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Paleokastritsa Monastery, Corfu

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Built on top of a remote hill, Paleokastritsa Monastery provides a panoramic view of the island and sea. Dating back to 1228, the monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and has a small museum with rare Byzantine icons, holy books, and other relics. Be sure to view the olive oil press located inside the monastery. Add Paleokastritsa Monastery to your Paleokastritsa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Paleokastritsa trip builder.
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  • The monastery of Paleokastritsa is located on a hilltop two beautiful bays. The climb to the monastery is not so hard to create. The white monastery is not huge, but has a beautiful and well-kept garden. From the terraces you have enchanting views over the bays and the blue sea. The Chapel is also not great, but nice and valuable works of art has to offer. The small museum shows Greek Orthodox icons and religious artifacts. Sold in the gift shop memorabilia and icons of a monk. Will be shown in the lower part of the olive oil production and even extra virgin olive oil of quality sold. Live in the monastery itself, but only 8 monks 100 cats which you can see in the whole area of the monastery and met. I liked very well.
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  • The views from the Monastery are spectacular. It was a worthwhile visit.The Monastery is beautiful and there is a restaurant very close by. Take a short walk to the end of the mountain where you will ...  more »
  • We took a coach tour from Sidari to visit various areas on the island and this was one of our favourites. You can walk up, which I can imagine would be challenging in the midday heat or alternatively ...  more »
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  • A beautiful place of worship with the best views on the island. A bit of a hike up a serpentine tarmac road to get there but definitely worth it. Please note that ladies must have their legs and shoulders covered when inside the monastery. Skirts and shawls are provided though. The Monastery has two opening times one in the morning then in the afternoon, however there is a cafe restaurant at the top of the hill while you wait for it to open.
  • Stunning monastery from the 13th century in pristine state, on top of a hill overlooking Paleokastritsa harbour, offering stunning vistas. One can drive to the top, but walking was a great option last June, as the smell of the flowers along the road was impressive. Entry is free, with an on-site gift shop (locally produced olive oil was on sale) and a museum featuring original religious items. The overall atmosphere of calm contemplation impressed us - enhanced by soft, religious music at several locations. Highly recommended.
  • Recommended. Must see part of history. Great view and nice village/beach at the bottom of the hill.
  • Great views, just too many garbage...
  • Winter and Summer it is very nice there. Phantastic View.