A Venetian fortification on Kefalonia island in western Greece. Open daily with no entry fee. Visit when you holiday in Kefalonia.
Together with St George’s Castle, the castle of Assos is a fine example of military architecture of the island of Kefalonia—British general Charles James Napier described it as ‘stronger than Gibraltar’ and one of its main tourist attractions.
It overlooks the bay of Agia Kyriaki, north of Paliki, and could act as a base from which to defend the island, to protect against pirates as well as a naval invasion.
The castle stands on the top of a 170 m high rocky hill, which encompasses the entire peninsula of Assos. The castle is protected by a wall of 2000 meters length, and covers an area of 44,000 square meters.
Open daily with no entry fee.
Access to the castle is by a renovated stone path. Parts of the walls and an arched entrance gate with the Venetian Lion of Saint Mark are the mainly preserved sections.
Visitors can see within the ruins the small church of St. Mark and the house of the Venetian High Commissioner.