very early, it is very pretty. However don’t bother if it’s after 11. It’s so crowded it’s hard to even walk. Also boats and swimmers share the same water which seemed incredibly dangerous and no life guards were present. Also whatever you do DO NOT go on the cave tours run by the men directly on the beach. Huge scam. We didn’t see a single cave and the boat nearly tipped 3x. They claimed we couldn’t see the caves due to the “weather” yet failed to disclose this before we got on the boat and had advertised that we would be going to the caves. Scam artists and not worth your safety. I’m sure there are safer and better options for cave tours then the men on the beach. The photo is of the receipt we got from the boat company. We aren’t sure what the name of the company is.
Written August 5, 2021
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