Old Perithia, 'Corfu's Oldest Village.'

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Old Perithia, 'Corfu's Oldest Village.'

Old Perithia, 'Corfu's Oldest Village.'
4.5
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
One of the island's oldest 'hideaway' villages (of Venetian origins) and unquestionably its best preserved. Get the best out of your visit with the 'Guide to Old Perithia' which includes a self-guided 2.5km circular walk around the village (available on Amazon or at Diaplasi Bookshop in Acharavi, Corfu), if you come on a 'tour' don't expect to see much more than a quick look at a little of the village. There's 5 tavernas with local food, but to get a real feel of the village, do some research on its history and spend time walking around the whole village. There are 130 houses & 8 churches and the village has been gently coming back to life over the past 10 years, from 15% restored to over 35% today - but it's 'work in progress' ;) originally thanks to an Anglo-Dutch couple [Mark & Saskia] who came to the village back in 2009 the village has been slowly and sympathetically brought back to life. Look out for the Map & Sign + Brief History of Old Perithia as you arrive!
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JDF
Sitio de Calahonda, Spain2 contributions
A gentle hustle and bustle of visitors and nature...
Apr 2021
Visited Old Perithia, and explored this fascinating mountain village with an interesting history as a hideaway from pirates. Many ruins but the fact the village is quite unique with its Ventian influences, and is also definitely showing signs of recovery. 5 tavernas, small 'hotel' quite a few restorations and a map & sign to guide you around and touch on its past. A beekeeper and a gentle hustle and bustle of visitors and nature, butterflies and wild flowers.

Seems like they're fixing the parking a bit too from what I saw.
Written 15 June 2021
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Bob P
York, UK226 contributions
Fantastic find
Sep 2020 • Couples
Enjoying our Villa holiday in Corfu my wife and I ventured out for a day trip along the North East coast.
Having read about the abandoned village of Old Perithia we were looking forward to visiting.
Despite a less than comfortable journey up the mountain, due to the numerous potholes, what awaited us was well worth the effort.
A fabulous place to walk around, incredibly peaceful and beautiful scenery.
Great place to enjoy lunch with Tavernas to suit all tastes.
We chose to eat at Taverna The Old Perithia and enjoyed the best lunch of our holiday. Fantastic place, incredible food and home made ginger beer.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit.
Written 14 October 2020
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Thank you for your review... and for taking the time to post your thoughts... :)
Written 14 June 2021
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missmilly
Middlesbrough, UK867 contributions
Interesting but wear sensible shoes
Sep 2020
Interesting place with a mix of old abandoned buildings and tavernas. New places are being built around the outside of the village. Quite a lot of stony and steep places to walk so make sure you are wearing good shoes, spotted a couple of people with flip-flops struggling. The drive up is quite steep and a bit hairy when passing others.
Written 9 October 2020
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Mitch
Oologah, OK12 contributions
Surprisingly peaceful find
Oct 2019
We had just planned on driving through from Paleokastritsa to the eastern coast and ended up spending a couple of hours just slowly wandering the area. We knew it was an abandoned village, but that was about all. It turned out to be a very picturesque area with some tavernas. There were only two or three couples wandering the streets, so we could leisurely walk about town. It's a great place to get some interesting photographs.
Written 10 September 2020
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Julie W
Manchester, UK516 contributions
A fantastic day out
Aug 2020
A great day out... we drove but I believe you can book a trip.... very narrow roads with sharp bends, but we made it....
Written 27 August 2020
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soulfoodie_13
Wells, UK220 contributions
A must see
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited on a warm morning and spent about half a day in this tranquil village trapped in time long past , It has several eateries and an exceptional honey farm where we made several purchases of the most beautiful Home produce , Outstanding beauty and a must if your in the area , Yes the drive is not the easiest but the outcome is second to none , Go and enjoy 😊
Written 5 August 2020
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AlexRabat
Chalandri, Greece5 contributions
An abandoned village with limited interest
Jul 2020
Unexceptional abandoned village, very similar to other Greek villages in terms of style, with 4 tavernas as unique life. Does not really worth the long drive to get there.
Written 1 August 2020
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UtrechtsurMer
IJsselstein40 contributions
Breaths history
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is a very special place in the middle of nowhere. Make sure you druve to it via the sea land inwards. We started from pantokrator, that was not a good idea (unless you go by mule). Via Lafki, the road was broken up, so we drove around to the north (tricky roads - seriously) and then to old perithia, which is a good road.
Written 19 July 2020
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traveller2australia
Australia1,265 contributions
Great place
Oct 2019
We drove to Old Perithea with all intentions of also having lunch at one of the tavernas, however the weather wasn't great at Kalami Bay where we had just left and it looked very stormy towards Sidari so we arrived much earlier than anticipated. This gave us plenty of time to wander around the village and ruins and take in the solitude and the view to the peak of Mt Pantokrator, but no lunch while there. You can see that some restoration has taken place, yet obviously retains the character of the other buildings - and would have been a lot of hard work. We spent almost 2 hours just wandering - at least there were no large tour groups around - very peaceful.
Worth a visit - and no doubt a meal.
Written 7 December 2019
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Ian
17 contributions
Disappointing
Oct 2019 • Couples
We went not knowing much about Old Perithia. Sadly we came away still not knowing much - but having had some fabulous orange cake at Thomas’!
The drive to the village was interesting!
Overall we were very disappointed, no information signs just a few very old very run down buildings, a few restored ones and several tavernas!
Don’t governments get money for the upkeep of these UNESCO sites? I can’t see where the money for this one has gone!
Written 22 October 2019
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Hi Ian, Thanks for the review... do look at our response to the recent post... "Beautiful but we were clearly snubbed in favour of locals." In fact there is information on the Welcome Map & Sign at the top of the village + a suggested walking route around Old Perithia. However, as you point out ... no there has not been support and although the B&B owners have spent 10 years improving, cleaning and gently bringing the village back to life from it's inevitable decline, there has been no help from those who could & should ensure the village is 'protected' and better infrastructure put in place. We appreciate you pointing this out - as the more reviews we have that highlight the lack of care, the better the chance we hope to have of rectifying these matters. The village in comparison to how it was - is a lot better, though if it's your first visit there's nothing to compare to - but the fact you can still visit is a perfect example - look at Old Sinies, which shows what probably would have happened to it by now. Best and thanks - watch this space :)
Written 23 October 2019
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