Paleokastritsa Monastery
Paleokastritsa Monastery
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  • Serbia
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astonishing place
    The most beautiful and joyful experience. Foreighn tourists who want to visit monastery should be aware of the dress code. It's a monastery and people should approach it with respect and dignity, and not come in shorts and tank tops. This monastery is very spiritual place, beautiful both for the eyes and the soul.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • K.H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Absolutely beautiful. Well worth a visit. The bay is shaped like a clover and the water is different colours due to the minerals. Quiet village which is nice for a peaceful break, but not nightlife. Worth visiting if in Corfu.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • jonneeboy
    313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Monastery on the hill with views over Paleokastritsa, road up from town is controlled by lights so, even though we walked up, would have been easy to drive, there is some parking by the monastery and also a little further down. We arrived there early about 10am so it was quiet and peaceful. They have a nice little church which we sat in for a while to cool off, a gift shop, a very nice courtyard, a shaded lower ground area, a donkey and some cats.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Audrey F
    539 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Drive up to car park.
    We walked all the way up the hill but there is car parking at the top. The monastery closes at 1pm- 3pm. Lovely gardens and great views. The man gives you a cover up, if you need one and you can leave a donation. Inside the church is very old and is quite small.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • angelaetheridge
    Norwich, United Kingdom13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice views but super crowded
    We came here for the views and it was beautiful - but my goodness it was crowded! Luckily we had our own rental car and found a spot to park not too far from the top otherwise there definitely would've been tears from the children. I was also shocked to see how rude some tourists were when being asked to cover their chest/thighs - it's a monastery not a night club! Unless you're visiting in low season, happen to be in the area or religious I'd consider going elsewhere in Corfu for nice views.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • I W
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom303 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    We had spent the day at the beach and wandered up the hill to the monastery to have a look around and see the view. We ended up spending about an hour. Park at the bottom, for the beach, as there is very limited parking near the monastery. The views are amazing and the monastery is very picturesque - lots of photo opportnities.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • R_TheReader
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ504 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely monastery in a privileged location
    Little monastery on top of a cliff overlooking the Ionic Sea with views over a wonderful stretch of coast, which by itself is worth the visit. A small walk outside leads to a belvedere from where you can see Angelocastro in the distance. The monastery has a beautiful, well- maintained garden and a small museum. Free entrance, by the way.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Dione S
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Timeless serenity
    I am not a religious man, but I am lucky enough to have visited countless churches, monasteries, temples and shrines throughout the world. I can say with all my heart that this is one of the most beautiful, serene and tranquil places I have ever been. There is a beautiful calming energy here, due to the gardens, views and ground staff. I found it incredibly peaceful and could have spent many hours here simply sitting without distractions. I don't tend to get that feeling in larger catherdrals, but this was wonderful and felt timeless. Please note: I visited in late October (as the tourist season was coming to a close), so maybe in mid-summer it might be considerably busier, and I imagine crowds would damped the experience somewhat
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Nahala X
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing View
    Beautiful view. Went inside the Monastery amazing architecture. Priest was rude. He just came out and ring the bell and went inside as they close at 1pm. Its a deep hike so walking is little workout. We came down in a taxi for 8 euros who came to drop someone.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Charlotte R
    75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil and beautiful place, well worth the walk.
    Up on the hill, overlooking Paleokastritsa stands this beautiful monastery, which is like a little oasis. Even with the crowds, it is a tranquil place filled with beautiful flowers, impressive mosaics and religious iconography and impressive views out to sea. The walk up the hill was manageable, even in the heat. It was approximately 700m with a constant but gradual degree of elevation. We parked for €5 at the bottom of the hill, next to Corfu Aquarium. rather than driving up the hill although we did observe that there was a small carpark nearer the top (which was taken up mostly by a large coach on our visit). Modesty is expected when entering the monastery. A man was positioned at the door with sarongs, who directed various visitors to cover up (being very clear on which parts of their body needed covering - predominantly legs and shoulders) before letting them inside. It is free to enter with pots for donations dotted around. There is also a small gift shop selling reasonably priced items including fridge magnets and religious items. On the way up the hill, there is a small cafe/gift shop and there were also some street sellers positioned by the roadside on the way up with homemade art for sale. At the top, there are a range of view points you can enjoy as well which really makes the uphill walk worth it.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 June 2024
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Charlotte R
75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Up on the hill, overlooking Paleokastritsa stands this beautiful monastery, which is like a little oasis. Even with the crowds, it is a tranquil place filled with beautiful flowers, impressive mosaics and religious iconography and impressive views out to sea.

The walk up the hill was manageable, even in the heat. It was approximately 700m with a constant but gradual degree of elevation. We parked for €5 at the bottom of the hill, next to Corfu Aquarium. rather than driving up the hill although we did observe that there was a small carpark nearer the top (which was taken up mostly by a large coach on our visit).

Modesty is expected when entering the monastery. A man was positioned at the door with sarongs, who directed various visitors to cover up (being very clear on which parts of their body needed covering - predominantly legs and shoulders) before letting them inside. It is free to enter with pots for donations dotted around. There is also a small gift shop selling reasonably priced items including fridge magnets and religious items.

On the way up the hill, there is a small cafe/gift shop and there were also some street sellers positioned by the roadside on the way up with homemade art for sale. At the top, there are a range of view points you can enjoy as well which really makes the uphill walk worth it.
Written 8 June 2024
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Nahala X
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Beautiful view. Went inside the Monastery amazing architecture. Priest was rude. He just came out and ring the bell and went inside as they close at 1pm. Its a deep hike so walking is little workout. We came down in a taxi for 8 euros who came to drop someone.
Written 21 April 2024
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Elaine A
Chester, UK52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
This is a small working inhabited monastery perched at the top of a hill overlooking the small coastal town of Paleocastrista.
The gardens tended by the monks are rather magical and the views from the monastery are far reaching.
Written 11 March 2024
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Mk
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Business
nice view, the monks though not so nice. an entire colony of cats that were cared for by volunteers have recently disappeared after the new boss of the monastery came in and kept complaining about the cats. So yeah, i wish the same fate to whomever got rid / killed the colony
Written 16 December 2023
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Nicola R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Do not visit this place if you are an animal lover. The colony of cats disappearing........with no explanation. I dread to think what happened to them. They were looked after, fed, neutered by a reliable charity. No explanation to volunteers being shut out and the colony disappearing. Also the poor donkey there, people have been trying to rescue. Animal lovers should boycott this so called god fearing place. More like the home of Satan and co!
Written 14 December 2023
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Gillian H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Disgusting to see the inhuman way the feeding /water stations have been removed for the monastery cats. Humanity in all its glory....
Written 8 December 2023
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Samantha E
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
How could this happen??? 12+ cats totally disappeared from the Paleokastritsa monastery in Corfu in 2 months, between September and November, 2023???
All the cats there had been neutered and vaccinated during sterilization projects in association with Agni Animal Welfare over the past 2 years (with full permission from the previous Abbott).They were fed daily, summer and winter by volunteers. Even when the monastery recently locked the gates to the feeding station area (and removed the food and water containers) the dedicated volunteers continued trying.
Upon visiting and speaking with one of the monks on November 29, we learned that the new Abbott didn’t want them around. They “made the monastery dirty” so he “sent them away.” How??
Cats don’t leave a place where they have lived all their lives and have plenty of food and water. So much time, hard work and money lost, but the worst is the cats are GONE.
Written 5 December 2023
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Dione S
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I am not a religious man, but I am lucky enough to have visited countless churches, monasteries, temples and shrines throughout the world.

I can say with all my heart that this is one of the most beautiful, serene and tranquil places I have ever been. There is a beautiful calming energy here, due to the gardens, views and ground staff.

I found it incredibly peaceful and could have spent many hours here simply sitting without distractions. I don't tend to get that feeling in larger catherdrals, but this was wonderful and felt timeless.

Please note: I visited in late October (as the tourist season was coming to a close), so maybe in mid-summer it might be considerably busier, and I imagine crowds would damped the experience somewhat
Written 30 October 2023
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R_TheReader
Rio de Janeiro, RJ504 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Little monastery on top of a cliff overlooking the Ionic Sea with views over a wonderful stretch of coast, which by itself is worth the visit. A small walk outside leads to a belvedere from where you can see Angelocastro in the distance.

The monastery has a beautiful, well- maintained garden and a small museum.

Free entrance, by the way.
Written 23 October 2023
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Tatjana M
Ljubljana, Slovenia341 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Worth a visit, very well maintained still active monastery, beautiful garden. Visit at sunset for a beautiful view of the surroundings. Park under the monastery
Written 9 October 2023
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