Angelokastro is a Byzantine castle on the island of Corfu. It is located at the top of the highest peak of the island's shoreline in the northwest coast near Palaiokastritsa and built on particularly precipitous and rocky terrain. It stands 305 m on a steep cliff above the sea and surveys the City of Corfu and the mountains of mainland Greece to the southeast and a wide area of Corfu toward the northeast and northwest.

Angelokastro is one of the most important fortified complexes of Corfu. It was an acropolis which surveyed the region all the way to the southern Adriatic and presented a formidable strategic vantage point to the occupant of the castle.

Angelokastro formed a defensive triangle with the castles of Gardiki and Kassiopi, which covered Corfu's defences to the south, northwest and northeast.

The castle never fell, despite frequent sieges and attempts at conquering it through the centuries, and played a decisive role in defending the island against pirate incursions and during three sieges of Corfu by the Ottomans, significantly contributing to their defeat.

During invasions it helped shelter the local peasant population. The villagers also fought against the invaders playing an active role in the defence of the castle.

The exact period of the building of the castle is not known, but it has often been attributed to the reigns of Michael I Komnenos and his son Michael II Komnenos. The first documentary evidence for the fortress dates to 1272, when Giordano di San Felice took possession of it for Charles of Anjou, who had seized Corfu from Manfred, King of Sicily in 1267.

From 1387 to the end of the 16th century, Angelokastro was the official capital of Corfu and the seat of the Provveditore Generale del Levante, governor of the Ionian islands and commander of the Venetian fleet, which was stationed in Corfu.

The governor of the castle (the castellan) was normally appointed by the City council of Corfu and was chosen amongst the noblemen of the island.

Angelokastro is considered one of the most imposing architectural remains in the Ionian Islands.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Greece

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Marcin Zabłocki (9 months ago)
Great views. The entry is 3€ per adult. Easy to go up, as there are stairs there. There nearby parking is really small, max 10-12 cars would fit there.
Sergiu Suciu-Raca (10 months ago)
One of the nicest views you can get on the island. Road a bit difficult until you reach the castle parking lot, but worth it. Another 10-15 minutes walk after you pay the entrance until you reach the top where you get the amazing views.
Alexandra Pera (11 months ago)
Update 2021: it now costs 3 euros to enter and “closes” at 5 or 6pm. There’s no fence you can still see a sunset in my opinion. Incredible place for a beautiful sunset!!! Very accessible also for kids. There is a parking by a restaurant and then you walk up many stone stairs to get to the fortress. Amazing views, absolutely worth going!!!
Joseph Blackwell (12 months ago)
€3 entry for a small walk and then a nice view. It's has a small board explaining the history but I am not sure it's anything special
Alin Zaharia (13 months ago)
Nice fortress on top of the cliff. Not much to see there except some ruins and a small church on top, but the views are stunning. 10 minutes hike from the parking lot. 3 EUR normal ticket. The roads until there are very narrow, through the village, with tight turns and a bigger van would probably have a hard time passing.
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