Korfos – Sofiko – Angelokastro
In a magnificent pine forest of 80,000 acres, the area has a variety of historic churches and monasteries, with admirable and rare architecture and hagiography. In the valley of Larissa, the temple of the Brigadiers, of the 12th century, will pique your interest with the excessively beautiful frescoes of the 16th century, works of strict Cretan art. The village is also adorned by the church of Agios Georgios (1700), the recently renovated church of Evangelistria in the district “Kokkinia” and the church of Agia Triada in the place “Larisi”.
At the top of the hill dominates the historic monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin, a 12th century convent, built with materials from the great ancient Greek temple of Aphrodite, which are still scattered in the monastery’s courtyard.
Nearby is the church of Agia Paraskevi, built in 1617, decorated with frescoes of significant folklore value.
The landscape of the churches is complemented by the two temples, dedicated to Saints Nicholas and Demetrius, with excellent frescoes, inspired by the daily life of the 18th century Sofikites.
During the summer months, the stone-built Open Theater of Soligeia hosts remarkable cultural events. Next to the theater, there is a path that connects Sofiko with Korfos, a route gently through a pine forest that along the path you see the characteristic sections for the resin collection in which the inhabitants of Sofiko have a tradition.
The resin collectors, who have been active in Sofiko for decades, are inextricably linked to the forest, offering irreplaceable services in their protection and development. In the beautiful forest of the area, if you browse, you will see “worked” trees of 300 years old.
At an altitude of 780 meters, the mountain village of Angelokastro is built. Every corner of the village is neat, tidy and clean and this shows how much its inhabitants love it. The village associations organize festivals and events with one of them, which is the “threshing festival” and takes place in early July, to be very dear and popular.
On a hill west of the village, there are ruins of a 13th-century Byzantine castle and the church of Agios Nikolaos with remarkable frescoes dating from the 10th century. Next to the village near Dervenakia, you can see the remains of an ancient quarry, a sample of ancient Greek technology. The pottery and coins found there show that the quarry operated from the 5th to the 3rd century BC. century.
In the natural valley of the beautiful pine forest in Sofiko, Corinthia, there is a unique theme park “Ranch” that young and old can ride, in a setting of the Wild West.
An impressive custom is revived every Easter at Sofiko. This is the Yeme Dance in which all the inhabitants of Sofiko, young and old, men and women gather on Easter days (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) and with strength of soul sing and dance in the square of the square of the Holy Temple of Evangelistria.
Don’t miss the Sardine Festival in Corfu that takes place in the first days of September.