Occupying a privileged position on the north-eastern coast of Corfu, the picturesque beach haven of Kassiopi offers the ultimate beach holiday with warm shingle sands and clear waters. Kassiopi lies 36 kilometres north of Corfu Town and airport, and is the largest village in the north east of the island. With both history and beauty in ample amounts, Kassiopi is an ideal choice for your holiday in Greece in 2017. A holiday in Kassiopi gives you the background of the magnificent Mount Pantokrator and lush surroundings including vines, citrus plantations and traditional olive gloves.
Formerly a quiet fishing village, Kassiopi has developed into a popular holiday destination for holidays in Greece. One of the best things about Kassiopi is that all of the main beaches are easy to reach, clean and safe. There’s no shortage of excellent Blue Flag beaches to choose from, including sand and pebble beaches for different types of water-sports. There are also longer beaches and bays close to Kassiopi, at Imerolia, Avlaki and Kalamionas. Kassiopi has plenty of quintessential tourist shops, banks with cash machines and restaurants that make for a fuss-free holiday in Greece. Whether you are holidaying with your significant other on a couples’ holiday or with the kids on a family holiday, you can rest assured that the village centre, and area, around Kassiopi are safe and has plenty of pedestrianised zones, making it easy to get around on foot.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 20m
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Few locations in Greece can rival Kassiopi in terms of beauty or history. It is said that the town was founded during the reign of King Pyrrhus of Epirus in the 3rd century BC to serve as a supply post during the war with Rome. It is a testament to the beauty of Kassiopi that following the Roman conquest in 230BC, it was visited by many Emperors, including Nero, who visited a temple here. When it comes to the top attractions here, one of the best is Kassiopi Castle, a majestic fortress that overlooks the village and is one of three Byzantine fortifications that protected Crete. The remains are considered one of the most fascinating architectural sites in the Ionian Islands.
Along with the castle, Kassiopi is also home to the Church of Panaghia. This church features a cross within a square and has a complex four-column structure, domed chapel and many beautiful paintings inside. Other things to do in Kassiopi include visiting the many bars and clubs that are dotted across the island, exploring the local gift shops for souvenirs and trying your hand at some adventurous water sports.
Wine and Dine
In Kassiopi as in the rest of Corfu, you are totally spoilt for choice when you walk into a Greek taverna. Dining in Kassiopi is particularly well-suited to holidaymakers thanks to the relaxed ambience in Greek food establishments. Most tavernas in Kassiopi have a varied menu, including local delicacies, salted and cured meats, plenty of fish and seafood, as well as a good few options for vegetarians. The traditional way of eating in Greece involves ordering many small dishes as starters, known as mezes, which will often involve in intervals allowing you to continue eating them as you enjoy your main course. Greek food is usually enjoyed at a lukewarm temperature, as this is thought to be the best way to experience the flavours at their best. Traditional dishes served in Kassiopi include tzatziki, taramosalata, feta cheese, dolmades, saganaki and pastitsada. In addition to the numerous local tavernas, there are plenty of international restaurants in Kassiopi including Chinese, Italian and Mexican.
Kassiopi has no shortage of family-friendly attractions and things to do to keep the children entertained. The Blue Flag beaches here including Nisaki and Avlaki are a popular choice with families, giving you peace of mind when your little ones are playing in the sand or splashing about in the water. For a day trip that is both exciting and educational, Kassiopi Castle makes for a fascinating day out. The castle’s main gate and some parts of the original structure are still intact, making it easy to learn more about the heritage of this imposing fortress. With its position overlooking the town, Kassiopi Castle offers amazing views over the sea toward Albania. For a fun-filled day excursion, take the kids to Aqualand, a water park close by to Kassiopi. Here you’ll find water-based rides and slides, gentle rides for very young children and a bouncy castle, sure to be a hit with little adventurers.
Action and Adventure
Kassiopi has a wide range of things to do for those who prefer to keep active on their holiday in Greece. There are numerous beaches on the island including several Blue Flag beaches like Avlaki and Kalami, giving you plenty of options for beaches to go swimming, go for active walks or run along the beach. Hikers will enjoy taking long walks exploring the villages and the nearby countryside, and enjoying jaunts along the coast. Although Kassiopi has an authentic Greek vibe, the resort has a wide range of modern facilities for active sports. These include a diving centre, with a selection of courses for those of all ability levels. You can also enjoy water-skiing, paragliding, tennis, horse riding and mountain biking in Kassiopi, or rent a motor boat to explore the coastline at your leisure.
Life's a Beach
The focus of most holidays in Kassiopi is the excellent selection of beaches. Bataria Beach is often the first beach that visitors come across as they make their way around the resort from the centre. This beach has a small stretch of soft, warm sands that gently slope into the clear waters, making this an ideal place for kids to splash about and for inexperienced swimmers to hone their skills. If you venture a little further afield you will find Pipitos Beach, which requires a bit of climbing to get good views of the rugged rocky terrain beneath the waves. If you’re looking for nothing but the best Blue Flag status beaches, Kassiopi has a good range including Avlaki, Gimari, Kalami, Kerasia and Nisaki beaches. All in all, Kassiopi is a wonderful choice of holiday destination in Greece for a sun, sea and sand holiday with plenty of relaxation. Whether you’re visiting as a couple or with the whole family, there are beaches to suit all kinds of activity from swimming to snorkelling.
Most of the nightlife in Kassiopi is centred around the harbour, which is bustling during the day and has a good mix of bars open in the evenings. One of the top night life venues in Kassiopi is Illusion Bar, an intimate bar with a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere and live sports screenings. Families with children will enjoy the Lime Lounge, which has a relaxed ambience, plenty of seating and a playground area for children. If you prefer a beachside location, head to the Venus Beach Bar, which has a pleasant covered open-air seating area and beautiful views over the coast. The Seasons Café Bar has late night opening hours and is a great venue for a few cocktails and a welcoming, intimate atmosphere. If you really want to immerse yourself in the Greek way of life during your holiday in Kassiopi, visit the Kostas Bar and try your hand at some traditional Greek dancing.
Kassiopi gives a warm and pleasant welcome to couples of all ages. Having retained a good deal of its cultural heritage and way of life, Kassiopi has a traditionally relaxed and happy ambience that makes you feel right at home as soon as you arrive. Couples will enjoy the good range of attractions, including Kassiopi Castle and nearby water park Aqualand, while more adventurous couples may want to try their hand at the exciting activities including diving, paragliding and water-skiing. With a selection of Blue Flag-awarded beaches, this is an ideal resort for taking long romantic strolls with your loved one and lounging on the beach, far away from the stresses of everyday life.
Kassiopi has a traditional Greek village culture, owing to its roots as an authentic fishing village. Nowadays, the town has been extensively developed, reflecting the popularity of the resort with tourists. Particularly during the summer months, Kassiopi is a social centre in Greece and welcomes visitors from all across the globe. Kassiopi is especially popular with visitors from Italy and Britain thanks to its beautiful scenery and excellent food and drink. It is also home to some of the most historically important fortifications in the Ionian Islands. The Byzantine Fortress stands as a testament to the town’s role in withstanding sieges by Ottoman Turks in the 16th century. Kassiopi Castle is another important cultural attraction, standing high on the north-east coast of Corfu overlooking the village of Kassiopi itself. As one of the three Byzantine-era fortifications that protected the island prior to the Venetian age, the castle was a third of a triangular defensive pattern with Gardiki at the south and Angelokastro at the northwest.