Patounis Soap Factory, Corfu Town

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At Patounis Soap Factory, you'll learn that not all soaps are created equal. In continuous operation since the 19th century, the factory uses traditional production methods to create a line of pure olive soaps. A living reminder that family-run, traditional businesses can survive in the modern world and thrive thanks to exports, the factory still features tools and equipment from the 1890s. In the summer, you can take a free guided tour of the premises to see the production process and learn about this important local industry. Check the website for more info and opening hours. Plan my trip to Corfu Town with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • A historic area full of tradition. The SOAP when I really can say SOAP. Worth a visit and a market to understand.
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  • Well worth a visit. Very interesting talk - about 30 minutes (free of charge) at midday. It was fascinating to learn all about the soap making process and good to be able to buy some of their products...  more »
  • a local historian, a Museum, another world, beyond the soaps and other few genuine local products, and is the same for almost 20 years, is worth a visit and a purchase
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  • Friendly and welcoming. We arrived outside of the posted business hours. They were not able to give us a demonstration but still have us a warm welcome and showed us around. We got some nice soap souvenirs.
  • Wonderful living museum to traditional soap making...........Don't miss this fantastic little museum if you are in Corfu town. Mr patounis gave us a really interesting insight into his family business making soap the same way across 5 generations since 1850. We tagged onto a talk that had begun 5 mins previously and were immediately welcomed. A slice of industrial heritage and it is brilliant that it's history and equipment is preserved whilst continuing to produce the product. I never appreciated what goes into making high quality handmade soap ....that it needs weeks in the cauldron and then months to cure
  • Free tour of the last old soapfactory on Corfu. Daily at 12. Learn about the process and the different kinds of soap in about 30 minutes.
  • Great place and the fact that the owner invites you for a quick history lesson about the place it's awesome.
  • Unique product worldwide, unique place to visit, you really get inside the time capsule when you get in there... going back to the 1800s when the soap factory started production.

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