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Old Sinies

One of the old settlements in northern Corfu, Palies (Old) Sinies still stands on the foothills of Pantokratoras massif. It’s located about 40km from Corfu town, and less than 10km from Kassiopi. Its houses stand probably from 17th century, while the village was abandoned during the 60ies, when its residents moved on the Nisaki (Little Island), the seaside modern village, one of the most touristic villages in northern Corfu.

The wild vegetation has invaded the once mansions of Palies Sinies, while its churches are still ornate with great murals drawing the interest of visitors. The area around Palies Sinies is inaccessible, as the village was built there due to the fear of pirates invasions at the time, but worthy to visit especially if you love trekking.

PSMavro Stavriotis writes on his blog: “… I felt a shiver while visiting the abandoned churches in Palies Sinies. Some of them where destroyed, some recently repaired… Some people may have visited Palia (Old) Peritheia or Meggoula nearby… and maybe, due its inaccessibility, they avoided to visit Palies (Old) Sinies… but believe it, it is worth of dare it. During the summer you can organize a daily trip. Enjoy the sun and the sea on the beautiful beaches, try the traditional tastes to the picturesque fish taverns on the area, drink your coffee literally “on the wave”… and in the evening (the morning is also a good time) dear to go upwards to Palies Sinies! Don’t forget you camera (for amateurs). A valuable guide and an information source can be either the published book by Nikos Gardelis “The old Sinies a lost paradise”…, or the full Guide published by Kassiopi municipality titled “Erimitis ecosystem” and the informative bulletin of “Sinies cultural association”.

Photo Bill Metalinos

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