Paleokastritsa Corfu beach guide
Photo: Claudia Schulte
Paleokastritsa has long been considered one of the most beautiful resorts on Corfu and this is a renowned Greek beauty spot with magnificent vistas from the wooded hills and some spectacular coastal scenery .
A trio of bays are enclosed by tall cliffs and wooded headlands and they are home to six beaches of sand and pebble.
The beach resort at Paleokastritsa is located on the west coast of Corfu, about 23 kilometres south-west of Corfu Town
The coast road approach winds around the cliffs and sheltered bays with the twists and turns bringing unexpected and delightful views while olive groves, lemon orchards and cypress trees are always abundant.
The resort is as memorable for its exceptional scenery as it is for the fine beaches. Famous as one of Corfu's top beauty spots, visitors expect it to be busy with day trippers pretty much any time of year.
Yachts by the score moor in the bay and coaches from all over Corfu clog up the narrow lanes. Fortunately, the the resort proper is quite large so there is usually enough room for everyone.
The main Paleokastritsa beach is a narrow crescent of shingle backed by a large hotel complex and a busy car park.
There are plenty of cafes and tavernas in the resort but expect to pay considerably more for food and drink than in other holiday resorts as this is a major honey pot trap for tourists.
Cafes and clubs are mostly found on the edge of Paleokastritsa, as are any number of mini-markets and shops selling trinkets and souvenirs.
Local villagers line the roadsides around the resort selling their home-made wine, jars of local honey and carved olive trinkets to the passing tourists.
There are many walks to be found in the Paleokastritsa area, most notably to the Theotokos Monastery sited on the promontory to the north.
A trip to the 13th century Venetian Castrizza San Angelo and to the hill villages beyond os always worthwhile and walks into the surrounding hills are always rewarded with outstanding views over the impressive headland.
A regular bus service to Corfu Town has buses every hour and daily water taxis visit many of the local coves and caves. They also stop at Agios Georgios beach, just along the coast.
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