On Greece’s Kephalonia Island, in the Ionian sea, Assos Village is most likely the cutest little town you’ll ever see, if you happen to find it. Picture a tranquil bay crowned by cypress trees, with clear waters gently lapping on a tiny beach, a peaceful square and flowers and trees everywhere: you’ve arrived in teeny tiny Assos.
So where exactly is this idyllic village?
Nestled on a pretty bay on the northwestern coast of Kephalonia – one of Greece’s lesser-known, Ionian islands- the village of Assos is reachable via a steep road. It’s quite isolated, so you’ll need a car to get there, but you’ll find the village en route to Myrtos Bay, one of the most breathtaking beaches in all of Greece. And since you were most likely headed to Myrtos anyway, make it a point to stop by Assos; the detour is absolutely worth it!
Assos is a little gem best discovered at a slow pace. There’s actually not a lot to do here, except perhaps laze away in the sun on the little beach, or grab an al fresco bite at one of the small restaurants. The patios are inviting, overlooking the bay, and serve delicious, fresh seafood brought by the fishermen at the pier. Villagers and a few tourists have their coffee around the village’s small square, where the shade is a nice respite from the Greek islands’ sun.
The atmosphere is serene and peaceful. The air is filled with the sweet smell of wild flowers. There are no cars, no real streets, no souvenir shops. The few tourists that make it here are glad to be in on the secret, and slowing down to the local pace is an art they seem to have perfected.
Assos is picturesque and I couldn’t help but to take a lot of photos while I enjoyed a cool drink, my eyes set on the crystal-clear waters of the bay, and my feet surrounded by friendly cats. I could have very easily gotten used to this!
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