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Paleokastritsa Holiday Reviews


One of the prettiest and most peaceful resorts on the rather tourist-overrun island of Corfu is Paleokastritsa, on the west coast, set among green woodlands and olive groves. A hilltop medieval castle and a 13th century monastery add to the atmosphere, and sunlovers are treated to sandy beaches in six scenic coves. Paleokastritsa is without a doubt one of the most scenic resorts in Corfu. It is located on the north-west coast, where it nestles below the cliffs on which the village of Lakones perches. The larger beaches in Paleokastritsa provide water sports and boat trips. Boat hire is available at several locations. Along the length of the resort, there is a large variety of restaurants, tavernas, bars, supermarkets and gift shops. The landscape around Paleokastritsa is still as beautiful as you will find in all of Greece. The lush green vegetation intrudes all the way to the shore line where rugged rocks and Ionian waves do their best to repel them. The rocky shore is a great place for seaside activities with numerous beaches nestled among abrupt cliffs where one can relax under the sun, while small grottos & caves reward those who venture further out at sea with paddle boats.
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Re: Amazing beaches and scenery in Paleokastritsa !
by CrazyCrazy  | Overal Rating of Paleokastritsa: 9/10
I've been to Corfu on holiday twice and both times I've chosen to use Paleokastritsa for my base. If you're looking for a wild party atmosphere you won't find it here but if you're looking for gorgeous scenery, stunning beaches and a bit of tranquility look no further. There isn't that much to Paleokastritsa, just the usual supermarkets, occassional tourist shop, a camp site, numerous tavernas and a good helping of bars and of course the monastery which is located at the top of a hill and gives a great panoramic view around the various little bays and inlets. There is also a spot called Bella Vista, halfway up the hill which is a definite photo opportunity which shouldn't be missed. The water is crystal clear and ideal for snorkelling in. The main beach in Paleokastritsa tends to be a bit crowded (but not packed) and isn't the best of the available beaches. Your best bet would be to hire a car/bike (Nikos along the main road does a good deal on bikes)and head for Glyfada (I think that's how you spell it) where there's an amazing beach which tends to be almost empty a lot of the time - there's signposts for it all along the main road. If you fancy more an upbeat night out head over to nearby Ipsos (about 10/15 mins in a car) which is a bit of a lower key version of Kavos resort.
There's loads of rooms available for reasonable prices if you stay the night (call into the apartments to check or get your rep to sort something out). Corfu town is well worth a visit and you can get there by bus which leaves every day on the main road and costs about £1 return - be warned though, the roads aren't the best and the bus tends to be busy and hot so you may be better off hiring a car or bike. Food and drink are really cheap and you can get a three course meal for two people for around £10 which is a bargain. The choice of food available is amazing, from traditional Greek to Italian and even a couple of English. Not many tour agents tend to do packages to Paleokastritsa Corfu but the one's I've found that do are Manos and Olympic holiday (Manos is slightly cheaper). Be warned that there tends to be a bit of a wind around the end of May/beginning of June but it won't ruin your holiday

Re: Paleo ... we love it !
by Hannah Topliss on July, 2008 | Overal Rating of Paleokastritsa: 10/10
This was our 3rd year in a row in Paleokastritsa...and we will b returning nxt year!!! its known as one of the most beautiful places
on Corfu island... and it sure is! We stayed at the Aphroditi Apartments as we do every year... it's clean but basic but what more do you need when you only sleep in there.... a place like this you won't want to be stuck inside!
The food is great... and good value for money.... and the people of Paleokastritsa couldn't be any nicer. They welcome you with
open arms and are sad to see you go. I've noticed a lot of people have said there isn't much to do in the evening but there are great restaurants (when you arrive check out when they have one of there traditional Greek nights....there not to be missed) ....there are a few nice cocktail bars and if your up for something a bit livelier theres a great little place called cactus....complete with its huge TV screen, music for all ages and a pool table! I've only been back 4 days and I'm missing it already.... I loved it that much. I've got myself a job there next year for the holiday if you go to Spiros taverna, look out for me!

Re: Great Location, Great People!
by Englishlass18 on Sep, 2008 | Overal Rating of Paleokastritsa: 9/10
My daughter and I have just got home from a week at the Apollon Hotel in Paleokatritsa, Corfu. After reading some very "negative" reviews about this hotel before our trip I just had to write and put the record straight! Apollon This hotel has the best location in Paleokatritsa, which in itself is a beauty spot, in fact picture postcard perfect would describe the resort. The hotel is just across the road from the main beach and the resort itself has another 4 or 5 small bays and an absolutely beautiful Monastery which only takes around 15 or 20 minutes to reach by foot (recommend going up there around 5-6pm in the evening when very quiet).
Our room was in the annexe of the hotel which we had read less than encouraging reports about. Our room was clean, freshly decorated and had a wonderful view of both the main beach and 2 more of the smaller bays. The shower was prone to overflowing, but we were extremely careful with our ablutions and managed to NEVER have a flooding problem which prooves what can be achieved with a bit of care and attention. The situation was also extremely quiet at night times. Karen, Spiros, Craig and the waiters and waitresses in the hotel could not be more helpful, they did everything possible to make our stay an enjoyable one. They booked some horse riding for us and also our taxi back to the airport. Every day they were helpful, cheerful and attentive to our needs.
The food was excellent every evening and the soup was a delight. We had half board and were glad that we did as we found with the Euro exchange, we would have struggled to eat out every night. Breakfast was fairly basic but enough to get us by until lunchtime and the bakery joined to the hotel provided enough rolls and naughty pastries to keep us filled until the excellent 3 course dinner each night. Paleokastritsa resort itself did get quite busy during the days with many coach trips arriving to visit the Monastery and take the little boats to tour the nearby caves. However, this didnt not bother us at all although the beach did fill up around lunch time but by 4pm and for the rest of the evening it was quiet and peaceful. Its worth taking a walk to the other bars around the resort in the evenings, we found a lovely little bar at the Marina and the waiters there taught us a few Greek words every evening so that we could converse with them by the weeks end. All in all a lovely break with hot sunshine and blue skies the whole week. Also recommend a trip into Corfu Town which was so lovely especially in the Old Quarter. However, be warned that the local bus service (also excellent and cheap, costing just over 2 euros each way) stops operating at 6pm and a taxi back to the hotel would cost around 35 Euros. The buses are actually air condiditoned coaches with TV and a conductor. Board at the back and he will come to collect your money and give you a ticket. We took an excellent lunch from the Hotel with more than enough food and drink to keep us going until dinner time

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