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Palaiokastritsa

One of the most famous tourist resorts of Corfu, not without a reason . The well-known landscape, which combines the harshness of the cliffs , the green which overwhelms the whole place and the six small bays with the unbelievably crystal water on a beach with hills and capes covered by olive trees, cypress trees and lemon trees. Several of these small beaches are only accessible by boat or on foot.

Several people claim that the mythical palace of Alkinoos , who, according to Homer, welcomed Ulysses , was here.

Actually, the locals can show you a cliff which they call the stone ship of Ulysses. According to Homer , when Poseidon realized that the Phaecians had helped Ulysses fo to Ithaca , he got really angry and he punished them by turning their ship into stone as soon as it had approached the port , coming back from Ithaca.

Here you can visit the historic Byzantine monastery of Vigin Mary Palaiokastritissa , built on the relics of fortresses.

Besides, the name Virgin Mary Palaiokastritissa means Virgin Mary of the old castle.

You should definitely follow the uphill road in the beginning of the tourist resort and visit the historic villages on the slopes of Mount Istoni (Lakones, Krini, Makrades, Vistonas). At the location Bella Vista (outside the village Lakones), you can admire the view over the bays and capes of Palaiokastritsa.

Also, visit Aggelokastro , a Byzantine castle of the late 12th - early 13th century . Just think that it was here, on those hills, that the people, armed only with farming tools and supported by a small guard, they defended the place against the notorious Barbarossa and forced him to retreat and never attempt to conquer Corfu any more.

The residents are descendants of the castle's guards and immigrants from the region Oetylon, from Mani in the Peloponnese, as is portrayed by the names of places and people, and they will welcome you and will offer you local products.

A little before Vistonas, a road to the left will kate you through the drained Dragon lakes (Limnia) to the location Chelidoni, giving you a unique view over Agios Georgios bay, northern Corfu and the Diapontian islands.

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