Walkers from Agios Georgios direction (Kalderimi) will
enter the little square of Krini from the left of the photograph. Those
coming from Makrades will enter where the telphone post can be seen.
Krini Plateia (Square)
To visit the superb viewpoint and ancient fort remains
of Angelokasto (a fairly steep walk is involved up a long winding
trail of steps) must instead turn right in the square (i.e.
towards the camera).
Follow the road and in about 1 km the impressive old
castle comes into view. The road now goes steeply downhill. At the bottom there
is limited parking and a modern restaurant, which can be recommended.
For many centuries Angelokastro was an important strategic
fortification to protect Corfu commanding, as it does, a view of almost the
entire southern Adriatic. According to the notice board on display it was
probably first occupied in the early Byzantine period (5th - 7th Centuries).
The castle enjoyed considerable prominence during the period of
Venetian rule (1386 - 1797).
Later it fell into disuse and during the
19th Century it was in a totally abandoned state. It was restored to its
present condition in 1999.
It is protected on 3 sides by the sea, the
west and south sides being precipitous cliffs. The only access is by a narrow
land bridge and a very steep climb. At the highest point is The Citadel with
its main gate at the north protected by a circular tower. The ruins opposite
the main gate were the garrison's quarters, and 3 underground cisterns kept the
castle supplied with water. The walls' battlements only survive today in the
north-west corner. At the highest point of The Citadel stands the little
Church of the Archangel Michael, which was built on the site of what was
probably an early Christian 3-aisled church. Several nearby graves were carved
out of solid rock. The wall paintings are relatively modern dating from the
Unfortunately there is little left of the fortifications
etc suitable for photography and the following photographs concentrate on the
scenery from this magnificent viewpoint.
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The pleasant Cafe / Restaurant at the base of the steps
can be recommended.
On returning to the old square in Krini you have 2
1. Carry on to Makrades in which case walk straight on
down the road in front of you (about 3/4 km).
2. Return the way you
came. In the square, turn left opposite the Cafe (in the top photo above). Then keep to the left of the square and
enter the narrow street ahead.
A short distance down here turn 2nd right onto another
narrow path which soon widens and leads through the fields. On reaching a
junction turn left and you are on your way to the cliff path you came up