Kassiopi

Kassiopi is a charming harbour resort set in the North East corner 35km from Corfu town and about 50 minutes by car.  Once a traditional harbour village the resort has spread out now and offers a wide range of shops, tavernas and bars. Set off the main road there are plenty of shops and tavernas running down the road towards the harbour and around the harbour itself and it is an ideal place to sit and watch the world go by. Towards the harbour on your left hand side you will see the Byzantine Kassiopi Castle, the path leading up to the entrance is sign posted but it is uneven in parts, the path takes you up past a few back gardens but you should not be put off as it is well worth visiting. Although some work has been done around the entrance the castle grounds are largely in disrepair however the walk around the castle walls is charming and set in dappled olive groves and affords great views on all sides. The town is thought to have been founded during the 3rd century during the reign of Pyrrhus, king of Epirus and was used as a supply post during his war with Rome. There once stood a temple of Zeus in the area but it was converted to the church of Panagia Kassiopi tissa, sometime around the 5th century. The church was burned to the ground around 1590 but was re-built and accommodated both the catholic and Orthodox religions and has two altars for both faiths.

There are some charming walks around the headlands leading from both directions away from the harbour, here you can find small secluded bays with crystal clear waters.

 

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