Scenic walks in the wilderness
There are two main routes you can take if you’re looking to trek around Kassiopi’s sprawling landscape. First is the headland walk which attracts thousands every year to look out over the ocean and take photos with the horizon in the background.
The second route is up to Mount Pantokrator, which towers over Corfu like a rocky giant. If you’re up to the challenge at the summit you’ll be greeted by a charming monastery and a cafe where you can rejuvenate over a coffee or beer. Don’t worry, there’s a route up by car too if you don’t want to make the journey by foot.
An hour to the capital
Corfu Town, the island’s capital, is blessed with a whole range of things to do. If you like a bit of haggling then check out the bustling market in the old district. Here you’ll find everything from olive oil to olive wood, ouzo to shoes, novelty T-shirts to Greek novels. In the modern commercial district are all the boutique and designer shops that offer something really special.
The Old Venetian Fortress which overlooks the entire city is dated back to the early 15th century and stands as a reminder of the island’s rich history. The structure has defended the island from three Ottoman sieges and remains an asset for the city. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to see it put to use as a venue for a number of different events.
Whether you’ve rented a car or not, it’s no more than an hour to Corfu Town. For those who haven’t, the public transport system in Corfu is regular and efficient and never costs more than a couple of euros. The bus goes from the centre of Corfu Town direct to Kassiopi and back again until mid evening, seven days a week.
The festival of Kassiopi
If you’re considering Greek island holiday packages for an August getaway, it’s worth knowing that on the 15th, the town of Kassiopi heads into a manic celebration over the Day of the Virgin Mary. This a sight to behold and sums up island culture in a nutshell. When all the Greek bouzouki music, traditional dancing and Corfiot wine come together for this incredible day, the atmosphere is unbeatable.
Join in with the enthusiastic crowds as they feast on incredible locally-produced food, barbecued to perfection on the streets of Kassiopi. Local folk musicians come out in force to serenade the people, and you’ll find yourself dancing along with the rest of them in no time.