The northernmost island of the Ionian Islands, the beautiful Corfu was and is an integral geographical and cultural element with a central location in the Mediterranean Sea.
Let us lead you to a magical trip back in time.

The ancient city of Corfu is a treasure trove of information with a great archaeological interest.
The ancient city or Paleopolis is bordered by the suburb of Garitsa til the Cape Kanoni and from above it looks like a narrow strip of land.

The traditional pottery workshops

In the past, pottery was of paramount importance in the occupations of the inhabitants.
In Garitsa there were pottery workshops in operation that for centuries served the needs of creating useful objects that were then essentials items.
The mechanization and industrialization that took place in the 50’s, was to gradually suspend the operation of the laboratories.

Soil morphology and geomorphological peculiarities

The special territorial cavities were located close to each other and contained sea water at a shallow depth which was connected to the gulf of Garitsa.
The existence of small fish and the fact that these cavities resembled to small lakes, justifies the fact that one of the names used for Garitsa bay was “Garitsa Limioti” as found in several marriage acts.

The names that were given to Garitsa bay

The first reference to Garitsa bay is found, according to manuscripts, in the late 1370, where it was called Gastrades / Gastradika from the clay utensils that were made in the traditional pottery workshops. We also find the same etymology in the name of the settlement Gastouri in central Corfu.

Another reference to the suburb of Garitsa, is Kastrades, which is found for a short time as a paraphrase of the word castle, while from 1878 and for several years it was called Lykoursi, due to the settlement of about 600 inhabitants from the Lykoursi area of ​​Northern Epirus.

Their traditions, their costumes and dances, made their presence distinct on the island special, while today some of the following families testify to their existence, such as Beratis, Gekas, Bodas, Tsonas, Tsogas, Skoupouras and others. a.

Vlacherna Church at Garitsa

The Parish of the Most Holy Theotokos Vlacherna Church is located in the beautiful suburb of Garitsa, in the southern part of the city of Corfu.

It belongs to the Holy Diocese of Corfu, Paxos and the Diapontian Islands. It was built before the middle of the 18th century, next to the smaller but much older post-Byzantine church of “Agios Nikolaos ton Xenon” and it celebrates on the 2nd of July.

There is no visitor to the island who is not enchanted by the view of Garitsa. The beauty of the landscape challenges you to walk, explore and create your unique memories.

Garitsa bay as we know it today

There is no visitor to the island who is not enchanted by the view of Garitsa.
The beauty of the landscape challenges you to walk, explore and create your unique memories.
The bay of Garitsa is suitable for all lovers of walks and sports as one can also use his bicycle.
There are many options also when it comes to the coffee places, restaurants and traditional tavernas and we recoment you to discover more and let us know your beloved ones.


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Σουρτζίνος, Χ. Γιώργος (2008) “Τοπωνύμια γλωσσικές μαρτυρίες στην ιστορική διαδρομή της Κέρκυρας” | 29.Βλαχέραινα Γαρίτσας σελ.50 | 38. Γαρίτσα σελ.58-62 Η Ενορία Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου Βλαχερνών Η αρχαία πόλη της Κέρκυρας

Text Editor: Μαρίλια Μακρή
Photography: Έντυ Κασταμονίτης
Photography: Άτσαλογραφία G. Richardson 1850
Photography: Άντα Κυριαζή
Translation - Text Editor: Μαρίλια Μακρή
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