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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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  • We spent a very happy hour at this monastery, enjoying the beautiful flowers, views of the sea and the cats lazily relaxing on the steps. We were shown around the small chapel by an informative guide ...  more »
  • beautiful monastery perched on the hillside, with a square that opens onto a fantastic scenery, is the monastery depicted on all the postcards, with the three bells, to get there you have to walk but well worth it if only to enjoy the view
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  • Beautiful icons , pictures . Mosaics. , Architecture also astounding. Home to 8 monks. Excellent guide showed round the monastery and grounds. Good views from the top see all around the bay of paleoka...  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.