Until the Venetians took control of Corfu in the 13th century, Kassiopi was a heavily fortified, strategic and thriving port. It was the last stronghold in Corfu to be taken by the Venetian conquerors and they promptly dismantled the powerful fort, for fear of it falling into enemy hands. Kassiopi then lost its importance as a major town. The remains of the vast walls and gatehouse can still be seen on the hillside overlooking the town.
Over the years Kassiopi was re-settled and became a peaceful fishing village until with the expanse of tourism the appeal of its natural beauty and nearby secluded beaches gave it a new lease of life. This Corfu holiday resort is now lively and enchanting and still retains a traditional feel. There are plenty of good shops, various activities, and a good choice of places to eat, drink and dance the night away.