Paleokastritsa and Lakones

Distance from the city of Corfu

24 km. The driving time is about 25 min.

Nearby regions

The “Angelokastro” is located 6 km northerly and the driving time is about 12 min. 6 km southerly is located the village “Liapades” and the driving time is about 12 min .

Public transportation

You can find analytically the itineraries of Green Buses on www.ktelkerkyras.gr from and to the City Of Corfu. The time with the bus is about 40 min

Morphology of Sea and Beach

Sand and pebbles on the beach. The sea deepens steeply there is also fine sand on the bottom of the sea. The village has also a very nice harbor for a night stop. Moreover there are motor or sailing boats.

The region provides the following:

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Region’s origin of name

The name “Paleokastritsa” literally means the “Virgin Mary of the old castle” and it comes from the Byzantine monastery that is on the top of the rock. For this reason the region took this name. The name “Lakones” shows the origin of its founders who settled here. They were Peloponnesians and more concretely from the region of “Lakonia”

History of region

It is the haven of Lakones. Most properties here belong to the inhabitants of this mountainous village. The northern peninsula belongs to the historic byzantine monastery of Virgin Mary of Paleokastritsa, which was founded in 1225. The gulf of “Alypa” has the installations of Navy and a small harbor. “Kolovri” is a rock in the sea. In the bay of Paleokastritsa there is one of the petrified ships, which is related to Ulysses. It is worth to take the uphill road to the top of the tourist resort and visit the location “Bella Vista”, which is located outwards the village “Lakones”. It can also admire the magnificent complex of coves and bays of Paleokastritsa. The location “Bella Vista” is wonderful, since it is said that overlooks one of the best landscapes of the Mediterranean.

Population

During the winter time the residents are about 50 people. In contrast to winter time, during the summer time the residents are about 5000 people including visitors.

Employment of population before and after the touristic development

The residents of the region formerly occupied professionally with olive groves, farming, agriculture and fisheries. Each family was autonomous and everything that was needed was home made. Today most people deal professionally with tourism during the summer months. During the winter time they deal amateur with agriculture and especially with the olive gathering and fishing.

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