A Hidden gem
Assos is one of the most picturesque villages in Kefalonia Island. Amphitheatrically built around the most photographed peninsula in all of the Ionian Islands and surrounded by verdant forests, it is the first to claim the title of the village with the extraordinary scenic beauty. The rich vegetation, full of pines and cypress trees, meets the indigo blue waters of the Ionian Sea, rendering Assos an idyllic setting for relaxing vacations.
The village retains its basic original traditional Ionian architecture, combining it with a modern feel that will pleasantly surprise all visitors. Assos village is a natural home for friendly dolphins, often coming on the surface of the sea to salute their admirers and monk seals finding refuge into the dark sea caves. It is a beautiful harbor village blooming into a rural ambience.
Near the Assos peninsula you will find beautiful beaches, many of them hidden, waiting anxiously to be found. The finest of them is the famous Myrtos beach, a trademark of the area. Fairly described as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, its distinctive characteristic is the smooth white sand covering its coast. The path to Myrtos beach passes through lush green landscapes and towering cliffs that protect the beach from the wild insular wind.
Apart from the beautiful white beaches, there is a strong Venetian presence dominating in Assos village. The castle of Assos was of a significant strategic importance. It was a stronghold of the Venetian army, built in the late 15th century to protect inhabitants from pirate raids. Today, one can see remnants of the wall and other parts of the castle and of course the church of San Marco. Along with the castle of St. George, were the most important fortresses of the island and appointed Assos the capital of the north side of Kefalonia Island. For some decades the castle of Assos was used by the Modern Greek Government as a prison. From the ruins you can admire the magnificent views to the Ionian Sea. One of the highlights of visiting Assos is the superb walks along the old Venetian paths that caress the rugged coastline of the peninsula, weaving their way outside the rustic houses.
Though situated in the non-commercial north of Kefalonia Island, Assos seems to be the starting point for explorations in every corner of this magical island. Due to the excellent road infrastructure, the island is suitable for exploration by car. It is recommended that you rent a car so that you can organize independent mini tours for nearby cultural sightseeing with your friends or family and make the most of your stay in Assos and Kefalonia.