Built on top of a remote hill, Monastery of Paleokastritsa provides a panoramic view of the island and sea. Dating back to 1228, the monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and has a small museum with rare Byzantine icons, holy books, and other relics. Be sure to view the olive oil press located inside the monastery. Plan to visit Monastery of Paleokastritsa and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Paleokastritsa attractions using our Paleokastritsa online trip itinerary maker.
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Beautiful spot with cats and flowers everywhere. The monastery is perched high up so that the views are amazing of the sea, mountains and flora. more »
Lots to see - probably a bit boring for small children (under 10 years old?), and probably not a good choice for those with mobility issues (lots of stairs/walking). However, it was extremely... more »
Lovely monastery, free entry, you can contribute as much as you like at the entry. It's well kept with beautiful plants all over the place especially in spring time. The only reason why I put 4* - would be nice to have some more information about monastery itself. Unless if you have your own tour guide, you won't know secrets behind the wishing well or stories about icons.
Hard work walking up the hill in heat but worth it for the peaceful place and friendly monks. Cover up provided for ladies shoulders and legs but the first place I have ever been asked to remove my hat before entering a church! Interesting ancient olive press, religious museum, two small shops for souvenirs. Good reasonably priced refreshments outside monastery entrance where the monks were taking their mid morning drink too.
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