Paleokastritsa Monastery

Corfu, Greece

The monastery of the Holy Theotokos, also known as Paleokastritsa Monastery, is one of the oldest in Corfu, dating to 1225. The reasons for visiting this monastery are two-fold. Set on the top of the cape, the views from the monastery are stunningly dramatic and indescribably beautiful. Perhaps the most visited of the island’s religious sites, due to its amazing position, it is also steeped in history.

It is built on the western side of the central bay of Paleokastritsa. Access to the monastery is by way of a steep, narrow road there starts from the main beach and winds its way through lush, green groves of tall cypress and olive trees. Pedestrians and vehicles share the road, so caution should be taken. Please note that there is a traffic light, which should not be ignored, as the road is one-way traffic only.

The main section, that of the Church, dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary, and the monk’s cells were added in the 18th Century. Inside the monastery is a courtyard with a portico and a modern building which houses a small museum of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons, books, souvenirs and memorabilia. For those interested in anthropology, there is also the very impressive, massive skeleton of a whale, which is said to have been killed by a fisherman in the 19th century.

On the lower level are the old olive press and shops with local products on sale namely wine, kumquat preserve, Kumquat liqueur, jams and Limoncello (lemon liqueur).

Dress code is expected to be modest; woman’s shoulders and bare legs to be covered. Skirts and shawls are provided at the entrance to the monastery for those inappropriately attired. Please note that there is the monastic code of silence which is also to be respected.



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Founded: 1225
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Marielle B (9 months ago)
Free entry but donation appreciated. Early September ‘21, the site closed at 13:00 Some parking spots near the entrance and near the viewpoints outside the monastery. It seems thighs need to be covered up, otherwise there is some homemade skirts available at the entry. Very nice site, it took us around 20 min to visit (depending on your contemplation)
Rob Hobbs (2 years ago)
This is a wonderful place to visit. If you like spectacular views, herbs and flowers along with a tranquil visit to a friendly monastery, this is for you. It's very peaceful and the priests are friendly and have a sense of humour. Well worth the walk up the hill. There is a shop that sells produce from the monastery, such as honey, wine and some of their fabulous herbs. There is also a nice restaraunt on the hill top. There you can enjoy a cold drink and a simple lunch with a lovely view.
Jo C (2 years ago)
So beautiful! So many kitty's and there's donkeys too!
Olga Fedorchuk (2 years ago)
That's amazing powerful please very beautiful view around....must see!!!
Olga Fedox (2 years ago)
That's amazing powerful please very beautiful view around....must see!!!
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