Kassiopi Holidays – A lively resort with a wide range of facilities
Kassiopi is a fishing village that has now become a major holiday resort on the island of Corfu. It is a lively, but family friendly resort. It is particularly suitable for couples, friends and families with teenagers who want a sun and beach holiday with plenty of places to visit in the evenings. Past the rather non-descript square where the in-coming roads meet, leads into the picturesque town centre and harbour area. Here there are many very good restaurants with a wide, international choice of food. This ranges from the traditional Greek restaurants around the harbour to Italian, Tex-Mex and even Chinese cuisine. Along with the restaurants are a good selection of traditional and modern bars and cafes with music, videos and some showing DVDs. International sports events are often show at the video venues.
There are many beaches around Kassiopi all of which are pebble or shingle. Along with the main beaches listed below, there are plenty of tiny inlets that are fairly easily reached. The sea is safe for swimming.
When to go to Kassiopi
For those seeking sunshine and a tan then the summer months of June, July and August give long, hot sunny days. This is a good time to visit Kassiopi. Alternatively if you prefer less intense sunshine then a holiday in Kassiopi is best taken in the spring, early summer or early autumn. The tourist season closes down by October, as is common with most of the Greek islands, as the cooler, damper weather comes in.
The weather in Kassiopi
Evidence of the weather in Corfu can be seen in the green appearance of the vegetation with plenty blue-green cypress trees and olive groves. This abundance of green is due to the slightly higher winter rainfall than many other parts of Greece. In mid-summer there is virtually no rain with 11 to 12 hours of sunshine a day.
In spring and autumn the temperatures reach 20°C+, rising in the height of the summer to 30°C. Some people prefer the more equable weather particularly if they are heading to Corfu for a walking or hiking holiday.
Getting the best deal to Kassiopi
Once the school holidays start in the UK and rest of Europe, then the prices of flights as well as accommodation tend to increase quite significantly. So to get the bargains it is better to travel outside of the UK school holiday period. Prices rise in the June half term and during July and August. The best deals can be found by looking at the offers below or alternatively by visiting our late deals offers.
Airport and transport need to know
Corfu Airport (CFU) is about 3 km south of Corfu Town. It is a small, well established airport with a modest range of facilities including, duty free shops, cafes, travel agents, a post office and car hire companies.
The flight time from the UK to Corfu is between 3 hours and 3 hours 30 minutes. With the main tourist season being in the summer months that is when most Charter Flights are available but schedule flights leave the UK for Corfu all year round
Once at Corfu Airport the distance to Kassiopi is 36 km. and it takes about an hour travelling along the eastern coast road. It is a relatively easy journey if you wish to hire a car and drive yourself. This gives you the freedom to explore the island during your stay. You can also stay outside Kassiopi at somewhere like Avlaki but use the facilities of Kassiopi.
There are taxis available 24 hours. The taxi fare is about 55 – 60 Euros (£44) each way. The taxi journey takes about 50 minutes. There is the facility to pre-book a shared shuttle bus to Kassiopi. The journey time depends on those that are booked on the journey with you. Alternatively, there are 4 or 5 public buses running direct to Kassiopi from 5.30am weekdays but only one on Sunday.
The best beaches in Kassiopi
The quay at Kassiopi is split from the main beach by the headland on which stands the remains of the kastro or castle. Kalamionas beach to the west of the Kassiopi town is the most popular beach. It is mainly pebbles with some sand and is easily reached from Kassiopi town centre. It has succeeded in achieving an EU Blue Flag for cleanliness and it is generally safe for the family. However, a northerly wind can make the water choppy at times. It has the usual facilities that you would associate with a popular Corfiot resort, including, sunbeds, umbrellas, showers and toilets. There are, however, no ski or water sport facilities apart from a diving school.
There are three beaches a short distance from Kassiopi around the kastro headland. Nearest to Kassiopi are Bataria and Kanoni beaches, with Pipitos slightly further west. These are rock and pebble beaches. As is often the case in Greece, with rocky underwater surfaces comes the possibility of sea urchins. With the further distance from the main beach these more secluded coves have far fewer facilities.
For those willing to make the effort then there is the curved pebble beach in the quiet bay of Avlaki a couple of kilometres south and east of Kassiopi. It is a popular bay for windsurfers and boards can be hired on a daily basis. There are a couple of good tavernas. Horse riding/trekking is available and the trails lead through the woods and onto hidden bays.
Travelling west of Kassiopi, with a 15 – 20 minute walk is Imerolia Bay which is a quiet, sand and pebble beach. Some distance further north is the beach at Kalamaki. This is mainly sand and over recent years has gradually built up facilities for the tourist in terms of umbrellas, loungers, a couple of bars and a taverna. Imerolia and Kalamaki are for those that prefer a quieter beach, although they do get quite busy in the height of the season.