Our choice for this year summer vacation was island of Kefalonia – the biggest Ionian island. Kefalonia is the island of beautiful beaches, including Myrtos beach – one of the most beautiful in the world, with marvelous landscapes, lovely places, kind hosts, in short – you can´t find the flaw in it.
Because the tourism on Kefalonia is just about thirty years old. Nature is intact, most of the beaches are in their original shape, the island is big enough so you won’t get bored, it is the great destination for honey moon too, single vacation, and also for family vacation with small or bigger children.
When it is the best time for holiday on Kefalonia?
In the july is quite warm and significantly livelier, as on the beaches and on the streets. In the September, weather can be changeable. Based on my experience, 30% of my staying there in the September, weather was not suitable for swimming.
According to the weather, these are my recommendations:
- If you don’t like the crowd and strong sun, then July and august are not for you
- Families with small children , better September, children won’t be that nervous because of the low summer temperature, you will have more space on the beach
- For us who do not mind the sun, do not like rain while we are on the seaside, love to feel summer throng because we are still feeling young, and want dynamic environment, the right time is from July 20th to August 20th
- For seniors, the best is the end of the September and October, they say, then there is the less swimming, but more enjoying and no hurry.
Where is the best accommodation on this big island?
Island has 250 km long shore, so you need time to come on the other side. As we are on the vacation and we do not want to spend all they in the car, it is very important to choose the most optimal location for accommodation. My recommendations are little towns Lassi, Skala and Fiskardo – in which we stayed.
Lassi and Skala are on the very coast and have their long sandy beaches, and few romantic bays. Lassi is a small place, everything you need is located in one street: taverns, stores, souvenir shops and cafes. In the most restaurants you can enjoy in amazing greek dance, and that is our recommendation, and the best atmosphere is during one of those evenings, and also fantastic cuisine, great service is offered by “Zorba’s restaurant. You will feel like you are at home.
Everything seems like it is at the reach of your hand, and yet big and wide. They are well connected with the rest of the island, so you could easily come to Fiskard, Sami and Lixoury, and to the continental part of the island, from both towns. Quality of accommodation is good and there is something for every budget.
How did we get to the island? If the distance of 1500 km doesn’t seem big to you, you can, as we were, come to Kefalonia by car. The trip to Kefalonia (and back) can be as much satisfaction, as staying in island. If you calculate the price of a plane ticket, airport taxes, money for the rent a car on Kefalonia (and it is necessary to take a little ride around the island at least 2-3 days), and you will see that, if you come by car, you will have few hundreds of euros extra in you budget.
We came from the Italy early in the morning – or at night (about 3 am), without any problem, thanks to the great roads, including new highway section across Macedonia, and after 11 am, we were close to the Thesaloniki.
Prices of toll
In the Macedonia it costs (in one way) 3e, you can pay it in euros on the pay toll; at the entrance of Greece it is 3e for recording your vehicle, on the one more place it is 2e -toward the Athens, and you need to pay using undersea tunnel in Prevesa, and the crossing over the new bridge across the Peloponnesian channel (10,5e). That’s it.
From the highway toward the Athens, you should turn to west, where you are come to the beautiful new highway section. The road passes partly through the plain, and with other part through the mountain – so you will see the numbers of tunnels, modernly equipped, with a various traffic lights, ventilation and so.
Road leads further to Prevesa, that is located at the entrance of Andakikos bay. Under the entrance in the bay, undersea tunnel is located, which is considerable short cut. Soon you are coming to Lefkada, island that is connected to the mainland by drawbridge, so you don’t bother with a ferry. You are entering directly in the namesake city, Lefkada.
Passing through Lefkada
Lefkada is pleasant place, and, at the first sight, the whole island seems like ideal place for rest (next year). If you miss a ferry, it is not problem to find lodging at Lefkada and continue your trip the next day. As for the ferry, so you could arrive to Kefalonia, the most suitable is to go from Lefkada, from the Vasiliki, the the southernmost place on island. Another link is from Nidri, with a bit longer sailing because a ferry first drops at Ithaca. Price for car (plus 4 of us) was 40e.
Fiskardo – Greek Saint-Trope
So, here we are finally on Kefalonia. We have landed in Fiskardo, the northernmost tip of the island. Some call it the Greek “Saint-Tropez”, because of its fashionable spirit, numerous yachts and fabulous restaurants.
Our destination was a hotel Kefalonia Palace, next to the famous “Xi” beach and 50 kilometers from Lixouri, the second largest city on the island. The road from Fiskardo to Lixouri is meandering on slopes of Kefalonia’s hills and mountains, with at least some of the places that are dragging you to stop and enjoy the landscape, beautiful colors of the sea and interesting places. These are primarily the city and fortress of Asos and the famous beach Myrtos.
Paradise beach on Kefalonia
The greatest wealth of the island is the large number of beautiful beaches. Myrtos Beach is one of the 10 “most beautiful” beaches in the world. The sea is absolutely turquoise, beach is a combination of fine sand and white pebbles, two beach chairs and umbrella are 9 € per day (and that much they will charge if you arrive at 4 pm), no shade, except for a small mounting bar.
The worst is that there is no shelter for car, so if you do not have air conditioning, it is better to stay until 7-8 in the evening on the beach. One day when we have visited Myrtos in Divarata, 4 km above Myrtos there were some 35-36 degrees, while the on beach was (un)bearable 44 degrees. But the sea, swimming, juices, youth (?) – can bear everything.
Makris Gialos beach
Along the whole town of Lassi a fantastic beach “Makris Gialos” stretches. Fine sand, with no lumps and the crystal clear blue sea. We stayed on the part of the beach that maintains Costa Costa bar, beautifully decorated area with blue and red chairs and sunshades, sun umbrella and canopy. Wherever you lie down, you will be comfortable. Of course, the beach is very large, and therefore you can wear your beach equipment (umbrellas, deck chairs, etc.). The water also has a place for everyone, no pushing, no splashing, absolutely everyone can enjoy and be maximum relaxed.
Relatively close is Petani Beach, more gravelly, if you have more time you can stop there. One day can be reserved for the Paliki “peninsula”, too, the western part of Kefalonia, with lively landscapes, and not very picturesque places. It all depends on whether you have an available car, whether you like to explore, what beaches you like the most.
It’s truth, of all the beaches we have visited in Kefalonia, “Xi” beach was the most for our taste at the end. Reddish small sand, light entering the sea, shallow for entertainment, for both children and adults, and the space environment of clay “rocks and cliffs,” all in the length of several kilometers. Although we have never heard official confirmation of the healing clay, a lot of visitors of Xi beach were smudging this, healing (?) clay. One can not say that because of that you feel like you are in a spa, it all seems more like a fun.
The sea was chilly for a few days, what is unusual for Greece, but after that, everything fell into a place. Wind usually stirs in the afternoon, but it was generally blowing from the coast towards the sea, so that the beach, which is slightly below the level of the surrounding land, was always in the shelter, and thus a very pleasant place for resting.
Lourdas Beach is on the south coast of Kefalonia. It is located near the Skala, has a private atmosphere, and one part is arranged with deck chairs for rent. In the village behind the beach there are restaurants, bars and taverns with live music. The resort is interesting by itslef, traditional with a beautiful small market.