Travelling to Corfu can never be a dull experience. Regardless of the location you pick, this Greek island offers activities in abundance while making sure you can relax and unwind in comfortable accommodation. However, if you do get to choose everything from the beach to the hotel and restaurants, we suggest you start with Paleokastritsa beach and the surrounding hotels and restaurants. Not only will you enjoy Corfu’s azure waters but its entire touristic offer too. Check out why Paleokastritsa is one of the most famous beaches in Corfu.
Paleokastritsa has been known as the most famous picturesque village on the island of Corfu. You can find it 23 km away from Corfu Town. With the very well-known beach of the same name, Paleokastritsa offers a full spectrum of local taverns overlooking the bay. Stunning olive tree forests surround the beach, thus creating a dramatic yet lovely scenery for everyone to make the most creative and stunning pictures. Paleokastritsa is visited by an array of tourists worldwide, which is why you’ll find a myriad of hotels, bars and restaurants nearby. It is one of those Greek areas that offer excellent sea views.
The airport is 24 km / 14.9 miles away from Paleokastritsa, while New Port is 21.7 km / 13.4 miles away.
Pre-booked online transfers are one of the best options for reaching Paleokastritsa. You can arrange a transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and have the chauffeur pick you up from the airport, port or your hotel. That option is especially convenient for those who haven’t been to Corfu before, and don’t know their way around the island yet.
You can also rent a car in Corfu. For 12 euros a day, you get to have your own vehicle and explore the island at your own pace. Pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel and the adventure can begin.
The central bus station of the island is located at Corfu Town. You can pick up several buses from Corfu Town to Paleokastritsa during the day. If you’re going to Paleokastritsa from the airport, get to Corfu Town, and then follow the route Town > Paleokastritsa.
For those arriving by ferry, they’ll find a bus stop at New Port. After hopping on a bus to Corfu Town, tourists should follow the route Town > Paleokastritsa.
Things to Do
The Monastery of Paleokastritsa in Corfu is one of the biggest attractions you must visit when you’re close to Paleokastritsa. The monastery lies on a green hill above the beach of Paleokastritsa, on the north-western side of Corfu. If you go there, you’ll see a large Monastery complex dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary) of Paleokastritsa. Its ideal location, right on top of a remote hill, provides everyone who visits with a gorgeous view of the island and the sea. The Byzantine Monastery was built in 1228. The current complex, the cells of the monks and the yard have only been built later in the 18th century. The monastery has a small ecclesiastical museum with rare Byzantine icons, holy books, and other relics. You can enjoy a wonderful scenic walk on your way to the monastery, as the road which leads to the monastery passes through a forest of olive trees and cypresses.
Swimming and diving go hand in hand. However, if you’re not an expert diver, you can take a course and have a certified instructor show you the ropes. You’ll be in safe hands with trained instructors who’ll be there with you every step of the way. The deeper you dive the more you’ll explore and stay amazed by all the stunning beauties Corfu’s sea world has to offer.
Where to Stay
When it comes to accommodation, Corfu will not disappoint with that either. One of our warmest recommendations is hotel Odysseus. It’s perfectly set on a hillside above one of the six beautiful bays of Paleokastritsa. The views of the Ionian Sea are beyond breath-taking, and Paleokastritsa beach is only 350m away. The hotel offers rooms, suites and a villa for guests to choose between those that best suit their needs. Rooms at Odysseus hotel are twin and double, and you can choose between standard and superior types. Suites are spacious and luxurious, decorated with a touch of ancient Greek style. Suites have two spaces which can accommodate between two and four people.
If you choose a villa, the house features a gorgeous furnished outside terrace alongside a spacious living room with a cosy fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms for the ultimate comfort. Bedrooms have twin beds and a double bed respectively, alongside an en-suite bathroom in the bigger bedroom. Both bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and balcony doors to the terrace.
All rooms at Odysseus hotel are equipped with air-conditioning/heating, telephone, free Wi-Fi internet connection, safe deposit box, mini-fridge, flat-screen satellite TV, shower or bathtub, and a hairdryer.
Another accommodation option to consider when in Corfu is Platakia Blu. This oceanfront property lies in a stunning Platakia region, offering five quality sea view apartments with private entrances. Aside from incredibly comfortable beds and fully-equipped rooms, Platakia Blu offers a swimming pool, which features a breath-taking view of the sea. Guests will have access to outdoor charcoal BBQ grill, an outdoor seating area by the pool deck, free Wi-Fi in every room including common areas, air conditioning, flatscreen TV, cleaning service, clean linens and towels, refrigerators, kitchens with oven/stovetops, electric kettle and in-room safe.
Where and What to Eat
When you need something delicious to eat and just enjoy the sounds of the ways and the calming Greek breeze, head to Belvedere restaurant. Not only will you be welcomed by a very friendly and welcoming staff, but you’ll also have the chance to try authentic Greek food that will make your taste buds dance with pleasure. The peaceful and relaxing setting of this restaurant will make the food taste even better. Make sure you try their pork gyros and seafood linguine. The fresh anchovies are superb in combination with Greek salad and calamari. A bread roll is exceptional. Roasted pepper dishes, vegetarian omelette and baklava will be amazing choices too. Get orange pie for dessert to finish the meal just the way you like it.
If you’re looking for authentic local cuisine, then you must pay a visit to the Dolphin. Their chicken souvlaki is out of this world. The vegetable moussaka and mushroom steak will be the best choice for everyone who loves a nice mixture of vegetables or meat delights. Don’t miss out on a chance to try the lamb chops, garlic bread and a local pork spicy stir fry. For fish lovers, there’s also the cod prepared according to their special recipe. The calamari done in an unusual way that only Dolphin knows about will make you come back to this Greek restaurant at least one more time during your stay.
Corfu is another one of the Greek islands that will make your stay in Greece memorable. If you choose to go on a vacation or maybe a honeymoon precisely in Corfu, be sure to visit Paleokastritsa beach and the surrounding restaurants. Enjoy the stunning views, try the local food and make the most of your holiday.