Greece is one of my favourite holiday destinations and I have been lucky enough to visit several of its beautiful islands.
One of my favourites is Kefalonia, the biggest Ionian island whose green mountains contrast perfectly with the crystal blue waters. The island is famed for its beautiful beaches and was chosen for filming the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
Apart from swimming and water sports, Kefalonia has many places to see, from picturesque villages to Medieval castles, beautiful monasteries to caves.
I have very fond memories of visiting the Drogarati Caves, which is an impressive cave with remarkable formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
I have to admit that it was the Melissani Caves that really stole my heart though, as you can take a nice cooling guided boat tour of the underground lake Melissani.
Close to Melissani Caves is Myrtos Beach, one of the most photographed beaches in the world, although it is quite a walk down to it.
In the capital, Argostoli, the main focus of activity is in charming Plateia Valianou, where locals come to chat and eat at the many restaurants. In summer, kantadoroi amble the streets singing kantades, traditional songs accompanied by guitar and mandolin.
Make sure you don’t miss the Lighthouse of Argostoli with its impressive architectural style.
The Castle of St George or Agios Giorgios is one of the best known and most visited historic sites on the island of Kefalonia. The original castle dates back to 11th century Byzantine times but most of what is seen today come from the Venetians who took it from the Turks at the end of 1500 with the aid of the Spanish and the Kefalonians themselves.
Holidays in Kefalonia are great for children, with its endless, lovely, sandy beaches ideal for swimming, snorkelling or messing about on a pedalo or lilo and its friendly child welcoming atmosphere. Its sheltered bays also make the idea spot to learn a new sport too.
There is a protected Loggerhead Turtle nesting site in Kefalonia called Kaminia beach and if you are lucky you may get to see one of the gorgeous creatures.
James Villas offer a wide selection of properties, with the majority being close to the amazing Kefalonian beaches. Most are situated in the scenic countryside, mere minutes drive from the main resorts so you can be part of the action if you want to, or can just relax in peace and quiet.
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