Kritika is a small traditional village known as a passage for some of the most beautiful sandy beaches of South Corfu.

Near the village of Kritika you will find beaches and parts of the island with incomparable beauty.

Starting from the area of ​​Megali Lakka behind the hills of Kritika village, one meets the beach with the golden sand, named “Mikro Nisi beach” located near the famous impressive cape of Arkoudilas in South Corfu.

The history of the village is connected with the archeological findings that came to light and testify to the existence of human life from prehistoric times.

The history and the name of the village Kritika

The history of the village is connected with the archeological findings that came to light and testify to the existence of human life from prehistoric times with Pyrolithic tools found in the area.

The name of the village as Kritika is written in documents of 1350, later in 1450 it is registered as Kritika of Neochori, while an additional interesting element for the village is found in 1753 where the village is found as part of Barony Darmer.

The village Kritika foreshadows the association of its name with its construction by Cretan immigrants as its name is similar to word “Kritikos” that refers to those who are from Crete.  As the locals say, the Cretan immigrants moved to the island of Corfu by the time Crete was occupied by the Saracens, in the 16th century. Additionally, there is another story about the building of the village by Venetian soldiers who came from Nafplio and Monemvasia in 1540.

Discover all of its paths and narrow streets, as well as the places around it that stand out with unique flowers and trees.

The village Kritika, however, is also known for its special traditions, which is passing down from generation to generation. One known tradition is “Karnavalitikos or sacred wedding” that takes place during the carnival period. This tradition also hapens at the neightboring villages of Marathias, Chlomos and Giannades, on the Sunday of Tyrophagus.

You can also visit the Church of Saint Spyridon of Kritika, where many traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church take place and locals are often gathered for celebrations and customs that also take place in many other villages of Corfu throughout the year.

The village Kritika, is also known for its special traditions. "Karnavalitikos or sacred wedding" is one of the most known traditions that takes place during the carnival period.

If you are around the settlement of Kritika, we recommend that you discover all of its paths and narrow streets, as well as the places around it that stand out with their biodiversity and are blessed with unique flowers and trees. Of course you should definitely complete your photo album with photos from the nearby beaches, such as Mikro Nisi, Gardenos beach, Ai Gordis Notou and the impressive Cape of Arkoudila.

Colleagues
Text Editor: Marilia Makri
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