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Visit a sun-soaked turquoise bay, perched on the northern coast of the island of Lesbos for holidays to Petra. You can expect a warm welcome when you arrive in this traditional fishing village that’s brimming with Greek charm.
And you won’t be able to resist heading straight for Petra Beach that backs onto the historic village, either. Make your way through cobbled streets, past terracotta-coloured buildings and inviting tavernas, and pick up a souvenir at the bustling local market. Must-visit attractions on holidays to Petra are the church perched high on the rocks, and the 18th century mansion-come-museum.
Things to do
There’s lots of fun to be had on Petra holidays, starting with the sand-and-shingle beach. This is the busiest area in the village, and with its picture-perfect setting and sparkling shoreline, it’s no wonder.
Once you’ve finished relaxing, you’ll be ready for a stroll around the maze of cobbled streets, where you can take pictures of the classic whitewashed architecture, and pick up a bottle of the island’s finest ouzo to take home with you.
If you’re feeling particularly energetic, the climb up to Panagia Glykofilousa is well worth it; you’ll be rewarded with glorious views when you reach the top.
Sightseeing and souvenirs
Petra is the kind of place where shopping and sightseeing perfectly merge. In the atmospheric streets around the rock and main square, you can browse little shops selling locally crafted wood, jewellery and art, and tour a small Ouzo distillery that’s been run by the same family for generations.
You might also find yourself walking past Vareltzidaina’s House, the restored home of a 19th-century merchant. It’s worth going in for a look around if you’re interested in local history, or are looking for something a little different to do on your holiday.
But by far the best of all the sights in Petra is the view from the top of the rock, so set aside some time to climb the steps to Panagia Glykofilousa, the church that overlooks the whole village and beyond.
Above all, Petra is a perfect choice for a laid-back beach holiday, where you can walk barefoot on soft, golden sand and snorkel with colourful fish in the clear blue water. You can hire sun loungers and parasols, and the beach has been awarded the Blue Flag for quality.
If you’d like a change of scenery, you’ll find another great beach nearby in the resort of Avlaki, which is about 1.5 kilometres away. There are a couple of tavernas and a café there, but that’s nothing compared to what’s available beside Petra’s beach. Lined with tavernas, bars and cafés, the Petra seafront comes to life as the sun starts to set. It’s a sociable place to toast the end of a relaxing day or dance the night away.
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Places similar to Lesbos 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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Lefkas (or Lefkada) is a glorious Greek island adrift in the azure Ionian Sea. Although this is a bit of an under-the-radar destination, it’s one of the most striking places the country has to offer, so it’s well worth discovering. Lefkas is connected via a floating bridge to the Preveza region on the west coast of mainland Greece, so it’s easy to make your way there from the airport. And on arrival you’ll discover a string of upbeat cities and a wealth of laid-back beach resorts like Nidri, Nikiana and Agios Ioannis.
Pretty, pastel-coloured towns that have hardly changed in a century dot the landscape, surrounded by hilly green scenery. This really is one of Greece’s best kept secrets and you’ll love coming back time again for a Lefkas holiday!
Things to do
Lefkas’ shoreline is simply stunning; make your way around the island’s coastline and you’ll find golden sandy beaches and pebbly coves brushing up against the glistening Ionian Sea. And if you’d like to take a trip out to sea, Lefkas Town’s marina is the best jump-off point for sailing and trips to the mysterious Papanikolis Sea Cave. Inland from the beaches, you’ll find spectacular scenery ready and waiting for you to explore; think lush green hills, beautiful olive groves and breath-taking national parks. It’s the perfect place to walk, cycle and birdwatch.
Considered as some of the best beaches across the entire Mediterranean, the shores of Lefkas are beautiful, elegant and peaceful. Surrounded by striking landscapes and gentle blue waves the beaches attract travellers to their shores across all seasons. The most famous beaches are within Porto, Egremni and Kathisma and are great spots for windsurfing.
Explore the lively Nidri Town on the east coast of Lefkas island. The town is a former fishing village bursting with tradition and natural charm. A stroll along the waterfront will reveal a number of authentic Greek tavernas infused with the flavours of Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy a mouth watering selection of Mezze and wash down your meal with a glass of wine from one of the local vineyards.
Explore Lefkas hiking
Striking scenery and fascinating cultural attractions can be discovered on a hiking trail across the island of Lefkas. Amongst the beautiful countryside and lush green valleys there are castles, monasteries and churches, each with its own story and unique historic significance. Exploring the island on foot you will be able to see the stunning picturesque views and unspoilt nature from the heart of the island’s terrain.
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