One of the prettiest coastal resorts at the north of the island of Corfu is Kassiopi. We visited this village when exploring. We parked on the street by the top of the town area and walked through the streets down to the main village square area, which is also a harbour.
The village is overlooked by Mount Pantokrator, which was one of absolute highlights of our holiday. If you haven’t read about this, pop over and have a read.
On arrival, we wandered down the narrow streets. I was quite surprised to see a full-size tour coach making its way through the little roads leading down to the harbour, but to my amazement, he made it and obviously had done this a number of times before. It was relatively quiet when we went, a boat had just arrived which was why the coach had arrived – the people from the boat trip, then hopped back on the coach and disappeared.
There were a number of cute little quirky shops, perhaps a bit more touristy than other areas. But we were quite happy having a browse through their wares. A lot of shops in Corfu sell the local olive tree wood, carved into beautiful pieces. There was a shop there that had a number of large, ornate pieces and lots of smaller pieces that would be much easier to transport.
There was also an artisan food shop which we spent some time in, trying to work out what some of the products were and also eyeing up the local olives. The local spirit that you see in Corfu is kumquat liquor. It’s a bright orange, quite sweet tasting liquor. We bought a small bottle and tried this. It was quite an interesting flavour. I didn’t dislike it, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again. It’s a nice thing to try though when you are visiting Corfu.
Whilst you are walking down the streets, you will go past the ruins of an old castle that once stood proud and firm protecting the town. You can walk through the ruins, which date back to the 14th century, and from the highest parts you can take in the views of nearby Albania.
There’s some nice little coves and a blue flag beach in Kassiopi. We stopped for a cool drink and an ice-cream and spent a while watching the boats coming and going from the harbour. It was really peaceful. There wasn’t too many people about, it was a beautiful warm, sunny day and the boats that weren’t being used were gently rocking in the water. Heavenly!
Kassiopi is on the very north-east of the island. It’s about an hour’s drive from Corfu town and about 25 minutes from where we were staying in Nisaki. I think it’s well worth a visit and would love to go back if we are ever in Corfu again.