A lovely place to visit for outstanding views is the
ancient ruin of Angelokastro perched high on a rock overlooking the sea
and the beautiful bays of Paleokastritsa.
Easily reached by car from Agios Georgios by either of 2
routes, both by driving through Pagi village.
Routes from Agios Georgios
(The first route produces some truly magnificent views
over the bay of Agios Georgios.)
On entering the village of Pagi turn
right at the 2nd junction (signposted Prinillas).
Go up the steep
hill through several hairpin bends and proceed straight through the sleepy
little village of Prinillas. The road which is well surfaced climbs
steadily through more hairpin bends. There is only one junction where you might
go wrong. At one of the bends ignore the junction on the right which would lead
you downhill, and keep going uphill.
The superb views unroll as you
climb with the best as might be expected being right at the top.
The road now turns inland past an uncompleted building
shell and in about 1km or so joins Route 2 at a T-junction where you turn
The alternative is to continue straight through Pagi as if
heading for Corfu Town. After joining the main road and climbing the twisty
hill to the top of Troumbetas Pass look for a junction on the right
amongst the few buildings there. It is easily missed and it is not easy to turn
round on the main road ! (Now scroll down to "Both Routes")
The twisty road follows the top of the narrow range of
hills with fantastic views in places both north to Sidari and beyond, and more
extensively to the south over the vast expanses of central Corfu to Corfu Town
itself. Sometimes, unfortunately, the blue haze of summer sunny weather puts a
limit on one of those the panoramic photographs of a lifetime ! Just after the
village of Vistonas the alternative Route 1 joins this road.(Proceed
to "Both Routes")
Now the road leads down through several wide hairpin
bends into the village of Makrades which has developed into a bit of a
tourist trap due to its being on a wonderful scenic route into the jewel of a
resort called Paleokastritsa.
As you enter Makrades beware of
enthusiastic shop-keepers leaping out from the sides of the road to wave you
down, almost as if there was something wrong with your car, or there had been
an accident. They are merely trying to sell something, often home made wine,
honey etc. It is suggested you drive carefully around them and wave politely.
If you stop you will find the car door opened and a foot in!
The 2 or 3 gift
shops in the village are worth a few minutes browsing and are quite
interesting, although on the expensive side.
The old fortress of
Angelokastro is now a short distance away (see link below)
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