Kassiopi is an extremely popular resort on the northern coast of Corfu that brings visitors back year after year. The combination of lively tavernas, plenty of beaches and family friendly atmosphere makes it a winner for the perfect Greek beach holiday. There is plenty to see and do in and around the village if you can tear yourselves away from your private pool. Discover the ruined Byzantine castle in Kassiopi or go further into the countryside to explore on foot or horseback. A boat trip is always a fun way to explore all the little coves up and down the coast, particularly when you can jump off for a swim. When the sun starts to set, find a table at one of the many waterfront tavernas that line the harbour and try a few local favourites.
Local markets and shopping
You will be able to buy most things you need while on your holiday in Kassiopi. It has plenty of mini markets, bakeries and butchers' shops and 2 supermarkets, one in the village square and the other on the main road out of the resort. Larger supermarkets with a bigger range can be found in Acharavi while the nearest market for fresh produce is found in Corfu Town next to the new fortress. For souvenirs and gifts, Kassiopi is full of craft and jewellery shops, as well as clothing boutiques.
Bars and restaurants
In Kassiopi, the walk down to the harbour is lined with bars and restaurants so you'll have plenty to choose from. You can find plenty of good quality Greek cuisine in the traditional tavernas serving grilled fish caught the very same day as well as Corfiot specialties bordeto and sofrito. You can also find Italian and fast food options. There are plenty of lively bars too for sundown cocktails or to party into the night.
Nearby Avlaki also has a couple of fantastic Greek tavernas right by the beachfront, offering good food and a relaxed atmosphere.
Kassiopi has several beaches around the resort. The pleasant pebbly beach of Imerolia which has a few beachside tavernas is on one side of the headland. In the centre of Kassiopi there are several small alternative beaches, all pebbly, but equally picturesque. You’ll find sunbeds and parasols to hire at all of them.
The longer beaches of Coyevinas and Avlaki can easily be reached by car. Coyevinas, a long pebbly bay, is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling. There are no facilities here but it’s ideal for a picnic. Avlaki Beach, slightly further along the coast, is a large white pebbly bay with crystal clear water and has a couple of good tavernas.
Besides making memories on the beach, there are plenty of fun things for families to do. The Yellow Submarine glass bottomed boat trip leaves from Kassiopi harbour and you can see down to a depth of 30 metres, a great way to meet some of the more unusual locals! Avlaki Beach has watersports available in the summer. For a full day out take a trip to Aqualand Waterpark, about an hour’s drive south.
Places of interest
Kassiopi Castle, the remains of a 15th century fortress, stand proudly on the headland overlooking the rest of the village. Visit the ruins and enjoy the stunning views before heading down to the harbour for a cold drink or ice cream.
If you enjoy walking there are plenty of footpaths along the coast and on Mount Pantokrator that lead through olive groves and woodlands. The view across the island and sea to nearby Albania are incredible on a clear day. To experience a little bit of traditional rural culture, visit Old Perithia, a once abandoned village that has been brought back to life. Although there are several tavernas for an authentic meal, you'll still find some eerily quiet streets and crumbling stone buildings.
A little further afield, around an hour’s drive away, Corfu Town has plenty to see with museums, fortresses, elegant architecture and a lively cafe scene. Whether you want to shop in the narrow streets for crafts and gifts or enjoy some people watching over a coffee or glass of wine, it’s well worth spending at least a few hours here. The archaeological museum has a number of objects from coins to glassware that were found in and around Kassiopi and is well worth seeing.