Things To Do….In Corfu! – Kassiopi

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Kassiopi is a picturesque village situated in the small peninsula on the North-Eastern corner of Corfu opposite the Albanian coastline with just 2km separating them at the closest  point. Located 36 km North of Corfu Town it is the largest resort in the North East of the island. The horse shoe harbour is the best known focal point at the centre of Kassiopi that inhabits most of social life of the village day & night. It is the perfect spot to relax, drink & dine while watching the boats come in and out.

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The village is overlooked by the ruins of the Byzantine castle high up on the hill that was used to protect the town and it’s port. This is a fantastic place to take in some of the beautiful views of the harbour from above as well as exploring the castle grounds. Once a quiet fishing village, it has transformed into a popular holiday destination.

History

Kassiopi has an abundance of history dating back centuries. Just back from the water front on the road leading down to the harbour stands the church of Panagia Kassopitra, said to be built on the site of a Roman temple to Jupiter Cassius, from whom Kassiopi gets its name. The church is dedicated to the blessed Virgin Kassopitra and inside there is an icon of the Virgin and at one time was credited with having miraculous powers. For this reason Kassiopi became a place of pilgrimage long before St. Spyridon became the island’s patron saint. Anyone can visit the church but they do need to be dressed respectfully (shoulders & legs covered).

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Dining & Shopping

Everything is fairly central including shops, bars & restaurants of which there is quite a mix. You have various cuisines to choose from such as Greek, grill rooms, Italian and many more. There are also many bars to visit around the harbour and the road leading down to the harbour, most of which serve snacks so the tourists are really spoilt for choice. This is where the majority of the shops in the area are found. There are gift shops selling fun souvenirs, traditional Greek products such as lace, Greek food products, clothes shops, wood work, jewellery shops and leather goods shops. You are sure to find something to suit your needs (or wants!).

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Beaches

Kassiopi is made up of  a number of small beaches. They are all pebbled beaches and offer clear waters to take a dip in. A 10 minute walk north of the harbour you will find Kalamonias, Kassiopi’s main beach equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire plus watersports activities. Near by you have the beaches of Avlaki, Imerolia or Agios Stefanos (the West Agios Stefanos) which are all less than 10km from Kassiopi.

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You can visit Kassiopi every Sunday with San Stefano Travel. Departing the village at 18:00 and returning at 23:00 you have ample time to soak up the atmosphere, have dinner and/or drinks around the harbour. It costs 15 euros per person and you can book my popping into our office on the main road to the beach. Come and discover Corfu with San Stefano Travel.

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