Theotokos Monastery

  • Open daily from 07:00-13:00 & 15:00-20:00
  • Admission: Free, but donations are always welcome

Follow the road as far as you can into Paleokastritsa & you'll reach a hill where Theotokos Monastery is situated. You can either walk or drive up the winding road, but the traffic lights can take some time to change, so be prepared for a long wait. This monastery was originally built in 1228 & was dedicated to Panagia (the Virgin Mary), however the buildings you see today all date from the 18th century. This monastery is a classic example of Greek monastic architecture & home to several monks who can be seen around the place. Inside the monastery there's a small museum which is home to Byzantine & post-Byzantine icons, sacred books, other religious relics & a very well preserved mammoth skeleton.

There is also a working traditional olive oil press, which the monks can be seen using from time to time. One important point to remember is that this is a working monastery, so there is a strict dress code. Ladies should have their shoulders covered & short shorts are frowned upon inside the buildings. If you visit the Monastery late on in the day, don't forget your camera as the sunset views over the ocean are amazing!