We enjoyed our week in Kefalonia so much last year that we booked this year for 2 weeks with some friends(as it turned out, the villa we rented this year was only 200m from last years! We arrive in brilliant sunshine mid-afternoon, this time with the benefit of knowing where we were going (ish). It was also my first overseas holiday as a Coeliac. I did some research ahead of time and found the Greek Coeliac website who had very kindly created a downloadable statement for use whilst out and about..
The friends we were with hadnt been before. In truth Kefalonia ISNT the place to go if you want a very busy place with lots of hussle and bussle. But, if you want great weather, nice people, good food and a great island, with crystal clear water and good beaches.. try Kefalonia.
The main town is Argostolion.
The main shopping street (Lithostroto) is pedestrianised…
Their is a lagoon alongside Argostoli which is a loggerhead turtle sanctuary – you can often see them around the fishing boats when they return. Here’s the Koutavos lagoon…
We decided to have a trip across to Lixouri, using the ferry to make the short 20 minute trip. The one way fare was something like 2 euros for each foot passenger and I THINK something like 8 euros for the car.
Across the Argostoliou Gulf we approached Lixouri
The quayside is pretty,
Lixouri looks like quite a large town from the ferry, but its quite small with lots of restaurants on the quayside and around the square with one shopping street. We decided to drive back round which probably took us something like an hour but it was a nice drive and the sun was shining.
We were quite keen to visit the small number of vineyards on the island, so headed out to the Robola Wine Cooperative, situated in a valley which is quite high up at Frangata, next to the Agia Gerasimou Convent. Its quite small and their is a self-guided tour which ends up with a tasting (of course we bought several bottles).
We also did try to visit the Gentilini WInery near the airport, but unfortunately the day we picked it was closed! Check the opening hours if you decide to visit.
We spent quite a bit of time down at Trapezaki beach and harbour (only about a 3 mjinute drive from our villa).
Part of the beach, looking toward the harbour. Their is a beach bar/restaurant by the harbour – note the work of art (the sandcastle!)
We also spent quite a bit of time at Lourdas, both on the beach and in the restaurants…. here’s the beach at its busiest …
The water was very clear, quite warm and full of fish. We did notice that all the way along the promenade, across from the beach were a number of allotments/vegetable plots..
Their are some very nice restaurants in Lourdas. Thoroughly recommended(all on TripAdvisor if you care for the detailed reviews).
Finally we went to Agia Efimia, at the north end of the Bay where Sami sits at the south end on the north side of the island. It was a first time visit for all and we all loved the small town… here’s the quayside..
and looking toward the main part of the town…
This was our second visit to Kefalonia and we enjoyed it just as much as our first time. We did go right at the end of the season (last week of septmber, first week of October). Several of the restaurants shut down for the winter while we were there. But we absolutely loved it, even tho the last 3 days we were there we suffered some amazing thunder and lightning storms.
Kefalonia ISNT the place to go if you want a very busy place with lots of hussle and bussle. But, if you want great weather, nice people, good food and a great island, with crystal clear water and good beaches.. try Kefalonia.
Imagine waking up to this each day? Thanks for reading.