Pretty Greek Villas
Kefalonia
Ionian Islands

Kefalonia has a spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches, utterly translucent sea, mountains thickly forested with cypress trees, traditional villages tumbling with a riot of flowers and a rich history combining Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian influences.

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Pretty Good Beaches and Bays

_p_There are numerous beautiful beaches on Kefalonia and below is just a small selection of beaches in the northern part of the island. Hiring a boat for a day through Regina's Boat Hire based in Fiskardo is a wonderful way to explore the coastline (please see Pretty Sporty section below): Asos Beach_br /_
One of the most stunning locations on Kefalonia. The atmospheric, sleepy harbour is lined with pretty bougainvillea-clad neo-classical houses. From the beautiful beach, a path winds up to a huge Venetian fortress. The views over the Ionian Sea are magnificent._br /_
Myrtos Beach_br /_
Scenes from 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' were filmed on this stunning beach_br /_
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Aghia Jerusalim_br /_
A gem of a beach which is little known and is quiet even at the height of the summer. Excellent for snorkelling._br /_
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This small beach has white lava rock formations which have created natural salt pans. 'Alaties' in Greek means 'salt'. All beaches in the northern part of Kefalonia are excellent for snorkelling and this is no exception. There is also an excellent taverna right on the beach with fabulous views._br /_
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Dafnoudi Beach_br /_
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Located near the Panorama Herodotos taverna to the west of Fiskardo, here there are beautiful, white, flat rocks for sunbathing_br /_
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Divarata Beach_br /_
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Lovely beach located near the Taverna Alexandros_br /_
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Once a Venetian fishing village, Aghia Efimia has some lovely small, pebbly coves>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>_/p_

Pretty Good Day Trips

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One of the most picturesque fishing villages in Greece, Fiskardo is well worth a visit. The horse- shoe shaped harbour is lined with colourful neo-classical buildings with a dazzling array of Mediterranean plants and flowers. There are plenty of very nice cafes, tavernas, shops and bars to while away some hours._br /_
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Ithaka by boat_br /_
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Ferry Boats and Day Cruisers leave Fiskardo, Agia Efimia and Sami headed for the Island of Ithaka. Ithaka was the home of Odysseus, who was responsible for the destruction of Troy. The island is a great destination for a day trip and the coves opposite Northern Kefalonia are well worth visting by boat. The harbours of Kioni and Frikes are especially beautiful and Kioni, in our opinion, rivals Fiskardo itself._br /_
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Ifigenia Express From Aghia Efimia and Fiskardo. Tickets can be bought from a local office in the harbour of Aghia Efimia and Fiskardo_br /_
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Ikaros From Aghia Efimia._br /_
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Sami Star From Sami. This is a romantic, wooden caique cruise boat. Tickets from Sami harbour at the Blue Sea Shipping Office_br /_
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Romantica From Fiskardo. This is a beautiful, small caique boat that visits Frikes and Kioni on Ithaka - two of the most beautiful locations on the island. Tickets from Fiskardo harbour_br /_
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Cruises from Asos and Myrtos to local bays_br /_
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Myrtos & Atheras Cruise. Captain Vasilis and his wife, Vasso, take guests on their traditional caique boat, the 'Alderhern' leaving from the sublime harbour of Asos to Myrtos and nearby bays. Tickets are available from outside Nirides Tavern, Asos._br /_
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Snorkelling with a marine biologist_br /_
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Jamie Stirling at Fiskardo has a caique, the 'Ayia Kiriaki'. He is a marine biologist who takes guests out snorkelling and has a wealth of information on the subject. Tickets from Pama Travel, Fiskardo_br /_
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Drogharati Cave, near Sami_br /_
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The cave has incredible acoustics and many stalagtites. It is situated a few kilometres from the port of Sami_br /_
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Melissani Cave, near Sami_br /_
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Another fantastic cave with a cave lake. Boat rides can be taken to the inner cavern. The colours of the cave and the cobalt blue water are magnificent_br /_
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Wild Horses of Mount Aenos_br /_
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Mount Aenos is an area of outstanding natural beauty located in the southern part of the island. Fantastic for nature lovers and walkers, there are wild horses as well as wild goats, hares, foxes, hawks, eagles and an unusual variety of woodpecker. The views over the island are stupendous_br /_
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Zakynthos by boat_br /_
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There are two boats per day (March ? October). The boat departs from Pessada on Kefalonia and from Agios Nikolaos on Zakynthos. The journey time is 70 minutes. If you are not on a coach tour, transport by car or moped is essential since neither port is served by local buses._br /_
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(Agios Nikolaos to Pesada) 28 Lomvardou Street, Zakynthos Town. several boats a day from Zakynthos Town?s main port to Kyllini on the Peloponnese mainland. The journey time is about 1 ? 1 hours. Most of the major archaeological sites are found on the Peloponnese mainland including Olympia._br /_
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Pretty Cultural

_p_Kefalonia has a rich and varied heritage with Byzantine churches, beautiful frescoes, a Roman villa with wonderful mosaics, an acropolis, Cyclopean walls, a Venetian castle and many colourful neo-classical buildings as well as some unusual museums._br /_
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St George's Castle, Kastro_br /_
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This hilltop village was for a time the ancient capital of Kefalonia. The Venetian fort of St George, with its ancient citadel wall is definitely worth visiting. The village of Kastro itself is very pretty with marvellous views over a fertile valley to the sea beyond._br /_
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History & Folklore Museum, Argostoli_br /_
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Byzantine Monastery of St Andrea_br /_
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Museum of Natural History, Davgata_br /_
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Owl & Hedgehog Museum, Spartia_br /_
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Roman Villa, Skala_br /_
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Pretty Greek Festivals

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Feast of the Virgin Mary, 15th August_br /_
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Celebrated all over Greece, this ceremony is in honour of the Virgin Mary._br /_
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The largest festival on Kefalonia is in honour of the patron saint of the island. The main celebration takes place at the 11th century Monastery of Our Lady Themata near Agia Efimia. After the religious ceremony, there is dancing, eating and drinking in the local square._br /_
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Pretty Sporty

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The bays of Kefalonia are fabulous for snorkelling and diving. The seas around Kefalonia are a haven for the caretta-caretta turtle and the rare monk seal._br /_
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Aquatic World Diving School, Agia Efimia_br /_
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Owners are Kyriaos Papasotiriou and Gerasimos Sotirooulos._br /_
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Fiskardo Nautical & Environmental Club_br /_
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This is a non-profit/non-government organisation conducting environmental activities on Kefalonia including diving courses._br /_
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Motorboat Hire_br /_
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Regina Boat Hire, Fiskardo_br /_
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Regina's Boat Hire, Fiskardo_br /_
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Boats for hire to the left of the ferry boat jetty and 200m from the light house. Look for the yellow tent with ?Regina?s Boat Hire? written on it._br /_
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The countryside and mountains of Kefalonia provide a wonderful setting for horse riding and pony treking._br /_
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Pretty Delicious! Food and Drink

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Taverna at Alaties Beach_br /_
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Delicious fish and local dishes at this lovely taverna situated in one of the prettiest bays on the island. Great for a sunset meal._br /_
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Litrouvio Taverna, near Fiskardo_br /_
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To Pefko, near Fiskardo_br /_
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Beautifully presented and mouth-wateringly delicious dishes at this little family-run taverna. It is situated on the road leading down to Fiskardo near the Litrouvio Taverna (also recommended). Friendly atmosphere, pretty flower-filled garden and small corner shop next door._br /_
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Lagoudera, Fiskardo_br /_
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Sitauted to the back of the harbour, this taverna specialises in grilled food. The grilled chicken and souvlaki are particularly delicious and prices are reasonable._br /_
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Kastro Cafe, Kastro_br /_
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Memories Restaurant, Kastro_br /_
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O Makis, Vasilikos_br /_
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Guests staying at Almond Tree House will be delighted that 'O Makis' is down the road serving local grilled meats, traditional salads and vegetarian options, and all available as take-away options._br /_
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Cafe Ektos, Vasilikos_br /_
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Ly Enosis, Enosis_br /_
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Panorama Herodotos Taverna, Emblissi_br /_
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This excellent taverna is situated on the road above the beautiful Emblissi Beach_br /_
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Taverna Alexandros, Divarata_br /_
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A very good taverna on the road leading to the famous Myrtos Beach_br /_
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Odysseus Taverna, Agia Jerousalim_br /_
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Set in a large garden next to the quiet beach of Agia Jerousalim, this taverna is more like a private home. Excellent cooking and some unusual recipes from the owner who is a retired baker. Open during main season only._br /_
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Spiros Taverna, Agia Efimia_br /_
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Delicious home-cooking and fresh fish at this harbour-side restaurant_br /_
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Paradise Taverna, Agia Efimia_br /_
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The locals love this taverna and rightly so. Great home-cooking as well as local fish, this taverna is situated along the harbour front_br /_
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Finikas Taverna, Agia Efimia_br /_
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All the dishes are delicious at this harbour-side taverna. We especially enjoyed their moussaka and kleftiko - two of Greece's traditional 'oven' dishes._br /_
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Steki Taverna, Agia Efimia_br /_
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Gialos Taverna, Agia Efimia_br /_
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If you feel like a good old 'English Breakfast', then this is the place for you. Situated on the harbour front._br /_
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Mermaid Taverna, Sami_br /_
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Pretty Greek Shops

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Transport

_p_Airport of Kefalonia. Tel: 26710 41511 / 28808_br /_
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Taxi. Tel: 26740 22308 (Sami)>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>_/p_

Health

_p_Lixouri Hospital. Tel: 26710 92222_br /_
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Sami Hospital. Tel: 26740 22807>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>_/p_

Emergency Numbers

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Fire Brigade. Tel: 26710 23312 / 23199_/p_