Visiting Assos, Kefalonia’s Prettiest Village

This pretty seaside village in Kefalonia will undoubtedly steal your heart. Filled with beautiful bougainvillaea and colourful villas- as well as a small little bay that’s surrounded by a handful of seafood taverns- Assos is the perfect spot to spend some time over the summer. 

If you are looking for a spot that offers relaxation and stunning scenery, add Assos to your list. And don’t worry if you decide to stay elsewhere on the island, just make sure you set some time aside to visit- as it’s the perfect day trip that can easily be combined with a stop off to popular Myrtos Beach, which is close by. 

Assos Beach 

There are only two beaches in Assos and the clear waters make them both ideal for snorkelling. The larger one of the two is organised with umbrellas, loungers and there is also a shower and changing facilities. Two footsteps away there is a small eatery that offers a casual lunch menu including burgers, chips, and club sandwiches; there is also a little store that sells sunscreen, water toys, and other souvenirs. The smaller bay is completely unorganised and by far less crowded- perfect if you are after a spot that offers some privacy. They are both pebble beaches and boast stunning views over the bay. What makes Assos so picturesque is its crystal clear waters contrasting with the beautiful backdrop of the bright villas that line the naturally shaped harbour.

Sail Around 

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Visit nearby beaches by boat

We highly recommend you hire a boat and sail around the little village. Hiring one on your own allows you to explore the gorgeous surrounding beaches that are remote and only accessible by sea. However, if you do not feel confident enough to sail on your own, there are also many great tour options available and you can book them from travel agents in Argosotoli (the main town in Kefalonia) or through locals in the village. 

Ammos tou Grammatikou

One of the most stunning secluded beaches close to Assos village is Ammos tou Grammatikou and you can get there either by a short swim (easier if you are travelling without kids) or otherwise, as mentioned above, there are also boats available for rental through a travel agent. You can also ask some of the local fishermen on Assos, who combine the tour with some fishing. Speed boats are also available and offer parachute gliding that land on the local beach- making it a really memorable experience. 

Village Square 

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French-inspired Town Square

The village square may be tiny but it’s packed with charm and boasts traditional Ionian architecture. There is quite a bit of Parisian influence here thanks to the French that came to help the locals rebuild their houses after the catastrophic 1953 earthquakes. In fact, the square is dedicated to the French, and is referred to as “Paris Square.” The village square is centrally located near the waterfront where you will also discover the village war memorial, as well as an anchor and an old cannon honouring the French. 


There are only about a handful of eateries in Assos and most of them specialise in seafood dishes (it is a seaside village after all). There are also two cafes with splendid views of the harbour and Assos Castle, which is set on the opposite side of the hill. No matter which one you decide to try, you will be able to select from a menu that includes a range of fish, octopus, calamari, vegetarian dishes and fresh salads- the perfect way to end your day after a long swim! 

Assos Castle 

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Traditional Ionian villas

Assos’ historical 1570’s castle is a fine example of Venetian architecture and although visiting the site requires effort (it’s a long walk) it is worth the visit (just make sure you don’t go during the peak of the day while it’s still very warm). The hike will take you through olive tree forests to an arched entrance, which is well-preserved. Set right on top of the village, from here you can enjoy some of the best views of the island.  Tip: We recommend you try and get there just before sunset to enjoy the beautiful shades of the Ionian. 

Getting there 

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Stroll through the village

The easiest way to visit Assos village is by car, or you can also arrive by taxi. If you opt to hire a boat or sail on a yacht, you are also able to enjoy the many small and private beaches nearby. Assos is located around 40 km from Argostoli Town and within 48 km of Kefalonia International Airport. Mytros Beach is only 10 km away, while Fiskardo Village (also worth a visit) is 20 km away. Note: Assos is located at the bottom of a very steep and windy hill and there’s only one main road in and out. There is a large parking space when you get to the end of the road, however, it does get packed over summer, so you may need to try to park your car on the side of the road. 

Staying in Assos

What makes Assos even more special is there are no major hotels or resorts as of yet. However, there is a range of apartments and stunning villas available- both right on the water and more towards the town square.  Tucked away in the spectacular cliffs of the west coast of the island, you will find small, family-owned luxury villas including Assos View and Braunis Horio Villas. 

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Our Essential Travel Guide to Kefalonia

There’s something magical about the largest of the Ionian islands, which still remains pure and protected from mass tourism. Read on for our Complete Guide to Kefalonia. 

While visiting again last year, we realised what makes this place so special is the pride locals take in keeping their island clean, fresh, modern, yet warm and inviting- all while allowing its natural charm and authenticity to shine through. 

Getting There & Getting Around

Visitors can fly from Athens to Argostoli in just under an hour. If you prefer a ferry, keep in mind there are no direct ferries from Athens to Kefalonia. Options are to either leave from Patras, which is around a 2.5-hour drive from Athens and then take a ferry from the port of Patras to Sami (around 3.5 hours), otherwise, drive to Kyllini, in the Peloponnese (roughly 3.5 hours) from Athens and then take the ferry from Kyllini to the port of Poros (approx. 1.5 hours).

The island is fairly large and the best way to see it is by driving around. There are regular buses that can transport you to the main beaches and major sites- but we highly recommend hiring a car.

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Where to stay 

Argostoli is the main town where you will find the majority of restaurants, bars, and shops, it’s the ideal base- especially for first-timers. Lassi is a great spot for families who want to be footsteps away from the beach. Lixouri in the Paliki Peninsula is a quiet and quaint fishing town- a good spot if you are after a chilled vibe and not-so-busy beaches. Assos is a pretty seaside village that will steal your heart, while Fiskardo is the glamorous and upmarket part of Kefalonia with trendy boutiques and bars.

Where to sleep

For a well-priced and modern hotel in the heart of Argostoli, Mouikis is ideal. Also in the centre of town is Kefalonia Grand, which offers a nice boutique experience. White Rocks Hotel in Lassi is perfect for a seaside stay, and for a more luxurious and holistic experience, Emelisee Nature Resort in Fiskardo is a stunning choice. If you prefer an adults-only retreat, check into F Zeen, which offers an upscale stay with an emphasis on health and wellbeing.

Where to eat

If you are after a quick bite check out Ladokolla, which serves freshly grilled meat slowly cooked over charcoal. For an authentic tavern experience in the heart of Argostoli, we recommend Tzivras, which has been a local favourite since 1933. Also in the centre of town, try Ampelaki, Captains Table, and Palia Plaka, which all serve Kefalonian dishes and delicacies. Nefeli Anait in Assos is perfect for a late lunch by the water, while the famous Alexandros Restaurant in Myrtos is where celebrities go for authentic Greek food. If you are making your way over to Lixouri, check out Zefki and S’Anamena Karvouna. For a great dessert experience, you can’t go passed Spathis Bakery, which is renowned for the best sweets in town, and for a quick coffee or waffle, Cinnamon Café in Argostoli is ideal.

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What to eat

The Kefalonian kitchen is most famous for its pies including Bakaliaropita (salted cod pie), Ktadopita (Octopus pie), Tiropita (cheese pie using local Kefalonian cheese), and the most popular by far is the Kreatopita (meat and rice pie.) Cheese lovers rejoice as the Kefalonians make their own variety of Feta, Mizithra (ricotta style), and Kefalotiri (a hard full-fat cheese). This Ionian isle also produces good wines and is most famous for its Robola, a locally produced fruity variety. When it comes to desserts definitely opt for the Karidopita (syrup-soaked walnut cake) or Amygdalopita (almond cake) and take home some Mandoles (sugared almonds with a red coating) and Pastokidono (a quince with roasted almonds and honey).

Where to drink 

To get a taste of local wines under one roof, head to Oinops Wine Bar in Argostoli. For a delicious cocktail in town try PlatanosKafepoleion, K63, or Bee’s Knees. And if you visit Fiskardo check out Le Passage, Theodora’s Café, and The Fish Bar, which are all great spots to grab a drink.

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Where to swim

You really are spoilt for choice here and Myrtos, the most famous beach in Kefalonia definitely deserves to be seen up close, however, keep in mind it gets very windy so it may not be ideal swimming conditions on the day. For the perfect swim, Antisamos and local favourite Petani (with the most amazing little tavern) is where to go. For families with young kids, we recommend Platis Gialos, Makris Gialos, and Lassi, which all boast clear and shallow waters. If you want to stay away from the crowds head to Gradakia and Xi Beach (with picture-perfect orange sand). And you can’t leave without having a dip in the most stunning emerald waters of Assos– this bay is pure bliss!

Discover History

At the Archaeological Museum in Argostoli, you can find pieces from the Hellenistic and Roman period. Then head across the street to the Municipal Theatre, which is one of the oldest in Greece. In Lixouri, check out the Iakovatios Museum and Library, which has many rare books and manuscripts, and the Nautical Museum located in Fiskardo is also full of ancient treasures.

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Makriotika Village is close to Agia Efthimia and has beautiful gardens and views of the mountains and sea (here you will find a few family-run taverns serving authentic local flavours). Livathos also offers magical views and insights into local customs and traditions. Also add Kourkoumeleta, Keramies, Karavados, and Kaligata to your list- where you will find a bell tower of the 18th Century, that is dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary.)

Sacred Sites…  Visit Agios Gerasimos Monastery where you can discover the caves where the Patron Saint of the island once lived.

The Monastery of Panagia Lagouvarda is a well-known holy site where harmless snakes appear with a black cross on their head and are believed to perform miracles. The Monastery of Agios Andreas, which has been turned into a museum housing Byzantine icons is also very much worth a visit.

Can’t leave until… 

Feeding the Caretta caretta turtles in Argostoli, watching a film at the open-air Anny Cinema, checking out The Bookmark bookstore, taking a boat ride through Melissani Cave, and having lunch at En Kefalinia Organic Farm, where all dishes are made using seasonal produce from the family farm.

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