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. more
Don't shop at Memories By Chrisa Michala - Tony saunder. Date of travel: Aug 2010
We were in Paleokastritsa from 2nd to 9th August, for our third visit. My daughter bought several items of jewellery, including a ring with a stone inset. The stone came loose within hours, so we returned to the store. The manageress tried to fix it with a Pritt stick! When we complained and asked for a refund, her command of English suddenly evaporated and "no understand" was her limit.
Paleokastritsa is paradise on earth - Karen Nicol. Date of travel: Sep 2009
Paleokastritsa is paradise on earth
I have been going back to Paleokastritsa for longer than I can remember. It is so beautiful and peaceful and you can do as much or as little as you want. A great choice of tavernas and accommodation for all budgets. Stay at the Odysseus Hotel as it is lovely-spotlessly clean, a lovely family and the views-WOW!! I travelled alone and this is a safe resort. Local people are helpful and very pleasant.
Paleokastritsa - Tracy Bond. Date of travel: Aug 2009
Paleokastritsa, what a lovely resort. No shops hardly - just good restaurants, bars, laid back life and wonderful scenery and beaches. The best restaurant in town is on a bend, next door to Spiros Apartment. You walk down steps to it. Not sure of the exact name but think is sounds like Neridos. We went to many but this place is a cut above all others. Can also advise you to do the boat trip which is 20 euros per adult and is an all day trip which also takes you to Paradise Bay. This includes a BBQ and as much wine and soft drinks as you can drink!!! This is booked at an agency next to Moody Blues bar. Good value for money!
Paleo is very scenic - Dave and Jackie. Date of travel: Aug 2009
Within a ten minute walk you have a few tavernas to eat in. Miltiadis Corner, Oasis and Spiros (big portions). The Oasis putting on a really good Greek night once a week... all 3 serving really good food, especially Greek fair. You can use any pool but they dont let you bring your own food and drink in, which is fair enough as you are using their facilities. It is a good 45 minute walk to the Harbour and main beach which is very crowded. The tavernas in the Harbour area ten to be more expensive than the tavernas around the Natasha Studios. Theres nothing in the way of bars - the all seem to be situated around the pool areas apart from Cactus Bar which has Sky Sports, pool etc. Try the La Grotto Bar, 142 Steps to get there before you have a drink but what a view. The Tango bar a bit further on is a lovely bar to relax and look at the harbour while you have a nice cold beer. There are stunning views wherever you walk around Paleokastritsa which is lovely. I would not recommend a holiday in Paleokastritsa for people with youngsters or elderly people as the roads are very narrow with no paving area which is quite common in Greece anda lot of the accommodation can be up a lot of steps.
Paleokastritsa - Susan, Liam, Natalie, Amy, Steven. Date of travel: Aug 2009
Paleokastritsa - Central to bars, restaurants, beaches, boat trips, pretty much everything. Paleo is beautiful, the scenery is breathtaking with all its hidden coves and bays.
Paleocastritsa back after 24 years - Sue Chaz and Joe. Date of travel: Aug 2008
Paleocastritsa back after 24 years
Good points of Paleokastritsa - too many to list! But I will as I would love to relive! First time at Faros in 1983....Hitched there from London ended up in Paradise! Haven't been back since 1986 and there is not a lot of change! They are building a pavement along the road and there are street lights! The people are still as lovely albeit a generation on, the same families working hard and looking after the holiday troops. Faros has changed with a beautiful pool and good food as well at the Bistro, the yellow submarine, the Aladino ( at the beautiful bay near the Monastery is a must the food and atmosphere are second to non. The Greeks eat there so that says it all - Maria is the owner and creates all the food herself! If you want a quiet holiday then this is the place for you, there are bars to drink the night away but it is fresh out of RED LIONS and FISH and CHIPS Hurah the closest you get is No Limits a really great bar! Hate the thought that too many people will get to know about Paleo it's such a good well kept secret!
A Greek beauty! - Rachel and Grant. Date of travel: Aug 2008
Paleokastritsa is a beautiful area and one which we would like more time to investigate further possibly when we return next year. We met some lovely people and had some great evenings in local tavernas and restaurants and miss the easy going way of life here!
I loved Paleo! - Catherine. Date of travel: Jul 2008
Paleokastritsa is a fantastic place to chill! There are many beautiful restaurants to eat, Spiros (get the chicken off the barbecue, have never tasted anything better! Nerinda, everyone is very friendly and cannot do enough for you! It isn't the ideal destination for the clubber at heart. We found ourselves at the Cactus Bar every night, the locals are very friendly, great drink and music! Paleo has became a 'home from home' for me, will definitely be back, home yesterday and miss it already!
Paleo.......we loved it!! - Hannah Topliss. Date of travel: Jul 2008
Paleo.......we loved it!!
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 the 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 Paleo 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 season....so if you go to Spiros taverna, look out for me!
The Island Paleokastritsa - Tasha. Date of travel: Jun 2008
Read other reviews and they were true about the nightlife in Paleokastritsa, not much to do there's only Moody Blue who serves a good cocktail and Mistrels further down the road. That's if you can get there, the road is a bit dangerous trying to dodge around the tractors parked in the middle of the road and there's no pavements until you reach the tavernas towards main beach. There's some lovely views but the beach is small and cramped with day trippers and dodging the coaches on the road with no pavements is not for the faint hearted would hate to bring kids there for this reason alone. Also get a pair of beach shoes that they sell in shops the pebbly beach will have you wincing getting in and out of the sea. It's also a bit expensive for food around this place if your on a tight budget food prices were x2 main meals and wine was around 37 to 50 which was a bit steep. The food is not nice around this place at all felt like a pizza and when it arrived it was a frozen one! The grill next door to Faros is probably one of the best places without Andreas and his gyros we would've starved. The Belvedere served nice food and the staff were really nice. Don't go to Dolphin it's minging food where I waited over an hour for kleftiko and got a bit of lamb, carrot in a brown paper bag what's that all about? A day at Corfu town is a must there is lovely views to be seen here and some great pictures to take. Also a trip to Aqualand is a must for the wave pool and slides are great. As you can see we didn't enjoy our stay this place is like Marmite you'll either love it or hate it and we hated it and couldn't wait to get off the island 2 weeks is too long here.
Paleokastritsa is breathtaking - Geoff & Janice. Date of travel: Jun 2008
We found Paleokastritsa to be one of the most beautiful places we have been to and we have seen a lot of Greece would recommend a visit to anyone.
Paleokastritsa - Rod Ingham. Date of travel: May 2008
Paleokastritsa is quiet, but so naturally Greek and the people are so friendly. I've stayed at various places in Paleo over the last 5/6 years and I keep coming back!
Paleokastritsa - Bill and Mary. Date of travel: May 2007
Wonderful place, wonderful views and very friendly locals. Well worth visiting the Spiros Taverna towards the top of the hill away from the harbour. Good food and fantastic family run food. Ask Angelo for one of his cocktails!!
Lovely!!! - Dani Carines, Russell Kelly. Date of travel: Aug 2006
Paleokastritsa is not a typical family holiday resort as there is not a lot to do here and a week is more than enough. If you plan to stay for more than a week I would recommend hiring a car so that you can visit other places on the island and plan excursions and nights away, as to break up the holiday, otherwise you risk becoming bored!
We LOVED Paleokasritsa - Les and Angie. Date of travel: Aug 2006
We LOVED Paleokasritsa
The one thing I would like others to be aware of is the resort is beautiful, the scenery breathtaking but be aware it is really really hilly so not for the unfit ........ On our second day we were looking for a pool to use and we found the Faros pool bar at the top of the main road (we went by bus 10 minitues). The pool is really clean and well looked after the bar is great and the food wonderfull, the owners are Yanis and Katrina and the family, while we stayed there all day we ate lunch and everything was fantastic. When we were leaving we were asked to sign the visitor book on the bar my wife found a comment in there that summed up the place......the warmest hearts and the coldest beer this place is beautiful and the family remarkable. We will return and stay at the Faros apartments a place that must be visited and try the Saturday barbecue. Fantastic 10 out of 10 all the way. Tour Operator: Libra hollidays
Paleokastritsa - The locals are wicked ! - Nicola Irving. Date of travel: Aug 2006
Me and my friend went to Paleokastritsa for a week over the Bank Holiday week and we had such a fantastic time. As soon as we arrived we couldnt believe how beautiful this place actually was. We stayed at the Natasha Spiros Apartments which were more than adequate, with so many beaches and pools to choose from you only need to sit on your balacony and have a few Vodkas before you leave for a night out in the local town. We found that La Grotta was very vibrant through the day but very dead and too chilled at night. Our local became the Cactus Bar, with the locals, we were made to feel very welcome. I chose to do some scuba diving and Horse riding and had such a wicked time. Will defo go again ! I must say Paleokastritsa has nothing but beauty and such lovely people who cant do enough for you - I just cant fault it at all. You do need to get out of the area at some point though otherwise I thought I hadnt experienced Corfu enough, so a cab or a bus ride to the Old Cofu Town is a must, this is also where all the clubs are !
Paleokastritsa - lucy, leila, lauren, lewis and gracie. Date of travel: Aug 2006
Grotto bar is nice for a drink and the view but loads of steps to it. Go to Neriedes for the best meal and great Greek dancing. Antamma has lovely food. Belverdere has nice food good service. Stefanos boat trip and beach bbq is great. Get a taxi up to Lakones the village and have a meal at Casallino, the view is out this world so take a camera.
Paleokastritsa was so beautiful! - Barbara. Date of travel: Sep 2005
Paleokastritsa was so beautiful!
Paleokastritsa - What a beautiful place to stay! The scenery is quite stunning as you walk around the resort. There are lots of friendly bars and restaurants all serving delicious food for a reasonable price. The locals are very friendly too. Not ideal for people with walking difficulties as places can be quite hilly but other than that the perfect base for families and couples. I would definitely like to visit Paleo again some time.
Lovely beachside tavernas - Karen, James. Date of travel: Jun 2005
Paleokastritsa: Pebbly beaches with sunbeds & parasols to hire for 2 Euros each. Lovely beachside tavernas. A bit too quiet in the evening. The 2 bars we visited had little or no atmosphere and customers. Bars in hotels take turns to put on Greek dancing. Corfu: We had a car for the week and did all the main sights easily. Corfu town is great for ambling along admiring the narrow alleys and having a leisurely lunch on one of the many tavernas on The Liston. The best meal we had was at Agni Taverna - Greek hospitality with English attention to detail. The best 'find' was Tayo Beach bar on the seaward-side of the Korission lagoon. It's on a stretch on unmade road and the beach is fine pale sand perfect for swimming and having loads of space to yourself. Take plenty of sun cream, a good book, lie back and relax. Enjoy a refreshing shower and an ice cool beer at the bar... Pure Bliss! Tour Operator: Thomson
Paul & Joy. Date of travel: Aug 2004
Paleokastritsa is a beautiful resort with lots of small coves and lots of hills!!! If you like Cornwall then this is the place for you, but be prepared for some walking as the resort is strung out and hilly. The views from our apartments (Rosa Apartments) were quite spectacular, looking out over 2 of the coves and out into the Adriatic. If you are looking for a party holiday then this is NOT the place to come to. There are plenty of bars, cocktail bars and tavernas but Faliraki this ain’t!!!! We travelled to Lidl in Corfu Town for some of our food supplies as the local supermarkets can be a bit expensive if your budget is really tight, especially for breakfast cereals and food and vegetables. If you travel around there are good ‘Co-ops’ in Sidari and Kassiopi where the prices are also reasonable. Eating outL: There are lots of tavernas in Paleo and we found Spiros Taverna opposite the Mermaid Cocktail bar is one of the best places to eat; they have an extensive menu, regular BBQ’s and special meal deals, which also help if you are on a tight budget! The staff are all from the same family and are really friendly. It is about a 15 minute walk from the Rosa apartments but it is well worth the effort. Lots of the tavernas have Greek dancing with one of the best being ‘Paradise’ owned by Nikos. Situated in the centre of Paleo it is at the bottom of the hill from the Rosa Apartments Nereids Taverna looked good as well but is a bit more expensive. Getting out and about: Getting around about and out of Paleo is something that we did by hiring a car for three days and also a motor scooter for another 3 days. We used Island Cars for the car, their local office is situated at the bottom of the hill from the Rosa Apartments. Easy to get to and handy for picking a car up and dropping one off. Prices range from 88 Euro (2004) for 3 days for a small Daewoo Matiz or Fiat Seicento. Any car much bigger than this can be difficult to manoeuvre through some of the narrow village streets if you go off the beaten track. The scooter we hired from Spiros Bikes for 40 Euro for 3 days. Apollon Taverna: This can be seen at night at the top of the hill with its sign that is lit up and changes from APOLLON to TAVERNA. It’s worth the trip up for the view in the daytime, but not worth it for the food, both expensive compared to the Tavernas in the town and the service was poor quality, it was like the waiter didn’t really want to serve us. Lakones: A small village at the top of the hill behind the apartments. Worth visiting and exploring, park up and walk around. Castle at top of hill: This 13th century castle is well worth a visit and the walk up to it isn't too bad. Drive through Lakones and keep going until you see the sign for Kastro Aqualand: Not worth visiting for the day unless you are a total water park freak. They do a lesser price deal from 3pm until 7pm for 13 Euro. This is plenty of time to do all the attractions. Food is REALLY expensive so take some packed stuff to keep you going. Lockers are provided at a cost of 3 Euro.
J Kennerson. Date of travel: Jul 2004
We stayed at Maria studios/faro's for one week Our hosts were good down to eath bunch of characters [if you are a stuck up plonker you would not appreciate them]the weather was beautiful as was the scenery The best food we found to eat was as the Maria studios its self melt in yer mouth home cooking There also lots of beautiful bays with warm clear waters all in all somewhere we would defiantly go back And for anyone who has already f the enermy Tour Operator: Argo
Val and Ashley Stowe. Date of travel: Jun 2004
This was our 2nd year here and once again we didn't want to go home. The people are wonderful and if you want to unwind and have total relaxation this is the place to come. The Belvedere Restaurant, with George and Loulah, their two sons Nicco, and Aris, and their wives Natasha, and Loulah, plus their delightful children, will always make you welcome. The scenery is spectacular and the food and wine excellent. Already booked to go back again in September this year. Tour Operator: Bath Travel
Paleokastritsa is just fabulous - Ms Janice Tatham. Date of travel: Jun 2004
Beautiful scenery one of the most picturesque of the resorts in Corfu, Paleokastritsa, I would say. Fab beaches, things dotted like tavernas, bars, etc, bit of walking involved but no more than usual. Bus stop for Corfu town and surrounding areas. Eat at dolphin for food and view. It's like being in paradise and calm on an eve. For Greek entertainment and excellent food and service, loves kids. My son and I ate there most evenings. Can honestly say was one of my best holidays ever!
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