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mikie

Magical
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This is one of the best holidays I have had in Greece, I stayed at Katelios a really nice quite resort with very helpful and frendly people.
Going round the Island and seeing the sights left you wanting to go back for more.



viooltje

KEFALONIA-a taste of untamed Greece
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Why Kefalonia?
For those who do not know me, and those who do, it may seem quite odd for a Croatian girl to be so overwhelmed by anything else than the beautiful Adriatic sea. True, no place ever feels as good as home, no pine ever smells as fine as back home, no beach ever feels as beautiful as back in the deep blue Adriatic. We like to call it the ''Mediterranean as it once was''... But then, there's Kefalonia... And it feels like home! Once you get to know it's soul, you'll never stop coming back. A paradise lost and found, a place of unspoiled beauty, still mostly untouched by evil tentacles of mass tourism. Wherever & whenever in Greece, I always get that special feel about places. The 'greek' spirit. But Kefalonia has had and still has a true greek spirit in its purest form. No view from the balcony of a 5* hotel can ever make you feel as blessed as a dusty old dirt-track somewhere on the kefalonian west coast, a piece of rock to climb on and a breathtaking view of the Ionian sea in all its might, followed by a distant tinkle of a goat bell somewhere among countless olive groves. An ideal escape for all you nature lovers, hikers, photographers, all those seeking a very relaxing and alternative type of tourism and a taste of untamed Greece.


And then there's the Kefalonian spirit...
... something you will carry in your memory even when your photos fade away. It's everywhere you look, you just have to take a moment in time and get out of your busy tourist routine and there it is...Kefalonia's own brand of Greekness.


And my personal favourite...
For whatever reason you might visit or return to Kefalonia, be sure to visit one special place - Monastery of Kipouria (Moni Kipoureon) on the Paliki peninsula, near Lixouri (15km). Why? Because of unforgettable sunsets? Definitely ! Because of the magnificent position of the monastery itself? Yes, Kipouria Monastery is located at the western side of the island of Kefalonia, overhanging a cliff that crashes into the Ionian, and makes you feel as if the end of the world was beneath your feet. Dating from the far away times, it is also known as THE VERANDA OF THE IONIAN. And finally to meet Kefalonia's true saint? A must. If you visit the monastery be sure to let Father Efsevios give you the tour as he untiredly does for hundreds of visitors during the day. If there's a person or anything else that will stay carved into my kefalonian memories forever, it will for sure be the memory of the solitary monk of Kipouria, a man locked up in his non-material world whose very appearance and simplicity will mesmerize you, a man so modest in demeanor yet so rich in spirit and mind that it will make you wonder is it really possible that saints like him actually exist in this material world of ours.



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I would visit again
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This is a beautiful island with much to see and do. My girlfriend and I hired scooters for £20 per day (going rate) and niped around the rocky terrain seeing some breathtaking sights. Both of the caves are well the small fee to enter and the endless beaches (all with their own character) are worth exploring. The weather during the week (end of June) was mid/late thirties which was pleasing.


Drinking in the capital was expensive compared to other towns/cities. However the food was excellent throughout the island, well priced and very tasty.


I'd visit again!



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Absolutely gorgeous
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It is an absolutely gorgeous island with friendly people. The food is good and not expensive, although I wish there was more diversity. The best beach is myrtos and sami is for me the most picturesque village of Kefalonia. I just recommend you to rent a car because local transportations are completely unreliable.



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Sami the best
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Sami is by far the best village to visit on Kefalonia. At first, we stayed in Argostoli but when we visited Sami, a couple of days later, we decided to change our accomodation and move to this nice village. I mostly loved the waterfront and the small taverns by the sea. I liked meat pie and kalamarakia. Mr Giorgos owns the tavern "Geia sou" in Sami and makes the best kontosoufli ever!! Although this is pork meat and it was not appropriate for summer food, we ate it with delight!!



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Remeber to take some tours
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Some friends recommended us to go to Kefalonia and it was indeed a lovely holiday. There are lots of historical and beautiful, unspoilt places to see, plenty of beaches for everyone and beautiful places to stay, though people were
not always as accomodating as we were led to believe, or have experienced elsewhere. People are generally helpful, though we met a really rude man at Kaminia beach, who refused to help us find a taxi, when the number he gave us was unavailable. So, we started walking to go to the main road. The sun was extremely hot, our three children were out of breath and the roads steep. If it wasn't for a lovely Greek couple who couldn't speak a word of English but nonetheless squashed us into the back of their car after half an hour of trekking, I dread to think what could have happened.
The only problem in Kefalonia was the lack of taxis and public transport. I didn't want to hire a car because I found the amount of hired cars on the road detracted from the overall peace and quiet, but there really is no alternative at present, especially if you have kids, and if I went back, I'd hire a car this time. Also, remember to take some tours and see all of the island. We took the Captain Kostis boat cruise from Poros to Katelios and loved this good fun man.



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A nice island with beautiful landscapes
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I got on the island by boat. Although it was old, it was in good shape and the crew was friendly and helpful. I have already been twice on Kefalonia and so I had a perfect idea of what to expect. The only thing I didn't remember was the difficulty to travel with public transports. There are very few busses that don't go to all the places. In Sami you have to fight to find a taxi! The island is very big! More than 70km from north to south! So you’d better check where is the village you are going to stay and if it's close to the areas you are interested in. Then if you arrive in Sami and need a taxi, be prepared to wait and spend a lot of money (50 euros from Sami to Pessada!). Buses from Sami are few and don't run on Sunday (in 2007). Don’t miss the beaches of Myrtos, Antisamos and Pessada, and you definitely shouldn’t miss the village of Fiskardo. Generally, it is a very nice island, tree-covered with beautiful landscapes and nice beaches. Having already been there twice, next time in the area I'll go to Ithaki, but I surely recommend this place for an enjoyable vacation.



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What to do and see
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Kerry & Dale, England.

If you don't want to lay by a pool you can always visit the following:

St Gerasimos
St Gerasimos is the Patron saint of the island and his mummified body is kept in its casket at the monastery bearing the same name.

Mazarakata Tombs
These Mycenaean tombs are well worth a visit. It is very easy to miss them but they are not far from the main Argostoli road- just below St Georges castle on the hill, close to the centre of Travliata.

Mount Ainos
Mount Ainos is the largest mountain on Kefalonia and the third highest mountain in Greece.
You can drive most of the way to the top, and its worth the trip, the views are unbelievable. But at 4000+ft, take a jumper!

Fortress of St Georgios
The castle was first fortified in Byzantine times, but its current form dates back to the 16th century.

Drogarati Cave
A natural phenomenon, over 150 million tears old is the amazing cave of Drogarati 3km from Sami. Drogarati is used for concerts in the summer months.

Melissani Lake
The underground lake of Melissani is worth a visit solely for its natural beauty and crystal clear water. Little boats take you into the recesses of the cave. Hanging from the walls are thousands year old stalactites.

St Andreas
This former Byzantine convent was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1953. The church belonging to the convent was restored to be used as a museum.

Kourkoumelata / Metaxata
Kourkoumelata is one of prettiest villages on the island.

After the earthquake of 1953 the then completely destroyed village was rebuilt by the shipowner Giorgos Vergotis. Travelling from Argostoli you pass through the village of Metaxata where in 1823 the English poet Lord Byron took residence for a few months. In his honour his bust was erected in front of his former house.

Monasteries of Kefalonia
The Monastery of Agios Gerasimos, near the village of Agia Efthimia.
The Monastery of Panagia Kekrionos, of Panagia Koronatou and of Kipouria, near the village of Lixouri.
The Monastery of Panagia of Atrou, the oldest of the island.
The Monastery of Panagia of Agrilion, near the village of Sami.
The Monastery of Agios Andreas, with the remains of the Saint, near the village of Svoronata.
The Monastery of Panagia of Platiteras, near the village of Fiscardo.
The Venetian Castle, in the village of Assos.
The Graves of Mycenaean Period, in the village of Lixouri.
The Collection of Ancient Ceramics and post Byzantine icons, in the village of Lissouri.
The Remains of the Ancient City Sami, in the area of today's town of Sami.
The Folk Museum and the Collection of Icons, in the public library of the capital.
The Archeological Museum of the capital Argostoli, with findings of all the historical period of the island.

Saint George's Castle 'Kastro'
The villages below Saint George's castle are Peratata and Travliata and the castle is signposted from the villages. After walking around the castle ramparts, you will find a resting treat - The Castle Cafι, the food and views here are fantastic and they open for evening meals too.

Take a trip in the glass bottom boat

See the loggerhead Turtles Caretta Caretta

And of course Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed here too.

Enjoy!



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The people were fantastic and so friendly
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Athens was amazing and so intresting. Kefalonia was like any island holiday but the people were fantastic and so friendly. Hotel was good but beaches rather gritty and stoney. Be sure you get plenty of lip balm, as winds, sun and salt air dry out the lips and one gets blisters. Car hire was very easy and economical. Kefalonia village had all amenities except a chemist which opens - the one there was closed down indefinately.
Restaurants were numerous and very competitive, some gave little extras like glass of cognac at end of meal. All restaurants were very clean and food was savoury and varied.
A local bus service around the island would be good. Taxi fares were very expensive too and from the airport.



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Hotel Mediteranee 4
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I was in hotel Mediteranee, in Lassi, 2km from Argostoli,
from 26.07-06.08.2007
It's beatiful, comfort, rooms are clean. I was in room with sea view, it's was something most beatiful in my life.
Hotel have swimming pool, beach, restaurant, cafes, night cafe..
Peoples who work in hotel are nice, they will help you in everything..



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