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A big picturesque village with houses built from the 17th till the 19th centuries , narrow paths and squares , over the tourist resort of Agios Gordios and next to the beach Gialiskari and the wonderful Aerostato .
It was inhabited, then deserted and re-inhabited at different times from the middle Ages to the 17th century. Walk through its narrow streets and you will feelthe pulses of history.
You should definitely visit the Folk Museum of Messi. This unique museum is housed in a traditional mansion and it has gotexhibits and evidence of all aspects of country life in Corfu in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit Aerostato. At the edge of the village, a road will take you to a region with enchanting view over the tourist resorts and the Ionian Sea.
The village has a panoramic view over the bay of Agios Georgios and it is mentioned as the centre of a Byzantine administrative division in a 1200 AD document. The most common surname in the village is Gialopsos (possibly deriving from the ancient Greek expression "Aigialon opsontes - They will see the sea"). The central church of the village is Agios Nikolaos, constructed in the 14th century (built on a preexisting building). It is a preservable village with typical paths, houses and a mansion of the early 19th century.
A picturesque and famous village, built on top of a hill in midland Corfu.
Wilhelm II, emperor of Germany, who bought the Achilleion palace after the death of Empress Sissy in the early 20th century, would come to this village tocontemplate the view from the top of the hill and enjoy the sunset.
Ever since then, thousands of visitors come here every year , at a place known as Keiser's watch post , to enjoy the very samesunset over the peaceful water of the Ionian sea.
Thanks to the sunset and to the picturesque village and the beautiful nearby beaches (Glyfada, Kondogialos, and Gialiskari), Pelekas was one of the first places in Corfu to have developped tourism.
There is parking space, while at the central street of the village you will find everything: coffee shops, taverns, mini markets, tourist agencies.
This village is built on the northwestern slopes of mount Istoni in a green environment. The buildings, the names of places and the surnames of the locals refer to the 14th - 15th century, while the population seems to have increased considerably in the 17th century with the refugees from Crete after the fall of Chandax in the hands of the Turks. Archaeological findings indicate that the wider region of the Bay of Agios Georgios was inhabited from the Roman era.
The fertile land and the numerous water wells make the village famous for the production of fruit and wine.
Wander around the roads of the village. Take a look at the relics of the Georgantas mansion, the old Venetian administration centre with its imposing gates.
Look the Synadinos mansion with the military emblems. Admire the houses of the village and the well, constructed in the early 20th century.
Visit the churches and admire the work of painters of the 16th to the 20th centuries.
Sit at the local coffee shops and ask for local fruit.
Lefkimmi is a large village at south Corfu and it resulted from the unification of traditional villages and settlements with the names Rigglades, Anaplades, Agioi Theodoroi, Potami and Melikia. Each of these villages has its own important history and it i worth walking around and enjoying yourselves here.
It is 40 kilometres south of Corfu town and the airport and near the tourist resort of Kavos.
It is remarkable that the linguistic item "Lefk" is found at three place-names of the wider region and one should say that they stand as landmarks on the ancient sea way towards Sicily and the West. We have the island "Lefk-ada ", the southern extremity of Corfu "Lefk-immi" and the southeastern edge of Italy "Lefk-a - Leuca "(in Greek eu=ef or ev).
At Rigglades with the traditional houses and the mansions of a particular local architecture, you will feel the deep Byzantine roots, you will discover on the walls and the narrow streets the remains of the Middle Ages.
At Anaplades (which is today one and the same village with Rigglades) you will trace down the anxiety and the relief of the refugees who arrived here in the1540s, when the Turks conquered Nafplio (or Anapli) and the Venetians moved here soldiers and refugees.
At Melikia you will discover houses and mansions that date back to the 15th century and don't ommit to visit the church of Agios Isavros with unique frescoes and icons of the 16th century.
At Potami, with the channel which serves as a haven for the local boats, you will enjoy not only a nice walk, but also traditionaldishes at the small, but so special taverns.
All over Lefkimmi, note the two-storey mansions, the arched houses and search for thetraditional cobbled streets, with rounded stones artistically combined by old craftsmen.
From Rigglades, a road will take you to the touristically and environmentally important Alykes of Lefkimmi (Natura 2000).