Corfu Paleokastritsa Monastery

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Location: Paleokastritsa

On a green hill above the beach of Paleokastritsa, on the northwestern side of Corfu, stands a large Monastery complex dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary) of Paleokastritsa. This monastery dominates the whole region. Built atop a remote hill, it offers a gorgeous view of the island and the sea.

This Byzantine Monastery dates back to 1228, however the current complex, the cells of the monks and the yard date from the 18th century. The monastery has a small ecclesiastical museum with rare Byzantine icons, holy books, and other relics. Inside the monastery lies a traditional olive oil press, too.

The road to the monastery passes through a forest of olive trees and cypresses, making the ascend a lovely experience.

Top Tours and activities

  • Best of Corfu Private Minibus Tour

    Category: Island, Private

    Discover the best of Corfu on a private tour by luxury minibus for up to 15 people. See highlights such as the Achilleion Palace, Paleokastritsa Beach and the sights of Corfu city center.

    4 hours Map
    from € 23.27
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  • Paleokastritsa and Corfu Old Town Private Tour

    Category: Day Trips, Island, Private

    Visit the 13th-century Byzantine monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the beautiful village of Paleokastritsa, and then take a walk along the narrow lanes of Corfu's Old Town on a tour exclusive to your group.

    4 - 5 hours Map
    from € 85.00
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How to get there

The Paleokastritsa Monastery is located above Paleokastritsa.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 26610 39911, 0030 693 484 3704, or 0030 694 726 6811, or booking your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Monastery of Paleokastritsa and many other points of interest in Corfu at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at Corfu Town. There are several buses from Corfu Town to Paleokastritsa during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.



1 Reviews
  • Margaret Dakin 03 Dec 2023
    Do not visit this monastery

    In the past 2 months the monastery cats have "disappeared", apparently sent to live somewhere else by the abbot who thinks they make the place look untidy and dirty. There were about a dozen cats living here until late autumn. They were all sterilized, vaccinated and fed each day by volunteers and any cats that needed veterinary treatment were taken to be treated. Over the summer, access to feed the cats was denied, they had an area where they were fed and housing there for them. This was blocked off by the monks so the cats had to be fed in the car park. Now all the cats have gone. These cats have been there for many years, they have no reason to go anywhere else when they are fed and looked after. This is simply a case of them being disappeared, probably poisoned or worse. Volunteers have worked very hard and spent a lot of money treating and feeding these cats over the years. They were in good health and the number of kittens being born has vastly reduced. There is no reason at all to get rid of them. They were loved by visitors to the monestary and were an attraction in their own right. Sadly, they are gone and I'm asking people to not go, do not donate to the monestary and tell them you are shocked by their appalling treatment of these animals