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Kefallinia, Kefalonia, Cephallonia – so good they named it thrice

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Lying off the west coast of mainland Greece, Kefalonia – the largest of the Ionian islands – is blessed with glorious sunshine, beautiful beaches with picturesque coves and a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

Kefalonia has carefully resisted the onset of mass tourism, despite the publicity it received for being the setting for “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, so you won’t be confronted with loud teeming resorts. Instead you will find a fertile landscape dominated by vast mountain ranges dressed with fir trees, small sleepy villages seemingly oblivious to tourism, capes and bays masking warm, golden beaches.

The island’s capital, Argostoli, is centred around a large natural harbour and offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants and tavernas. The 20-minute ferry ride across the bay from Argostoli to Lixouri, the island’s second largest town, is worth taking just for the wonderful views. Don’t forget to take your camera!

With over 150 miles of coastline, it is not surprising that there are many quiet beaches to be found, the most famous of which is Myrtos beach, the most photographed in Greece. For the more adventurous, the islands of Lefkas, Ithaka and Zante are all just over an hour away by ferry.

Kefalonia is a favourite with many of our clients. The Hotel Mediterranée, being one of the longest established on the island, has bagged the best position situated just above a small bay with a lovely sandy beach, offering spectacular views across to the Lixouri peninsular. It has featured many times over the years as the venue for Diamond Bridge group holidays (we shall be there again this May) and our clients have always been full of praise for the friendliness of the staff, the standard of the food and the location of the hotel.

For more information contact Sue Wall at Cresta World Travel,
32 Victoria Street, Altrincham, WA14 1ET
Tel: 0161 927 7177 or Email: sue.wall@crestaworldtravel.co.uk