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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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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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  • We came here early evening & it was deserted. The gardens are beautiful & it was very peaceful. Lovely views up here. Worth coming up if you have been to the beach.  more »
  • Built in 1228 this place is worth a visit and it's in a very beautiful place on the island...very easy to recommend this  more »
  • There were many coaches and people when I visited. Parking was a nightmare, as few spaces. If fit and able I would advise walking!!! Entrance is by donation. Ladies should cover their shoulders and kn...  more »
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  • 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
  • Interesting monastery. 15 min walk up from Paleo. Olive mill and press. Nice gardens. Bit prone to coach trips. Nice views.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Beautiful Monastery, a pleasant and calming place even if usually full of tourists. Its hill top position offers a magnificent view all around.