OLD PERITHIA | HERITAGE
The island of Corfu, often described as the ‘Emerald island’, is well known for its Venetian architecture, beautiful beaches, turquoise seas, abundance of flora and fauna, Greek tavernas and a wonderful sense of hospitality wherever you go. But to many, the ancient village of Old Perithia remains something of an enigma.
This historic village of Paleá (Old) Períthia, situated in the north-east corner of the island just below Mount Pantokrator, is the oldest permanently inhabited settlement in Corfu, with records dating back to the 14th century, although it's believed that the village was established around 700BC. It was once the wealthiest village on the island, by the mid 17th century there were 130 houses, built entirely by hand. Many were extended or restored in the mid 19th century, of which over 100 still exist today, although some of which have now fallen into ruins. The village with its cobbled streets and ancient houses is encircled by eight churches and set amidst beautiful countryside.
Distinctive and picturesque, Old Perithia is a 'Designated Area of Natural Beauty' the oldest, and only village on the island to be established as 'A Protected Heritage Site.'
‘Suspended in time’ Old Perithia has long been seen as a paradigm of Corfu's rustic charm, and The Merchant's House captures all that is lovely about the region. The old village continues to be an enchanting discovery for visitors from all over the world as today visitors are rewarded with a fascinating glimpse into the way in which people used to live, a hideaway with spectacular unspoiled mountain views and that rests peacefully at night beneath the light of the moon and clear, unpolluted Ionian sky.
When visiting or staying in Old Perithia please remember:
Park considerately, away from the village - it's a no though road, with local access only
Take your litter home with you, or use the bins provided
Scoop your poop
No barbeques, fires and please extinguish cigarettes with care
Cycle with care and attention to walkers
Toilets are available in the tavernas, please make a small donation (if not eating there)
Thank you for helping us to care for the environment!