Snorkeling at Paleokastritsa, Corfu, Greece
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Paleokastritsa is probably one of the best snorkeling (UK: snorkelling ) areas on Corfu.
It has many beaches, rock formations and good facilities. The city, or rather
village, largely depends on tourists. Along the main road you will find restaurants,
hotels, bike rentals and a camping site.
There is even a proper harbour which makes things even more lively.
In short: for us it was "wow"!
In the east bay we saw large groups of fish. The most
overwhelming experience was a group of hundreds of fish, all of them being some 25 cm. large.
At the east beach the water gets deep pretty quickly, which makes the water already
'blue-tinted' when you put your head into the water from the shore.
The west beach has a large 'step-stone' some 50 cm below the surface and some
20 metres form the beach. This proved to be an ideal resting point for the kids: no
need to return to the beach, so you can rest more often without spending to much
time on it.
Things are easy to find in Paleokastritsa.
For the East beach (see marine map) you can use the stairs
beside (on the right side) the first big hotel on your left, coming from the east.
You may be lucky enough to even be able to park at the hotel.
For the other beaches the easiest trip is parking at the official large parking,
just before the main road enters the hill with the monastery. This parking is next to
several popular beaches. One of them could be called the West beach. Just north of this
beach, separated by a cliff of only some 20 metres wide and high' is much more quiet since
you can not enter from the parking. For getting to this north-west beach, walk back the street, take
the first turn left, just before the row of restaurants. Walk till the end of the path
(some 300 m) to enter the not so crowdy north beach.
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