Kassiopi is a charming town situated on the north-east corner of the island of Corfu, about 30km north of Gouvia Mairna. It is an attractive resort with traditional narrow streets and overlooked by the ruins of an ancient castle. Once a quite fishing village, the resort has been transformed into a popular holiday destination. WhenKassiopistarted to bloom it became an important hide-away and significant port. This is proved by the fact that it has been visited by many famous personalities, such as Neronas – the King of Rome who set up the baths of Kassiopi.
Things to do?
Kassiopiharbour with its little square is today the focal point of the town’s social life by day and a pretty trendy place by night on the contrary has plenty of quieter calmer bars and restaurants, the latter a mix of tourist and traditional, with particularly good fresh fish thanks to local fishermen. Some cafe bars for a light meal and refreshments are available on the beach, where you can enjoy your coffee or your drink having a magnificent view of the sea.
Although it’s big history Kassiopi combines also a wide range of modern facilities such as waterskiing and paragliding, as well as a diving centre, where you have the opportunity for lessons and dive excursions for both adults and children, tennis courts, swimming pools and motor boat hire.
It is worth visiting the church of Panagia Kassiopi_tissa, which possibly has been built on the place of an ancient temple dedicated to Zeus Kassius. You will also see the ruins of the Byzantine castle that used to protect the town and its port and was guarding the sea route from Corfu to the opposite coast. A great local feast (“panigyri”) takes place on the 15th of August, in honor of Panagia Kassiopi tissa.
What are the beaches like?
The beaches aroundKassiopiare pebbly or shingle with occasional patches of sand with this in mind sun beds and umbrellas are available for hire. Most of the beaches have EU flags here. The pebbly beaches however are tempered by the luxury of the sea where you can enjoy your swim in the crystal clear, warm blue waters of the Ionian. There are plenty of charmingly small, secluded bay exist along the coastline.
Harbour and Anchorage
The harbour is constructed in a natural cove protected on its W side offering safe anchorage in Northwesterly and Southerly winds. Although relatively shallow, it offers berths for around 10-15 yachts of moderate draft anchor moored along its quays. Shelter in the harbour is adequate in the prevailing winds but poor in strong NE winds, in which it should be evacuated.
There are several coves both E and W of the harbour where it is possible to anchor in settled weather, depending on wind direction. None of them, however, offers very good shelter if the winds are at all strong. Anchoring depths are 4.0 – 5.0 metres and the holding is mostly good in sand and weed.