Arguably the most spectacular bay no visit to the island is complete without a day in Paleokastritsa. A complex of bays, sandy beaches, jagged rocks dropping into deep blue waters topped with lush green forests sets the backdrop to what has become a favorite tourist destination.
There is a varied choice of accommodation from simple rooms to five star hotels, a good choice of places to eat and relax and thankfully very few, if any noisy clubs, which helps in preserving the peaceful nature of the surroundings.
There are no less than 7 beaches to choose from, more if you have a boat, each with its own unique character that will suit different tastes, all of which are relaxing, some with breathtaking views, others remote and accessible only by boat, which reflects the overall character of the area. The area is not suitable for many types of water sports, but it is one of the best places to take a leisurely boat ride along the cliffs, caves and remote beaches, paddle in a kayak or stand up board, snorkling and scuba diving are also excellent.
With several points of safe anchorage, Paleokastritsa is without a doubt one of the best places to drop your anchor and leave it there for as long as you can. Sailing the west coast of the island can become challenging when the winds pick up, but it is highly rewarding. The small port of Alipa is a good refuge and does offer basic facilities to sailors.
West of Palekastritsa are two more large sandy beaches, Ay. Georgios Pagon and Arillas, low key with modest development, void of any large hotels, these are wonderfully quiet and very calm beaches to spend your summer days. There is enough to cater for everyday needs, basic accommodation and entertainment and a lot of open space.