Perithia, Loutses And Old Perithia
There are two Perithia’s in Corfu, the old Perithia and the new Perithia. The new village is set along the main coastal road from Kassiopi to Sidari. Situated in the North of the island it is about 40km from Corfu town or around 55 minutes by car. On the main road directly opposite the turn off to the village is a large ice cream shop which is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Taking the road opposite this heading to the village you will see an Olive press on your right this press is in operation & if there is someone around they may show you inside if you ask. A little way on is the village, there are a few tavernas here, a traditional Kafenio, an English butchers and a shop. If you want to visit Old Perithia you should head out of the village into the hills from here. On the way up to Old Perithia you will find the village of Loutses, it is a traditional village 300 metres above sea level, with the name derived from Albanian roots meaning place with hole in the ground full of water. The views from the village are spectacular and it is worth stopping here for a walk around the village or a drink. There is a very large cave at Loutses and it is worth spending the time to find it, it is partially signed posted but locals are happy to point you in the right direction if you are lost. You will need to walk the last part in order to find the cave. To find the cave you will need to take a left hand turn through the village however if you want to continue on to Old Perithia you will need to carry straight on at this junction.
Old Perithia or Palea Perithia is one of the oldest permanently inhabited villages in Corfu. Set at over 400 metres above sea level in an area of outstanding beauty and scenery, views reach to the sea on one side to the imposing Mount Pantokratora on the other, with rolling valleys in between. Most of the 130 houses are now derelict ruins, some of them have been repaired, tavernas set up and one of the buildings has been turned into a bed and breakfast. Built in the Byzantine times around the 14th century the village inhabitants grew when people left their coastal properties seeking the safety of the mountains away from pirate attacks on the shore, they could also warn Kerykra Town of any imminent attacks by lighting beacons. Here they enjoyed the luxury of seeing the coast without being seen themselves and soon the village prospered and 8 churches were built in the village. There are plenty of beautiful walks in this area and much to be explored.