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Escape the crowds with holidays to Katelios, a pretty Greek fishing village in southern Kefalonia. Set against a backdrop of unspoilt scenery, tucked away between pine-covered hills and a sun-soaked sandy coast, it’s the perfect spot for a peaceful island break. Katelios is brimming with traditional Greek charm, think quaint taverns and a bustling harbour, and its Mediterranean beaches are ideal for a spot of relaxation. When you’re ready to explore beyond the shoreline, you can head into the lush countryside and trek through the hills. It’s a great place to get away from it all.
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Tranquil beaches, crystal-clear waters and Mediterranean sunshine are all part of Katelios’ appeal. You can make the most of Kefalonia’s stunning natural landscape from here, by trekking through the eucalyptus and verdant pine trees. Keen hikers won’t be able to resist heading uphill to enjoy panoramic views across the coast.
If water sports are more your thing, it’s well worth taking a water taxi over to the lively village of Skala, where you can try everything from scuba diving to windsurfing. When the sun goes down, you’ll be more than ready for mouth-watering fresh seafood at a local taverna. Oh, and a glass of Robola wine, too.
There are several beaches near to Katelios. Its closest has crystal clear waters and is a mix of sand and shingle. If you want something a little sandier, then Mounda Beach is not far away and has a long stretch of soft white sand. Mounda Beach is also protected, as it’s a popular loggerhead turtle nesting area. If you’re lucky enough, you could witness the newborn turtles’ first steps and watch their natural instincts take over as they flee for the water.
History and culture
The charming resort was originally a busy fishing village and although a couple of boats still work from here today, the development of tourism in the area has seen the village grow in size. From the coast you can see the island of Zante, whilst views inland are nestled with thick, green agriculture. Katelios has a relaxed atmosphere, with great maritime traditions set into their way of life.
Food and drink
As well as its serene setting, Katelios is a place where fish are caught daily and the local cuisine is not only fresh, but also delicious. There are some amazing restaurants and bars in the area, all with a chilled, feel-good atmosphere. Dine at the contemporary Rosebud Bistro for fabulous food and spotless surroundings.
Nemesis is popular for its fruity cocktails, exceptionally friendly service and beautiful beachside location and it’s among the many bars that are open till late throughout high season.
The Cozy Bar & Restaurant is excellent value for both food and drink. Its unique décor and lively music adds to the welcoming smile you receive on entry by staff and leave with at the end of a well-cooked meal.
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If you’re looking for unspoilt scenery, consider the southern tip of Kefalonia for your next holiday. Holidays to Skala are ideal for relaxing, indulging in fantastic food, and exploring the many wonders that this fascinating location offers. This former fishing village has transformed into a contemporary seaside town, brimming with bustling tavernas and restaurants leading up to a three‐kilometre stretch of golden sand.
Skala also makes an excellent base for exploring Kefalonia, with a wealth of sights to see nearby; you won’t want to miss the Temple of Apollo and the Drogarati Cave. The rolling countryside is ready and waiting to be explored. Whatever you’re looking for from your getaway, discover Skala holidays today.
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If you want to top up your tan, then summer holidays to Skala Kefalonia are in order. Make the most of Kefalonia’s gorgeous Mediterranean climate over on Skala Beach; it’s a long sweep of soft sand with a great water sports centre. Here you can relax with a good book whilst sipping on a cocktail or two, or paddle in the clear waters and take in the picturesque scenery around you.
If you want a change of scenery, you could also take the short trip over to Sami to experience Antisamos Beach’s famous good looks. While you’re there, try a tour of the breathtaking Drogarati Cave. This ancient natural formation is about 150 million years old and is one of Kefalonia’s most impressive attractions.
Here, you can witness the incredible rock formations, and a spectacular hall called the ‘Sala of Apotheosis’ where the natural acoustics are truly mesmerising. After your day trip, you’ll be ready for a bite to eat; the waterfront is the place to go to tuck into the catch of the day.
For a memorable day out, venture to the north-west of Kefalonia where you can explore the spectacular ruins of the Castle of Assos. This impressive structure was built in the 16th century. Visitors are free to explore the Church of Agios Markos and the Venetian High Commissioner’s house which lie inside.
And for those who like to keep active on holiday, spend a day in Assos village and walk the Venetian castle trail. Rise early in the morning and climb to the peak where you can witness beautiful views of the Assos port and beaches. Or take a walk between Poros and Old Skala’s hills over to Paleocastro where you can uncover breathtaking natural scenery and relish in the tranquil atmosphere.
Skala is a traditional seaside location with a mixture of sand and shingle beach. It offers a spot of relaxation with views of glimmering, crystal‐clear waters that stretch over the horizon. Inland views are also pleasing as the cove is surrounded by thick green agriculture.
If you want a break from lounging and need a splash of excitement, there is a good selection of water sports to try, from jet skis to parasailing. Renowned for its cleanliness and organisation, Skala’s fabulous beach has been awarded the Blue Flag and is a place many people flock to in the summer.
Kaminia Beach is one of the longest beaches in Kefalonia and offers a peaceful place to kick back and unwind. Located close to Skala village, it’s home to a vast expanse of soft, white sand and glistening shallow waters that are perfect for children to paddle in. This beach is also a breeding ground for the endangered Caretta sea turtle. If you’re lucky, you might be able to witness these sea creatures hatching from their eggs here.
And suppose you fancy venturing away from Kefalonia for a little while. In that case, you can always hop on one of the many boat excursions which frequently operate. Explore neighbouring islands like Zante for even more fun‐filled adventures.
From outstanding beaches to exhilarating water sports and activities, Skala boasts a range of attractions to keep you relaxed and entertained during your holiday. When you’ve finished basking in the glorious sunshine on the soft sands, take a trip into Skala Old Town where you can explore the many historical buildings and churches.
Stop for lunch at one of the garden restaurants before strolling down to Fountain Square, a popular location among locals and visitors.
For those seeking exciting thrills and spills, take to the water in a speed boat or try your hand at wakeboarding, parasailing and much more. You can even hire out your own boat if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
History and culture
Skala was once a small, working fishing village that has expanded to accommodate tourism growth in the area. Today you can walk along the sand-shingle beach into the centre for fresh seafood and beautiful buildings. The resort is located around historical and natural marvels which make staying here all the more magical. Walk around Skala Old Town to gain an insight into the fascinating fishing ethos that still shapes the locals’ way of life.
And to learn more about the history of the town, head down to the edge of Skala village where you can explore the remains of a 3rd‐century Roman Villa. Witness the remarkable mosaics and gain an insight into Roman life as you stroll through the walkways and excavated rooms.
There’s a choice of restaurants and tavernas here, making it a perfect destination for those laid-back holidays. Captain’s Bar is a popular haunt for visitors and locals alike, thanks to its lively atmosphere and delicious cocktails.
Or sit outside and shade under the straw roof of Akri’s Seaside Bar, where you can order a variety of fruity drinks and look over at the tranquil sea setting. Although a lot of bars stay open until the early hours and play music to get you dancing, there are only a few options when it comes to nightclubs.
Holidays to Skala are ideal for those who like to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.
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Popular with couples and families looking for a peaceful island break, Lassi is a scenic holiday spot in Kefalonia. The beaches are this town’s biggest draw card, but guests who aren’t soaking up the rays can look forward to impressive historic and natural attractions in the neighbouring towns. Good transport links and a short drive to the airport makes holidays in Lassi a good choice for those planning to explore the Ionian Islands.
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With its stunning blue skies, pine forest landscape and warm Mediterranean climate, Lassi has all the right conditions for a relaxing holiday. Travellers who aren’t lounging on the famous Makris Gialos Beach can enjoy several remarkable attractions, including a historic cave and the ruins of an ancient fortress. Arrive in the summer for a range of cultural festivals and celebrations.
It all starts at the beach in Lassi, and there’s some lovely ones that you can choose from. Kefalonia’s scenery is so incredible that the island was used as the setting for a Hollywood blockbuster, and it’s easy to see why. Spend the day basking in the golden sunshine at Makris Gialos or Platis Gialos Beach, or head to nearby Myrtos Beach, which was featured in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
After you’ve recharged your batteries at the beach, it’s time to set sail on an adventure. Explore more of Kefalonia’s fabulous coastline, or journey across to other islands in the sparkling Ionian Sea. The warm, crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and diving trips, although you may prefer to go kayaking and caving. For a real thrill, take a jeep safari through the island’s lush countryside and soaring mountains.
Lassi is ideal for all manner of holidays, whether you’re going away with your friends, family or partner. Make sandcastles with your little ones all day, go for drinks with your mates in the evening, or take a few loved-up photos while you watch a romantic sunset at the beach. Explore capital Argostoli, other parts of picturesque Kefalonia, or stick to Lassi itself as you make the most of this wonderful destination.
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