48 Hour Assos Itinerary (Kefalonia) – What I Did!

Tristan Balme my top 48 hour itinerary in assos kefalonia guide

If you’re planning a trip to Kefalonia, then you won’t want to miss out on the charming village of Assos. With its stunning views, crystal-clear waters, and relaxed vibe, it’s the perfect destination for anyone looking to unwind and soak up the sun.

In this guide, I’ll share my ultimate itinerary for spending 48 hours in the sleepy town of Assos, including where to stay, where to eat, and what to see and do. Let’s get started!

Summary: My Itinerary For 2 Days In Assos

Everyone loves a summary, right? My Top Assos Itinerary Includes;

1️⃣ Start your day with a scenic drive to Assos from your base in Argostoli or Fiskardo.

2️⃣ Enjoy lunch at one of the seaside tavernas.

3️⃣ Visit the Venetian Fortress, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.

4️⃣ For dinner, head to Efharis, a local favorite that serves delicious homemade Greek food.

5️⃣ Walk down to the Assos Beach

6️⃣ Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Platanos Taverna, which serves traditional Greek cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

7️⃣ Then roll on home, stopping at the famed Myrtos beach to see the most exquisite blue waters on your way.

Why you need to check out Assos

Assos is a picturesque village located on the west coast of Kefalonia, surrounded by lush green hills and crystal-clear waters. It’s the perfect destination for those looking for a relaxing getaway with stunning views, delicious food, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.

Whether you’re interested in hiking, swimming, or simply soaking up the sun on the beach, Assos has something to offer for everyone. Plus, with its charming village center and historic Venetian fortress, there’s plenty to explore and discover.

Getting There

The easiest way to get to Assos is by car. If you’re flying into Kefalonia, you can rent a car at the airport. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or hire a private transfer. The drive from Argostoli takes about 45 minutes, while the drive from Fiskardo takes about 30 minutes.

Tristan Balme view of assos kefalonia

Day 1: Morning

Start your day with a scenic drive to Assos from your base in Argostoli or Fiskardo. Along the way, you’ll pass by picturesque villages and stunning views of the Ionian Sea.

Tristan Balme Kefalonia Argostoli
Photo credit: DaLiu from Getty Images

Day 1: Lunch at Taverna Agnadio

Once you arrive in Assos, check into your hotel and enjoy lunch at one of the seaside tavernas. We recommend Taverna Agnadio, which serves fresh seafood and traditional Greek dishes.

Tristan Balme lunch in assos greek food

Day 1: Afternoon

Spent wandering the streets

After lunch, take a stroll through the charming village of Assos and visit the Venetian Fortress, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Tristan Balme Admiring the architecture in assos
Tristan Balme the best beach in assos kefalonia

Take a (long) walk up to the Venetian Castle of Assos

I highly recommend walking up to the Venetian Castle of Assos as the views are breath taking. The trek up the hill may be a bit challenging, but the stunning views of the Ionian Sea and the charming village of Assos make it all worth it.

Tristan Balme Kefalonia Venetian Castle of Assos
Photo credit: CoinUp from Getty Images

Here’s a couple of snaps i took from the top!

Tristan Balme panorama of assos kefalonia
Tristan Balme assos kefalonia

As you make your way up the winding path, you’ll pass through olive groves and vineyards, and you’ll also see remnants of ancient ruins along the way. Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the sea and the surrounding countryside.

The Venetian Castle of Assos itself is also a fascinating sight to behold. Built in the 16th century, the castle is a testament to the rich history and culture of the area. You can explore the castle’s walls and towers, and imagine what life was like for the people who lived there centuries ago.

This is (i reckon) an unforgettable experience that should not be missed.

So put on your walking shoes, grab your camera, and get ready for an adventure that you’ll remember for years to come!

Day 1: Evening – Dinner and Drinks at Efharis Resurant

For dinner, head to Efcharis, a local favorite that serves delicious homemade Greek food. After dinner, take a walk along the waterfront and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the village.

Tristan Balme Kefalonia Efcharis restaurant
Photo credit: Minion

Day 1: Where To Stay

These three hotels offer stunning views of the sea and are within walking distance of the village center. For your last night in Assos, we recommend staying at one of the following accommodations:

Best Value: Assos View Hotel

Assos View Hotel

Best Overall: Roi Boutique Suites

Roi Boutique Suites

Luxury Stay: Fiscardo Bay Hotel

Fiscardo Bay Hotel

Day 2: Morning – Assos Beach

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a hike to the Assos Beach.

Grab yourself a Frappe and Tiropita – the breakfast of champions.

Just don’t expect to get the body of a Greek god on this diet! (you only live once, right?)

Tristan Balme swimming at assos beach

Day 2: Lunch – At Platanos Taverna

After a morning of hiking and swimming, enjoy a leisurely lunch at Platanos Taverna, which serves traditional Greek cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Tristan Balme Kefalonia Platanos Taverna
Photo credit: Igor Ochmiansky

Day 2: Afternoon – Head Over To Myrtos beach

Spend the afternoon lounging on the beach, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, and soaking up the sun. Don’t forget to bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the strong Greek sun.

Myrtos beach is just a short drive away from Assos. From Assos, head south on the Epar.Od. Fiskardo-Assos road and continue straight onto the Epar.Od. Argostoliou- Lixouri road. After about 10 km, turn right onto the Myrtos road and follow it to the beach. The drive takes approximately 20-25 minutes. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus from Assos to Myrtos beach.

Tristan Balme myrtos beach

Conclusion

Assos is a hidden gem in Kefalonia that offers a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and stunning natural beauty. With this 48-hour itinerary, you can experience the best that this charming village has to offer, from its delicious food to its historic landmarks and breathtaking views. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, Assos is a must-visit destination that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Greece Travel Planning Cheatsheet

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🚑 Should I buy travel insurance for Greece?

100% YES! — Greece has “free” healthcare but it’s only for citizens! Tourists need travel insurance in case anything happens on your visit. Also be aware many policies won't cover hiking as it's a high risk activity! (that's right, check the t&c's on your complimentary credit card insurance

I highly recommend World Nomads as you can get specific add-ons for the crazy activities you're doing – and starts at just $7 a day!

🏩 What’s the best way to book accomodation in Greece?

Your best bet for most accomodation is Booking.com. We stayed in a few Airbnbs on my last trip too but I probably wouldn't recommend them unless you're staying with a large group in one place.

If you're looking for hostels I always go via Hostel World. Sure, the same places are on booking.com too, but I find the reviews on Hostel World do a better job of describing the vibe (and prices are usually slightly cheaper)

💸How do you pay for things in Greece?

Greece (like most European countries) use the Euro which makes travelling really easy. Most places you visit will accept Debit/Credit Cards and Contactless Payments. I also suggest getting out some cash to pay smaller vendors and as a backup if card isn't accepted

I personally use a Wise debit card for all my international money needs as they only convert the funds when you make payment, plus they offer a much better spread (margin on the true exhange rate) than the banks do. They work in all Greek ATMs I tried. 

🚙 Do you need to rent a car in Greece?

Possibly! — Public transport on the mainland is reasonably good. Busses run frequently and take you to most places, but on the islands it's a whole 'nother story. 

If you're planning to stay on a greek island, especially outside of the main cities, then renting a car will save you a whole lot of hassle and time. I reccommend using Discover Cars to find the cheapest rental company. 

⛴️ What about ferries?

The ferries in Greece are AWESOME, and the easiest way to hop between islands. There are 4 major ferry opperators in Greece so use a aggregator like Direct Ferries to find the cheapest price (and fastest service).

📲 How do I get internet/data/wifi in Greece?

This one needs a whole nother article, but the short version is local SIM cards are cheaper but generally require a fixed term contract, and a passport (ID) to purchase.. its a hassle!

I now use a Airalo eSIM Card – Airalo gives you access to eSIMs (digital SIM cards) that work in over 200 countries and you can get it set up before you leave! They work out slightly more expenive than a local SIM but worth it for the time saved.

✈️ What’s the best site to buy flights to Greece?

For finding cheap flights, I recommend Skyscanner. Once you find the flight you're looking for, I'd then suggest booking directly with the carrier (even if it costs a few $$ more than with one of the agreggators/agencies) as you'll get more proection if they flight is delayed/cancelled or you need to make changes later.

💧Can you drink the water in Greece?

In some places — The water on mainland Greece is generally safe to drink, but you'll want to be a bit wary on the islands, especially in smaller towns. It also tasted terrible!! I'd recommend either buying bottled water or using Brita Water Bottle as a more sustainable option. 

🎫 Do I need a visa for Greece?

Likely Not — Greece recognises the Schengen agreement which allows visitors from most countries to enter Visa Free for 90 days. The complete list of eligable passports can be found here on the governent website.

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