The small town of Agios Mattheos is a few kilometers south of Corfu Town. You can find it near one of the main roads which makes it an easy visit and a nice stop to explore. Read on to uncover the top things to do in Agios Mattheos of Corfu.
You can expect cute architecture, small side streets, and a local atmosphere. There are some beaches to visit and enjoy awesome tavernas to grab some food. Whenever you are venturing to the south side of the island Agios Mattheos can prove as a nice stop.
How to get to Agios Mattheos?
Now, Agios Mattheos is one of those towns that you need a car to visit. We’ll not cover other ways to get to the town since we only recommend you to go there if you rent a car on Corfu.
There are two main roads going to the south from the town of Corfu. There is one that goes along the sea and the other goes through the land and hills. You’ll find Agios Mattheos right beside the latter road and you can access it with a short 30-minute drive from Corfu Town.
You’ll need to go through some mountains and as we have covered in our driving in Corfu article you can expect some hairpins as well. It’s nothing too crazy, but you must keep it in mind when you are planning your visit.
Things to do in Agios Mattheos
Are you ready to explore Agios Mattheos fully? You’ll need a car to reach certain attractions and other times you will need to go on foot. There are also some beaches nearby so make sure that you grab your swimsuit before you visit!
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1. Explore the small streets of the village
When you arrive by car you will be driving on the main street. We recommend that you find an empty parking spot and leave the car there. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab a quick coffee in one of the local places, especially if you include a visit to Agios Mattheos from Corfu Town in the morning. You’ll feel right at home among the locals with your morning brew.
From here we recommend that you take to the northern part of the village and walk up the small streets of the mountain. There is a cute church at the top that you can explore and visit. Pay attention to the architecture and plants that run along with the buildings as you’ll get a truly local experience.
After you have walked the northern side of the town you can head to the south part. It still has some awesome little streets waiting for you to discover, but you might skip this part if you are short of time.
2. The Governor’s Olive Mill
One of our favorite things to do in Agios Mattheos is a visit to the local olive oil producer. They offer awesome tours of their factory where you can get acquainted with olive harvesting and production. In our opinion, this is something that you can’t miss when you are vacationing on Corfu.
Olive Oil and Greece have a special connection. This is why it’s so cool to visit this place and take a tour of how olive oil is made and learn about the local traditions. For more information, you can head over to the official site of the Governor’s Olive Mill. If you like what they offer we most definitely recommend that you book a tour.
3. Head over to the Beach
There are not only one, but two cool beaches near Agios Mattheos. If you come in a car you can access either one of them in just a few minutes.
The first one to check out is Paramonas Beach which unsurprisingly is found near the village of Paramonas. It’s a relatively big pebbly beach that often sees a limited amount of tourists and has great free spaces. Perfect if you want to avoid a crowded swimming experience. There is also the incredibly cute Chapel of Agios Nikolaos just next to the beach. You must check it out if you come here.
The other beach is called Prasoudi Beach and we love it due to the cool looks. It’s a small patch of sandy beach tucked in between the sea and a small steep wall. This makes the beach look like it was carved out to be there, but it’s all-natural. An awesome place to relax for a few hours.
4. Byzantine Fortress of Gardiki
Whenever you are looking at the things to do in Agios Mattheos you’ll be treated with the opportunity to visit an old Byzantine Fortress ruin. Dated all the way back to the 13th century this ruin is a great place to enjoy some old buildings and history.
Children will love the ruined fortress with many of its walls and towers still standing. The views are pretty great from the inside. We’ve found that there is a lack of informational plaques in this place which is a shame as it would make for a nicer visit.
5. Paleolithic Cave of Grava at Gardiki
A few minutes’ walks from the Byzantine Fortress ruin will take you to the entrance of the Paleolithic Cave of Grava. We recommend that you visit the two places at once. This will make for a great program. You can visit the cave and wonder how people used to live before settlements came about. If you fancy doing a little easy climbing you can get to the top opening in the cave where you are greeted with nice views of the area.
6. Monastery of Prophet Elias and the Estauromenos
Do you want to feel at the top of the world? Then you must definitely visit the Monastery of Prophet Elias and the Estauromenos. You can find it at the end of a small asphalt road, directly at the summit of the mountain.
When you look around you, you will be rewarded with awesome overlooks of Corfu. It’s a very nice place to take in the scenery and enjoy a moment of silence. Not to mention it’s an awesome opportunity for some pictures to take home. The views are truly great.
Where to eat at Agios Mattheos in Corfu?
Visiting the small village of Agios Mattheos is also a perfect opportunity for you to enjoy some Greek food that’s prepared by locals. There are multiple family-run businesses waiting for you with awesome dishes. However, there is just one place that’s better than the others in town. Let us tell you about our favorite place to grab a bite in Agios Mattheos.
Horiatikes Nostimie (Χωριάτικες Νοστιμιές)
This is our favorite place in the town. It’s situated right next to the main road and has an awesome menu. You can mostly order meat here and the prices are fairly good. Souvlaki comes below 2 EUR and you can get a meat wrap between 2 and 3 EUR.
Not only it is affordable but everything we have tried tastes awesome in this restaurant. We highly recommend it when you are visiting. Especially trying the wraps is good.