Kassiopi is a very charming little port in the northeast of Corfu island. It is located about 35 kilometers northeast of Corfu town. In Roman times Kassiopi was the second most important city on the island. Cicero would have stayed there, as well as Nero ! The fortress which dominates the port dates from the fourteenth century. Today its many restaurants and small, well-protected beaches make it a popular destination for tourists. It is also possible to rent boats without a license for the day to reach the nearby small deserted coves.
Kassiopi, A Coastal Paradise
Kassiopi’s most prominent feature is its picturesque harbor, where traditional fishing boats share the waters with luxury yachts and sailboats. The harbor is fringed by a crescent of inviting pebble beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it an ideal destination for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.
The coastline is dotted with hidden coves and small bays, each with its unique character and allure. Exploring the rocky promontories and verdant hills surrounding Kassiopi is a delight for nature enthusiasts and hikers, offering panoramic views of the Ionian Sea and the Albanian coast.
History of Kassiopi
Kassiopi is not just a place of natural beauty; it also boasts a rich historical legacy. The village’s strategic location has made it a site of interest for numerous civilizations throughout history. The Kassiopi Castle, dating back to Roman times and later fortified by the Byzantines and the Venetians, stands as a testament to the village’s historical significance. The castle offers stunning vistas of the harbor and the Ionian Sea, making it a must-visit spot for history buffs and those seeking breathtaking views.
Kassiopi’s lively and welcoming atmosphere is one of its most charming attributes. The village comes to life with a bustling central square and a myriad of shops, restaurants, and tavernas offering delicious Greek and international cuisine. The waterfront promenade is a perfect place to enjoy a leisurely walk, savor a meal with a view, or sip a traditional Greek coffee in a cozy café.
The village’s nightlife is vibrant but not overwhelming, with options for those seeking a quiet evening by the sea or a night of music and dancing in one of the local bars. Kassiopi effortlessly balances its authentic, small-town feel with contemporary amenities that cater to visitors’ needs.
Activities and Excursions
Kassiopi provides a variety of activities to suit different interests. Beyond the beaches and water sports, visitors can explore the underwater world with diving excursions, embark on boat trips to hidden coves, or venture into the hills for hiking and mountain biking. The village’s location offers a convenient starting point for exploring other parts of the island, with numerous landmarks and attractions within easy reach.
Festivals and Traditions
Corfu is known for its vibrant traditions and festivals, and Kassiopi is no exception. The village celebrates numerous cultural events throughout the year. The most famous of these is the celebration of Saint Kassianos, the patron saint of Kassiopi, held on August 29th. The festival includes a church service, a religious procession, and lively festivities with traditional music and dance.
Kassiopi provides a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. Visitors can choose from family-owned guesthouses, boutique hotels, self-catering apartments, or luxury villas. Many accommodations offer stunning sea views and convenient access to the village’s amenities and attractions.
I wouldn’t swim inside Kassiopi port, but there are some very nice beaches within walking distance.
Just follow the seaside, pass the Melina Bay boutique hotel and follow the small road. Bataria Beach is 400 meters away. The water is super clear. You have two options there : pay a few euros to reserve a deckchair and an umbrella. Or stand free on flat rocks at either end of the cove.
There is another beach, called Pipitos, which is usually less crowded as it goes into shade earlier in the day.
A few kilometers from Kassiopi, Avlaki beach is a much larger beach. It is also a pebble beach but you will find sand at the end of the beach (eastern part of the beach). There are a few tavernas all along the beach. And a seafood restaurant, also called Avlaki, very nice for dinner.
I love to have lunch at Agios Stefanos, especially when I rent a boat at Kassiopi. But you can also reach this nice little port by car. Dinner on the beach at Eukalyptus restaurant with your feet in the sand is a great experience indeed ! After lunch you can rest under beautiful trees and have a swim in the bay.
Agios Spiridon is a nice sand beach appreciated by Greek families. It is easily accessible and you will find a few tavernas there.
Rent a boat in Kassiopi
You can rent a wide variety of boats at Filippos boats on Kassiopi port. From small boats that you can drive without licence up to big and confortable ribs. Fillipos boat has been renting boats since 1980. They are very professional and super nice.
The staff will show you how to drive the boat if you are not experienced and give you a map of the coast. Renting a boat is clearly the best way to explore the hidden beaches of Corfu’s north-east coast.
My favorite boat journey starts with Avlaki bay, make a few stops to swim in some of the small coves of the coast and then stop at Agios Stefanos for lunch. I like to go to a place called Blue Cave, just before Nissaki Beach which is the limit authorized for your navigation. And then come back to Kassiopi with a last stop in front of Bataria Beach if you have the time.
Lunch or Dinner in Kassiopi
Tavernaki is my favorite place for dinner in Kassiopi. The food here is excellent, the service is good and everybody is very nice. My favorite is the sea food spaghetti but they have a lot of greek specialities as well. The location is also great with a nice view on the port and the castle just in front.