I was staying in the nearby town of Acharavi and rented a bike, cycled over to Kassiopi for the day. It was alright I suppose, but really it does not deserve the high rating it has here. There harbour was pleasant enough, some narrow streets with interesting shops and restaurants but what greeted me when I entered the area were two British couples fighting. Crikey, it was only lunchtime and we're not talking about young people in their 20s on an alcohol fueled binge - these were two quite fat, old British couples in their 50s, clearly very drunk and fighting each other in the main street outside a bar. The Greeks just stood back and watched the spectacle of fat, old British people fighting as if "oh look the drunk Brits are at it again, let's just stand back and watch". Oh dear. It was not a pretty sight. And hey, I'm British and scenes like that make me ashamed to be British when traveling abroad.
The old fort at the top of the hill was small but nice enough to check out - it is free and kept me amused for about 10 mins or so, it offered some nice views of the harbour. But otherwise, geez - this is so similar to any of the many coastal towns dotted around Corfu's coasts with a small habour. I say go there if you're on the northern area and have nothing better to do but don't make a trek across Corfu just to go there based on these high ratings on Tripadvisor. If you're expecting a labyrinth of old streets like the old town of Corfu, then you'll be sorely disappointed - it's a lot smaller and newer really. There are some nice beaches around - but you need to get out to Avlaki beach around the coast for the best beaches with lovely blue waters.
Nonetheless, there are plenty of places to eat along with supermarkets, pharmacies and most of all, it has plenty of travel agents. If you're staying in a small village, it would be worth your while to travel into a bigger town like this to book your excursions as the competition amongst the many travel agents on the high street there means that they drive each other prices down = the tourist who shops around wins. The golden rule is never ever book anything from your rep (as they charge a huge premium) and always compare prices amongst the shops before you book anything.
PS. What is this blah blah blah about the picturesque harbour? It was alright I suppose, I wouldn't say it was ugly but then again, after having seen loads of habours in Greece, it doesn't really stand out in any way. Duh. Like seriously, what's the fuss? Maybe it's because I spent so long in Greece that I'm a bit blasse about it all.
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