We can honestly say that Kassiopi is a pretty harbour-side town, still dominated by the impressive ruins of its huge Byzantine fortress. Of course we wanted to see it with our own eyes, but we had some trouble to find our way towards it. Finally we found the path opposite of the church of Panaghia Kassiopitissa (Church of the Slessed Virgin Kassopitras) which took us to the ruined Byzantine fortress. It's abandoned to the whims of nature and the entrance is almost hidden by wild flowers.
The castle was built in the 14th century by the Angevin conquerors of Corfu. It was built to protect the town and its port and was guarding the sea route from Corfu to the opposite coast. The Venetians finally overran the castle and in revenge razed it almost to the ground, for fear of it falling into enemy hands. Finally the Venetians used the building material to reinforce the castle of the town of Corfu. But it's still worth visiting the remains of the vast walls and gatehouse, because it lead us to a vantage point offering spectacular views over Kassiopi's bay and up to Mount Pantokrator.
For us a funny fact was that once we were exploring the crumbling walls of this ruin Iris still had the half-demolished Byzantine fort of Gardiki in mind. She therefore looked all around for a goat! Unlucky for her we didn't find one and just enjoyed the views we had at this historical hillside overlooking the town.
Village of Kassiopi.
Situated at the north east side of the island. It is a 17 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.
Perithia is a deserted village. It is located high up, off the main road between Kassiopi and Acharavi. It's about 5 km from Kasssiopi and then follow the road up to new Perithia, this is not far, turn left at the fork in the road, you will see the signs, go through the new village. Perithia was built in Byzantine times around the 14th century when people fled their coastal homes in fear of the pirates raiding there coastal villages. Over 1,500 people lived in Perithia. As tourism developed, down on the coast, more of the village inhabitants and families moved down to the 'new' coastal resorts Today there are six people who live in the old village throughout the whole year.
This beach is a little bit of a treck but if you like beaches that are not heaving with people its worth the 20 min's it takes to get there.I ts a little difficult to explain how to get there but i will try. If you go to Kassiopi harbour from the road, keep going untill you can go no farther. There is a little dirt track that takes you inland through trees for about 10 min's, then the track turns back towards the sea and then to the beach. I have not got a clue what this beach is called but we was there for 2 weeks and the most that ever came to this beach was 10.
Kassiopi and the surrounding areas are a mass of Olive trees.
Corfu is a very 'green' island so these trees thrive with all the warm sunshine and occasional downpour!
I found myself taking lots of early evening walks through the groves as it was too hot to walk during the day.
Just before the harvest one can see lots of nets being laid out at the foot of the trees, so watch your step and dont get caught up in them!
As well as Olive trees, lemon trees grow very well in Corfu. Look up into the branches and see the size of their fruits, some are HUGE!
Always seek permission before trespassing on someones land or take a guided walk instead.