A relaxed nightlife
As night falls, Dassia becomes a chilled out paradise with stunning views out over the ocean. On a very clear evening you might even catch a glimpse of Albania in the distance as you dine at one of the many great restaurants in the resort. Most tavernas will stay open until the last customer calls it a night, and possibly later if the owners are feeling like a drink or a dance.
It’s not all traditional tavernas though as Dassia also has some friendly bars with staff who are used to sitting up late talking to locals and travellers with equal curiosity. You’ll find cocktails, Corfiot wine and beers from the Corfu Brewery, at most bars in Dassia.
Live music often takes the streets by storm, with people flowing in and out of bars hosting local acoustic music, known as rembetika, plus rock and soul artists from Corfu and further afield. If you’ve plucked up the courage, there’s a karaoke bar or two where you can sing your heart out.
Dassia has its own selection of great shops. These are mostly situated on the coastal road. There’s a whole range of stores specialising in anything from designer handbags to comedy T-shirts. If you want to take a souvenir of your Greek island holiday home from Dassia, this is the place to look.
Local Greek craftspeople dot the seafront selling pottery, backgammon and chess sets as well as other fascinating, traditional gifts. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more you can take home something made from genuine Greek olive wood. It lasts forever and smells amazing.
A city break
The historical city of Corfu Town is little over 20 minutes away and offers a number of fantastic things to do. These include a jaunt around the old town and market traders, who sell all the best local produce and hand-crafted souvenirs. If you look up you’ll see the towering Old Fortress, which, over its lifetime, has protected the city against three Ottoman sieges. There are multiple UNESCO heritage sites, including old cathedrals and the remains of an ancient harbour.
You can get to Corfu Town easily by car via Paleokastritsa, or buses run regularly from the Dassia to San Rocco Square in Corfu Town. Alternatively, taxis are very safe and drivers are often friendly and chatty, some even give out private numbers so you can use the same driver again and again whilst on holiday. Using taxis is beneficial if you’re planning on staying out late at one of Corfu Town’s lively bars or clubs.