Kassiopi truly is the most beautiful place I have been. Situated in the north east of Corfu, Greece. It is a small resort but has plenty going on, suitable for the older and younger generations. When my parents decided on our 2007 holiday I was 15 and my idea of a good holiday would be in somewhere such as ibiza or the bahamas, basically something that sounds impressive to my friends (sad I know but aren't all 15 year olds? haha) anyway, they had decided on kassiopi and I was just looking forward to some sun.
Arriving in Corfu, I could see straight away that it was a beauiful island and I certainly wasn't dissapointed when we got to Kassiopi. The resort is a small fishing village and has a traditional port, giving it a great sense of character and charm. There are plenty of bars and tavernas dotted around the resort with some having entertainment such as kareoke and quizzes in the nights. I particulary recommend 'illusions' bar.
As for beaches, there is no problem if you don't have walking difficulties as there are beautiful little coves where you can go down to the sea and relax. However, if you do have walking difficulties these coves are unavailable to you and the only option for you is the main beach, which I admit isn't the best but is nevertheless still beautiful. The reason I say it's not the best is that it is pebbled, which personally I like as I cannot stand sand but I know lots of people prefer a sandy beach, also, there are lots of reefy type seaweed which gets everywhere! Another thing, although the water is clear and nice, it doesn't take long to get deep. Not suitable for young children.
We stayed for two weeks at the Bella Vista apartments in Kassiopi, which is a great place to stay may I add. If your looking for a mad party place, kassiopi isn't the place for you, although like I said there is plenty going on.
Kassiopi offers you all the things you want and need from a holiday resort such as typical tourist shops, bars, tavernas, supermarkets, cash machines, doctors and pharmacies, internet cafe's. There is a school and church in the village where sightseers are welcome aslong as they respect the traditions. Also, now there is a train available to take you from down by the harbour up to the square. This wasn't available when I was there so i'm not sure what this service is like.
The corfiot people are so friendly and can't do enough to help you. I liked the fact that holiday makers were mixed in with the locals in Kassiopi, giving you a real sense of the corfiot culture. Much better than a totally commercialised resort.
There are regular boat trips to corfu town from the harbour. Personally I wouldn't recommend it as I didn't like Corfu Town. The shop owners trying to get you into the shops and hassling you to buy things isn't my idea of fun, but I assure you there is none of this in Kassiopi. You can also hire boats to do your own sightseeing. Other trips are also advertised in the resort, one I particularly recommend for lots of fun is Aqualand, a well run water park.
Can't think of anything more to say at this moment in time other than I highly recommend this picturesque resort for couples, families and people travelling on their own. Something you can't often say for many holiday resorts.
On holiday me and my fiancé Dave are not the type of people who like to stay in one place and just explore that area, instead we opt for the more adventurous path of getting out and seeing the sights. When given a relatively small island like Corfu we couldnt help but just pinpoint a place on the map and just go not knowing what it will be like. This is how we ended up in Kassiopi and it was quite a pleasant day we spent there.
The drive to Kassiopi across the North coast is quite pleasant to be honest and then the sign for Kassiopi kind of takes you by surprise and diverts you from the main road. When we drove into Kassiopi we thought it was very quaint and I did not think there was anything there as we were driving down these small winding streets that were so long. Also as you are driving around Kassiopi there is not much room for pedestrians and cars so we were panicking about where to park.
When we got out of the streets though and saw the sea and all of the boats it all looked very holidayish and beautiful and set against a back drop of gorgeous green hills and on first impressions we thought it looked very impressive but still quite a small place.
The actual resort of Kassiopi is situated on the very North East of the island so shares the same coast line as places such as Rhoda and Sidari. Kassiopi is centralised around a harbour which is where many of the tourists go. It has a small square in the heart of the village which is perhaps the most liveliest part of the resort and everything is easily accessible from everywhere.
Travelling to Kassiopi is very easy indeed as the main road leads right across the North coast and this main road can be joined from almost anywhere on the island. There is plenty of parking dotted around and we found a space pretty easily by the harbour but everyone is so friendly that ask someone and they will direct you to places that are free to park.
Kassiopi is quite small and we were there for one day and we found that we had seen most things and had truly got an idea on what the place is like. You can walk around the resort in about an hour and that is at a quick pace but there are plenty of things to do and that is what keeps you busy.
I have to say that Kassiopi was spotless and it seems like everybody who lives there and visits there do strive to keep the place clean. As we were walking around I didnt notice any litter and there were quite a few bins around. Also in the sea you could see no litter so people do really seem to respect this resort and with how beautiful it is I cannot blame them at all.
Kassiopi does have quite a few shops. The majority of them are again your usual holiday souvenir shops which I personally do not like but some of them here were wonderful. I saw a great wood shop which sold some interesting sculptures and then a lace shop at one end of the harbour was great selling all sorts of pretty lace products. There are a couple of jewellery shops for the women and one I can definitely recommend was called pearl jewellery and had some great Greek style jewellery in there which was not too expensive. There were also some funny T-shirt shops selling novelty clothes and some posher souvenir shops which are worth a look.
The majority of the shops are by the harbour but then as you look out and see the many side streets then you can just walk up them and find quite a few more. What I do recommend though is walking from each side of the harbour to another so you can see them all.
Although we did not stay for much to eat as we only had a sandwich I cannot give you a great idea of what the restaurants are like but I have to say they all looked very nice. The one I did see on the inside was called Janis restaurant and let me tell you it looked amazing in there. Talking to a local and they said it was the best place to eat of an evening as it offers the best views of the sunset so if you visit try there. I saw four restaurants just as I was walking around though so I dont think there is any shortage of places to eat in Kassiopi.
There are many bars in Kassiopi and we had a drink at one right by the harbour which I cant remember what it was called but it was nice as you walked up some stairs to get to the bar and it offered some great views of the harbour. All around the resort though were bars and they all had plenty of seating and all of them looked nice and had seats where you could see the resort which is great.
I am a bit fed up that I actually only had the chance to visit one of the beaches in this resort as it was the first one you came to called Bataria beach and although it looked wonderful as the scenery was nice as you looked over to the mountains of Albania which looked amazing the beach was still not great with no sand and pebbles which is not the ideal sunbathing beach.
There are however another three beaches which if you continue the track you took to get to the first beach you come across each of them in turn. It is a shame I didnt visit but I have heard that one of them does have some sand so I would go exploring if I visit again.
The scenery in Kassiopi is simply stunning with a gorgeous harbour which in the sun you can see the sea sparkle and boats all around as people go on explorations from the harbour around nearby. Over the sea you can see the rocky country of Albania which looks great and is only actually three miles away so you can imagine the coast line looking great I am sure.
As you look away from the sea you can see green hills across the whole of Kassiopi which look lovely and from the main streets you can see the ruins of the castle on the top of one hill. All in all it is a completely pretty place and one for scenery definitely.
As we were having a drink in a bar we took a look over at the hills and noticed some ruins on the top of one of the hills opposite. We decided to ask a local who said they were castle ruins from the 12th century and we should take a look. Me and Dave always on an adventure went straight ahead and it was pretty easy to get to. The local had told us it was best to be wearing jeans but I had no problem in a skirt but could not follow a trail because of the nettles.
Up at the castle there is not much there but you do get to see the whole of Kassiopi from the top which looks beautiful and there are trails you can follow for a walk which apparently last for about an hour. Worth going up there though.
I think that Kassiopi is beautiful and I would not hesitate to visit there again as I would like to explore the beaches more and also take some boat trips from the harbour. Everything looks quite classy here but it is small so I think other than go to the beach, go to the castle and go on a boat ride I think that is it.
On the Northern coast of Corfu though I would say this is the nicest resort to visit so I am going to give it five stars as we had a very enjoyable day and as always everybody there was very friendly and helpful.
Thanks for reading.
Having been to several Greek Islands in the past, this was only my second holiday to the Island of Corfu. I had stayed in Kassiopi for a week 3 years ago and fell in love with Corfiot life, promising myself I would one day go to Paleokastritsa, a beautiful part of Corfu. Sure enough, I booked for a visit last year with my wife and two year old son. The Manos brochure, from which I booked it from, failed to tell us that the Olive Grove apartments, (where our home was to be for the next fortnight), was situated half a mile up a vertical dirt path that zig-zagged through olive trees. By the time we got to our rooms we were exhausted and in a state of shock. The rooms were fine but our only view was an olive tree and a dodgy donkey called Oti. The next day, we abseiled down the hill to get to the resort of Paleo, and what a stunninhg place it is. Almost breathtaking. There are 5 small bays spread along the 4 mile, snake like coastal road, the busiest beach being the very last one before the Monastery of Theotokos ( for which you have to cover up to visit). It gets very, very busy with daytippers, mopeds, hire cars and huge coaches doing u-turns at the end of the road, the roads include some dangerous hairpin bends, so watch out for the mad scooters. The people are very friendly, but not as much as the rest of the Island, I suppose they see so many different faces from all of those coaches. The heat was intense, reaching 50 degrees on some days leaving the forests open to risk from fire, of which there were plenty over the fortnight we were there. Nightlife is very low key, maybe because there is no 'centre' to Paleo, leaving you to walk miles for your next cold beer. Tips for Paleokastrisa. 1- Don't take kids younger than 10 years old 2- Make sure your apartments are not in the clouds. 3- Be prepared to walk EVERYWHERE ! 4- Watch out for the mad scooters on those hairpin bends (there are no path
s) 5- Visit the take away Kebab shop 6- Visit Corfu Town (A must) 7- Hire a car (A must) 8- Only go if your sure you can handle the low key nightlife and daytrippers hogging the beaches. 9- Go to the Belle Vista for the best view on the Island (and the scariest ride !) 10- Only go for a week (at most). There were times I wished I was one of those daytrippers ! Anyway, all opinions differ. This is just a little eye-opener for those hoping for a relaxing holiday in Paleokastritsa.
Kassiopi is a lively resort at the North East corner of Corfu. A charming little fishing village, with a traditional port. Tourism has of course had its influence, but you can still find local fishermen bringing home the morning catch down at the harbour.