In September 2011 we visited Kefalonia in Greece. In case you aren’t sure where it is, Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands located off the west coast of mainland Greece.

We stayed about 5km from the Airport in Lassi, at the Dionysos Village Resort (website). If you’re here cause you were searching for information about the resort, I’ll guess you’re read that it’s on a hill… Yes it’s up a hill, a bit of a walk, but if your able to walk, then you can manage to walk off your evening meal (recommendations below) on you way back ‘home’, if you cant manage the walk, shop at the ‘Supermarket Lassi’ opposite the end of the road, ask them for a lift.Alternative is the ‘hovering’ taxi that seems to always be around waiting to ferry you up the hill. There is an advantage to being on a hill…. the view…

Lassi

Lassi in September is quite quiet, pretty much a single strip with a few bars and a good selection of restaurants. You’ll also find car hire, jewellery, souvenirs, a couple of ‘supermarkets’ (local) plus agents where you can book day tours.

Sunset

Lassi is in a great location close to the airport (6km so no problems from plane noise). You can pickup a taxi from outside the doors of the airport. Car hire is also available from the airport, we hired a Nissan Micra from Avis, picked up and dropped off at the airport. This made our week in Greece. Public transport isn’t that accessible, we tried to make sense of the timetables before we visited but the local bus times seem to favour people visiting Argostoli(2km away) for the day from other places on the island. This means you can get busses to places, so long as you don’t want to get back on the same day!

Food in Lassi

Lamb Kleftico

You’ll find a good selection of restaurants on the main strip in Lassi, you could pick a new place each night if you wanted to. A favourite place to eat in Lassi is Phaedra. you get a personal welcome from the owner upon arrival, friendly service and great food. The lamb kleftico is fantastic.

Sirtaki make a really tasty pizza, great for a cheaper meal when the holiday spending money is running low. We ate at Zorbas but on a quiet night so didn’t get to experience the famous dancing that we’d seen when walking past on other nights.

The food across Kefalonia was brilliant, fresh, tasty and decent portions. Even a ‘basic’ Greek salad is a must.

Video of the fantastic view from the Dionysos Village Resort

Beaches

Lassi Beaches

Makris Gialos, Kefalonia
There’s a good selection of sandy beaches all within a short walk. A lazy afternoon on the Platis Yialos beach watching the locals play volleyball and a really noisy version of tennis with solid bats. Kalamia Beach is the most northerly beach, there’s a small bar and sun beds, the water is shallow and great for swimming and snorkelling.

Places we visited while in Kefalonia

  • Argostoli
  • Asos
  • Fiscardo
  • Myrtos Beach
  • Antisamos Beach
  • Ithaca (Vathy, Kioni)
Daphnae Ithaca Cottage garden

How about a trip over to Ithaca staying at Daphnae Ithaca Cottage?

I’m going add more, plus hopefully post a blog entry for each one of these, please be patient 🙂

Loads more photos of this trip on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/stewartculshaw/sets/72157628936721253/