The village of Gastouri is better known as Achilleio because the famous Achilleion Palace
is located just 500 meters before the village entrance. It is located in the east part of the island, close to Benitses
. Gastouri is an old village built on a hill above the sea level and maybe that is why the Empress Sissy chose the location for her palace - because of the terrific view revealed from its gardens.
The older part of the village has narrow alleys between the buildings, some of them accessible only on foot, and there you can see beautiful old houses in the traditional for the region architecture. The new part of the village has developed closer to Achilleion Palace and the houses there newly built, in the same architectural style. Along the road there are also a few restaurants.
The lively Benitses resort is 4 km away from Gastouri, and there is another inland but larger village 2 km away (Kinopiastes
) where you can also find more food options, shops and gas station. The large sandy beach of Agios Gordios
, although on the west coast, is also easily accessible within 15 minutes drive.