This tour begins with a scenic drive through the wonderful Corfiot countryside, full of olive groves, pine, cypress, lemon and orange trees. Approximately 25 minutes later, you arrive at one of the most beautiful spots on the island, the bay of Paleokastritsa, called the “Capri of Greece”.
Once there, you visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin – still inhabited by a community of monks – and its small museum, housing a unique collection of Byzantine icons and church relics. From the Monastery gardens you can admire breathtaking views over the beautiful bays of Paleokastritsa below, with their crystal-clear waters and rocky promontories.
According to local myth, in one of these bays the legendary Odysseus met the beautiful local Princess Nausicaa after his shipwreck. On the opposite hill, you can see the Byzantine Fort of Angelokastro, perched high on a rocky pillar rising a thousand feet from the sea, built in the 13th century by the Despot of Epiros Michael Komninos.
Your coach takes you back to Old Corfu Town. On arrival at Esplanade Square – the central square – you leave your coach for a walking guided tour around the historic centre of Old Corfu Town. Wandering in its maze of winding narrow cobbled streets known as ‘kandounia’ you explore some of the most elegant quarters of this Venetian-built town. You visit the 300-year old Church of the Patron St Spiridon with its priceless collection of icons and offering to the resident Patron Saint of the Island. You also have some free time for shopping and wandering around town on your own before getting back on your coach for your return transfer back to your ship at port.
Duration : Minimum 4 hours.
Advice to Clients: Bring your camera, lots of film and wear light shoes. Please note that revealing clothing (short pants and blouses without sleeves) is not allowed in monasteries and churches.
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