Kefalonia, also known as Cephalonia, is the largest of the Ionian Islands. Its northerly location and mountainous geography keep it relatively temperate and green and is covered with over a million olive trees. The island is popular with tourists, but has managed to retain much of its traditional Greek charm and has.....
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Kefalonia, also known as Cephalonia, is the largest of the Ionian Islands. Its northerly location and mountainous geography keep it relatively temperate and green and is covered with over a million olive trees. The island is popular with tourists, but has managed to retain much of its traditional Greek charm and has avoided the mass tourism that some of its neighbours enjoy, yet still has a good variety of resorts. The most popular of these is Lassi, a purpose built, picturesque resort on the west coast, 3km from the capital of Argostoli, with two amazing but often busy beaches and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Those looking for something more peaceful should head south to either Lourdas, where hotels perched on a hill above a pretty beach offer fabulous views out to sea; or Katelios, located in good proximity to some wonderful beaches. Further along the coast is the low-key resort of Skala, with its beautiful wide beach of sand and shingle, which attracts a largely British crowd. Round to the east are the port towns of Poros and Sami, the former a gentle resort attracting visitors from all over Europe and the latter made famous for being the film set of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and whose nearby beach with white sand and crystal clear waters is one of the best on the island. To the north is the upmarket and picturesque village and marina of Fiskardo, the only town not destroyed by Kefalonia’s massive 1953 earthquake. For a town-based, rather than resort-based holiday, Argostoli and Lixouri are both charming and have much of interest to offer. Outside of the resorts there are many stunning beaches, such as the renowned Myrtos Bay, whose white pebbles and crystal clear water make it understandably popular, or the less busy but very beautiful and sandy Xi beach in the west. Inland, one may enjoy visiting any one of the numerous monasteries, or the underground lake at Melissani. Kefalonia has a small international airport, or can be reached by ferry from mainland Greece, from Italy or from neighbouring islands.
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