The little village Lakones lies on the north west coast, about 25km from Corfu town. It is a listed, traditional, picturesque village with a long history, built on the slope of a verdant mountain, offering impressive views of the coves of Palaiokastritsa. Old stone houses of the 18th and 19th centuries on both sides of the narrow main road, cobbled streets, colored shutters and elderly women still wearing traditional Greek dresses, compose the scene of the picturesque village.
Although there is more than one theory as how the name derived, the most common one says that it came from the first inhabitants of the village who were from Lakonia in Peloponnese. On their trip to Southern Italy, they were caught in a storm and they settled on the coast, in the place where Palaiokastritsa lies now. But due to the fear of pirate raids they moved the village to the mountainous area. According to another theory the name derives from the Michala family with origin from Oitylo. This family was the first to settle in the village after being chased from Lakonia.
For hiking lovers there is a path that connects Lakones with Paleokastritsa. On the road towards the village there are plenty of viewing points and it is well worth stopping off to see the spectacular view. One of the most important attractions, is the Folklore Museum, housed in the building of the Music Club "Lakonites". It hosts a large collection of photographs, traditional costumes, everyday objects and archives. In Lakones you can find some traditional cafes and tavernas as well as a few small hotels and rooms to let.