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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  • August 17, 2017
    Very very nice tiny (the less the visitable part) monastery... Beautifully located in the heights of the Bay of Paleokastritsa, this small monastery allows a soothing break in a lovely setting... Attention, closed to visitors between 13: 00 and 14: 00. Free entry, however. A tavern in front allows, if you, like us at 12.45 on the spot, take a snack but be careful this practice inflated prices and the kitchen has nothing extraordinary!
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  • August 16, 2017
    After our bad day at the beach of Paleokastritsa we hinauf immigrated to the monastery. Away from the road, there is a super nice hidden path between the trees with super views. The monastery itself is so naturvoll figures and with his colors a must for every Corfu holiday!
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  • August 15, 2017
    Paleokastritsa is one of the most beautiful Bay in Corfu. Take the time to get to the monastery of the same name
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  • June 29, 2017
    The Monastery of Virgin Mary of Paleokastritsa is small and beautiful. The church of the monastery is full with painted icons and frescos covering the walls and ceiling. There is a small ecclesiastical museum with rare Byzantine icons, holy books and other relics. Inside the monastery, there is a traditional olive oil press and a shop with traditional products and hand made crafts. The surrounding provides some great sea views. Women should have their shoulders covered and no shorts. If possible, visit as early as possible to avoid the large crowd
  • June 29, 2017
    Interesting monastery. 15 min walk up from Paleo. Olive mill and press. Nice gardens. Bit prone to coach trips. Nice views.
  • May 28, 2017
    Nice view from the hill where the monastery is. If you are with a woman maybe they make her dress a long skirt and a foulard that make her seem a traditional greek, funny but necessary for their religious believings. The monastery is in a wonderful place surrounded by flowers and green, with the fantastic view I wrote about. Inside there is the church and a little Museum, both interesting. If you are in Paleokastritsa you must go upside!
  • July 1, 2017
    Must see place. I recomend you not to wait for the lamp to turn green. It is an easy and nice walk up to the hill.
  • April 21, 2017
    Beautiful Monastery, a pleasant and calming place even if usually full of tourists. Its hill top position offers a magnificent view all around.

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Where to stay in Paleokastritsa

Lavish hotels draw well-heeled travelers to Paleokastritsa, but this busy resort town also offers plenty of affordable lodgings for budget-conscious visitors. The town's small inns provide access to outdoor pools, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary parking at a fraction of the price charged by the area's big hotels. You can also visit Paleokastritsa's beaches from a comfortable base in nearby Corfu Town, which boasts a greater variety of good-value hostels and low-cost apartments.
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