A large village located on the northern side of Corfu, about 40km far from Corfu town, and 8km from Acharavi distinguished by the traditional architecture of its settlements. Karousades has a philharmonic orchestra established in 1980. The village took its name from the refugees arrived in Corfu from Karousa town of Black Sea.
The Theotokis family settled in Karousades in 1453, and their mansion is still preserved today. Descendent of Theotokis family was Dinos Theotokis (13.03.1872-01.07.1923), writer, poet and translator, an important figure of Ionian School and co-founder of socialist party. Descendent of Theotokis family also was Dimitrios Theotokis, divisional commander, which succeeded not only to bring back home safely his division after Asia Minor Catastrophe, but also to save a lot of refugees on his way.
From Karousades has origins Konstantinos Boukas, the founder of Coast Guard, and his brother Nikolaos Boukas which was executed by Germans for his resistance actions. In Karousades was born Spyros Chalkias in 1927, an international award-wining photo reporter (USSR, Cuba, France), known for his resistance actions against junta of colonels, he was imprisoned and so tortured that his health was severely shaken up, and he died in 1981.
Astrakeri, the harbor and beach of Karousades, was among the first resorts in Corfu, but remains one of the few virgin beaches on the island, as there was no tourist development.
Karousades has one of the most active cultural associations and here you can find them on facebook.
Photo: Stathis Koutsaftis