Most visitors to the area only know Pagi as the village
with the narrow road through which they must carefully drive every time they
take the "main road" from Agios Georgios towards Corfu town.
Nestling on the side of a wooded valley this small hill
village is set about 2 km from the sea.
dates back to the time when pirates roamed the Mediterranean so for their
protection the inhabitants built their houses away from the sea.
am assured by local people that the name "PAGI" ( real spelling Pagoi),
pronounced with the soft Greek "g" so it is almost Payee, means "Rocks" after
the nearby dominating rock features. But others say the name is from the Greek
word 'Pagos' ('ice') and is because of the icy cold waters of the village
spring. Whichever is correct Pagi is an interesting old place and well worth a
Those prepared to pause a while will find a world so
different from the busy flowing avenues of modern European cities.
hope to encourage you to enjoy the real Corfu by finding time to wander into
Pagi. Seek out the local businesses of this little village who miss most of the
tourist trade which passes straight through in typical hurried fashion.
In the centre there are several cafe's to sit awhile. Sadly one traditional
bakery, from which the delicious aroma of freshly baked loaves and bread
rolls baked in wood-fired ovens filled the air in the early mornings, closed down a few years ago. One still remains from which the baker sets off in his van delivering to local hotels, restaurants, shops and houses.
The streets are narrow so park your car just on the edge of the village
(Corfu town end) and walk back.
You can park your car on the roadside
under the big trees opposite the old school or there is a small car park tucked
down the little side road. Then walk along the main road for a coffee,
frappe, cool drink or food at either Cafe Bar Spiros ( now '007 Cafe'
) or Romeos Cafe Bar (Hari's).
Also for those in
self-catering accommodation there are a couple of small General shops
nearby for grocery items etc. Holiday visitors love to call in 'The Village
Shop' to find those more genuine Greek gift items to take home.
you are staying in Agios Georgios why not catch the local bus at 10.30 a.m. (2017)
(cost less than 3 Euros) to Pagi village centre and when you have
completed your visit the 2 km walk back is all downhill.
Now look at a few small photographs around Pagi
(More photos in
and around Pagi)
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