Old Perithia

Corfu's Oldest Village – Guide and Where to Stay

Spring In Corfu. The beaches may not be open, but the countryside is humming

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For anyone sat at home in the UK or elsewhere, wondering why it’s still raining in Spring and planning their summer holiday, then why not think a little more laterally next time the Easter holidays are approaching or, even better, just after they’ve finished.

Although Corfu may be best known for its beaches and azure blue seas, what placed it firmly on the map some years ago were the wonderful Durrell stories based somewhat around the nature and wildlife that fills the island.

In Old Perithia (Ano Peritheia) northeast of the island and nestling beneath Corfu’s highest mountain, Mount Pantokrator, is a Heritage Protected Village in A Designated Area of Natural Beauty – and, although it’s only 15 minutes from the beach, ideal for when the summer really sets in, in spring this 14th century gem of Venetian village architecture is bursting with the best that mother nature has to offer.

The butterflies appear in their hundreds, birds tweet, bees buzz about the place and locals can be seen wandering the mountains through the colourful wild flowers in search of ‘horta’ (wild greens to take home and cook) and for the trained eye, wild asparagus too. Dive into one of the village tavernas and eat fresh ‘from the mountain to your table.’

You can stay in the one 4 star boutique b&b in the village, The Merchant’s House, a faithfully restored row of three houses, dating back to 1650 and built entirely by hand, using the same methods that were employed all that time ago.

As you sit on the terrace and listen to the sounds of the Ionian night descending over the clear skies above the mountains, you’ll soon forget about the rain back home and fall asleep dreaming of the next day’s walk and simply getting back to nature. It’s still not too late, Easter in Corfu is in early May this year…

Photos copyright Merchant’s House Publishing, 2013 Corfu, GRImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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