Besides all the main attractions and highlights in the Old Town or close by, the cruise passenger should not miss the opportunity to explore the island when cruising the Mediterranean and calling at the port of Corfu. Sites like the Paleokastritsa Monastery, Vido's Island or the villages of Kassiopi, Agios Matheos and Pelekas are wonderful sites to be enjoyed on a full day excursion.
Located on the northwestern edge of Corfu, a monastery dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary) of Paleokastritsa sits on a hill overlooking the beach. From the monastery, views of the island and surrounding sea are unmatched. Although the current structure dates back to the 18th century, the original Byzantine monastery has been around since 1228. On the road to the monastery you will pass olive and cypress trees, and inside the monastery is a functioning olive oil press. There is also a small museum with rare icons from the Byzantine period on display.
Kassiopi is a quaint fishing village north of Corfu Town that around 1,200 people call home. The natural surroundings are stunning, and there are plenty of tourist amenities to make a perfect vacation. Adding to the picturesque scenery is an abandoned castle, The Tower of Kassiopi, which was built in the 12th century to protect the city from invasions. Both Roman and Byzantine influences can be detected in its structure. It suffered damage in the 14th century, and today it still remains in ruins.
Agios Matheos is a charming village nestled in the mountains to the southwest of Corfu Town. The town sees many visitors each year who come to admire the beautiful surroundings and visit the nearby beach and other attractions. Common excursions from Agios Matheos include the Gardiki castle and the Christou Pandokratora monastery.
Pelekas is a village made famous for its incredible view. Set high atop a hill, this is where Kaiser Wilhelm II would come to watch the sunset at a spot now known as Keiser's watch post. Thousands of tourists visit each year to enjoy the quaint cafes and tavernas or visit the nearby beaches including Glyfada, Kondogialos, and Gialiskari.
Vido's Island, also known as Ptichia, is a quick excursion from Corfu Town and a magical place to visit year round. This islet lies only a mile off the coast and it takes fewer than 10 minutes to get there by boat. Ferries leave every island from the Port of Corfu. There are plenty of paths for walking among the greenery, which includes olive , palm , citrus, almond, cypress and pine trees as well as wildflowers in the spring. Visitors can also visit the Serbian monument and the island's restaurant.
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