Kefalonia Hotels and Apartments
Kefalonia is the largest of the Greek Ionian islands, set around 30 miles west of the mainland. It’s one of Greece’s most spectacular destinations, attracting thousands of holiday-makers from around the world each year. Famous for its traditional seaside villages, beautiful turquoise coasts and laidback lifestyle, Kefalonia certainly won’t disappoint.
Kefalonian Blue Flag beaches
The beaches in Kefalonia are some of the most picturesque in Greece, and most have a Blue Flag award for their cleanliness. Cobalt waters wash up on the white sands and stony bays which line the Kefalonian coast, backed by rich green pine forests. Some of the most popular beaches on the island include Myrtos, Skala and Lourdas. Not only are they lovely, but they are family friendly too. The beaches are perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkelling, what more could you ask for on your holiday to Kefalonia?
Kefalonia is a popular holiday choice for couples and families. With little pockets of charm on every corner, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Lassi is Kefalonia’s most popular hotspot for holiday-goers, with its excellent choice of shops, restaurants and bars lining the main street, and a location only 3km from the Kefalonian capital, Argostoli. For a change of scenery, holiday in Fiskardo, also known as the ‘St Tropez of Greece’ and a popular celebrity hangout. Filled with pastel-coloured Venetian buildings and trendy harbour-side cafes, this is definitely one for the glamorous. Head to Scala for a bit of history on your doorstep. Old meets new in this modern coastal town which was once a sleepy fishing village. Packed with restaurants, taverns and cafes and boasting a long sandy beach, a little bit of history lies beyond the new town in the form of Roman ruins and the remains of an old village.
Captain Corelli’s Ionian Gem
The remarkable island of Kefalonia showed off its true natural beauty to the world when it appeared on the big screen in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, starring Penélope Cruz and Nicolas Cage. For the movie fans, you can take trips to different locations where some scenes were filmed.
Take a daytrip to Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia’s trademark and world renowned beach famous for the scene of the exploding mine, often pictured in travel brochures as being one of the best beaches in the world. This horse-shoe shaped cove is secluded by sandy-coloured cliffs protecting the golden sands below as crystal clear azure waters lap the shores, completing the picture-perfect scenery.
Visit Sami, a little seafront town and a perfect example of traditional Greek living, reconstructed as a replica for wartime Argostoli for the movie, where Corelli sees Pelagia for the first time. Most scenes were shot here including the battle between Italian and German soldiers and the Italian Soldiers arriving in Argostoli harbour.
· Currency – EUR
· Time Zone – GMT + (2)
· Travel Time – Argostoli Kefalonia (EFL) – 3 hours 20 minutes (London)
12 September 2011
Lourdas - lovely setting for views, swimming and eating!
Richard Ellis, Stockport
We stayed at Eagle's Nest for two weeks in September 2011. We chose these apartments because of the great reviews we had read, and were not disappointed. The owner, Marina, could not have been nicer. The views over Lourdas Bay were as good as Sorrento, and we could see right across to Zante. The pool was wonderful - we saw it cleaned and regularly tested. A car is recommended if you don't like hill walking! The area has ample tavernas, restaurants and mini-markets - without having become over-commercialised. The nearest cafe / bar to our apartment has just been taken over by Liza, and renamed Liza's Bar - very friendly, and great value for both drinks and simple but very tasty food. The locals and visitors are already supporting it (Liza used to have a taverna a few miles away, and her customers have followed her! Opposite Liza's Bar is "O Platanos" (The Maple Tree) named after the major landmark overhanging the road here, which also has great views. Up the hill a bit, are some other good restaurants, Spiros was our favourite of these, with a good choice and friendly family running it. Slightly more expensive (and a bit more "up market") are Andromeda's and La Mer. Down by the beach there are several good places to eat, or just have a drink.
The best thing about my stay was ...
Views. weather, lots of places to eat - without being over-commercialised