Kassiopi, Corfu – What’s It Like?

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Thinking of booking a trip to Kassiopi on Corfu? Here’s what to expect from this scenic harbour town.

Where is it?

Kassiopi is on Corfu’s north-east coast, north of Kalami and east of Acharavi.

What’s the vibe like? 

Cafes on Kassiopi waterfront.

Kassiopi is one of the most popular tourist destinations in northern Corfu.

Unlike the north coast’s beach-focused resorts, Kassiopi is a bustling small town set around a scenic harbour and overlooked by the remains of a Byzantine castle.

Kassiopi is an old fishing village which has retained its charm. Although most of the buildings are new it has been developed sympathetically to Corfu’s traditional Ionian architecture.

It’s particularly pretty at night with the lights surrounding the horshoe-shaped harbour reflecting in the water.

Kassiopi is popular with internationals, particularly a mature and cosmopolitan British crowd who favour its atmosphere, facilities, and good-quality restaurants over direct beach access. 

The waterfront is lined with traditional tavernas and seafood restaurants, however it doesn’t have the swanky high-end yachting vibe or historic architecture of the Ionian’s other harbour towns (such as Fiskardo and Gaios).

Most of the accommodation is self-catered and visitors tend to hire a car to explore the many pretty pebble bays of the north-east coast.

Hand-painted cafe sign.

Bright inflatables tied to a railing.

Stuffed vegetables and a glass of orange juice in a waterfront restaurant.

Traditional fishing boat in Kassiopi harbour.

Shady pedestrianised street in Kassiopi.

Church of the Panagia Kassopitra.

Pedestrianised tourist street in Kassiopi.

Road and footpath to Bataria beach.

What’s the beach like?

Bataria beach.

There are several small beaches within a 10-minute walk of the harbour, at the tip of the headland which contains the oldest part of town.

The most heavily-photographed is Bataria Beach, reached by a pleasant shaded footpath. This pebble beach has bright turquoise water and is the busiest in the area.

There are several smaller beaches close, by including Pipitos and Kanoni, as well as rocky platforms and a few romantic tavernas with a view.

There’s a narrow strip of shingle beach at Kalamionas on the western side of town. There’s a road running right behind it so it’s not the most private but if you’re staying nearby then it’s an easy place for a dip.

If you have a car or boat then head west to check out Syki or Kalamaki, or east to Avlaki, Akoli, or Erimitis.

Kassiopi is north-facing but the area is usually sheltered from the prevailing north-westerly winds.

All of the beaches in the north-east part of Corfu are pebble, but it’s easy to take a bus or drive to the nearest sandy beaches at Acharavi, Roda, or Sidari.

Close-up of pebbles on Avlaki beach.

Avlaki beach.
Avlaki beach.

Activities and amenities

Sign advertising a Durrells tour.

Kassiopi is a seasonal town with a good tourist infrastructure and range of amenities including pharmacies, bakeries, souvenir shops, boutiques, rental agencies, and small mini-markets.

The remains of a Byzantine castle overlooking the bay make for a pleasant evening stroll.

There are many travel agencies who can help you book bus and boat excursions around the island and beyond.

Kassiopi has one of the largest harbours and most scenic coastlines in Corfu, so it’s no surprise that boat trips are the name of the game here.

As well as the standard boat tours (Paxos, Albania), you’ll find plenty of day trips along the coast for swimming, snorkelling, and a BBQ lunch.

Private motorboat rentals are also available.

For watersports you’re better off heading to nearby Acharavi or Kalami, although there is a sailing centre on Avlaki beach.

Nightlife isn’t crazy but there are plenty of late bars, cocktails, sports bars, and places providing entertainment.

Sign advertising excursion timetable.

Doorway in Kassiopi castle.

Transport and accessibility

Bus timetable in Kassiopi.

From the airport

Kassiopi is a 1-hour drive from Corfu Airport and 45 minutes on the bus from Corfu Town.

A private transfer from the airport is around €70-85. Hoppa is available for shared transfers.

Public transport:

Kassiopi is served by Corfu’s Green Bus system, route A4. There are daily buses from the KTEL bus station just outside Corfu Town. Tickets are €3.60 one way (may be more expensive if you purchase from the driver rather than from a shop or kiosk).

The bus station in Kassiopi is a 5-minute walk from the harbourfront.

Buses run hourly and can be used to explore the smaller bays of the north-east coast during the day.

In high season there are also bus connections along the north coast to Acharavi, Roda, and Sidari.

A car or bicycle is useful for reaching the area’s quieter beaches.

Accessibility

Kassiopi is located in an area with gentle hills but the main part of town is flat. The footpath to the castle is steep and rocky though.

There’s a large carpark on the outskirts of town (€5) and in less busy periods you might be able to find a space by the harbour.

Beach access by car is hit and miss. There is no Seatrac for wheelchair access to the sea.

Souvenir shop and ATV in Kassiopi.

Main road in Kassiopi.

Car park in Kassiopi.

Prices

Accomodation prices in Kassiopi are slightly above average – it’s more expensive than its neighbouring north-coast resorts but still much cheaper than the more exclusive resorts to its south.

Where to stay

If location and views are key then it doesn’t get any more central than the 3-star Melina Bay Boutique Hotel which is right on the waterfront and has a rooftop pool.

An alternative a few streets back is the Melina Oasis Boutique Hotel, a comfortable 3-star with fresh modern decor.

Manessis Apartments Kassiopi Bay have simple rooms with great views of the harbour.

North of the castle, on the way to Bataria beach, is a green and secluded area with a few villas and hotels tucked away including the Kassiopi Bay Hotel.

For villas near a beach, check out the Kogevina and Avlaki beach areas.

Katia Beach Hotel & Apartments is friendly traditional aparthotel with a large pool in a shady olive grove a short walk from Kogevina beach.

Most of the accommodation in Kassiopi is clean, modern, and self-catered. There’s a bewildering variety of family-run  studios, apartments, suites and villas on offer.

Browse Booking.com or VRBO for a full selection.

For package deals check out the main operators:

Read more:

Where to Stay on Corfu: Ultimate Beach Resort Guide

Corfu – A Quick Island Overview

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