Old Perithia, ‘Corfu‘s Oldest Village‘
One of the island’s most unique places to visit on the island. A Village of Venetian origin that was once a hideaway from pirates, was all but deserted, reclaimed and protected by nature. Since 2010 it’s been lovingly and gently coming back to life.
Old Perithia ‘Corfu’s Oldest Village‘
Get a taste of the ‘Real Corfu’ with a glimpse at the island’s past. Corfu’s Oldest Village was once the perfect hideaway from pirates, ‘to see the sea but not be seen’. It nestles in the mountains beneath Mount Pantokrator and its monastery (at 908m, it’s the highest point on the island).
Nowadays, it’s just 15 minutes drive from the sea. Practically abandoned in the 1960s, but since 2010 the village has risen again from c. 15% restored or in process, to over 35% + today.
History – Nature – Wildlife – Walks – Wildflowers – Venetian Architecture – Honey – Local Shop and 5 tavernas.
‘A Designated Area of Natural Beauty under Heritage Protection’
A Potted History | 1357 to 2022
This historic ‘Heritage Protected’ village of Paleá (Old) Períthia is situated in the north-east corner of the island, just beneath the highest mountain, Mount Pantokrator. It is the oldest permanently inhabited settlement in Corfu, with records dating back to the 14th century. Once the wealthiest village on the island, by the mid 17th century there were 130 houses of Venetian origin, built entirely by hand surrounded by 8 churches. Originally the village acted as a hideaway from pirate attacks on the island during summer months, ‘to see the sea but not be seen‘. Then in the 1960s with the onset of tourism the inhabitants drifted back down to the coast. From 2010 until today, as the village begun its journey back to life, it continues to be loved by locals & visitors alike. As night falls, a gentle peace descends over the village, and there beneath the unpolluted night sky nestled in the palm of the island’s highest mountain, is silence. Only occasionally interrupted by the lullaby of natures song.
Scroll through our gallery above & catch a glimpse of what’s in store [photo credits & copyright 2009-2022 [Mark Hendriksen | & HendriksenPublishing] images not to be used or copied without permission.
Press & PR about Old Perithia
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence from 2015-2021 & Travellers’ Choice 2021. ‘Best Places to Visit on Corfu’ Telegraph Travel. Virtuoso Life. BA Highlife. The Independent Indy Travel. DK Eyewitness Guide. The Rough Guide. Fodor’s . Lonely Planet. London Evening Standard, MTV Travel. House & Garden. GREC14N. The Guardian. Woman&Home. Hotel Guru. Sunday Times Travel. Expedia. TrufflePig. Libro d’Oro. Mr Hudson Explores. Jamie Magazine. Brigitte Magazine. Culture Trip. The Financial Times. Norwegian Airlines. Atlas Obscura. Trivago Business. Thomas Cook ‘Recommends’. EasyJet Magazine. Reise Knowhow Guide. As featured on ITV 2012 Corfu ‘A Tale of Two Islands’ & 2020 ‘Greek Island’s with Julia Bradbury’ and most recently ‘Adriatic Gardens’ with Monty Don BBC2 2022 ep. 3
Driving to the Village?
It’s best to get to Old Perithia via the coastal road as Google and other mapping apps may take you on an unsuitable road for anything but a capable 4+4 vehicle so you may get stuck. To get to Old Perithia there’s a turn towards the village off the coastal road between Kassiopi and Acharavi.
The turn just opposite ‘Ice Dreams’ so look out for that and head through New Perithia, Loutses and straight on to Old Perithia. It takes about 15 minutes from Ice Dreams to the village. Then park up away from the old houses… Thank you!!
Old Perithia Corfu 49081 Greece
Please do not drop litter & if you need to go to the toilet, simply ask in any taverna & please just give them a euro, or buy some drinks, to help them with their costs and to help keep the village tidy. ‘Experience Old Perithia’s Magical Past and its vision for the Future.’