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Kassiopi Corfu: An Ancient Village and Today’s Resort

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Last updated on June 1st, 2020 at 08:26 pm

Kassiopi at northeast, the resort with the long history

Kassiopi at northeast
Kassiopi at northeast

Kassiopi is on the northeast tip of Corfu, looking across the narrow channel to the Albanian port of Saranda.

It 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, it 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, but retaining its traditions and local color.

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