Old Perithia…the abandoned village
Built at an altitude of 410m, on the slopes of Mountain Pantokrator, located about 40 kilometers north of Corfu Town, Old Perithia is the oldest village on the island. The village, according to the local history, was created in 740 b.c. and it was ruined several times until it was originally established in the 14th century, during the Byzantine times.
Old Perithia is actually a “ghost village”, since from the end of the 19th century till the mid 20th century its inhabitants began to leave and move closer to the coast. Pirates were no longer a threat, while at the same time tourism started to develop. Nowadays less that 10 people leave at the village all year round.
Take a walk at the forgotten alleys, amongst the buildings built in the Venetian style. This beautiful and unsual scenery, this aura of the past will transfer you to another era and will give you the feeling you are not in Corfu. While wondering around Old Peritheia notice the eight churches that surround the village, showing the deep religious faith of the locals.
Old Perithia is a must visit place when in Corfu. Spend some time to discover its secrets and when you are done relax in one of the taverns located in the village. Most of them serve delicious corfiot receipes.
- If you are planning to drive to Old Perithia take the road to Kassiopi and after passing Kassiopi turn left for Loutses – Old Perithia.
- You can find visitors’ photos and reviews for the village here
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Some alleys are a little bit steep.
- Do not forget your camera