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Kefalonia - Picturesque landscapes and Grecian charm

We selected all our villas in Kefalonia for their proximity to the amazing Kefalonian beaches. Most are situated in the scenic countryside, mere minutes drive from the main resorts, but we also have villas located on the southern tip of the island. These villas are nestled in the hills, offering stunning landscape views like no other. If you fancy a twin centre holiday, Ithaka is only a short boat ride away, and it offers a relaxed and slower pace of life.

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Trapezaki is the perfect place for a laid-back, away-from-it-all holiday. Set in beautiful countryside halfway between the resorts of Lassi and Skala, our villas are located on a hill surrounded by olive groves - with a stunning backdrop of Mount Énos. A small selection of mini-markets and tavernas can be found scattered around the resort. Unspoilt and undeveloped, Trapezaki beach is just one kilometre away. Set in a rocky cove, here you will find fine sand and crystal clear waters.

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Around Skala, you will find some of the best beaches on Kefalonia - with golden sand stretching along the coast, backed by lush pine trees. If you’re prepared to walk a little further, it’s possible to find a spot almost to yourself. The town itself boasts an excellent selection of restaurants and tavernas serving local and more international cuisine, as well as a small choice of shops. You can also discover some of the town’s past by taking a walk up into the hills to explore the ruins of the old pre-earthquake village of Skala.

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The small, secluded resort of Lourdas lies on a steep hill below rugged Mount Aenos, with stunning views out to the sea and over to Zakynthos. The centre of the resort is the village of Lourdata, where typical cafés and tavernas line the picturesque, shady square. From here, you take the steep, winding road down to the lovely beach – one of the longest on the south coast of Kefalonia – where sand and pebbles lead into clear turquoise waters.

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The small resort of Svoronata lies between Lassi and St. Thomas Bay. This sleepy village retains much of its traditional Greek charm and offers a handful of bars, tavernas and mini-markets scattered around the countryside of which some may have various opening times outside peak months. With its rocky shoreline and inland olive groves, Svoronata is a very scenic and unspoilt location – the perfect place to relax and unwind. This picturesque coastal village offers a convenient location close to the airport which can be found within a 10 minute drive.

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Set on the south coast of the island, between the airport and St Thomas, this pretty little village is slightly inland from the coast where our villas are located. Spartia enjoys several wonderful tavernas, cafés and a mini-market, of which have various opening times outside peak season. Further down along the coast from Spartia, a small ferry port connects Kefalonia with its neighbouring island, Zakynthos.

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The quaint little fishing village of Katelios is located on the south coast of Kefalonia. This traditional village has plenty of character and is home to a small harbour where you can see local fishermen bringing home the catch of the day. Katelios boasts a small beach of sand and pebbles where you can spend relaxing days enjoying the summer sunshine, and on clear days, gaze out towards the island of Zakynthos and the Greek mainland. Lining the beach you will find a small selection of little tavernas and bar kiosks, where you can enjoy a variety of drinks and snacks.

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St. Thomas

St Thomas provides a central location for those wishing to explore the south of the island. You will find several local tavernas and mini-markets scattered around the surrounding countryside. The nearest village, Karavados, is a short drive away, where you will find a traditional Kefalonian village with a small selection of tavernas and café/bars.

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Agia Efimia

A beautiful harbour is the centre of this pretty fishing village. A natural horse shaped bay is lined with small shops, local tavernas and a couple of bars, creating a laid back atmosphere. Around from the bay is lovely Paradise Beach, small with clear water it is popular for snorkelling. A few streets set back from the village harbour are fields, olive groves and two commanding hillsides that give the village protection from the winds. Quiet and moving at a slower pace than the bigger villages; this is a quintessential Greek village, with fishing boats, a kiosk in the village square and churches painted in the Ionian pastel colours.

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This rural area offers a tranquil villa holiday location just five minutes drive from Fiskardo - a beautiful harbour town. Fiskardo still remains wonderfully traditional with a charming fishing harbour, and pastel coloured restaurants and tavernas that line the attractive promenade. The town is located on the northernmost part of the island, surrounded by beautiful, rural landscapes and stunning coastline.

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Lassi can be found on the south west coast of the island, only few kilometres from the island's capital Agrostoli. Being the largest holiday resort within Kefalonia, this fantastic resort has plenty of amenities offering something for everyone, from sandy beaches to rocky coves and cafe/bars to quaint little tavernas.

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Nestled within the hills above Fiskardo, the quaint, low key village of Matsoukata enjoys a peaceful setting amongst olive groves and cypress trees. Situated only a few kilometres away from the charming colourful, Venetian harbour of Fiskardo on the north-east coast, Matsoukata is perfectly placed to explore the many coves, bays and villages the north of Kefalonia has to offer.

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The small village of Minies is conveniently located only a short drive from the airport in the south of the island and therefore ideal for those looking for a short transfer from the airport. Minies remains largely untouched by hotels and villas; however, it boasts a fantastic long sandy beach and offers pretty countryside and coastal walks. The resort of Lassi can be found within a ten minute drive, where the majority of tavernas, bars and shops can be found, however, a small scattering of amenities can be reached within a shorter drive.

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Mounda Beach

Mounda Beach is a quaint little sandy beach nestled on the outskirts of Skala and close to the small village of Ratzakli. Mounda Beach itself enjoy nothing more than a small beautiful beach backing onto groves and lush green countryside. A little hotel taverna can be found which opens at various times throughout the season within a short walk, however, the main amenities at Skala can be found within a short drive.

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The charming fishing village and harbour of Sami, lies on the east coast of Kefalonia and is the gateway to the mythical island of Ithaka which sits in directly opposite. Surrounded by an awe-inspiring backdrop of mountains, Sami is famed for being the main town in the filmset of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The village's harbour offers a fantastic selection of local tavernas providing fresh catches of the day, brought in by the local fishermen, and the villages centre where you sit in one of the cafes and watch the locals go about their daily business. Nestled only a short drive from Sami, you will find the fabulous Melissani Lake and Drogarati Cave which are both wonderful attractions not to be missed.

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Situated in the northernmost part of the island, this enchanting, picturesque fishing village captivates visitors. Fabulous pastel coloured tavernas and cafés line the harbour promenade and it’s a favourite spot for yachts to moor up and admire the wonderful scenery. All of our villas here are nestled in the neighbouring countryside, providing spectacular sea and country views.

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Calm, peaceful, traditional, cultural – welcome to Lakithra. This small village is quintessentially Greek – from the warm welcome and laidback pace of life, to its hillside setting surrounded by lemon trees, olive groves and pines. Wander down to the bakery for some fresh, crusty bread, then pack up a picnic and head to one of the superb beaches nearby.

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Located around the bay from Argostoli the Capital of Kefalonia, this extra peninsular is unspoilt with stunning powdery fine sandy beaches and vast expanses of olive groves and fields. Lixouri town itself has a timeless traditional feel to it with a main square close to the port where the water taxis sail back and forth to Argostoli all day long.

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Your Kefalonia Villa holiday

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On the beach in Kefalonia

Kefalonia boasts some of the best beaches in the Greek Islands, with waters considered amongst the cleanest in the world. Explore the picturesque golden sandy shores and vertical cliffs in the north of the island on your villa holiday. Secluded sandy coves offer beautiful views over small bays to the west, while many of Kefalonia’s Blue Flag beaches offer clean, well-organised facilities ideal for a family holiday. Drive around the coast, especially the east and stumble across small beaches scattered amongst rocks and trees, under the main coastal road.

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Outdoor pursuits in Kefalonia

Acres of inland forest-covered mountains provide captivating views of Kefalonia and its stunning scenery, neighbouring Greek Island Zakynthos can even be spotted on a clear blue-sky day. Spend the day visiting tiny isolated beaches and coves all along Kefalonia’s pretty coastline on a boat trip, observe the sea-turtles nesting on the beach and visit natural wonders like sinkholes that make sea water disappear then reappear across the island. Horseback riding is found at several holiday resorts, as well as watersports facilities, cycle hire and bird watching hotspots.

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Hints of history in Kefalonia

Archaeological finds suggest that humans have lived in Kefalonia since Neolithic times 7,000 years ago. For the explorer, many ancient sites of unrivalled beauty still reside here. These range from Venetian fortresses and monasteries, Byzantine churches and underground Mycenaean tombs dating back to 1200 BC, to the remains of a Roman villa and its fascinating mosaics from the second century AD. More recently, visitors flock to this Greek Island for its connection to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – the book and subsequent film, inspired by World War II.

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Upbeat nights in Kefalonia

Much of the busy nightlife in Kefalonia is concentrated in the main holiday resort of Lassi and the island’s capital, Argostoli, where the central square is lined with many restaurants, cafés and bars and on a warm summer night, local people take their traditional evening walk here. Kefalonia’s larger harbour side resorts also offer bustling entertainment, including traditional dancing and live Greek music – a good way to observe the local way of life on your villa holiday. In the smaller, more rural villages you’ll find local tavernas and nightspots offering a quieter, relaxing and romantic evening retreat.

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Not to be missed...

  • Explore the fishing port of Fiskardo for its smart yachts and charming narrow streets of Venetian-style houses
  • Take a boat trip from Fiskardo and sail across to nearby Ithaka or take the twice-daily boat trip to explore Lefkas
  • Take in the spectacular views of other Ionian Islands from Mount Énos, Kefalonia’s highest mountain. Stop for some local wine-tasting at the village of Frangáta on the hike down
  • Follow the dramatic cliff and mountain road to Myrtos beach, then wind down in the atmospheric little harbour of Assos
  • Relax the Kefalonian way in a beachside taverna or on your own villa terrace overlooking the Ionian Sea.
  • Take a ferry trip from Spartia to nearby Zakynthos for the day and explore its many historical sights and superb beaches

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