Distance: 22.7 km
Estimated driving time: 37 min
The tavernas in the colorful square offer some of the best local wine. From here the road to the top of mount Pantocrator or across the island towards Paleokastritsa, gives breathtaking views and eventually takes you out onto the north-west of the island.
On the west coast of the island. Astonishing green beauty with amazing beaches and caves. At the top of the hill lies a male monastery dedicated to the Virgin, founded in 1225. Not far away, Angelokastro, is a Byzantine fortress, built on the summit of a steep crag.
The summer residence of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissy), in Gastouri. She named the mansion “Achilleion”, in honor of Achilles and his huge statue dominates the palace’s garden. Now functions as a museum.
Inside a green park, this mansion, “Mon Repos”, was built in 1824, in order to be given to the British commanding officer. Later became the summer house of the Greek, ex-royal family. This house was the birthplace of the Queen of England’s consort, Prince Philip. Today it hosts the Paleopolis Museum.