In the west side of the island about 15 km from the center of Corfu is the village of Vatos. The village is in between Ermones village, Ropa Valey and the famous beaches of Ermones and Myrtiotissa.

A beautiful village located at a strategic point, due to the fear of pirate raid in the past.

On the mountain where Vatos is located, the mountain of Ai Giorgis, there are places where you can admire the panoramic view to the Ropa Valey but also places that have a view to the sea.

From this village the racing routes of the Vatos Mountain trail start, a marathon event running also as a charity event, helping those in need.

Narrow streets, charming, cobbled streets and buildings with architectural elements that testify to the origins of the inhabitants who lived and showed their loved for the village of Vatos.

Evidence for the dates on which the village was inhabited is derived from the buildings of the church of Ai Giorgis, which is believed to have been built in the Middle Ages and the church of Agios Nikolaos, the parish church of the village in which there are 13th century frescoes.

The name of the village Vatos, probably derives from some plants of the area or from the Greek word “Vata” that means easily accessible due to the fact that it is a passable, easy route.

Heading to the nearby church of Agios Nikolaos there is also the settlement of “Kellia”, which was named after the cells of the monks of the church who once lived in the area. The settlement is especially known to visitors to the island who seek tranquility and choose it for their summer dives on the nearby beach of Myrtiotissa. There you will find table water that is worth drinking, running at an outdoor old source.

Near the village of Vatos there is the Golf Course which many celebrities have visited, surrounded by the slopes of the courts with trees, streams and lakes, a special and unique natural landscape rich in flora and fauna.

 

The village of Vatos has about 345 inhabitants. The are represented through the actions of the newly established Cultural and Environmental Association of Vatos “Trigialos” with a common interest of the members for the promotion of the area and the preservation of its natural beauty.

Colleagues
Photography: Alexandros Melidis
Text Editor: Marilia Makri
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