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Villages of St. George

The Municipal Section of Agiou Georgiou is situated in the northwestern part of the island and includes 21 villages which are built on verdant hills with dense vegetation or in front of wonderful beaches. Agros is the main village of the region of Agiou Georgiou. It is very picturesque and it is also one of the oldest villages of Corfu. Afionas is also a beautiful village, with colored houses and alleyways offering an amazing view of the open sea and the Diapontia Islands.
In the region of Agiou Georgiou you can swim in wonderful beaches and you can also enjoy unique sunsets. The vast beach of Agios Georgios in Pagoi stands out and gathers most bathers but, there is also a beautiful double beach, Porto Timoni  which is accessible by a trail which begins from Afionas.
From the beaches of Agiou Georgiou you can also visit by boat the small islets Gravia, Varkoules and Diapolo, situated at a close distance from the coast.
Kavvadades, Chorepiskopoi and Kopsocheilades  as well as many other small villages of Agiou Georgiou remain almost unaffected by tourism, thus maintaining many and beautiful authentic elements of life in the countryside.

Afionas is one of the oldest villages of Corfu, built in an enchanting landscape, on a mountainous cape, which offers an amazing view of the open sea, of the islet of Gravia, Diapontia Islands  as well as of the unique sunsets. On the right of Afionas you can gaze upon the bay of Arillas  and on the left, the bay of Agios Georgios  with a lovely beach. Besides its amazing position, Afionas is also a very picturesque village with colored houses and cobbled roads. The main church of the village is Agios Ioannis which was built in 1636. Next to the church a monument has been erected honoring Ektoras Gialopsos, an officer of the navy who was killed in Imia in 1996 and who came from this village. In Afionas a cultural club is active and helps with embellishing and cultural activities, such as the festival of Agios Ioannis on the 24th of June. The day before the feast, a custom takes place called Lampata, when the villagers light fires and jump over them. MORE

Agros, a very beautiful village in the inland, is located on the road that leads from the city of Corfu  to the beaches  of the north. Many houses, courtyard doors, alleys and old churches take the visitor to another place and time. Agros is one of the oldest villages in Corfu. The main road that crosses Agros was built by the English colonizers in 1850. In Agros you will see the church of Agios Iakovos, in an olive grove which dates back to 1780 and is recently renovated. Local attractions include the female Monastery of Pantokratoras, near the settlement of Agios Athanasios  which is built on a verdant cliff with olive groves and cypress trees, characteristics of the Corfiot landscape. Agros also includes the settlements Aspiotades, Manatades and Rafalades. Rafalades is a very old settlement with most of its houses in ruins and few residents still live there. It is worthwhile visiting this settlement in order to see the ruins of big mansions and wander in its deserted alleys. MORE

Agios Georgios in Pagoi    
Agios Georgios in Pagoi is a seaside settlement 35 kilometers north-west from the city of Corfu . The beach in Agios Georgios in Pagoi is one of the most beautiful of the island and around it, the settlement began to develop after 1975 and which today has evolved into a resort. Plenty of taverns, restaurants, mini markets and touristy shops can be found there. Also, in the beach you will find a great variety of sea sports, rentable boats and even diving lessons. In the center of the village there is also a bowling room. Agios Georgios in Pagoi is a tranquil, touristy destination, without many options for intense nightlife and that is why it is preferred by families and elderly people. It is certain that there, you will enjoy serene, relaxing vacations. In Agios Georgios in Pagoi there are also, old edifices which were there before the settlement, such as the church of Agios Georgios built in the beginning of the 18th century, the shops and house of Tsimpougis of the 18th century in the southern part of the beach and the shop of Tagkos, across the church of Agios Georgios, built in the beginning of the 20th century. MORE

Armenades is a tiny village, 32 kilometers away from the city of Corfu  in the north. Its name comes from the Armenians who settled in the island after they were persecuted and were forced to leave their motherland during the 16th century. The wealthy Corfiots gave them work in their olive groves where, they worked in groups and that is how gradually they formed their own settlements. The Armenians did not only settle in Armenades but, also in the neighboring high ground, named today Rachtades . Besides, in both villages, even today, most of the inhabitants’ surname is Armenis. Armenades has remarkable churches from which stands out the church of Agia Anastassia with rare and very old murals. The area of Armenades includes the southern settlement Termenades, as well as a part of the beautiful beach of Agios Georgios Pagon. Armenades is also situated very close to the vast, sandy beach Arillas. MORE

Agios Athanasios    
Agios Athanasios is a traditional village, built on the road that leads from the city of Corfu  to Sidari  in the northern shores. In Agios Athanasios, just outside the village is situated the Monastery of Pantokratoras, built in the 17th century, on a hill and is surrounded by olive and cypress trees, on a verdant landscape. The residents of Agios Athanassios, 300 approximately, are occupied with agricultural work, as their village has remained intact from tourism. The nearest, big village is Agros, which was until recently, the seat of the former Municipality of Agios Georgios. There you will find besides shops, public services, an ATM and pharmacies. Agios Athanasios is approximately 28 kilometers away from the city of Corfu. MORE

Arkadades is a small, semi-mountainous village at a distance of 24 kilometers from the city of Corfu, in an amazing countryside filled with cypress trees and olive groves where, tourism has not affected the traditional way of life of the inhabitants. Arkadades is a very old village which is mentioned in scriptures dating back to 1346. In the alleys of the village there are still some imposing mansions with impressive entrance gates, many auxiliary buildings, yards and oil presses. There are two versions concerning the name given to the village. The first claims that its first inhabitants where immigrants from Arkadia but, this version is only preserved orally. According to another version, its inhabitants come from the race of Alkades, an Albanian race which migrated to the region and after many variations concluded to the name Arkadades. MORE

Chorepiskopoi is a semi-mountainous settlement built at an altitude of 200 meters on the mountainous mass of Troumbettas. The village which is «hidden» amongst vast vegetation and into a verdant, natural environment, is built on the provincial road which connects the villages Skripero and Karousades  in the north. In Chorepiskopoi dominates the church of Panagia Koukamiotissa with its tall bell-tower on the top of a hill. Chorepiskopoi is at a distance of about 25 kilometers from the city  of Corfu. The nearest beaches are Roda  and Acharavi which are large touristy and commercial centers of the northern region. MORE

Dafni is a small village in the north-western part of Corfu, built at an altitude of 160 meters, on the provincial road that connects Agros to Peroulades. Dafni borders with the villages Termenades  and Gavrades. This settlement was named Perlepsimades until 1955, a name which is used even today by the oldest inhabitants of the village. In Dafni there is an active, cultural club that organizes various events in the village. In 2013, the Philharmonic Chorus of Gyros was established in the region which is housed in a beautiful building in Dafni and in which participate many children and adults from the villages of the entire region. Dafni is about 29 kilometers away from the city of Corfu. MORE

Drosato is a beautiful, small village with picturesque alleys and old, well maintained houses. Some of these also bear a special ornament on their facades which are mainly colored. The village is built at the top of a verdant hill, at an altitude of 120 meters. Until 1955, Drossato was called Malakioi, a name that is still used today by the oldest inhabitants. Drosato is situated very close to the settlement of Agios Athanasios  where, the Monastery of Pantokratoras is located at the top of hill dating back to the 17th century and offering a wonderful view of the surrounding regions until the mountains of Albania. From Drosato you can head towards the North to the cosmopolitan resort of Sidari and you can swim in the worldwide famous Channel of Love . MORE

Gavrades is a small village in the north-western part of the island, «nestled» in dense vegetation. Gavrades is built at an altitude of 110 meters, on a narrow provincial road. There are a few houses in the village, all of them well presented with blossoming yards. The nearest large village is Agros  where, the shops and services are gathered because, until recently, it was the seat of the Municipality of Agios Georgios. From Gavrades you can visit the beautiful beaches of the northern part such as the famous Channel of Love , Loggas beach and the cape of Drastis . Sidari, which is a large touristy and commercial center of the region, is about 7 kilometers away from Gavrades. MORE

Kastellanoi of Gyros    
Kastellanoi of Gyros is built on the provincial road Skripero  – Peroulades, in the north-western part of the island. They have received the defining of the area Gyros, in order to distinguish it from Kastellanoi  which is situated in the central part of the island. Kastellanoi of Gyros with approximately 80 inhabitants borders with the small settlement Troumbettas  and with the village of Arkadades  in the west. MORE

Kavvadades is a large village built at an altitude of about 120 meters in a golden, green olive grove. Kavvadades is 33 kilometers away from the city of Corfu. The name of the village comes from the surname Kavvadis or Kavvadas. Kavvades were manufacturers of kavadi, a kind of military robe worn by the Byzantines. It is from there that derives the surname Kavvadis, as well as Kapsokavvadis, surnames that are frequently encountered in Kavvadades. A gem of Kavvadades is the mansion of the family Dendrinos from the 17th century. It is an impressive edifice with three imposing entrance gates and elaborate small doors. In the complex of Dendrinos are located the ruins of the church of Agia Varvara. MORE

A small and quiet village, Kopsocheilades, is built on a hill with a panoramic view of the meadows and of many villages of the region of Gyros, as the region west of Pantokratoras  is called. The village seems to have a long history because you can find it in written sources of the year 1469 with this specific name. The name Kopsocheilades comes from the surname Kopsocheilis which is not found today in the village. This surname probably goes back to the Byzantine years, when the violators of the law were punished with severe sentences, including among others, the cutting of their lips. In the region of Kopsocheilades there is also the place-name Makrychora where, according to tradition and scarce findings, mainly ceramics, there was a city from ancient times. MORE

Messaria is a small settlement in north-western Corfu built on the provincial road Skripero – Peroulades . Messaria borders with the settlement of Agios Athanasios in the south and with the settlement of Psathyla in the north. It is built at an altitude of 120 meters, with the nearest beach being the one in Sidari , about 7 kilometers from Messaria. The sight of the region is the Monastery of Pantokratoras in Agios Athanassios which dates back to the 17th century and stands renovated and grand at the top of a verdant hill. Messaria is approximately 29 kilometers from the city of Corfu. MORE

A beautiful and very old village, Pagi, is built on the northern slopes of the mountain Istoni in dense vegetation and with many flowing waters. The name of the village probably comes from the ancient word «pax» which means a rocky high ground or a steep cliff because as you enter the village there are six imposing cliffs of great dimensions. Besides, in the surrounding area, ancient findings have been located and this is why some researchers relate it to the Homeric city of Faiakes. In Pagi you will also be able to see an impressive waterfall on the road before the entrance to the village. In front of it a big cliff rises, with a hole in its middle from which flow the waters of the waterfall.
Inside the village you will be impressed by the picturesque cobbled roads, the old mansion with the imposing gates and the elaborate coats of arms, the beautiful churches and the old «loutrouvia». MORE

Prinylas is a beautiful, traditional village which in 1978 was declared a preserved settlement because of the old houses, the picturesque alleys and the mansions dating back to the beginning of the 20th century that demonstrate the wealth and the growth of the past. Prinylas is built in a panoramic position at an altitude of 270 meters above the cove of Agios Georgios in Pagoi and very close to the village Pagi. The village is mentioned in a document o 1200 A.C. as a seat of the Byzantine rule of ten. The small church of Agios Nikolaos, which dates back to the 14th century, is one of the sights of the village. In Prinylas most of the inhabitants have the surname Gialopsos, a name which probably comes from «Aigialon opsontes» because of the view of the sea. Another etymology of this surname is from the word yalopsos, meaning a person who makes glass. MORE

Rachtades is built on a cliff in the north-western side of the island from which the village probably got its name because Rachtades means a «high nest». More than half of the inhabitants of Rachtades are Armenian descendants and most of them have the surname Armenis. According to testimonies, the first settlers of this village come from the adjacent village of Armenades  where, the Armenians found refuge after they were driven away from their land during the 16th century. As tradition claims, the Armenians of Corfu set a condition to the girls who married foreigners, to entail to their children as a second surname, the name Armenis. This is the case concerning the eminent Corfiots, Ioannis Vrailas Armenis, who is a doctor and a writer and his brother Petros Vrailas Armenis, a philosopher and a politician of the 19th century. Rachtades possesses a brand new church dedicated to Agia Varvara on whose name-day, a big festival is organized in the village. MORE

The settlement of Saoulatika is located in the north-western part of the island. It is a small, traditional village, with very few inhabitants, approximately 30 kilometers away from the city of Corfu. Saoulatika is built on the provincial road Afionas  – Magoulades , above the beautiful and vast beach of Arillas. Other nearby beaches to Saoulatika are Agios Stefanos in Avliotes  from where, ships depart towards the Diapontia Islands  and also the impressive double beach Porto Timoni , below Afionas. Do not forget to visit the village of Afionas which is one of the most beautiful and most picturesque in the Corfiot countryside. Colored houses, cobble-paved alleys and a magnificent view create the scenery of this traditional village. MORE

Termenades is a small settlement of about 30 inhabitants situated between the villages Armenades and Dafni in the north-west of the island. It is a lowland settlement built at an altitude of about 100 meters, relatively close to two of the best beaches of the region: Agios Georgios in Pagoi  and Arillas. Termenades is at a distance of approximately 30 kilometers from the city of Corfu. MORE

Troumbettas or Troumbetta for the locals, is a small semi-mountainous settlement in the north-western part of the island. The mountainous mass of the region is also known with the name Troumbettas offering a wonderful view not only of Middle Corfu but also of the northern side of the island. It is from Troumbettas that you pass in order to get from the city to the resorts of the northern shores which are Acharavi, Roda  and Sidari. MORE

Vatonies is a lowland village in north-western Corfu, built at an altitude of 140 meters, near Aleimmatades. In Vatonies is preserved the church of Agioi Apostoloi, an edifice from the 17th century. The main surname in Vatonies is Leftheriotis or Lefteriotis, which refers to the Eleftheriotes of the Byzantine era, families with an exemption of taxes because of their good deeds, offered as a golden bull by Manuel I Komnenos from the 12th century. MORE

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