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  Paleokastritsa as seen from the beach
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We drove up to Paleokastritsa to see the monastery but the general area is gorgeous because the small seaside town has some basic facilities if you want to stop for a while but also you can take a small boat or rent a paddle boat for the near by caves and cliffs. There were supposed to be many visitors around (most of them come for the majesty scenery) but off season the area seemed isolated so we just enjoyed the tall cypresses (great contrast against the blue Mediterranean waters) and some olive trees as everywhere in Corfu.

We made some photo breaks, one down at the beach from where we could see the Monastery hidden among the trees on the top of the rock (pic 1).

I?ve told you before about the legend that Ulysses stopped at Pontikonisi on his way to Ithaca but the guide books want some of Paleokastritsa beaches to be the one (ok, he was in Corfu for sure but without GPS it was difficult for Homer to have accurate coordinates :) If you are fan of the alternative myth (that Poseidon transferred Ulysses? ship into stone) here you have an alternative of Pontikonisi, it?s called Kolovri and yes, it looks like a ship! (pic 2)

When we reached the Monastery, we parked our car and the first thing we?ve done was to check the breathtaking view and try to hold our breath as we were looking over the rock?s edge (pic 3). This is supposed to be the place where king Alcinoos had his palace but the archeologists haven?t found anything to prove it.

There is a cannon (pic 4) dating from the Russian/Ottoman occupation of the island and a path (pic 5) for those that are more adventurous types :)

Address: Paleokastritsa village, Corfu
Directions: It?s about 22km north west of Corfu town

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  • Updated May 10, 2010
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Comments (2)

  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Back in 74 i made a bivouac on the beach, stayed a week. We had to go though thick vegetation to reach the beach. Only for hippies back then !

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    That's why it took Odysseus ten years to get home, because he didn't have any GPS.

    • mindcrime's Profile Photo
      Oct 3, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      when we were back in school we were focusing on the seductive women he met through out his trip, Circe, Calypso and everyone else that made him forget Penelope :)


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