Assos
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This quaint hillside fishing village overhangs the Ionian Sea and is full of colorful houses and narrow alleyways lined with bougainvilleas. Here, you can take a refreshing dip at Assos Beach, try local Greek cuisine at a waterfront cafe, and even hike up the Frourio Peninsula to see the remains of a 16th-century Venetian Castle. The overlook also offers stunning views of the turquoise waters and bluffs along Kefalonia’s north coast. The drive to Assos will take you down a steep and winding road. You can opt for a guided tour which often includes stops at Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake, too. – Tripadvisor
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Michelle, Thirsk
    Thirsk, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful village, a must to see
    A must when visiting Kefalonia. The parking is limited but be patient it’s well worth it. Typically Greek with bougainvillea clad houses. Small tavernas around the harbour. Small pebble beach with sun beds and easy access to the clear water. There’s a nice bakery further in the village And a handful of shops. Highlight of the holiday
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Daphnedora
    London, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Assos 25th June 2023 on the path to castle
    On June 25th 2023 I had almost reached the entrance to the castle when I had the misfortune to faint in the heat. Several couples stopped to help me, giving water or offering to go for help. I was overwhelmed by the kindness of these strangers and I am writing this in the hope that they might see this as I want to say "Thank you so very much for caring and stopping to help". We eventually made it back down through the torrential rain, hail and thunderstorm with just a sprained ankle. Again, thank you all! Assos Is stunning and I will definitely return..
    Visited June 2023
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Nicola M
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much to do but worth the visit
    Assos is a tiny village but so pretty. As with most of Kefalonia, the surrounding water in the pretty village are crystal clear. Parking is limited but there is a parking area fir about 30 cars so worth driving down to check. Not much to do there but worth the visit for a coffee and bite to eat in one of the waterside cafes. Probably no more than a couple of hours needed, unless of course you dare take the long walk upto the castle ruins that overlooks the village. Its possible to do but on a very hot day could be a challenge.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Sandra P
    Scarborough, United Kingdom233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gorgeous little gem.
    Assos is a gorgeously located little place and you can certainly see why it is the subject of so many photographs. The two beaches are both quite small but the larger has the benefit of sunbeds and parasols (12 euros for a full day in July 2023). The beach is stony, so beach shoes are an advantage. As ever, the sea is crystal clear and clean. There are a handful of shops and tavernas and the bakery does a lovely takeout cold coffee amongst many other delights. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of Kefalonia jewels
    A full day excursion to north of Kefalonia should include visiting Drogarati caves, Myrtos beach, Fiskardo and this cute village. Assos is between Fiskardo and Myrtos beach and deserves a couple of hours of your time. Village is set on a small isthmus which connects Kefalonia with a small peninsula on top of which is a 16 c Venetian castle. Views from the main road are breathtaking. A good paved (and winding) road takes you down, where at the end is a fair size parking lot. Village is very cute, with old Venetian style houses, several tavernas and a small bay beach with mirror like calm sea to refresh yourself. You can also hike up to the Venetian castle on top, but we skipped that in 44 'C scorching heat.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 August 2023
  • RickDen
    Beaconsfield, United Kingdom479 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful off the beaten track village
    If you had to conjour up an ideal setting, this would come very close. Off the beaten track, quite isolated, picture-postcard views and lovely calm waters - what else do you need? Parking is tricky in town, as there's only one area, and normally it's all taken. You may need to park up the hill where the signs show you and walk down. With a lovely array of houses, cafes and restaurant, you'll be set up for the day. Pity the beach is all stoney - bring you beach shoes for that one!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Joeyy j
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss this little gem!
    Assos is simply beautiful.I don't know if it was a quiet time of year but it was so serene and peaceful after the hustle and bustle of Argostoli for example. We ate at an open air restaurant just at the edge of the beach on the right hand side. The food was really tasty and the service excellent. We met folk of all nationalities and got chatting away - it was great - everybody was so happy to be there I think! There is a small beach and you can swim in the crystal blue sea until your heart and soul is content. There were several stray cats and kittens trying their paws at fishing which was very entertaining to watch. There were just 2 small clothes/gift shops open, selling really good quality products. You can take a lovely (uphill) walk to the fort and explore more of the area (I didn't as pal has mobility issues). Overall the small village is quaint and very real true Greek. We travelled from Argostoli by bus, stopping at around one hour to hop on to a minibus to take us down to Assos. Quite a hairy ride around the many, many hairpin bends and hundreds of feet falling away below us! The driver kindly stopped at Mrytos Beach for us all to take great photos and have a good look, beautiful indeed! I haven't uploaded any photos as the pics on line are exactly what Assos is...stunning
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 October 2023
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Luxman1994
116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Climbed up to the castle in Assos and it is incredible. It's a tough walk but the views are incredible and totally worth it. A really beautiful part of Kefalonia.
Written 4 June 2024
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John
Uttoxeter, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Assos is a beautiful village and so far unspoilt by too much tourism. There are lovely beaches which are very safe for swimming and a few nice tavernas.
Written 29 May 2024
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Joeyy j
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Assos is simply beautiful.I don't know if it was a quiet time of year but it was so serene and peaceful after the hustle and bustle of Argostoli for example. We ate at an open air restaurant just at the edge of the beach on the right hand side. The food was really tasty and the service excellent. We met folk of all nationalities and got chatting away - it was great - everybody was so happy to be there I think!
There is a small beach and you can swim in the crystal blue sea until your heart and soul is content. There were several stray cats and kittens trying their paws at fishing which was very entertaining to watch. There were just 2 small clothes/gift shops open, selling really good quality products.
You can take a lovely (uphill) walk to the fort and explore more of the area (I didn't as pal has mobility issues).
Overall the small village is quaint and very real true Greek.
We travelled from Argostoli by bus, stopping at around one hour to hop on to a minibus to take us down to Assos. Quite a hairy ride around the many, many hairpin bends and hundreds of feet falling away below us! The driver kindly stopped at Mrytos Beach for us all to take great photos and have a good look, beautiful indeed!
I haven't uploaded any photos as the pics on line are exactly what Assos is...stunning
Written 22 October 2023
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RickDen
Beaconsfield, UK479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
If you had to conjour up an ideal setting, this would come very close.

Off the beaten track, quite isolated, picture-postcard views and lovely calm waters - what else do you need?

Parking is tricky in town, as there's only one area, and normally it's all taken. You may need to park up the hill where the signs show you and walk down.

With a lovely array of houses, cafes and restaurant, you'll be set up for the day.

Pity the beach is all stoney - bring you beach shoes for that one!!
Written 3 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tom
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Really nice little fishing village. Very picturesc with a couple of places to eat and a very nice bakery. There is also a castle ruin there what you can go to. The 2 little beaches looked great and perfect for people who are into snorkeling.
Written 30 August 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18 626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
A full day excursion to north of Kefalonia should include visiting Drogarati caves, Myrtos beach, Fiskardo and this cute village.
Assos is between Fiskardo and Myrtos beach and deserves a couple of hours of your time. Village is set on a small isthmus which connects Kefalonia with a small peninsula on top of which is a 16 c Venetian castle. Views from the main road are breathtaking.
A good paved (and winding) road takes you down, where at the end is a fair size parking lot. Village is very cute, with old Venetian style houses, several tavernas and a small bay beach with mirror like calm sea to refresh yourself.
You can also hike up to the Venetian castle on top, but we skipped that in 44 'C scorching heat.
Written 16 August 2023
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anorth52
New York City, NY397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit, very picturesque. It's a bit of a trek up to the castle but it is worth the effort not least for the great views across the bay.
Just a bus ride from Argostili.
Written 31 July 2023
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Sandra P
Scarborough, UK233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Assos is a gorgeously located little place and you can certainly see why it is the subject of so many photographs. The two beaches are both quite small but the larger has the benefit of sunbeds and parasols (12 euros for a full day in July 2023). The beach is stony, so beach shoes are an advantage. As ever, the sea is crystal clear and clean. There are a handful of shops and tavernas and the bakery does a lovely takeout cold coffee amongst many other delights. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 26 July 2023
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Peter T
Milton Keynes, UK369 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Pretty little village is a lovely setting - great parking. can still see aftermath of the earthquake in 1953

Few places to eat on sea front.

Worth a couple of hours
Written 13 July 2023
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Nicola M
Wiltshire, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Assos is a tiny village but so pretty. As with most of Kefalonia, the surrounding water in the pretty village are crystal clear. Parking is limited but there is a parking area fir about 30 cars so worth driving down to check. Not much to do there but worth the visit for a coffee and bite to eat in one of the waterside cafes. Probably no more than a couple of hours needed, unless of course you dare take the long walk upto the castle ruins that overlooks the village. Its possible to do but on a very hot day could be a challenge.
Written 10 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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