The surviving Venetian houses mingle with more recent additions which have all been created in harmony with the surroundings and the village now consists of an attractive collection of private villas, a few tavernas, a couple of shops and a few apartments for visitors.
During your stay you become part of the slow and easy way of village life. You will be made to feel particularly welcome and acknowledged for staying in Assos, rather than being one of the day trippers who visit each lunchtime.
The village is dominated by the remains of a spectacular Venetian fortress - one of the two that can be found on the island. The fortress dates to 1584 when the rocky promontory of Assos, a naturally impregnable location, was selected and 2000 metres of walls were built to follow the contours or the terrain, resulting in one of Cephalonia’s most recognizable landmarks. The remains within the fortress walls, in this place of scenic beauty, are more than worthy of exploration and provide a challenging one-hour trek to the top – the less energetic can make the journey by car!
The local marine life includes dolphins, which often actually come into the harbour, and monkseals, which hide in the sea caves and are rarely sighted.
Though situated in the uncommercial north of Cephalonia, the entire island is easily explored from Assos. The following sites are readily discovered within a 90 minute journey.
The clean waters of the harbour provide the closest beach, with another couple accessible only by boat, to be found around the headland. The most famous beach on Cephalonia – Myrtos – is a ten minute drive away, the picturesque pebble coves of the Erisso peninsula twenty minutes drive and many other fabulous beaches such as Petani and Trapezaki are to be found within an hours drive.