Calming Holidays to Kassiopi
At less than 20km from the mainland, Kassiopi is as close as you can get to mainland Greece, and is also just a short boat trip to the Albanian coast. In north-east Corfu, the most affluent area of the island, the luscious coastline of both countries can be seen across the Ionian Sea on a clear day which, luckily, happens most of the time! Kassiopi holidays will provide you with a choice of three beaches to settle upon, as well as some of the best seafood around, intriguing history and plenty of fun activities.
Things to do in Kassiopi
One essential thing to do in Kassiopi is visit the area’s Byzantine Castle that overlooks the town. It played an important protective role throughout history and survived sieges from Ottoman forces – but let’s not forget the sensational views of the town below, making for excellent photographic opportunities.
There is nothing more liberating than getting out and exploring the beautiful coastline of Corfu, and there are several ways you can do this in Kassiopi. Hire a car and take a road trip, view the hidden villages and beaches from the water with a rented motorboat or take a stroll off the beaten track and see what you find. No matter which method you choose, you’ll be rewarded with sensational vistas.
If you'd rather not stray too far from town, you can easily pass a few days dining on mouth-watering, local cuisine in the many tavernas, people-watching from one of the cafes or watching the sun melt into the sea as you sip on a cool drink at one of the selection of harbourside bars.
The resort rests at the foot of Mount Pantokrator and its surrounding hills that come complete with a dusting of olive groves, vineyards and citrus groves. The outskirts of town is where the most secluded and luxurious accommodation can be found. Back in the centre of the resort, the harbour is where you should head for delectable seafood fresh off the boat and a good choice of upmarket bars and clubs. There is a range of hotels and apartments to choose from along the winding coastline of the town, with easy access to other resorts such as Avlaki, Imerolia and Kalamionas.
History and Heritage
Like many other island towns in Greece, Kassiopi has a history that goes back to the previous millennium and beyond. The town was founded in the third century and has been visited by Roman emperors who left their mark in the form of villas and baths. Today, it is still one of the more upscale parts of the island, with modern and age-old villas intertwined together.
Island life on Kassiopi holidays is a laid-back affair. Locals hang around coffee shops indulging in idle conversation or playing spirited games, tourists wander through the picture perfect streets and waves lap lazily against the shore – now what doesn’t sound perfect about that?
To get the very most out of this picturesque resort, visit in the summer months. Mid-August is a good time to visit, as not only is the weather at its best, but the town comes alive for its annual celebration of its temple dedicated to Zeus Kassius. If the height of summer sounds a little too toasty for you however, don’t panic as you can benefit from glorious sunshine yet lower temperatures all year round.