To me, the Greek islands conjure up visions of bright blue sea, white sands and brilliant sunshine. I don’t think that’s a description far wrong either, with thousands of people each year enjoying everything Greek hospitality has to offer. Kefalonia famously hosted scenes from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, shooting the island’s popularity into the stratosphere, yet somehow the island has managed to maintain a lot of its charm.
The Greek Island of Kefalonia
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Once you arrive on the island, you’ll be almost guaranteed sun, as Kefalonia is the sunniest of the Greek islands. You’ll notice as you move around that despite the resorts having all the amenities a tourist needs, there are many smaller fishing villages dotted around, giving an insight into the real Greek way of life. I love really experiencing the culture and the daily life in a destination, and Kefalonia will give you a glimpse whilst still maintaining the comfort of a resort.
The island itself is stunningly beautiful, with a mountainous inland, rising to the imposing Mount Aenos in the south, with forests and lush greenery. Vineyards sprawl out from the hills, leading down to sandy beaches. Beautiful.
For the main tourist route, Skala is where I’d suggest you head, with its famous long beach and lively nightlife. This is where you need to be heading if you’re wanting to party the night away, yet at the same time, it’s a great choice for families thanks to the wide, sandy beach and many water-sports available. Alternatively, there are many boat trips available, and it’s something I always try and do. A day’s sailing around the beautiful coastline is not to be missed, but remember that sun-cream and hat!
One place I would suggest you go is Lassi – famous for its beautiful sunsets. If you can, I’d suggest hiring a car and heading over – remember your camera and take in the stunning scenery.
Now I love beaches, and the must-visit beach on Kefalonia has to be Myrtos Beach. If you’ve ever seen a picture postcard of a Greek beach, then it’s probably this one that adorned it. White sand, blinding blue ocean – stunning.
Another of my favourite pastimes, other than lazing on a beach, is shopping. Kefalonia isn’t New York or Milan, so don’t expect boutiques and big stores, what you will find are quaint stores and markets, mainly in Argostoli. Haggle your price on the markets and you’ll come away with great souvenirs for loved ones .
When the sun sets, it’s time to sample some Greek cuisine. The famous dish on the island is Kefalonian meat pie – which is basically what it says on the tin. Give it a try and wash it down with a glass of ouzo!
Whichever part of the island you decide to visit, Kefalonia will give you a holiday to remember. If you are travelling from the UK kick start your break aand save some money on Bristol airport parking and make your break will be a memorable one.
And if it’s good enough for Captain Corelli…
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