Dassia – Popular, lively and with even livelier neighbours
Dassia is an atmospheric, lively place, popular with younger couples, groups and water sport enthusiasts. Dassia is 9 miles from Corfu Town on the east coast of Corfu with views across the sea to the mountains of Greece and Albania. A holiday in Dassia can take full advantage of the exceptionally lively youth resort of Ipsos which is a short and beautiful walk along the coast. From Dassia regular buses and taxis run to both Ipsos and Gouvia, another lively, busy resort. Dassia also has plenty of varied and inexpensive nightlife of its own, but is less intense than its famous neighbours.
Holidays to Dassia – Swimming and water sports
In about 2km from the Dassia House you find the popular Dassia beach, which is long, quite narrow and a mix of shingle and pebbles. The water at Dassia beach is exceptionally calm and flat. The beach at Dassia slopes gently and platforms have been built out to sea making Dassia a superb place to swim. Dassia has become a popular Corfu resort with a reputation for quality water sports including waterskiing, windsurfing and parascending. Hire a boat to explore the coves near Dassia.
Dassia Holidays – Well located, unpretentious resort, and a good base for exploring
Dassia is on a flat coastal plain and is surrounded by low verdant hills that invite exploration by bike or car. Take small inland roads from Dassia through olive groves to discover more traditional, pretty Corfu villages. A holiday in Dassia also offers a superb golf course and a pony trekking centre. Dassia is well connected by buses and makes a good base for touring Corfu, exploration of the interior, and a boat trip to Paxos or to the Greek mainland.
In the south fringe of Dasia, coastal and extensive, is the property Merlin, a ranch that has a villa and auxiliary buildings, and which was at its pick mainly at the beginning of the 20th century. It took its name from an American Olympic champion, Sydney Merlin. Son of Charles Merlin, diplomat and later chairman of Ioniki Bank, who settled in Eptanisa in 1939, Sydney was born in Piraeus on the 26th of April 1852, took part in the 1896 Olympics and won the golden medal in shooting. His brilliant and short athletic career stopped with the middle-Olympics in 1906, where he won a third place.
In Corfu, he bought from the Theotoki family, a part from their immense property, on the south and got married to Zaira, daughter of Georgios Theotokis – Prime Minister of Greece, with whom he had a daughter, with the name Maraki. Zaira, gave later birth to Georgios Rallis -her son from her second marriage- who also became Prime Minister. Merlin, who was an experienced botanist, devoted himself to the development of his property and in 1925, he transported the brand of a Californian orange variety, the Washington Navel, which remained in the greek terminology as “Merlin”, and also the small Japanese citrus fruits, that became one of the emblems of Corfu, the Kum Kuat. Merlin died in 1952.