Goodbye Kefelonia


As we approach the end of our 14 day holiday in Kefelonia, I would like to thank everyone on this glorious island that has made us welcome. We have seen some of the island this time, (in fact quite a lot through a window of an excursion coach). We have relaxed (the overall intention), eaten traditional and drank island wines, probably in excess in some cases, but we can say we have enjoyed it.

I have said previously that the excursion is not normally for us, this can be hit and miss, we did have two fairly good ones and one not so good. If you are coming to Kefelonia, consider a hire car, the roads are quiet and very good, so it is reasonable to say you can do it your self, you will save a lot of time in coach pick ups, you will not be tied to the tour guides continuous talking (it can be painful) and you may gain a few extra hours in the sun by the pool or on the beach.

We have stayed in Katelios on the south of the island and there are plenty of restaurants and small bars to eat during the day and the evening. They all serve traditional Greek and Kefelonian food, but they do vary in presentation. So don’t stick to one, try some of the others.  We ate at the following on a number of occasions, Rosebud (resident hotel restaurant of Magnolia Resort Hotel ), just across the road is Persha’s Taverna, they do an excellent pork dish speciality.  Others include Jerrys Ellinenko standard food and English if you like that sort of thing. On the sea front of Katelios there is Maria’s, Captain Jerrys (excellent seafood), The Lighthouse, Madusas, and Cozy does an excellently warm Baklava and ice cream.

Even with the current monetary problems in Greece, travellers have not been affected, gift and food prices have been very reasonable, we did come across some retailers that preferred cash, but the majority still take cards and you can still draw up to €250 from a a cash point in the street without an issue.

We came to Katelios three years ago and it was surprisingly quiet, but this time it was definitely busier and the general consensus was that is was due to the current refugee crisis on the Turkish borders and eastern Greek Islands. We have been to the eastern islands in the past, but since discovering Kefelonia we have not been back, this island is wonderful, if I could I would love to stay.

Happy and glorious holiday…

Kefelonia day 8 – Fiskardo

ok, firstly day 6 & 7 were spent by the pool in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun.

So, day 8 of our holiday took us on a boat trip to Fiskardo via Ithaka, is was an organised tour by Thomas Cook and cost about €50 each. I was expecting a modern boat with luxurious surroundings; no, not on this occasion, it was an old Diesel engine chugger, but hey, after completing the trip, it was good fun. 

We departed from a small town just north of Sami and proceeded across the Ithaka channel to a small fishing village on Ithaka called Palos, we stopped here for an hour for a coffee and swim break, before proceeding back across the channel to Fiskardo. 

We arrived in Fiskardo around midday, before the rest of the larger tour boats arrived and were encouraged to eat first before walking around as it would get busy when the bigger boats came in. We were directed initially to the square by the rep, who I think must have had a deal with the taverna to bring tourists to that particular point. We on the other hand had different ideas, we have never been ones for following the rest and went our own way. We were told that the prices in the main harbour would be slightly elevated, because of the views etc. but we found that they were as per the norm and very affordable. We were also advised that the shops would bs more expensive due to the celebrity status that the town afforded due to its Hollywood and other actor and musician ties for holidaying; not the case, like everywhere else, the prices were affordable for gifts as well.

We only had a couple of hours in Fiskardo, but we saw was nice and the locals were lovely. We could have done with another hour, but the boat awaited.

The trip back took us in to a small bay, were we dropped anchor and was allowed to swim for half an hour.mi am sure that the solitary family on the beach thought that their day had been ruined with this chugger arriving with a bunch of tourists. 

Anyway, the overall trip was fantastic after all, it was a pleasant day out and worth the effort to get up early to board the coach, to take us on to the boat. 

One thing I would recommend is lots of sun tan lotion, having years of experience at sea, it is surprising how many people don’t take precautions in the sun when salt water is around. 

Happy holidays.

It’s holiday time: day 5 – Argostoli, Kefelonia

11th September 2015: We took a late afternoon , early evening trip to Argostoli today for a touch of site seeing and a little shopping. Argostoli is the Capital of Kefelonia and has been the capital since the mid 1700’s, prior to that the capital was on top of a mountain in George Fort so they could see what hordes were invading them. The city was originally built in a Venetian style, but unfortunately had to be rebuilt following the earthquake in 1953.

The town runs three main streets in parallel from the harbour front, the first along the harbour is mainly banks, pharmacy, pastry shops, market and cafe, the second street starts with the main square moving into the pedestrian area for the gift shops and a multitude of other shops. The third street is the utilities type shops and businesses.

Although we were early, it’s was starting to buzz, the square is surrounded by restaurants, bars and tavernas and people were gathering in family groups and friends. The shops are plentiful and the prices were good. We only had a couple of hours, but I think a revisit is necessary to get the full atmosphere of the town in the evening.

We did eat, we decided to eat on the quay side opposite the Helenica Coast Guard Station at a Taverna call “Portside” we both had a garlic and tomato Penne, I had the addition of 4 massive prawns, and it was delicious. That was followed by a rather large chunk of Water Melon and coffee. 

This was an organised trip and I tip my hat to the coach drivers here, the roads are very narrow in a lot of places and the hills are very steep, they can turn those coaches on a sixpence and put them through gaps that I would think twice about in a car. We will fins out more about the coach driving when we get in to the  mountains next week.