Mount Pantokrator

Mount Pantokrator

Corfu is famous for its scenic coastline and its beaches, framed by the bright green of a generous land. But this island offers much more. Among our suggestions it is a must-see of the hinterland, rich in history and with breathtaking views: Mount Pantokrator. This is the island’s highest peak, with its almost 1000 meters, its pine forests and its green meadows, living witness of Corfu’s natural wealth. Trails are well maintained and signposted and go through a series of villages. The walks between the villages of Spartilas and Strinilas have the breath of tradition, recounting the slow rhythms of country life from another time. Once reached the summit, stands the Monastery of the Almighty, a small but beautiful monastery founded in the early 14th century and rebuilt in the 19th century, currently inhabited by two monks. From here, the highest point on the island, you will enjoy a 360 degree view of the entire Corfu and the Albanian coast, a truly beautiful sight. Visitors once had to walk far to get to the top of the mountain, but now there’s also a good paved road. It is a wonderful day trip by car or motorcycle. The starting point is located halfway between Ipsos and Barbati beach on the northeast coast of Corfu. The route crosses Spartilas, a medieval village with a beautiful view of the eastern beaches, and continues to Strinilas, one of the highest inhabited island’s villages. An alternative route starts from the northwestern village of Sidari and crosses some mountain rural countries, including Lafki and Petaleia. A good idea could be going up from a road and descend to valley following the other. If you decide to try your hand with a climb on foot along the slopes of the mountain, you can start from the village of Old Perithia, dating from the fourteenth century on the northern side. The round trip route is part of the Corfu Trail, a series of trekking trails across the island. The walk takes about 3 hours through lush forests, olive groves and rocky ground. The mountain and the surrounding area can be visited all year, but  April and May, when the flowers are in full bloom, are the best months for a trip. The paths are rich in orchids of all kinds and you can see many other plants that bloom in spring. Here you can also spot peregrine falcons, but also other raptors such as buzzards and kestrels.