Worth a Trip: Assos

Almost too photogenically perfect for words, pint-sized Assos (population 88) is a confection of Italianate cream- and ochre-coloured houses, with a pretty crescent-shaped cove that’s protected by a wooded peninsula. The fortress atop the headland makes a great hike, while the bay is eminently swimmable.

A mouthwatering array of tasty tavernas, plus a pace so slow you can palpably feel your pulse dropping, are compelling reasons to visit. It's also possible to stay overnight.

Note that the main coastal highway is currently closed between Assos and Myrtos Beach to the south, so drivers are directed along back routes higher up the mountainside.