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Posted by ceejaydj on
Category: Kefalonia General
This review is about how we managed to travel around Kefalonia in one week without a car and how good/bad the bus services are.
We were based in Lassi the first week of July this year and found it to be an excellent base for our needs.
We traveled all over the island on buses and beside one incident of a missed bus it worked out well.
Argostoli is the capital and all bus links start from there. There’s around 3 bus stops in Lassi and the buses run every half past the hour from 9.30am onwards. It’s costs 1.50 euros and takes around 10 minutes. Stay on the bus until you get to the main bus stop. All the buses are lined up with numbers and destinations on them and also there’s sheets of paper with times and destinations by the side of each bus. There’s a big screen telling you times and buses and also there’s a fab tourist information inside with lots of timetables to take.
I pre planned day trips before we arrived in Kefalonia by looking on the www.ktelkefaloniad.gr so I had times already worked out.
Fiskardo and Assos only have around 2-3 buses running daily so pre planning is crucial and they don’t always run every day- the timetables will show you. Always arrive at least 15 mins before catching the bus as we left a few mins early on a few occasions. The bus stop in Argostoli is fine though.
It’s a 2hr direct bus journey up to Fiskardo and I think there’s a 11am and a 3pm bus up and a 5pm return. It’s stunning seeing all the scenery, you go right up into the mountains but also you can see the coast aswell as other islands too, I loved travelling on bus for the scenery. There’s aircon, free wifi and they were never full when we went.
To Agia Efimia there’s a direct bus routine too and I think that took around 1hr.
Sami there’s a direct route also but if you wanted to go to Antisamos beach where Captain Corellis Mandolin was filmed, you would have to catch a mini bus from Sami.
Melissani caves- we took a bus to Sami then caught another bus to Melissani and told the bus driver we wanted to go to the caves. He dropped us off by a big road sign of the caves on your right ( around 10 min drive away from Sami) and we walked up a short hill which is clearly signposted. It’s beautiful there and we arrived just before the hoards of crowds arrived (before 12pm - we caught the earliest bus) We were due to catch a mini bus back to Sami at 12.40pm but it didn’t turn up!!! So we found a gorgeous restaurant/bar near the water and had a drink and ordered a taxi. As there were 5 of us, my husband walked. It took him around 20-30 walking back to Sami and it cost us 8 euros in a taxi. We loved Sami the prices were so good too. Then we caught the big coach back to Argostoli at around 3pm. Although, you will see on the timetables that some times are in blue this means there might be a delay as the bus waits for a ferry to come in... we had to wait, around 45 mins.
Assos you catch a bus from Argostoli which then stops at Divarata for a change over to a mini bus to take you down to Assos. I think there was only one bus there and one bus back. Assos was our favorite place, truly stunning. We took a towel and swimwear and went for a swim in a little bay the other side of the harbor, so so clear and calm, beautiful. The bus drops you off at the top of a hill which is around a 10 min walk but it’s a pretty walk down and up.
We wanted to go to Myrtos beach but the bus times meant that we would be there for many hours which we didn’t want to do as I’d read it’s not great for swimming for children. We wanted to spend around an hour there but as we didn’t have a car, we couldn’t. But, we got to see it from above on the bus journeys a few times which was nice.
Fiskardo is a must, it’s your traditional Greek fishing village with beautiful quirky alleyways and brightly colours houses, lots of yachts and ferries come in and crowds come off and head to the harbour side restaurants but if you carry on walking past them all you will find a much prettier spot with a fab restaurant called Panormos. It overlooks the sea and houses and not bad prices too.
We did a lot around Argostoli too, we all loved going over to Lixouri on the ferry which leaves at the first bus stop into Argostoli and leaves every hour I think. We also got to see lots of turtles in the harbour in the mornings.
The cost of buses were very good, short trips were 1.50 Euro and the most we paid was to travel to Fiskardo (a 2hr journey|) which cost 6.40 Euro.
We packed in a lot but if we had extra time, we would have loved to go to Ithaka, explore more around Lixouri area, and maybe go to Poros and Skala and Dogerati caves.
We will return one day
Posted by minnaliisa on
Category: Kefalonia General
Kefalonia is a really beautiful island with magnificent landscapes. It takes my breath away every time. I have written blog about some of my favourite places in Kefalonia: https://kefalonia2017byminna.blogspot.fi
About hotels and restaurants in Kefalonia - I've never been disappointed - on the contrary, I've always met nice, polite and friendly people. I can warmly recommend Kefalonia for everyone looking for a relaxing holiday in Greece!
Posted by russellp on
Category: Kefalonia Hotels > Rosa
These are not two star studios. As self-catering accommodation goes on the Greek Isles, the apartments at Rosas studios are a minimum of four stars, at least. We are just back (23 July, 2013) from a two week stay at these wonderful apartments and I would have no hesitation in recommending Rosas, to anyone looking for self-catering accommodation on Cephalonia. I have travelled the Greek Isles for twenty five years and this is the best self-catering I have come across.
The facilities are perfect, everything you need is at hand. The apartments are spacious, modern and clean. The ground floor apartments all have terraces, while the upper floors have large balconies that overlook the beach and across the sea. After a hectic day of being dragged round the shops in nearby Argostoli, or experiencing another masterpiece of Greek cooking at the Klamatis tavern, just along the beach from Rosas, the balcony was true sanctuary. Cool drink in hand listening to the waves and crickets while watching the ferry boats, as the make their way across to Zante, heaven on earth, pure bliss.
I have to make a special mention to Rosa, Spiro and family. We all worry about whether the holiday we have just booked is going to live up to expectations. Without a doubt, if our experience is anything to go by, it will. The family obviously care as much as you do about your holiday. They really do go that extra mile to make sure you have everything you need.
So why not five star? Nothing to do with the apartments, all to do with not checking the area out thoroughly enough before going. My wife and I, are now getting on in years and we found there were too many slopes and hills. You will definitely need transport if you are not reasonable fit or able bodied. Lourdata, itself is stunning but if you are looking for a bouncing, heaving nightlife etc., best go to a more lively resort. If however you are looking for a peaceful relaxing break, you won't find better. The resort has enough good tavernas and drinking holes to keep you interested but the villages are all situated on slopes, so remember transport is a must if you are as old and creaky as me.
Lamb and lemon at the Blue Sea. Cost, two mains, no starters, bread. Four drinks, beers x 2 brandy and coke x 2 Total 37 Euros.
Lamb la Mer and beef in red wine just at the la Mer. No starters, half carafe of wine 1 beer, 1 brandy and coke. Total 27, Euros
Mixed meat in ceramic pot* plus other main, at the Klamatis, can't remember what my wife had. No bread one side, carafe of wine 1 beer 1 brandy total 37Euros.
They were a lot of other meals but these were the ones that stood out.
*I love authentic Greek cooking. If you go here and do not have the meat in ceramic pot, you are going to miss something amazing. All the food from the Klamatis was amazing, Greek cooking the way it used to be before the rush.
Large beer 3- 4 Euros
Spirit 4-5 Euros
Pack of cigarettes 40 Euros for two hundred
Cost of essentials, bread, sugar coffee etc. approx. ten percent dearer than UK.
Posted by paul01 on
Category: Kefalonia General
Pine-covered hills, crystal waters sparkling in the sunshine, pastel-colored buildings festooned with flowers, Kefalonia is an island of outstanding natural beauty.
Here, you'll find friendly people, good food and a choice of small, unspoiled harbor towns, such as Fiskardo, Assos and Agia Efimia.
I highly recommend Kefalonia, it left an indelible impression on me, so much so that I chose it as the location for my novel, The Magic In The Receiver. www.pauldillon.net
Posted by lonery56 on
Category: Kefalonia General
If you plan to visit Kefalonia, you might be interested to know that it combines relaxation and crazy nightlife. My friends had booked a room in a beautiful beach, Lourdas, close to the town and the airport. It was the ideal choice for us, calm and unspoilt. Along the beach, there were nice taverns although in early July tourists were few.
The beaches are surely the attractions of Kefalonia, like Myrtos and AntiSami, which are the island's most stunning areas. In the third position, I put Skala and then Lourdas. Skala is a lovely place fairly calm and fairly tourist. We mostly enjoyed the food in Kefalonia, which was great in all the taverns we visited and especially in Xi, where we had our best meal.
We didn't really look for clubs except from some little bars in Lassi with modern music and relaxing atmosphere. The next time which I hope will be soon, I plan to stay in the famous Fiscardo. Also the island is ideal for adventurous holidays, we even tried some hiking and I loved it.
Posted by kkeay537 on
Category: Kefalonia Hotels > Vivian
Stayed here in June 2011 and we really enjoyed our holiday. If you want peace and quiet, very near to beaches and tavernas then this is the place for you. The studios and appartments are lovely with plenty of room ,clean and set in lovely well kept gardens and pool with barbeque area.Dimitra and her daughters are very helpfull and make sure your stay is really comfortable and enjoyable.Our favourite tavernas were Litheros, Klematis and Adinos Palace but all of them are good value. A car is beneficial to see the island but if you just want to relax in Lourdas you are sure to enjoy your holiday.
Plan to be back 2012 and cant wait!.
Maggie and Tam
Posted by eve.lansing on
Category: Kefalonia Hotels > Rosa
We had a wonderful time at Rosas Beach Studios this summer. Rosa and her husband Spiros are very helpful, efficient and friendly. The view from the balcony is breathtaking and the sandy beaches just below the studios are a dream. There is a small local foodstore and you have a choice of 5-6 good greek restaurants along the beach. We very much enjoyed our quiet holidays by the beach - the capitol Argostoli is only 30 (car)minutes away.
Posted by nikola on
Category: Kefalonia Hotels > Bella Vista
Second time at Kefalonia (and 2nd time in Bella Vista also). Sometimes I we thinking of moving there.
Regards from Serbia (Novi Sad).
Sanja and Nikola
Posted by roy.n on
Category: Kefalonia Hotels > Faros Suites
Just wanted to say a huge Thank You for a wonderful stay last week.
We enjoyed every minute of the holiday ( well, maybe not the rain. Then again we both love a good thunderstorm. ) The room was beautiful and very comfortable and nice and close to the harbour.
We had visits from two couples while you were in Athens so could have got you two more lots of guests. lol.
Once more a big thank you
Roy and Sue Newman
Posted by michelle on
Category: Kefalonia Hotels > La Cite
We stayed in the La Cite in July 2010 - what an amazing place! They may not have many stars - but what they lack in the * rating they more than make up in cleanliness and customer service. We have just rebooked for 2012... and to be honest, I envisage us returning year on year. Superb!
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