Varkarola Festival in Palaiokastritsa

The Varkarola Festival Of Corfu Greece is maybe one of the most famous Events that held every year in Corfu Island. The event usually takes place in early of August, the right night is chosen and just before the sun sets Everything is about to begin!

 

The Story Of Varkarola 

 

Odysseus leaves Calypso’s island on a single raft and begins his long journey back to his home, Ithaca. While sailing, he meets God of the Sea, Poseidon, who in order to take revenge for his son’s blinding by Odysseus (cyclops Polyphemus), throws a terrible storm and hits Odysseus raft which shipwrecked near the coast of Palaiokastritsa.

Meanwhile, beautiful Nausicaa, daughter of King Alcinous, after Athena’s exhortation, goes to the very same coast with her friends and servants where they swim, do laundry and play the ball shouting and singing. Odysseus, exhausted and sea stormed takes the decision and reveals himself, asking for help.

Nausicaa, charmed by his looks, gives him shelter and invites him back to the palace to meet her father. Alcinous welcomes Odysseus as a hero, offering him the well known local hospitality. After reciting Odysseus adventures in the Trojan War, Alcinous is so impressed with him that asks him to marry his daughter Nausicaa!

But Odysseus, faithful to Penelope, kindly rejected Alcinous proposal and asked the king to help him return to his home. His wife Penelope was back home waiting almost 20 years for him to return. Alcinous accepted his will and gave him a ship full of his citizens to get him back to Ithaca.

 

Once it was held in the bay of Garitsa, Corfu Town, but now it takes place in of Paleokastritsa and we strongly suggest it! If you have never been to an event like this we guarantee that you will love it, personally, I visit Palaiokastritsa’s event every year and still going!

 

Musicians, dancers, cheerleaders, divers, bands, fireworks and naturally beautiful scenery make a spectacular setting for Odysseus arrival in Paleokastritsa… Come and live your myth.

 

All and all Varkarola Festival is a must Event, it attracts people of all ages, be one of them and gain an experience of a lifetime! For more information please visit varkarola.com, they are the right people to answer any possible question you may have! There is also map here with map Directions in order to help you get there and enjoy the Festival with us!

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