To meet this place you need to lose yourself... on its slopes covered with olive groves, its balmy scrubs and mountain paths, lined by wild rose bushes and rocky hills...
From the Antiquity till today the place has been inhabited. Deserted Venetian castles, Byzantine monasteries, mills, thresh, oil-press buildings, stone-built mansions, villages hidden in the rock or amidst the olive-groves, are a few of the region’s historical landmarks.
Wherever you choose to stand, the view from the Pantokrator Mt. is breathtaking. The whole northern coast and its villages on your feet. Among its secrets the mountain keeps the Fountains of the Nymphes, the Waterfalls of Cyprianadesandthe Caves in Loutses and Klimatia. At the bottom of Pantokrator Mt, the Old Perithia. An excellent specimen of architecture and measure, the village with the stone mansions, numerous churches and mystic alleys, retains its charm and the aura of the Venetian era intact.
The Monastery of Pantokrator, built on the mountaintop in 1347, was totally ruined in the 16th century. The present church was built at the same place, in late 17th century. The Askitario in the village of Nymphes is one of the oldest Christian monuments. The temple of the Crucifix (Estavromenos Monastery), in the same area, is a church unique in its Byzantine style. The Monastery of Ag.Triada in Klimatia, on a site with panoramic view, has served as a place for worship since the 15th century.
The Temple of Apollo in Roda, of Doric style, parts of which are accommodated in the Archeological Museum, dates to the 5th century BC. The Roman Baths in Acharavi indicate inhabitants of the region since the 3rd century. Just at the opposite side of the road in the ‘Folklore Museum of Acharavi’ , the owner and visionary creator, Mr. Spyros Vlachos, has been collecting, maintaining and promoting with endless joy, local folk objects for the last 25 years. These objects reflect the civilization of which they are the fruit and lead us to a trip in time with the scent of the last three centuries of Corfiot history.
Classified as a “Natura 2000” protected area, a landscape of unique natural beauty, the wider region of Antinioti lagoon is a dream place for quiet walks, with the scent of eucalyptus, pine and sea saltiness. Only a breath away, the Monastery of Ag. Aikaterini with exquisite frescoes of the 18th and 19th century enhances the landscape’s natural beauty.
The coastline is where the bulk of the tourist development is. Scuba-diving, underwater fishing, beach volley, trekking on the mountain’s designated paths or riding amidst olive-groves, are only a few of various choices for fun and recreation.
Picturesque Roda on one side of the coast, along with the cosmopolitan Acharavi and Kassiopi on the other side of the coast, live at an intense summer pace. A multitude of restaurants, taverns, beach bars and big nightclubs cover the whole spectrum of entertainment preferences.
Oil and Wine, century long nourishment for our place, are among the island’s high values. Endless, shady olive-groves define the landscape. Pantokrator Mt. nurtures the grapevines with the mountain’s extracts, making unique wine. Famous are the home-made wine varieties of the mountain villages Lafki, Petalia and Strinilas.
Loutses and Old Perithia’s honey carries the scent of Corfiot nature. The Agricultural Union of Nymphes produces the famous fruit ‘koum-kouat’. Fishing, stock-breeding, oil and wine production are, along with tourism the people’s main occupation.
Discover authentic tastes and pure local products, in the small taverns, hidden in the neighborhoods of the mountain villages, away from the developed tourist resorts.