Kato Korakiana

Kato Korakiana or Katomeri village (meaning the lower place) is situated on the North East coast about 13 km from Corfu Town and around a 15 minutes drive by car. It is set off the main road and slightly away from the sea but near to the resorts of Dassia, Ipsos and Kommeno and set in the shadow of Mount Pantokrator. There are two villages in the area with the same name, with Kato Korakiana being the lower lying village and Ano Korakiana being set higher into the foothills of Mount Pantokrator.

The village is a wonderful cultural place set around a village square with a wide choice of bars, tavernas and shops. There is plenty to see and do around the village which also has many festivals through out the year.

Due to its geographical position, being close to Corfu town and the coast but set in a beautiful verdant wooded area its history is varied and interesting. There are many ancient remains in the area including medieval buildings, byzantine churches, monasteries, the bridge of Ora which is made of carved Corfiot marble and brick and the medieval Polylas Tower. This tower was set in an area with unusual and rare trees and in 1890 was renovated following the original Venetian plans and was renamed villa Mibelli, in the1950s it became Castello Hotel. Over the years many famous people have lived in and stayed here including Keiser Willelm, the Greek kings George I and II, Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis to name a few. It is now a branch of the National Art gallery which hosts a cohesive collection of modern Greek art dated from the 18th until the late 20th century.

Another landmark to be found here, is the Grava tou Menigou, which is an unusual geological phenomenon. Water flows into a tunnel and disappears and according to experiments carried out over 70 years ago, the tunnel leads to an underground river which flows under the sea and comes out somewhere near Preveza on the mainland. Red dye was put into the water and several days later villagers in Preveza thought the waters from a local spring were running with blood.

Kato offers wonderful country walks, great history, a wide variety of food and drink, friendly locals and wonderful scenery and is well worth staying or visiting this lovely village and area.

 

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