Destinations, Things to do in Corfu
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
Mark Hendriksen - 08/03/2017 12:52
Dear Corfu City Pass, a great initiative and wishing you continued success!
Just regarding the article on Old Perithia, it’s built at an altitude of 410m (Mt. Pantokrator, the highest mountain, is 906m.)
The resident population is currently up to 4 people, of the 130 houses, 5 tavernas, 1 B&B and 8 churches – about 30%+ are now restored or in the process of being restored.
The B&B owners, Mark & Saskia, have driven this restoration, up from about 15% restored 6 years ago, clean the village, the rubbish and the bins, have had the road repaired whenever possible, opened the paths around the village & have added the welcome sign, village sign & map, and published a book with a self-guide walking tour & history of the old village, ‘The Guide to Old Perithia’ available in all good bookshops and in the village itself.
Do stop by and say hello next time you’re there!
Mark & Saskia
Corfu City Pass - 09/03/2017 11:57
Dear Mark & Sashia,
thank you very much for your comment and the very interesting information you provided. We ‘ll love to stop by in our next visit.
Always keep in mind that we can offer to your guests discounted tickets for island’s top attractions & activities. Currently we are preparing for the 2017 season and we are planning to offer many more great options!Stay in touch…
The CorfuCityPass Team