The Achilleion palace is located upon a hill on the traditional Corfu village Gastouri. A strange sense of awe overwhelms anyone that gazes over the imposing form of the Palace which dominates the area with its presence, residing between the cypress trees and other exotic plants and flowers which surround it.
The palace was built for the Empress Elisabeth to escape the tragedies of her life and William II purchased it after her untimely death.
Entering the palace you will be amazed by the beautiful gardens that surrounds the palace and the invaluable peace of arts like the ancient Greek statues of Zeus and Era and other smaller statues and sculptures. The roof, the surrounded walls, even the Catholic chapter of Elisabeth inside the palace are referred as precious peace of Arts. Even the outer area of the palace is decorated with columns, the ‘Peristyle of the Muses’, but the most valuable statue of Achilleion is the ‘Dying Achilles’ that represents Achilles dying trying to remove the spear from his ankle. It is the largest statue of Achilles, with unbelievable dimensions, which presents Achilles in a moment of victory. Next stop Kanoni.
From Kanoni you can admire the famous view of Mouse Island (‘Pontikonisi’). According to the legend Mouse Island was formed when the ship that had taken Odysseus back to Ithaca, his home port, was turned to stone by Poseidon, god of the sea, angry at being defied by the Phaeceans. Under the Hill of Kanoni is the Convent of Vlachernas.
Paleokastritsa main beach
The main beach is quite small and very popular. It is surrounded by bars and hotels and there is a road behind the beach. But the views of the cove are great. You can get a boat here which takes you around the many caves in the area. You will enjoy sunbathing and swimming in the crystal clear very cool water.
The Monastery of Virgin Mary of Paleokastritsa is located in the Greek island of Corfu. This majestic monastery is home to 8 Greek Orthodox Monks who receive guidance from Bishop Efthimios Thouis. They conduct traditional masses, provide generous hospitality, and offer regular tours of the grounds and museum located within. Regardless of faith, a visiting tourist will find magical qualities throughout the grounds and breathtaking scenery revealed at every turn. All who share in the experience of the monastery seem to depart in hesitance and with hope for timely return.
Bella vista point ( via troumpeta pass & Makrades )
We drive along the scenic west coast to the hilltop village of Lakones and the lookout point known as Bella Vista. One of the most famous spot for photos in Europe ! Stop for photos