This park-like wooded estate 2km around the bay south of the Old Town was the site of Corfu’s most important ancient settlement, Palaeopolis. More recently, in 1921, the secluded neoclassical villa that now holds the Museum of Palaeopolis was the birthplace of Prince Philip of Greece, who went on to marry Britain's Princess Elizabeth (now the current Queen) and became HRH The Duke of Edinbrugh. Footpaths lead through the woods to ancient ruins, including those of a Doric temple atop a small coastal cliff. Near the entrance to the estate is a small monastery, looked after by one Orthodox Nun and her goat that stands guard on the monastery walls eye any visitor with suspicion. 


The area around the estate is a mix of hotels, rocky beaches a small fishing harbour dominated by a traditional windmill. Around the back streets in-between the modern apartment buildings lay the remains of Corfu's past. Old traditional cottages many of them now derelict. The textures of the pealing paint and crumbling stone work have a beauty of their own and a glimpse of the colours of the past.