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Old Perithia - Corfu's Oldest Village

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Address: Old Perithia | North East Corfu, 49081, Greece
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

One of the island's oldest villages, and unquestionably it's best...

One of the island's oldest villages, and unquestionably it's best preserved, Old Perithia is a Heritage Protected Site in a Designated Area of Natural Beauty. The village, 130 houses & 8 churches, One boutique bed & breakfast, The Merchant's House, and 5 local tavernas. The village is slowly and sympathetically being brought back to life by the support of the b&b owners. Visitors are requested to park carefully back from the village, consider and respect the local community with not too much noise, and not to drop litter. Thank you for supporting the village.

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Went on the recommendation of a volunteer from the donkey sanctuary and pleased we did - have bought honey but yet to try. The sight and smell of the spring flowers were... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on the recommendation of a volunteer from the donkey sanctuary and pleased we did - have bought honey but yet to try. The sight and smell of the spring flowers were breathtaking. Ginger beer and ice creams in one of the tavernas finished a walk off perfectly 👍

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited today and enjoyed the spring flowers and the wonderful views. The old village is located surrounded by mountains with a view to the ocean. We were told by a visiting Greek that the village had been there since around 1200 and the people living there were avoiding the pirates. In 1800 the village was deserted. Have not verified... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we visited we were amused by the goats hiding their heads in the long grass so we couldnt see them - but as we were standing right beside them we could - the thing that over powers you about this village is how the families just diminished with the young moving to Corfu town and Athens and the village... More 

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Poznan, Poland
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

The village is placed in the centre of the island, surrounded by hills and olives. Absolutely worth visiting and spending there 2-3 hours to enjoy old buildings. When you wander inside try to imagine how life here may have looked like, why settlers decided to start a village there... After sightseeing you may spend nice time on ice frappe in... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

We went there with sunsport safari. There are some eating and drinking places. If you like to see very very old houses then this is the right place.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

It's a long drive uphill, but it's worth it. Old village has a great potential to combine history with the upscale tourism. Selected investors could restore more old ruins and at the same time conserve architectural heritage. I can clearly see myself enjoying in such accomodation and being in a stone house in altitude of 450 meters have a cool... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

A long drive up into the mountains, no wonder the locals moved down the road, but a very interesting look at this old abandoned village

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Reviewed 26 October 2016

After being told it was a ghost village we were delighted to find five tavernas, and some renovations being done to old houses. This beautiful stone village is totally worth the winding road you drive to get there. The tranquility, beauty and lovely walks, at the foot of Mt Pantokrator, are a joy.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

This was a total surprise, someone had told us that we needed to see this aspect of Corfu, so we made the trip and we are glad that we did.......So peaceful, and tranquil.....the village had an air about it, that is hard to describe, you have to have a good imagination. Had a tasty snack at the café and met... More 

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Reviewed 7 October 2016

We stayed 4 nights at the only place in the village - the Merchant's House. We took the walk through and around the village. There are four tavernas there. We ate at two both were excellent: Gabriel's Steps, and the Capricorn. The latter is a must. Kostas was born in the village. He and his wife make xcellent food -... More 

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