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In Kefalonia, we stayed in a small hotel in Lassi and enjoyed nice calm beaches in the area (Gradakia beach).
Lassi was very beautiful and had some great views and beaches.
Shops were as expected, tourist items.
We found the best restaurant in the entire island in Lassi, a great Greek restaurant, near the centre of the Lassi main road (oskars restaurant).
Kefalonia generally has a safe and warm friendly atmosphere, extremely low crime rate, unspoilt villages, reasonable nightlife without any rowdy and unruly people.
Eating out is a pleasure.
Most people spoke English, which was very helpful.
My eyes have never seen before so much green and blue altogether as in Kefalonia! A remarkably clean island and I was given the chance to try beauty mask made of argilus that my children gathered from the cliffs on the beach in Katelios. Above us was the mountain Ainos and a local granny said to us that on the crown of it there are wild horses. I did not spot them by I was lucky enough to see a strange phenomenon that is very common though among locals.
In the village of Markopoulo there is an orthodox church of the Virgin and in August, inside you will find plenty small snakes, harmless though, with Red Cross on their heads and tongues, to praise the Virgin Mary in August.
It is not strange though that here was shot the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and to tell the truth gave me the idea to spend my vacation there.
Eat at Oskars restaurant and drink also local wine robola, are the best!!!
Kefalonia is a very nice island. It is great for relaxing and has amazing beaches. Certainly go to Myrtos and then get off the beaten track and discover your own small paradises: there are plenty of small beaches where you can be almost all alone, even in high season. The island is so big that it is so easy to get lost from crowds!
My husband Mark and I got back 2 weeks ago from our 3rd trip to Kefalonia. The weather was incredibly hot, (too hot for me sadly) so beach times were limited to early mornings and very, very late afternoons /early evenings. Luckily, we don’t like to spend all day lying down, and having a hire car we were as usual able to tour the island, visiting places we already knew and some new ones.
We went for the first time to the lake at Karavomilos, although we had been to Sami lots of times. We also discovered Melissani beach and its fantastic beach bar and pool. A first visit to the Drogarati caves was well worth it, as was the gift shop there. My favourite day out was to Davgata and the museum of Natural History, housed in a relatively small building, it is a fantastic mine of information, and the village itself is lovely. We were allowed into the church where the locals were preparing for a baptism, and a very kind lady explained everything that was going to happen.
We found Fiskado has become very expensive, and we were told a lot of yachting people now go to Agia Efima instead.
We stayed at the Oskars studios, which are family run studios. Although only the service, cleanliness and views are worth a lot more than that. We would definitely stay there again.
The flat euro rate has meant that our holiday was quite a lot more expensive than the last time we were there, and it was really quiet everywhere we went on the island. Restaurant staff and local people told us it is the quietest June for a long, long time.
We usually go on holiday in September, and I have to admit from a temperature point of view, I couldn’t go again in June, September is normally slightly cooler, and while I love the sun, I don’t like oppressive heat. As this was our third stay in Kefalonia, and our 4th visit to the island in 5 years, we have decided not to go back for a few years. We like to discover new places and things to do, any ideas anyone?
Walking back from Argostoli, (seemed like Athens!) + stopped for a beer at Oskars snack bar. Like an oasis in the dessert! We felt we’d like to come back for a meal.
I just got back after a two week vacation in Kefalonia. And I already have a reservation for next year. The place is incredibly beautiful with large patches of greenery, fine beaches, underground lakes and caves, churches, castles, monasteries and charming villages, where the traditional way of life still exists. Unlike some other islands in Greece, hopefully Kefalonia hasn’t fallen prey to the package tourism sharks.
It was off season, of course, and tourists were few, but I noticed that the island was authentic and rural. Maybe the big size is a plus. Most beaches were secluded in begin May , even the famous Myrtos, and tourists were all foreigners. The Greeks apparently prefer July and August for holidays, not spring.
Lassi has lots of restaurants to cater for a range of tastes. We went to a different place every night and didn’t have a bad meal out but Oskars restaurant was the best, delicious food, excellent service, great entertainment, so we went tree time.
Lassi it’s not the place to go if you want to party all night as the late night bars/clubs are quite limited but good if want a meal out and a couple of beers.
Beaches of lassi and fanari…
If you prefer a quiter beach, start at lassi and walk along the romantic fanari road and after OSKARS! the first one you come to is Piniatorou, the second is FANARI LIGHTHOUSE beach.
p.s Everything is very clean.
P.p.s We are travel agents in the UK & will be recommending Ockars to our customers, for its service & atmosphere & an excellent nights entertainment.
I have been to Kefalonia 4 times, each of these times to Lassi. This is because of the clean beaches. On the main road of Lassi, there are a lot of restaurants, the Fanari road has 5 restaurants, if you walk this road you will come across these, the first being, stopsito, the second Chinese dragon, third, Oskars, forth, thalasomilos and last venaries tavernas. Oskars is the best taverna in kefalonia, because it has a very nice balcony, with a mixture of flowers, a very nice sunset, a very big bar and a very big dance floor. Very, very good food, service, and very Greek entertainment. I recommend to every body to go to Oskars.
If you like the Greek entertainment and best food , go to Oskars, if you don’t like it, then I would not recommend it. Oskar makes Greek tricks and Greek blah blah all night, because he wants every body to smile and enjoy their time with him. Oskars restaurant/bar is an original, Greek place.
P.s: we recommend to you that you walk the fanari road to see the best view, and go to the lighthouse so you can have good memories and get some memorable photographs.
p.p.s: the fanari road starts in lassi and carries on past the lighthouse through to Argostoli Square, it is the connection road.
Kefalonia has great beaches, not too much crowded when we were there last year (in September 2009). Typical villages, I liked most Fiscardo, Argostoli and Lassi. Lassi also has nice water sports in the beach, while the other beaches are not organized. Generally, Kefalonia doesn’t have much touristy places (such as some places in Crete and on other islands). Historical monuments do not exist extensively (probably due to earthquakes?), but nature is wonderful. Melissani cave is a natural miracle, I guess it would be perfect for diving but I stayed only a week in Lassi and didn’t have the time to search for diving excursions there. Every corner of Kefalonia is relaxing, from the nice coves to the high mountainous spots with breathtaking views.