Love at first sight!
Assos is a charming little harbour village located 36 km north of Argostoli and 24km from Agia Efimia with less than 100 inhabitants. Tiny and secluded, is a romantic setting and my favourite shelter, winter and summer!
The magic starts long before you arrive. Driving from Agia Efimia you will need to take the deviation road through the village of Divarata (above Myrtos beach) as the main road is under construction (opening soon!). Once you start descending the hill you will have to stop in several spots to admire a breathtaking view of all the peninsula, the castle and the surrounding vegetation of cypress and pine on the background of the indigo blue waters of the Ionian Sea!
Amphitheatricaly built around the peninsula has an extraordinary scenic beauty, rendering Assos an idyllic setting for relaxing/romantic vacations.
The village retains its basic original traditional Ionian architecture, thanks to the French that came to aid the people to rebuilt their houses after the 1953 earthquakes. The square is dedicated to them and known as Paris Square with a commemorative plaque dedicated to them.
The village square is situated near the waterfront where you will find the village war memorial as well as an anchor and old cannon. Around it you will find a selection of tavernas and two seaside cafes offering all amazing views to the harbor and the Assos Castle on the opposite hill. The pebbly beach at the front has shallow waters ideal for children, so you can have a swim around the protected gulf, reach the opposite side and relax at the sunbeds (there is a shower and changing facilities there). The sea is always calm here.
The village offers a lot of accommodation options for every budget, two mini markets and a souvenir shop the cute Lemon Tree gift shop .
To visit Assos village is necessary to have a vehicle as this small lovely place is relatively isolated.
If you hire a boat or travel with a yacht, the surroundings of Assos offer many small and private beaches to visit.
If you enjoy walking I strongly recommend you walk up to the castle, explore it and enjoy amazing views of the village as well as of the sunset if you manage to walk to the west side of the castle (check relevant post and video). 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.