Hotels in Lefkas
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Holiday resorts in Lefkas
You’ll find the sleepy village of Nikiana in the east of the Greek island of Lefkas (or Lefkada); it’s in the sparkling Ionian Sea, just off the west coast of the mainland. Nikiana holidays are full of adventure and is home to a little sandy beach dotted with sunloungers and umbrellas, where you can spend your day relaxing. And when the sun goes down, you can make a beeline for the waterside restaurants that come alive after dark.
If you want to head out and about, you can reach the other side of the island in less than half an hour; take the trip to Kathisma if you’re after water sports fun. And if you want to see the island capital in all its glory, historic Lefkas Town is only a 15-minute drive away. Or hop on the Odysseia boat to set sail around the surrounding islands.
Things to do
If you want to get away from it all, Nikiana holidays are just the ticket. There’s a tiny sandy beach here where you can laze around in the sunshine. And you’ll find lots of charming restaurants serving up a taste of traditional Greek cuisine. This pretty village sits at the foothills of Mount Skaros, so you’ll also find plenty of gorgeous scenery to explore. And if you want to see the sights and sounds of the island capital, historic Lefkas Town is only a short drive away.
Nikiana has an intimate pebbled beach that is popular among tourists and locals alike due to its crystal clear waters and pleasant weather. The warm and calm conditions make Nikiana Beach great for water sports and sailing. If you’re after something a little sandier, take a short trip to the neighbouring bays where there are several Blue Flag beaches that have sun loungers and parasols for those much needed lazy days.
History and culture
Nikiana is close to the island’s capital, Lefkada Town, and it’s here that you can explore the ancient Santa Maura Castle to find out about the rich history of the island. Lefkada Town is the cultural hub of the island, with lots of entertainment and events happening throughout the year, including the International Festival of Folklore and Dance.
Nikiana is a small, picturesque resort that is known for being very laid back and peaceful. If you are looking for a vibrant club scene then perhaps try a larger resort on the island. There is, however, lots of restaurants and bars that are open until the early hours. Sit along the seafront and enjoy freshly caught seafood, whilst you watch the mountains turn a stunning, fiery red from the descending sunset.
K Beach Bar is a popular place to call on, in a prime position it looks over the stunning coastline. Visit in the daytime to soak up the summer sun on the loungers provided and to enjoy a delicious meal. Relax in the evening under palm trees before drinking fruity cocktails and dancing the night away in the lively, feel-good atmosphere.
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Places similar to Lefkas to visit
Kefalonia holidays are perfect for that relaxing getaway you’ve been craving. Stunning landscapes, secluded beaches, and charming towns: they’re all part and parcel of the dreamy experience you can expect. The coastline is dotted with little resort towns and sandy beaches (Skala is a firm favourite), as well as the idyllic fishing village of Fiskardo. Spend your days basking in the hot sun or paddle in the sea to your heart’s content - it’s what holidays to Kefalonia are made for!
So, where is Kefalonia? It’s located just off the west coast of mainland Greece, in the Ionian Sea. Take a look at this part of the Med and you’ll see Kefalonia’s actually the largest of the Ionian Islands - even bigger than Corfu, Zante and Lefkas, its famous sisters.
It still feels small and easy to explore, though, with plenty of adventures on your doorstep. Discover Kefalonia (or Cephalonia) on foot as you hike through the verdant hillsides. Follow winding roads on a drive past pretty vineyards to hidden beaches. Take a boat trip onto the underground Melissani Lake. Or rent a sea kayak and make your way around the postcard-perfect coastline.
With so much spectacular scenery to take in, it’s no wonder this beautiful island was chosen as the setting for the Hollywood blockbuster Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
Things to do
For a brilliant day out, take a trip to Myrtos Bay. One of the most picturesque beaches in Greece, it’s a mile-long arc of dazzling white pebble stones and striking limestone cliffs. A truly unspoilt spot, it’s a great place to go if you want to get away from it all.
The island is indeed a beach lover’s paradise, but Kefalonia holidays have much to offer beyond the shorelines. It’s a land of natural beauty wherever you go, from the highest peaks to underground lakes and caves steeped in Greek mythology. Head to Drogarati Cave for an otherworldly experience, or discover some of Greece’s most incredible mountain caves over at Mount Ainos. If you’re feeling energetic, you could also climb to the top, and look out for an abundance of wildlife and exotic birds along the way.
But that’s not all. You’ll find plenty more to keep you busy on holiday in Kefalonia, including all kinds of cultural and archaeological sites. Don’t forget to sample some authentic Greek cuisine - you’ll find lots of lovely local tavernas and restaurants serving up fresh seafood.
Kefalonia’s chalk-white beaches
Surrounded by bottle-green pine forests and calm turquoise water, the white beaches on Kefalonia’s coastline are among the most beautiful across all of the Ionian Islands. Perfect for relaxing, swimming, snorkelling or diving, there are plenty of reasons to take a holiday to one of its beach resorts.
Characterised by tranquil waters and an impressive natural backdrop, Antisamos Beach is a particular favourite among visitors. This sublime location is neatly organised with sunbeds and umbrellas where you can settle down and enjoy a cocktail or delve into a good book. Situated just a few kilometres from the Port of Sami, it offers unbeatable views and a glorious atmosphere.
Or spend a relaxing afternoon down at Makris Gialos Beach, one of the most popular in Kefalonia. Here you can sample a range of exciting watersports or simply lie back on the soft sands and watch the world go by. Get stuck into some delicious food from one of the many bars scattered around the edge of the beach - some even deliver straight to your sunbed, for the ultimate in chilled-out lunches.
For a truly memorable experience, take a stroll along Kaminia Beach, where you may be lucky enough to see the endangered loggerhead turtles that nest here in the summer. Whether you fancy a dip in the shallow waters or a picnic on the golden sands, it’s an ideal choice for young families and couples alike.
Rich culture in Argostoli
Kefalonia’s island capital, Argostoli, is also its cultural centre. So, this is the place to experience colourful festivals, parades and outdoor performances, whatever time of year you’re on holiday. Among the highlights of the summer calendar is the annual International Music Festival, where you can hear everything from the local kantades serenades to performers from around the world. This bayside town is also home to a fascinating archaeological museum, with ancient artefacts from the Trojan Wars, and another focused on folklore. That’s where you should head to find out more about Kefalonia’s Venetian era, its 1953 earthquake and all sorts in between.
Meanwhile, the town square is bursting with charming tavernas, open-air cafés, and quaint hotels, making for a great atmosphere in summer, when the weather in Kefalonia encourages everyone outside. It’s just the spot to sample a glass of the famous Robola wine, produced in the island’s wineries, while you’re people-watching!
Skala resort town
Take a trip to the southeast of the island and lively Skala Town. Whether you prefer a laid-back bar for an after-dinner ouzo or two, or are looking for cocktails and nightclubs, Skala’s a popular destination for couples of all ages. Ready for some sightseeing? This former fishing village is brimming with Greek charm and surrounded by beautiful scenery. There are plenty of hiking trails nearby that lead into the mountains, as well as ancient Roman ruins - including a 3rd-century villa.
The three-kilometre beach is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. And you can always grab a sun lounger if you’re taking things at a slower pace or need a base for playing with the kids. Either way, you’ll be ready for a hearty dinner at the end of the day. Choose from the tavernas and restaurants lining the seafront for a taste of traditional Greek cuisine. Mezze’s an easy family favourite with lots of different dishes for everyone to try. Or how about pairing stuffed peppers with succulent souvlaki kebabs?
Places to stay
Just three kilometres from the island’s lively capital town Argostoli, you’ll find the holiday resort of Lassi, known for its clifftop hotels and incredible sea views. Take your pick from the sandy, untouched beaches nearby for a touch of romance, or just head straight to Lassi’s own Blue Flag beach.
The peaceful fishing village of Katelios remains a nature lover’s favourite. It’s ringed by the turquoise-coloured sea on one side and a green hiking trail on the other. You’ll be captivated by the old water mills and natural springs. If you’re planning an escape with your other half, it’s a fantastic choice for couples who love to explore - and also for groups of friends and solo travellers.
And if you’re a sucker for an amazing sunset, you’re going to want to book a stay in Sami. Make your way to the pretty lighthouse for a spectacle that’s made this harbourside town a winning choice for holidays to Kefalonia. The orange-coloured horizon and swimming dolphins steal the show here, right before the sun dips into the waters off the west coast. What a way to end a wonderful day!
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Sitting pretty on the southern tip of Greece, within the beautiful Peloponnese region, you’ll discover the bustling seaside city of Kalamata. This place is an absolute haven for foodies; it’s Greece’s culinary heart and the land of olive oil, you’ll find lush groves galore lining the roads.
Built on top of the ancient city of Pharai, Holidays to Kalamata are a favourite destination among culture lovers; as well as the charming Old Town, you’ll find museum-lined streets to pique your interest. On top of all that, you’ll find little beach resorts along the Ionian coast, serving up relaxation and a wealth of watersports.
Things to do
When it comes to things to do in Kalamata, you’ve got masses to choose from. You’ll get a real feel for traditional life too, as it still feels authentically Greek, with its maze of white buildings and terracotta-topped roofs running down to the city’s marina. Whether you’re a foodie, a history buff or a beach lover, there’s plenty to keep you occupied throughout your holidays to Kalamata.
You can spend your time dining in traditional tavernas (don’t forget to try the olives!), exploring museums and ancient sights, or soak up the glorious sunshine down on the beach. And if you feel like heading out beyond the city, you can hire a car and venture out into the region’s mountain range and the foothills of Mount Taygetos.
Steeped in history
The Greeks are full of pride when it comes to their history and the people of Kalamata are no exception. From preserved cities to historical displays, if you’re a culture vulture looking for a holiday with plenty of discovery, Kalamata could be the destination for you. Wander around the museum-lined streets and soak up its charms before arriving at your chosen museum for your chance to delve into history. Pretty paintings, ancient artefacts and military memoirs are just some of what awaits you. Plan a day trip to uncover some of the nearby archaeological sites if you wish to take a look at the ruins.
Typically Greek experiences
Whitewashed buildings with terracotta roof tops, narrow cobbled streets, tavernas serving traditional foods and bustling markets: Kalamata is perfect for those looking for an authentically Greek experience. Whilst you’re in Kalamata, you have to try the olives; you’ll find that they’re served in most of the tavernas and bars as the people of Kalamata are proud of their most famous export. Olive oil is also a Kalamata delicacy and you can pick up a bottle from street markets or at an olive mill.
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Imagine a tumble of colourful houses set against fragrant olive groves and overlooking an idyllic bay; now see it for real! Holidays to Parga are ideal for families and couples looking to enjoy a quiet slice of Greek hospitality. Surrounded by stunning scenery, this is perfect for those who want to soak up the local sights, such as Ali Pasha Castle and the Vlachena Monastery.
However, for dedicated sun-worshippers, Parga is blessed with some Greece’s most beautiful beaches, complete with powder-soft sands and clean, clear, aquamarine waters. While Parga holidays offer a laid-back and tranquil atmosphere, the restaurants and bars along the seafront add a little sparkle as the sun goes down. With plenty to see and do, you can make your holiday to Parga as upbeat or as low-tempo as you want it to be!
Things to do
Start your holiday in Parga with a walk to Ali Pasha castle. This hilltop, Venetian castle is well worth the climb, just for the stunning views across the town. Explorers will also enjoy wandering the cobbled streets of the Old Town, where you can find a variety of shops, bars and tavernas.
If you’re visiting during the summer, you’ll find plenty of beaches on which to get some serious bronzing under your belt. Lychnos Beach offers white sand and clear, turquoise waters, while Valtos Beach is the place to go, if you’re a fan of watersports.
With a peaceful atmosphere and slow pace of life, it all starts at the beach in Parga. Wander down to the sandy stretch close to the centre, or head to the longer Valtos Beach and look for a secluded patch for a restful day. Enjoy some warm Mediterranean sunshine and go for a dip in the sparkling sea as you make the most of Parga’s pleasant charms.
When it’s time to explore, there are some great things to keep you occupied away from the beach. Don’t forget to take your camera when you hike to Ali Pasha Castle, which has breathtaking views back down across the region from its hilltop. Discover the area’s ancient mythology, or go on a boat trip to visit other Ionian islands and sail gently alongside leaping dolphins.
Despite being a peaceful spot, there’s still plenty of life to Parga when it comes to enjoying an
evening out. There’s an array of bars with lovely views out across the town’s bay, while there are places open until the early hours if you want to stay out late. Don’t miss the fresh seafood at a traditional taverna in the harbour, or local specialities like grilled kebabs with tzatziki and sweet
baklava for dessert.
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