Perachori is the largest village of Ithaca, with 354 permanent residents, and it is the only one situated in the southern part of the island, only five minutes by car from the city of Ithaca. It is built vertically on the hillside, right under a forest, facing east.
It is one of the oldest villages of Ithaca. During the Venetian rule, it was called Paleochora and it was located to the east of today’s settlement. You can visit the old Venetian “state”, with its ruins of medieval churches and houses, by following a path from Perachori.
The view from the “upper village” of Perachori is endless. If the atmosphere is clear, you can see Vathi, with its secluded bay, the Ionian Sea with the countless small islands from Lefkada to Patra and even the bridge of Rio-Antirrio.
At Perachori, you can find the church of Agios Raphael, who was born here and next to it is the chapel of Agios Ioannis the Theologian, where Eugene Karavias was baptized. Moni Taxiarchon, another monastery, is located two kilometers outside Perachori, in a beautiful location in the countryside.
At Perachori, apart from the wonderful view that you can enjoy, you can also taste delicious food. Every year, at the end of July a wine festival is organized in the village, with lots of dancing and wine of excellent quality.