about Agios Georgios north, Corfu


ANGELOKASTRO

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.


Centre of Krini village
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.


The Castle



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 18th Century.


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 choices.

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.

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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 (Walk3).