Assos, Kefalonia, Greece

Assos

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If you are staying on Kefalonia, a visit to Assos should certainly be on your list of things to do before leaving. Almost an island and joined only by a narrow isthmus, Assos has an atmosphere all of it's own. There are a few café bars and restaurants so an evening visit would be viable and enjoyable. By car, it takes about 20 minutes from Fiscardo to the road overlooking Assos and another 5 minutes for the descent to the village and harbour.

Assos Cafe

Assos is extremely peacful. Here you will find a quiet and shady cafe to sit and enjoy a coffee whilst you contemplate the trek up to the ruins of the once magnificent fortress on the hill above.

The walk up to the fortress of Assos is well worth the effort, as the view from the top is wonderful. The fortress and impressive fortifications were constructed by the Venetians when they ruled Kefalonia in the 1590's.

Within the boundaries of the fortress there was a prison that was in use until 1953. This has now been renovated and will be used in the future as a museum. The walk up, will take between half an hour and forty minutes, depending on your fitness. Remember to take some water with you. From the top, you will get a birds eye view of Assos village.

Assos fort entrance
Assos - old houses Once you have returned to the village of  Assos, make sure you take a look along the back streets. The old houses in various states of repair give tantalising insight into how the village must have looked when Assos was fully inhabited.  
Over the last few years, Assos has become more developed and it is now possible to find some high quality accommodation here. However, due to it's location, Assos remains a very quiet place to stay. If you do opt to spend your holiday in Assos, a hire car is certainly recommended.