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Hotels in Kefalonia

Deemed the largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia in Greece, is also arguably, one of the most beautiful. With its spectacular coastline, lush mountainous terrain, quaint villages and secluded beaches, there's much to explore. For those with a historic bent, there are plenty of archaeological ruins, Venetian castles, Byzantine monasteries and several museums to visit. The beach resorts are lively, with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. Select from one of the many Kefalonia hotels available and let the relaxed, authentic Greek experience wash over you.

Things to do:

Visit the port town of Argostoli, the capital of the Island. In 1953, a devastating earthquake raised much of Kefalonia to the ground. Although many of its historic buildings in Argostoli were destroyed, there remains an attractive waterfront which hosts a farmers market offering a bountiful supply of fresh fruit. Many shops line Lithostroto Street, including pharmacies and banks. Take a seat in one of the tavernas found around the main square of Platia Vallianou and take in the relaxed vibe.

Overlooking Argostoli lie the remains of St George's Castle, a testament to Venitian architecture, with foundations dating back to the Byzantine period. Wander around the ramparts and take in the extraordinary views before retreating to the Castle Café for some light refreshment. Visit the tiny villages of Peratata and Travliata, where fresh honey and intricate lacework can often be found for sale. The Koutavos Lagoon is situated nearby, a nature reserve and feeding ground for Loggerhead turtles.

The one area of the island left untouched by the earthquake of 1953 is the picturesque fishing village of Fiscardo, found to the north of the island. Its historic architecture is lovingly preserved, with colourful balconies, red tiles roofs and ancient alleyways sheltering quaint cafes and craft shops. Look out for the brightly coloured fishing boats bobbing in the harbour. Visit the ancient remains of a Paleo-lithic settlement close by, or find some peace at the Pltytera monastery. Alternatively, catch a ferry to the local islands of Ithaca and Lefkada.

Other beautiful villages in Kefalonia include Sami, with its stately Venetian architecture and hidden coves and the secluded village of Assos, with its ancient 16th century castle and charming quayside.

Visit the magical Melissani Cave, which harbours an underground lake with its crystal clear water that can be explored by boat, or viewed from a platform above. Alternatively, surround yourself with stalagmites at the Drogarati Cave close by.

Beaches to visit:

As beaches go, it doesn't get more spectacular than Myrtos, with its turquoise water and white pebbles. Enclosed by cliffs covered in dense foliage, it's a steep descent, but well worth the effort. So too is Antisamos beach, where scenes from the film ‘Captain Corelli's Mandolin' were shot. For some sand, try Skala, a family friendly location, perfect for sandcastles and water sports. So too is Makris Gialos, with its close proximity to Argostoli and Lourdas, which teams with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire.

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