Kefalonia Peratata

General information

Peratata is a small, picturesque village located 8 km southeast of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. It is built on the slopes of a hillside of Mountain Ainos, surrounded by a verdant landscape. At the top of the hill stands the 16th-century castle of Saint George overlooking the village. Some of its structures were built during the 12th century and it used to be the capital of the island until 1757. Inside the castle's walls, one encounters the church of the Annunciation, welcoming pilgrims and visitors since 1580. 

A stroll through the village reveals the customary architecture with charming stone houses. Paths lead to various monuments that reflect the rich history and tradition of the area. Peratata is home to several sights such as the Monastery of Agios Andreas and its Byzantine Museum, the Venetian Castle and the Mycenaean tombs. 

The population of the settlement is about 700 inhabitants. Those who visit Peratata will definitely enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the traditional way of life. The village hosts many taverns serving delicious local food, while it also guarantees a pleasant stay thanks to the various accommodations and modern amenities for tourists.

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3 Reviews
  • Charles Lane 26 Aug 2023
    Always worth a trip
    Be sure to check the opening times before you go - usually closes 15:30.
    I've been a regular in Kefalonia for many years and often make trips to the castle - 3 euros per person isn't bad... although I remember not so long ago it was free to get in and was open on to the evening. Progress, I guess.

    Do be sure to stop off at Kastro's as part of your trip - very pleasant people, great food at very good prices, either local favorites or stuff for the less adventurous.
  • St 27 Jun 2022

    They don’t admit anybody from 15.30. They didn’t even let me look inside, despite begging them as I drove very long to be able to see the castle from inside.

  • cicipu 02 Aug 2010
    Almost entirely ruined
    There is not much of a castle remaining. It is located just above the village Peratata. It is polygonal in shape and covers quite an extensive area. Unfortunately, the castle is ruined today and only few buildings survive. But as the history goes that when the castle was in full bloom and during time of glory, it served as a protection for people in times of war. It is quite unbelievable that this ruined place could earlier had residences, public building, churches, hospitals, prisons and storehouses filled with food and weapons. It was like an entire city inside the castle! Unfortunately none of that remains now however you can go there for royal ruins and some amazing panoramic views. There is also a cafeteria in the castle where you can sip and munch. Overall it is a nice place but nothing extravagant.