121 meters above sea level, the old village of Korakades in South Corfu, dominates the hill and challenges us to travel back in time and learn all about the legends of the area.
The village got the most prevalent and most common name in which it is found, from the Crows that used to have their nests on the hill.
The names, the pirates and the life of the inhabitants
As in most villages, so in this one, there are many names that have been given to it. The first name in which we find the village is Korakades, according to the Government Newspaper of 1652, while the names Petritina or Perotta are presented in 1759. Another of its names is the “cape of Korakados” which has been recorded in a book of 1943 by George A. Athanasainas.
However, its most common name is the one related to the Crows who used to have their nests on the hill, as “korakas” in greek language means crow.
According to the legend, the Saracen pirates found a home in the village Korakades up in the hill, as the hills provided security against other pirate coastal raids and a full view from above so they could have visibility in order to avoid them.
The Saracen pirates, in their choice to live a calmer lifestyle, engaged in fishing, which was predominantly for males, while women were mainly engaged in agricultural work, that was equally important in the activities of the inhabitants of the southern regions of the island Corfu.
So the former pirates, would sell their fish in the surrounding villages and used to obtain their raw materials from the land.
The years passed and the only thing that could disturb this quiet way of life of the inhabitants, were the forces of nature.
About 40 years ago the settlement of Korakades suffered severe landslides.
Most of the inhabitants were forced to relocate to the village Petritis.
The village Korakades today
Today, the few residents who remained in the village despite the landslides, maintained their property, while important are the moves to rebuild and create homes that occur in recent years in the area.
It is worth wandering in the village, to admire the beautiful old houses and the church that exists there and to let your gaze be lost in the view of the sea from above.
Pandis Porphyrios Odys. (1992) Notarial Deeds… and population data 1684 – 1991 of the prefecture of Corfu.
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Athanasainas George A. (1943) History from the archives of the War. p.206
Kavvadias George K. (2017) From Korakades to Petriti, the beautiful seaside village of Korissia