In the southern part of the island of Corfu, there are many places that will capture one’s
interest. A walk through Vouniatades, with its narrow alleys, beautiful yards and quaint
neighborhood, will transport you to the carefree life in a beautiful Corfiot village. It is a
small picturesque, hillside village that one comes across on the mountain road, en route
to nearby Paramonas beach. In the next largest village of Agios Mattheos you may
choose to wander as well and enjoy further beauty of the island.
It is a small picturesque, hillside village that one comes across on the mountain road, en route to nearby Paramonas beach.
It is speculated that Vouniatades took its name from the surname of a noble family of
Vouniatas or Vouniotis, as seems to have happened with many of the names of
settlements on the island.
A route worth following is that to the church of Ai Giannis with its bell tower completing
the postcard image of the charming village, surrounding nature spreading its cloak of
bright green and the view stealing one’s breathe.
The church of Ai Giannis holds a big celebration accompanied by the traditional custom
of jumping over the fires on June 24. It is said that fire, according to tradition, brings
purification and people are freed from evil. The custom is also called the custom of
Agianni of Lampataris and the feast is also called the feast of Ai Giannis of Klidonas (or
Rigana, or Rizikari).
Although Vouniatades is a small village of Corfu, it has managed to show its strong
presence, with the Cultural Association of Vouniatades and the Vouniatades Choir of
Corfu actively participating in both local events and events outside of Corfu, in
collaboration with other choirs of the island.