Paleo Pili
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Old Byzantine fortress located in the old village of Pili, it is amazing and beautiful, one of the most beautiful places on the island.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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David D
Devon, UK25 805 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Saturday 10th October and we drove to the Old Town of Pyli, where it's remains and that of it's castle are located, about 4 kilometres away from the "New Town" of Pyli.

We travelled the road from Pyli to zia via Amaniou, bit of a task find the place, limited signposting, we got there in the end.

We parked up in the free carpark area, near the foot of the steps leading to the Castle. There was an old guy dressed in traditional clothing, he would look after the cars for a Euro or 2, once paid, you could take a photograph of him.

Firstly we went for a walk a long the dirt track where we saw some of the ruins of the old town.

After that we started to climb up to the steps, was going to count the number of steps up but soon gave up, needed the energy for climbing and getting up there.

Having made it to the top we were able to clamber through and over the ruins, we were also rewarded with incredible views.
Written 25 November 2020
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Karen H
Preston, UK392 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Unless you have good walking shoes or trainers don’t try this. You need a certain level of fitness too as its very steep with Rocky steps and paths uneven and a bit dangerous. Bit of an adventure though! Annoying that there is zero information anywhere. You have no idea what you are looking at. Massive site and you need to use your imagination! Followed the path up to the flat area where there are chapels. Then carried on upwards to where the haunting Greek music was floating down from. It’s a tiny taverna perched on the cliff. Very happy to order a tart fresh lemonade and have a sit down and a loo stop! As we were sat we looked to the close by hill where the castle ruins are. There was a wonky wooden sign part way up the path that pointed to the castle. But we missed it! To be honest I am nervous with heights and there’s no way I would have made it to the very top. It was scary looking across at the castle top from the taverna. By the way there’s are no fences and steep precarious drops everywhere near the cliff edges so keep hold of your kids! No charge entry and nice way to spend a few hours although my legs were screaming by the time we got to the car!
Written 9 October 2022
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Carolyn D
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We went off the beaten track and climbed through the ruins of the village houses. It's not an easy climb and there are no paths but we managed it with two young children (9 and 6). If you prefer a more organised experience the path from the car park to the castle takes you through a different part of the village. Both routes are impressive, and both require some climbing (not pushchair or wheelchair friendly). The path to the castle is not very clear from the village but worth looking for and attempting. The views from the top are spectacular. There are no information boards telling you what's what (very common here) so do your research/learning before you go. One of our favourite experiences on Kos. And it's free! (You don't have to pay the chap who camps out in the car park).
Written 27 August 2022
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Jan P
Prague, Czech Republic29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
If you are looking for a quiet, traditional place with perfect view and nice sunsets, Palio Pyli is the right place for you. I do recommend to go to the small Taverna which is situated right opposite the castle. The owner Giorgos speaks also German and English, so you can learn many interesting information from him. I do remember that sometimes they had even live music, but what a music! The songs I have never heard anywhere else, songs from Kos and villages. Besides that he has good food and wine, his own tsipouro.. Go and check the toilets, thats a must.. :)
Written 6 November 2013
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Horrorfield
Helsinki, Finland27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
So we decided to hike the 18km from our hotel.
Stopped by the "super view" with the wind thing on top of the mountain and continued to where the stupid app told us to. We saw the amazing church on the way and continued. If you're using Google maps; DO NOT CONTINUE PAST THE CHURCH! Google maps will show you a routw that would require you to jump off a cliff to get there... Look for alternative routes around that cliff. (Picture included)

Once we finally got to the ruins of Paleo Pili, it was amazing 💕💕
From the parking lot you can find steps that will take you to the castle all the way to the top.
Further up from the parking lot you will find a turn to the left, continue there or take the steps up to the café!
It has an amazing view and great service! Even the toilet is amazing <3 eat a Greek calad! It's the best I've ever had! 😍
Written 4 July 2019
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ric912
Gwynedd7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Before visiting I noted that this place was the top rated sightseeing spot in Kos and I would agree 100% with that assessment. A hot steep climb to the top but well worth it for the sights and sounds.
Written 13 July 2014
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Marek U
Warsaw, Poland371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
the best way to get there from Kos city is to rent a buggy and make half-day trip...then climb up a bit but it is really worth of this effort ..
Written 23 September 2014
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imt58
Wesham, UK212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
The Old Pyli is well worth a visit if you've hired a car. There is even a café up at the top of the old village; the owner hires a donkey to get you there during the season. The old church still has paintings on the wall and you get a sense of what it must have been like to have lived half way up a mountain. It's no surprise pirates left the place alone.
It's a bit more of an effort to get to the top of the old castle but well worth the effort for the views across to Turkey.
Either go early or late to avoid the heat during the climb. I'm sure it would be amazing to watch the sunset from there which is why some suggest it's the most romantic place on the island.
Written 25 October 2013
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Robin W
Oxford, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Again this is one of those attractions that is not offered as a trip from your hotel. We found this place on the advice of our rep Nikita. Walking round the vast ruins and then looking up at the castle/ fortress you wonder how the hell they built such a structure.Finding your way up to the top of the castle/ fortress is a feat in itself but you are rewarded with the most spectacular views over the island. If you are faint hearted or have walking difficulties then this is not for you (sorry). To everyone else, don't miss it!!
Written 3 November 2015
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Jonas_1984DE
Korschenbroich, Germany105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We took a car to get to the abandoned village of Paelo Pili. The village itself is worth a visit. It was abandoned in 1830 due to cholera. The atmosphere there is very special. To reach the ruin on top of the hill, you first have to find the hidden path and then need some good shoes to climb the ancient stairs. The ascent is totally worth is. The view over Kos is breathtaking and the view over the village and the valley as well. Don't give up to find the path to the castle and ask other visitors.
Written 3 November 2020
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