The Monastery owes its name as “Monastery of Virgin Mary of Myrtidiotissa”, from the icon of Virgin Mary that was found by father Daniel, after a vision he saw, in a cave between myrtles at the same point that the monastery was built later.
The Monastery exists until our days surviving from raids of pirates, robberies, natural destructions and the biggest and more important enemy for every human creation, the deterioration of time.
Today, a young monk, father Daniel is serving at the monastery.
His dream and daily struggle is to eliminate the marks of time left over the years on the Monastery.
He began a big effort the summer of 2006, that already has yielded admirable improvement in the functional problems that existed in the buildings but also the remainder places of the Monastery.
With minimal financial resources he hopes, with the help of God and the support of people, to find the courage to continue and complete his work.
Apart from the repairs and the improvements that he has accomplished up to day, another task of father Daniel is his effort to enrich the fauna of the region, that is, raising animals that were abounded in the area at the old days (hares, rabbits, goats etc) and letting them free again in the surrounding forest of the Monastery but also the mountain of Agios-Georgios generally.
Another of his future dreams is to restore and to repair the traditional oil factory located in the Monastery (the mechanisms and presses are dated from 1896), so that it will be again functional.
This will give the Monastery the ability to produce once again its oil, but not only this, also the farmers of the region that wish to produce their oil the traditional way, the way it existed for hundreds, if not thousands of years in the island.
Approximately fifteen kilometres westwards of Corfu town,
between the villages of Pelekas and Vatos, under the mountain of Agios-Georgios and directly after the idyllic beach of “Myrtiotissa”,
stands the monastery of Virgin Mary of Myrtidiotissa.
The Monastery is placed in the verdurous side of the mountain few tens of meters above the sea, in a place of wild beauty surrounded with pines, olives and wild vegetation.
All these in combination with the enormous rocks that hang from the mountain above the Monastery they initially cause the visitor a feeling of awes and concern,
however very soon is getting floated with feelings of peacefulness and devoutness that help him feel the greatness of nature, the uniqueness of the place and to approach intelligibly closer to the Creator.
Ways of access:
The Monastery is found in an isolated place which means for somebody who wants to visit the place for the first time, perhaps it could take some effort to find the road that leads to the area of Mirtiotissa.
Here we provide a few advices hoping they will offer some assistance.
If you come by bus:
You can get it from the central station of the green buses in the city of Corfu (near the new harbour) and you get off at the bus stop of Mirtiotissa. There you will see a sign that shows the way, therefore following the direction of this sign in approximately 25 minutes you will reach the beach of Mirtiotisa. Then continue uphill for 300 meters more and finally you will face the entrance of the Monastery.
(Remember that daily the last bus to Corfu, except Saturday and Sunday, passes from the bus stop at 20:30).
If you have a car:
A) Move westwards from the city of Corfu with direction to the beach of Glyfada and Pelekas. Approaching and about 2 kilometres before the junction for Glyfada beach you will see signs that show the direction to the beach of Mirtiotisa.
Follow these signs and you will find yourself at the entrance of the street that leads to the beach and the monastery.
B) From the city of Corfu take the national road of Pelekas and direct yourself to the homonymous village.
Once you get to the village of Pelekas follow the downhill to Glyfada for approximately 2 kilometres.
In the junction of Glyfada turn right towards Mirtiotissa and continue for 2 more kilometres. In the next junction, you just continue to the left and in a few metres you will get at the entrance of the street that leads to the beach and the monastery.