Kassiopi is an excellent place that combines mountain and sea, green with blue, new with old, tranquility with liveliness satisfies every visitor.
Kassiopi lies on the north east coast of Corfu, 36 kilometers from CorfuTown and views over to Albanian coasts. It is a colorful resort surrounded by lush green slopes of olive trees and little bays and has a population of about 1200 inhabitants.
Once a quiet fishing village, Kassiopi has been developed into a lively, bustling resort with lots of tourist appeal that still manages to retain its original charm and friendly atmosphere. You can still find fishermen bringing home the morning catch down at the harbour. It's a picturesque amphitheatre shaped port, its well preserved church, its cosmopolitan finesse, its deep blue and hospitable shores, as well as the sight of the huge Byzantine fortress that looms over the village, with the magnificent backdrop of Mount Pantokraroras, will enchant it’s visitors.
Kassiopi has a little of everything. Holidays in Kassiopi will leave you with unforgettable memories which soon you will ask for again!
By car: Take the main north east coastal road from Corfu town, which will take you straight into Kassiopi. There are no turnings to take until you arrive. Be careful when the roads start to narrow and bends become worse.
By bus: There is a local bus to Corfu Town throughout the week and once on Sunday. The journey lasts for about one and a half hour.
By taxi: taxis will probably cost you a lot. So you would better use the public transport or you can even hire a car or motorbike.
You can find beautiful beaches and secluded coves around the headland of Kassiopi. There are four beaches within Kassiopi which are all small and most of them pebbly and rocky. But there are longer beaches further north, which is easy to reach on foot, such as Avlaki, Kalamionas and Imerolia.
Children will enjoy the main flat beach which is safely away from traffic. The water however becomes quite choppy on this beach due to the northerly wind that blows up in the afternoon.
There are plenty of sun beds and umbrellas for hire on all of the beaches in Kassiopi, but showers, toilets and changing areas are there only on the main beach at the top of Kassiopi.
What to see
Kassiopi was once a typical Greek fishing port and although it still has many fishing boats it also thrives on tourism. There are some places worth visiting, such as:
Observe also the magnificent view of the huge Byzantine Fortress above the village and the natural landscape of the slopes of Mt. Pantokratoras.
Having the tradition of a fishing village, you can still find fishermen bringing home the morning catch down at the harbour. The harbour with its little square is today the focal point of the town’s social life by day and a trendy music centre by night. Just sit and watch the world go by!
There are boat and road connections to fascinating CorfuTown, boat trips to Paxos or Kefalonia and excursions to Dassia, Nissaki, lively Sidari and full-on Ipsos.
Avlaki, with its beautiful long bay and clear waters –a few villas and just two taverns –is a 20 min walk away.
There are also numerous rocky deserted coves nearby.
Apart from these, Kassiopi is a main port for trips all over the island of Corfu.
There are water sports, like waterskiing and paragliding, a diving center, tennis courts and swimming pools. Horse back riding and bird watching are also worth it.
You can explore the Kassiopi coast by boat, go pony trekking, hire bikes or mopeds or walk along the many lanes leading into the beautiful surroundings. As it is an important port, Kassiopi offers also a range of interesting excursions and daily cruises starting from the harbor.
Walk up the headland that flanks Kassiopi to visit the remains of the Byzantine fortress, before exploring the coves below.
Take the ultimate Kassiopi holiday challenge and climb MountPantokratoras for amazing views.
For children there are many safe children’s swimming pools as well as good playgrounds.
Kassiopi has a lively nightlife appealing many young visitors, but without the excesses of some other notorious party spots in Greece –or even in Corfu.
Parents and families can easily find peace, quiet and beauty within a short walk resort’s centre. A good eatery or a wine bar is also a good choice.
Teenagers and groups will show more interest in heading for the harbour where nightlife is noisier. ‘Plattia’ or village square is also a place where the teenagers ‘hang out’ at night.
Déjà vu is one of these bars that stay open later than most.
Angelo’s Bar is a great place where cocktails are popular. Sit and watch the hustle and bustle of the harbour. Popular are also the regular pop quiz nights and the nights in front of satellite TV.
Out of the Blue Café is an enjoyable wine bar and café, where you can amuse yourself and at the same time check your e-mails or surf the internet.
Remember that Kassiopi is not in the same league as other places in Corfu. So if you find Kassiopi too quiet at night, take a taxi to Sidari, Ipsos or Kavos, where nightlife is what you are after.
Taverns and restaurants are in abundance in Kassiopi. There is a wide range of cuisine to choose from. From Mexican, Chinese, Italian to traditional Greek dishes with fresh fish thanks to fishermen.
Some of your choices are:
Poco Loco (Tex-Mex restaurant)
Castello (diverse cuisine)
Petrino (traditional restaurant)
Janis Restaurant (traditional food)
Porto (tavern with fresh fish)
Strofilia Taverna (tavern with Greek and international dishes)
Szechuan Chinese Restaurant
The Three Brothers (typical Greek dishes)
Kassiopi has many shops including bakeries and supermarkets, tourist shops, selling leather goods and souvenirs, clothes shops, shops with locally produced lace and crocheted items, ceramics, jewelers and English newspapers. There is also a stationery shop providing internet facilities, photocopying and faxing.
In Kassiopi tradition is lively preserved in festivals and celebrations accompanied by local dance and music. Don’t miss the 8th of May and the 15th of August, The Dormition of the Virgin Mary.
Kassiopi is an attractive place for tourists, since it combines it all. A visitor enjoys relaxing and also lively lifestyle, a combination of traditional, local identity with modern influences, all in a wonderful landscape.
That’s why many of them decide to buy a property in Kassiopi either for a holiday home or for a permanent living. There is a wide offer of houses and apartments in reasonable prices. So why not make an investment in this lovely resort?
Jobs in Kassiopi are not in a wide range available. Most of the inhabitants are occupied with agriculture cultivating olives and other products. There are also traditional fishermen who sell their fish for a living, since Kassiopi is a exceptionally fishing village. Certainly there are also jobs during the tourist period (in shops, cafes, hotels etc.).
So if you are after working in Kassiopi, you would better search the region before coming or just get a part-time job during your vacations. Otherwise for those who like tackling with fields and fishing, the place is simply ideal.
In Kassiopi there are many tourist shops and travel centers to exchange money, either travelers cheques or cash. You will also find cash machines at the center of the town, while card phones and post boxes are available throughout the town. There is also a police station.
Here are some telephone numbers you may need:
Police Station: 26630 81240
Taxi (Main Office): 26610 33811 Operate 24/24