The monastery of Paleokastritsa is located 25 km from the city of Corfu. In the northwestern part of the island in an area with wonderful views you will find a unique monastery. Visit it at sunset or early in the morning. Combine your visit after your swim in the wonderful beach of Paleokastritsa.
The male monastery of Panagia Paleokastritsa was founded in 1225. It was destroyed by the Genoese in 1403, rebuilt in 1469, destroyed again by the Turks in 1537 and rebuilt in 1572. Since then with some additions in 1722 it exists in the same area until today. The name of Paleokastritsa comes from the fact that it was built on an older castle.
The reason for the initial construction of the monastery was the finding of the icon of the Virgin Mary. The monastery has a museum with unique Byzantine icons as well as a collection of various religious relics and utensils. The monastery celebrates on August 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It also celebrates the Life-Giving Spring (Ζωοδόχου Πηγής), on the Friday after Easter.
The area is of unique beauty. Especially in the summer months it is full of life. The beach of the area is famous for the crystal clear waters but also for the dozens of caves that you can visit either with a canoe, with a rental pedal boat or with one of the many tourist boats. For the more adventurous, just swim until you get inside!
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