Kefalonia is an island in the Ionian Sea, west of mainland Greece. It's marked by sandy coves and dry rugged landscapes. Its capital, Argostoli, is built on a hillside overlooking a narrow harbor. Kefalonia's indented coastline is made up of limestone cliffs, bays and short strips of white sand, like Myrtos Beach in the north. Many beaches are only accessible on foot or via narrow twisting roads.
The main banks are situated in Argostoli. Pharmacies are located in the many villages and towns. 8km away is the pretty resort town of Skala with its pavement cafes and wide selection of restaurants, from traditional Greek Tavernas to Chinese, Italian and Indian restaurants. With 5km of gently shelved shore, pristine sandy beaches, children's play areas, a variety of water sports, scuba diving, plus taxi boats ready to take you to deserted beaches or neighbouring villages, there's plenty to attract all age groups.
Katelios is a traditional fishing village with a sandy bay situated approximately 30km from the islands capital Argostoli. It is one of the most relaxing places on the island and is ideal for families, couples and friends that want to swim, dream, relax and eat beautiful seafood and local produce in laid back local tavernas on situated on the waters edge.
A beautiful valley between lush hills, ideal for nature lovers, guides you to a long sandy beach with pine and eucalyptus trees perfect for sunbathing and snorkeling. On the other side of the cove you can relax on sunbeds with umbrellas or have lunch or dinner in one of the great tavernas offering a variety of local dishes as well as seafood. Mini markets are open until late as well a scooter hire, boat hire and car hire are all available in the village.
If guests need a little more excitement, Skala which is a little larger than Katelios offers a wide variety of shops, tavernas bars and water activities as well as a unique endless sandy beach where you can hire sunbeds and go on boat trips to Ithaca and Zykinthos.
Sandwiched between the two resorts is a large sweeping sandy beach that is perfect for families. Kaminia and Mounda are well known for its famous caretta turtles that lay their eggs here.
There is a bus service normally twice a day that takes you to Argostoli, and also to Skala, however it is recommended to hire a car to enjoy the delights that this area and the rest of kefalonia have to offer.
The nearest beach of Katelios is 900m and within 10 mins walk or 2 mins by car, sun loungers and parasols are available for hire, beach tavernas are situated on the waters edge for lunchtime snacks and scrumptious evening meals. The famous Caretta beach is a five minute car journey with many more sandy coves and beaches close by ready to be discovered by either hiring a small motor boat for the day or jumping in the car to explore.
Around 10 minutes to the east is a favourite beach of mine called Koroni. The beach is secluded, and unspoilt with waters that are so clear that it makes a perfect spot for snorkelling. The bumpy track down to the beach is an adventure in itself. Koroni can also be accessed by boat which can be hired from the seafront in Katelios.
Further afield is Myrtos beach, probably the most famous and photographed beach in Europe. Around 1 hours drive from the villa if offers guests breathtaking views as you descend down the winding road to azure blue waters and chalky white cliffs. A perfect place to picnic and swim in the cool clear waters of the Ionian sea.
Places to visit
There are so many places to visit and explore on Kefalonia. One visit will merely taste your appetite for what it has to offer. The island is unspoilt, relaxed and very low key. Secluded beaches around every corner that can be discovered by little motor boat, azure blue waters hidden down country tracks filled with wild flowers.
Fiskardo is a favourite with flotillas of yachts dropping anchor for the evening, with beautiful bars and tavernas serving seafood and grills. Boutiques and galleries line the seafront with brightly coloured villas and cottages overlooking the harbour.
Assos has a picture perfect harbour filled with beachside tavernas. Quaint and unspoilt, this is a `must` for every visitor to Kefalonia. (my favourite).
Myrtos beach is probably one of the most photographed beaches in Europe, with stunning azure blue waters and a steep winding hill that decends down to the beach, this is definately a place to visit for a picnic lunch.
Ithaka is a tiny island situated just off the coast of Kefalonia near the port of Sami (where Captain Corelli`s mandolin was filmed.
Argostoli is the capital of kefalonia. The city is a bustling town with shops, tavernas, fresh fruit markets and daily fresh fish readily available from the fishing boats that moor up on the quay side.This is also the commercial capital of the island. Most provisions can be bought here. A hospital, various Doctors surgeries, pharmacies and dentists are also available should you require them.