SOME LOCAL WALKS
via PAGI and PRINILAS
(returning via Fisherman's
Circular walk using both
surfaced roads and unsurfaced tracks via the village of Pagi and returning via
a spectacular little used pass with superb views of the cliffs and sea. The
first part of this walk involves a large amount of steady uphill walking
but the 2nd half is mostly downhill or level. This walk includes an optional
detour up one of the most stunning kalderimis in Corfu. Take the
Time needed: 3 hours to 5 hours
depending on stops.
A few photographs taken on
(Suggestion for the less fit
walkers: Catch the local bus at 10.15 a.m. in Agios Georgios and book as far as
Pagi village to cut out some of the uphill walking !!)
GENERAL NOTENo liability will
be accepted for the accuracy of these notes.This is a rural area and
circumstances may change. Footpaths may become overgrown or otherwise difficult
to negotiate and some new tracks into private fields may appear. (Advice of any
changes will be welcomed.)
White arrows show approximate route
OUTWARD: Leave Agios Georgios from the Alkyon Beach
Hotel walking inland along the main road to Pagi.
The road to Pagi is all
uphill and fully surfaced. It is a pleasant walk quite sheltered from the hot
sun by the olive trees, but beware of traffic.
You will pass several
houses and apartments until eventually the road swings right to reveal a huge
chasm on your left (used as a rubbish tip) (Position
1 on map.)
Distant view of Pagi village across
Passing this and an olive press you then enter the hill
village of Pagi.
At the first junction you can either go straight on
then right, or turn right and then left. Both bring you to the centre
where you will find some welcoming refreshments at the cafes (Position 2 on map).
Suggestion : Pick up a
snack and drink to take with you at either Spiros Bar or Romeos
Leave Pagi village centre by walking towards Corfu town
for 50 metres then turn RIGHT alongside the bell-tower and churchyard. Where
this road goes to the right at the rear of the churchyard TURN OFF this road by
keeping straight ahead onto a narrow uphill road and almost
immediately RIGHT so leaving the village. This concrete track to Prinilas
soon becomes very rough and quite steep in places.
However it is a lovely route through open olive groves
with great views of the towering limestone cliffs, especially in the mornings
with the sun creating sun-traps to the delight of numerous butterflies and
bees. Take care on the rough steep surface and TAKE YOUR TIME !
Stay on the track until you meet a tarmac road alongside
Prinilas cemetary where you turn LEFT (what a lovely place to be
Walk through Prinilas village (Position 3 on map) staying straight ahead in
the village centre . Follow the road uphill for about 1 km. On a sharp left
'hairpin' corner (Position 4 on map) look
for a junction on your right. (The main road, sign-posted 'Paleokastritsa'
goes left). You must TAKE THE ROAD on the RIGHT which is downhill and soon
becomes very rough where subsidence and subsequent amateurish repairs have
You will soon have a glorious view over Agios Georgios bay
(if you can ignore the piles of rubbish tipped at the side of the
You now begin a quite enchanting winding downhill walk
through ancient olive groves sheltering beneath towering white limestone
cliffs. The roadside verges are full of wild flowers which are visited by
numerous butterflies in this south facing suntrap. The calls of numerous birds
echo back from the bare rocks, and small lizards rustle in the roadside
The road is steep in places but we are going in the right
direction on a hot summer day (downhill), as the heat gets trapped against the
cliffs. Ahead of us, framed by the lush vegetation, we can see the beckoning
turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea.
At an open part of the track we can see the distant
zig-zag ascent of the kalderimi to Makrades which we get the chance of
venturing up later in this walk, but is also on the route of Walk 3 to
The kalderimi is not as steep as it appears in this
fore-shortened telephoto image.
After about 1 km you leave the overhead
canopy of foliage and come into a more open area but still very close to the
huge limestone cliffs. Now look for the beginning of an old donkey trail on
your left (see photo below) , usually marked by a cairn and pile of
fallen rocks (Position 5 on map). This
trail is a spectacular 'kalderimi' and it is well worth making a short
detour up it. It is not too steep as it zig-zags gradually up the cliff
face. It is about 2 metres wide with a low wall protecting walkers from the
drop but loose rocks on the surface demand attention to avoid ankle
Take this diversion up
kalderimi for photographs
(To skip this section click
This is also
part of Walk3 to Makrades. Walk to the top for superb photos (see photo on the
main 'Walks' page. It is also part of the long-distance Corfu Trail.
There has been a certain amount of collapse in one place
about 100 metres from the beginning, but there should be plenty of room for
anyone except those with serious problems about heights and drops. (see Walk
3 for more details and photos)
20 metres section where
protecting wall is missing
Proceed up the easy-rising
kalderimi and enjoy the views unfolding beneath you as you climb. The surface
is quite rough with some loose stones so be careful.
track reaches a break in the cliff and turns inland. Have a photo-break here
and take in the the spectacular view before returning down the kalderimi
(unless you deliberately want to walk into the village of Marades, about 2km).
Time and place for a
So retrace your route to the
bottom of the kalderimi (5 on map)
remembering to take care when passing the subsidence near the bottom of
the cliff path. Back at the main route now turn LEFT at the bottom.
Now proceed down the steep track. After
descending the rough concrete road for a few hundred metres look out for a
junction, see photo below, (6 on
map), where you TURN RIGHT as you enter the olive groves.
Look for this turning on your right (full junction not
For a while the twisty wide track now descends gradually
until it reaches the hidden Fisherman's Cabin (7 on map) down on your left. Be careful to stay
parallel to the sea and not to take any of the side tracks. (These do
not go through so you would have to return, but whatever happens you should not
get lost, only a bit more tired.)
The track passes the Akrogiali fish restaurant
('Bennies') (8 on map) as the long
beach of Agios Georgios comes into view, and continues the rest of the way
along the edge of the sea.
To Print off a simpler version of the walk on a
white background with the map but with less photographs
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