Old Perithia sits in a hollow in the mountain massif, its stone-built houses and terraced gardens surrounded
by bare hillsides. But no eyes look out from empty windows, and the only feet pacing the cobbled streets are those of visitors who have made the trip to one of Corfu's finest monumets. Perithia’s story is typical of the many almost deserted Corfu villlages, which are a feature of the Pantokrator mountain range. Old Perithia village was established during Byzantine times when pirate raids forced people to abandon fertile coastal plains and hide themselves in inaccessible regions. Old Perithia's location is perfect. Shut off from pirate's eye view by a ridge, it is nevertheless accessible from the coast through a succession of connecting valleys. Driven into the mountains, local villagers made the daily trip to their holdings on the coasts of Corfu, and returned in the evening.
Today some houses in old Perithia are being restored to their original glory, using traditional materials and techniques - some by private enterprise and others as part of the Corfu Municipality of Thinali's plan, in partnership with the European Union (EU), to turn this village into a heritage centre. The Old Perithia village will remain as a monument of a past age.