Last updated on October 17th, 2020 at 01:00 pm
Kassiopi at northeast, the resort with the long history
Kassiopi is on the northeast tip of Corfu, looking across the narrow channel to the Albanian port of Saranda.
It is an ancient village and has played a major role in the island’s history, as can be seen by the impressive ruins of the castle overlooking the harbor. It is said that Nero watched a play in the theatre and that Antony and Cleopatra stayed there before the battle of Actium, where they suffered a huge defeat.
The castle was a major stronghold in Byzantine and Venetian times, one of four around the island, with watchtowers in between so signals could be rapidly exchanged.
Divers say that in the middle of the harbor rises a freshwater spring, and not far offshore is an islet with a well to enable sailors to refill their water supplies.
All roads here lead to the sea, Kassiopi has been a fishing village for generations, and the quayside and surrounding esplanade are the hubs of local life. In the cool evenings, people enjoy strolling and chatting to friends and neighbors, and the harbor is surrounded by attractive bars and tavernas offering welcome shade.
Attractive small bays can be reached in a short walk around the headland, and small boats can be chartered to enable visitors to explore the delightful villages, tavernas, and beaches of the beautiful northeast coast.
A wide choice of restaurants and tavernas can be found- offering something for every taste and pocket. Local shops sell traditional lace, and also more modern souvenirs.
But Kassiopi remains a very Greek village, welcoming visitors, many of whom return every year, as it retains its traditions and local color.
Beaches in Kassiopi
As an extension of Erimitis, Kassiopi shares the same geology, so here there are some nice pebble beaches in small isolated bays all around the area.
See on this page a full list of Kassiopi beaches