Kefalonia: The Perfect Relaxation Spot this Summer

The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia is the perfect relaxation spot this summer. Its fame as a tourist destination was increased in the 1990s by the book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Kefalonia is bursting at the seams with architectural and archaeological intrigue, sweeping beaches, turquoise waters and an abundance of flora and fauna.

Each of the Island’s three major resorts have their own unique character and charm, but all provide exceptional settings in which to take a much-needed break from the rigors of day to day life.

Kefalonia

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Skala

Skala is one of Kefalonia’s most popular resorts, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t escape the crowds and find that elusive peace and tranquillity that you crave.

While the resort has all the amenities that you would expect to find, such as a long, sweeping sandy beach, an abundance of water sports and a host a delightful restaurants, taking a boat trip from Skala beach to Ithaka is your best bet for escaping the throngs of tourists.

It’s fairly straightforward to arrange a boat, and they leave for Ithaka on a daily basis. Most tours tend to take in the town of Vathi, where you can saunter through the charming streets and enjoy a coffee or a spot of retail therapy, but Melissani Cave is the real highlight of the trip. As the sun beams down, it shimmers incandescently on the surface of the turquoise water, creating a picturesque image and an feeling of serenity.

Lourdas

If you’re not fortunate enough to possess a pair of sea legs, and prefer the sanctity of dry land, the tiny resort of Lourdas is a hiker’s paradise.

While the resort is endowed with a fantastic beach, hiking up into the pine forest-covered mountains is the only way to really appreciate the majesty of Lourdas Bay. The views from atop the peak of Mount Ainos are the perfect accompaniment to the deafening silence of the lonely mountains.

Lassi

Situated just three kilometres south of Argostoli, the island’s capital, Lassi is the resort that made Kefalonia holidays famous.

Despite the fact that much development has been undertaken over the last couple of decades, the resort is still relatively quiet, making it popular with families who are looking for excellent facilities, but a little more peace and quiet than some other resorts are able to offer.

Lassi’s two stunning beaches are the perfect place to unwind with a good book, while the resort’s restaurants have successfully managed to retain much of their Greek authenticity, proving popular with tourists and locals alike.

For wine aficionados, Lassi is the perfect place to put down roots. Situated between Lassi and the airport of Kefalonia, the Gentilini estate is a stunning, 10 hectare vineyard, which produces flavorful and aromatic, organic wines. Taking a tour of the vineyard and sampling some of the finest wines that the island has to offer is the perfect way to unwind this summer.

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