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Posted by wi11iams on
Category: Kefalonia Sami
Sami is a very good base for exploring the north of Kephalonia. The town has the main port of the island, with ferries leaving for the mainland and the islands. The booking office is based along the waterfront.
There is plenty of accommodation, I stayed at the Pericles Hotel, about 15 minutes walk from the harbour. The hotel offers Bed and Breakfast, other facilities include a pleasant bar area, swimming pool and tennis court. For me to explore the island, I hired a car.
To reach Fiscardo, I take the road to Agia Efimia and follow the signs to Dendrinata. After going through the village, turn right and this is the way along the east coast to Fiscardo. Cliffedge road but has breathtaking views over to Ithaka. At the sign for Chogota, I head down a windy road, until I reach a small cove. The morning I arrived, there were two Greek men having their daily dip. They did not seem to mind me intruding for a refreshing swim in the clear, blue water. After the men went, my only companion was a boat that was moored up on the beach. I reluctantly left Chogota, to carry on up the island.
Fiscardo is a very pretty village. There are various shops and tavernas dotted around the water's edge. This is a perfect place for lunch. If there is a need to walk off the meal, I suggest a stroll round the far side of the harbour and head through the trees to the old and new lighthouses. I would love to live in the old building but that is impossible, as the lights in the house would interfere with the new lighthouse and therefore endanger shipping. There are two delightful beaches nearby. First, Emblisi. Drive out of Fiscardo until a sign points right down to the beach.
Second, Dafnoudi. Drive out of Fiscardo until the top of the hill. Turn right, driving down a narrow road. There is a footpath on the right which will lead through the woodland until a small, pebble beach opens out in front of you. Stunning. A leisurely drive back to Sami, will complete a lovely day out.
From Sami, drive out towards Anti Samos. Turn right at the sign for Ancient Sami. The road winds up high over Sami, giving stunning views down to the port and beyond. Along this road are cattle and goats grazing, on what I am not too sure. I can imagine goats just about existing on the terrain but the cattle must permanently be on a diet. However, they look healthy enough. Branching off from the road, are walking trails. I would like to explore one of these sometime, the views must be magnificient.
Eventually the road comes to Ancient Sami. This is a collection of ruins, with signs showing where the workshops, tower and cistern were. Also situated up here is a small chapel, more recently constructed, which is a stark contrast to the crumbling wall of the ancient village.
After this excursion and maybe a walk along a trail, it is tempting to return to the main road and carry on down into Anti Samos, for a refreshing swim. This cove has changed recently. It seems to have occurred since the making of the film "Captain Corelli's Mandolin". Sunbeds and parasols are regimentally lined up along the beach behind which a smart taverna and bar have been built. At the further end of the bay are boats suitable for various water sports. It is very useful to have the facilities but they detract from the beauty and isolation of this small cove. Nevertheless, it is still well worth a visit for lunch, reading a good book and soaking up the rays.
There are two more interesting places to visit, before returning home. On the outskirts of Sami are the Dragorati caves. These have a large array of stalactites. Also the caves are used for concerts as the acoustics are suitable. The second visit is to the Mellisani lake. This was originally a cavern, which collapsed thousands of years ago, creating an underground lake. The best time to visit is at noon when the sun is shining straight down onto the water, casting a blue light all around the cavern. The trip around this structure is by boat and well worth a visit.
There are many beautiful and interesting places to see on Kefalonia but these two just give a taster of what this stunning island has to offer.
Posted by hartp15 on
Category: Kefalonia Lixouri
We have been to Lixouri 5 times and am just about to leave for the sixth on September 03. The town is really quaint never a lot of tourists as it is the resort the Greeks go on holiday. There is a large 4star hotel in the resort but otherwise you can find a lot of inexpensive self catering or Bed and Breakfast accommodation. The town square is the main focal point for the village. During the day it is very quiet but come nightfall all the locals come out with their children and sit i n the square, have a drink and just talk the night away. If you are looking for nightclubs Lixouri is not the place to go but if you like to relax eat very good food at reasonable prices and just watch the world go by from the town square or marina, then Lixouri is the place for you.
Posted by alin on
Category: Kefalonia Hotels > Alexis
Agia Efimia is a wonderful village and Alexis studios is a perfect place to have a nice holiday. Very clean, friendly people, you can have all you need... a perfect location.
Posted by wi11iams on
Category: Kefalonia Agia Efimia
On the east coast of Kefaloniais the small, engaging village of Agia Efimia. Wandering through the lanes, the scent of jasmine is overpowering. The gardens are well tended with a good selection of vegetables and vines and flowers trailing over trellises. Invariably a dog and a couple of chickens occupy the yard. Something very noticable about this village is the friendliness of its people, always a wave and "kalimera".
Some old houses remain before the earthquake of 1953. They used to be occupied by shipbuilders, which was an important business on this part of the island many years ago.Down by the harbour are a few tavernas, my favourite being Spiros. They serve good food and are very amiable. Also it is a great spot for "people watching" in the evening.
There is a small beach at the end of the harbour- pebbly and quiet, otherwise there are a few small coves beside the road towards Sami. Agia Efimia is a great central point. It is not far to visit Fiscardo, Assos, Myrtos beach, Dragorati Caves and Mellisini Lake. The beautiful beach of Anti Samos is but a 20 minute drive and close by is Sami, where the ferry leaves for Ithaca- I shall tell you about Ithaka in another review. Car hire is readily available at 'Starvillas' in the centre of Agia Efimia. A holiday in this captivating village is a holiday enjoyed.
Posted by wi11iams on
Category: Kefalonia Fiscardo
The journey from the airport may take one and half hour but to discover Fiscardo is well worth the effort. The buildings in this village managed to escape the earthquake of 1953 that devastated many parts of Kefalonia. Most of the houses are built in the attractive Venetian design and painted in pastel colours. Around the horseshoe shaped harbour are a good selection of tavernas and bars. I thoroughly enjoy sitting at these of an evening, watching the yachts coming in to moor. It is very popular for boats and as the evening progresses the berths become full. Consequently some yachts have to moor out in the bay and the sailors journey to shore in small dinghies. A few crews decide to remain on board eating al fresco, a lovely way to spend an evening. Dotted around the village are a few chic boutiques, a good bakery and a friendly chandler with a ready smile, always willing to chat.
Posted by jimfox on
Category: Kefalonia Assos
Just got back from a wonderful, restful seven days in Assos. We stayed at the Cavos Inn and what an absolutle treasure of a place. Location is perfect as to sit and view the wonderful scenery whilst enjoying your breakfast is something my wife and I will look back on with great pleasure. Local tavernas are all good to dine at and the North Restaurant was especially a lovely , friendly place to view Assos from and enjoy really good Greek coooking at its best, plus Plantanos ( I think that's how it's spelt) must also be considered. A really nice wine bar with lovely seating is also in the Paris Square and a perfect place for a cocktail or coffee to finish off the evening.
I have been to only three island in Greece and Assos in Kefalonia with its breathtaking views from all angles has to be the loveliest place of them all.
As Arnie says " I'll be back"
Posted by karina27 on
Category: Kefalonia Fiscardo
Kefalonia is a wonderful Island. We stayed in Fiscardo for a week in a villa and it was fabulous! There are some amazing little hidden beaches and coves to discover, many had great little tavernas. The villages are very picturesque and unspoilt - as is the whole island in my opinion. Fiscardo is particularly nice as it still has all its old bulidings, which survived the earhquake a while back. The little harbour there was very pretty, lined with tavernas. It is mainly a quiet little village, but it had quite a buzz at night and is visited by many yachts who come in and stay for the night. Regarding food, the restaurants all seemed to have a very high standard. The local wine that you buy by the kilo with your meal is really excellent and very reasonably priced! So, what I remember most from Kefalonia is the sunbathing and lots of lovely lunches!
Posted by jane24er on
Category: Kefalonia Fiscardo
I think what makes Fiskardo special is the many colours it has. Most houses are built in pink, yellow and blue and this gives a cheerful vibe to the village. My favorite thing in Fiskardo was to sitr at a cafe and have a cold coke by the sea, while people were walking besides. It was trully relaxing. Once you go, you will love the fishing boats at the port and the friendly people.
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