Just north of the amazing beach of Myrtos is the small and secluded village of Assos, which is one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages on the island. Built amphitheatrically around the homonymous peninsula, it is surrounded by wonderful green landscape and lush forests. Pines and cypresses and the crystal clear blue waters of the Ionian, create a unique combination and make Assos an ideal setting for a relaxing holiday.
The village seems to be “lost in time” and exudes an almost mystical atmosphere. The basic original traditional Ionian architecture is preserved, while the modern feel is gentle and discreet, but enough to pleasantly surprise all visitors. Beautiful colored houses nestling in the steep slope of the hill, fill the landscape with colors beyond the predominant blue and green. In the small port you can see small fishing boats and some luxury moored yachts and in the small square of the village you can find some taverns and restaurants. Assos beach is a beautiful shady, pebble beach with crystal clear waters and views of the bay.
In the late 15th century, a castle was built by the Venetian army to protect the inhabitants from pirate raids. The fortress was of great strategic importance and made Assos the capital of the northern side of the island. Nowadays, there are only ruins of the wall and other parts of the castle of Assos, as well as the church of St. Mark.