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Please help a Cephalonia virgin

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Please help a Cephalonia virgin

Hello!

My girlfriend and I are coming to Cephalonia for 3 nights from the 25th of September and have a couple of questions. A bit of background: we are on a once-in-a-lifetime trip and have hand picked the places we would like to visit through Europe - in greece, we will be spending time in Athens, Cephalonia, Santorini and Crete (yes, weird tour, but we are making it happen).

1. what kind of itinerary would you recommend for 3 full days and nights?

We, of course, want to visit Myrtos beach, and the beach & cave at Sami. If I had my way would spend all three days lying on the beach and exploring around the coast. But we love good food and wine, and I'm sure my GF would want to see some of the more traditional aspects of the island.

2. Where is the best place for us to stay?

As i said, love beaches. But open to anything. Happy to stay somewhere quiet, although want to stay somewhere we can something nice to eat. We won't really want to be spending upwards of 100Euro a night. We will be flying into the airport, but i suspect Sami might be nicer (no offence intended!).

3. I assume hiring a car is the best way to go? Does anyone have any good recommendations? Are there any issues with driving around the remote beaches etc?

4. FInally, are there any hidden gems that are 'must see'? ideally i'd like to find a secluded white sand beach and clear waters to to relax!

Thanks for your help, it is very much appreciated!

Edited: 01 June 2014, 05:41
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1. Re: Please help a Cephalonia virgin

Hi Dave,

Let's deal with car hire first. Below is a list of local companies that regular visitors to the island recommend. They all have offices at or near the airport and deliver there free. Do check their terms and conditions as they have different policies toward Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

www.pefanis-carhire.com/en/bookings/index

greekstones-rentacar.com/english/company.htm

http://venusrental.gr/newen/#!/home

http://www.cbr-rentacar.com/index.html

cefaloniarentacar.com/index-english.html

http://www.neptune-rentacar.com/index.html

expressrentacar.gr/carrent/…Reservation.asp

Most do not require a deposit at the time of booking and will prefer cash to avoid the % charged by the credit card companies.

Driving on the island is very easy and laid back. Greece does have a different rule regarding roundabouts. You give way to someone entering the roundabout. However there are only three or four roundabouts on the whole island. The roads are quiet other than in the capital Argostoli. Have a look at this link to get informative and humorous advice on driving on the island.

http://www.goinggreek.info/driving.html

Best place to stay. As you only have three days and places like Myrtos and Sami are on your itinerary I would suggest Agia Efimia. Other contributors will know this is my favourite village/resort but apart from that it is central to the island. This link shows the resorts on the island.

agnitravel.com/kefalonia_travel_guide/…

I would spend one day visiting the North of the island. Myrtos beach is great seen from above but is mainly white pebbles and not sand. The beach slopes steeply into the sea which, if the wind is in the wrong direction, can be VERY dangerous to swim in. The café/bar sells pre-packed food and over priced drinks.

Assos is worth a visit and the fortress above is interesting if you read a bit about it before you go. Fiscardo is in the far North and is the only town to escape the 1953 earthquake. There are some good beaches (Foki, Embelissi, etc.) around there. Assuming the road is open by then, a great drive is from Agia Efimia, across to Myrtos, up to Assos and Fiscardo and back down the East coast.

The second day I would go to The Monastery of St Gerasimos, (open morning and evening) followed by summit of Mt Ainos, back to Sami for Melissani Cave and then to Antisamos beach - srill pebbly but better for swimming and better café/bar. On the way you may want to visit The Citadel of Ancient Sami.

Day three would for me be a visit to St Georges Castle after driving to the South of the island through the mountains to Skala. Then on to Lassi for sandy beaches.

You are not going to find WHITE sand on Kefalonia or, I believe, anywhere in Greece.

Other people will have equally valid ideas on places to stay and things to see.

If you decide on Agia Efimia as a base then come back and I can give you suggestions for accommodation.

Don't forget to save some time to book two weeks on the island next year!!

Happy planning

Bob

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2. Re: Please help a Cephalonia virgin

Bob,

The site: agnitravel.com/kefalonia_travel_guide/… appears somewhat dated - for instance in Lourdata it still shows Patritsia restaurant (which was probably the best in the village).

This ceased to exist several years ago after the landlord raised the rent of the building too high!

I have discovered a couple of sites you may wish to assess: http://www.kefalonia-links.co.uk/ and http://www.kefaloniaheaven.com

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3. Re: Please help a Cephalonia virgin

Hi garred-m,

I agree about it being dated, in fact I emailed them over the winter as they still say there is a ferry from Agia Efimia to Ithaca and they stated that they were going to update the site. Nothing has changed. The one advantage it has it that it lists all (?) the resorts so it is a quick reference for those who ask "which resort is for me". I really ought to let people know that it is dated when I provide the link.

My computer will not let me open this one since I had a new virus protector installed. and I cannot remember how good it is!!

http://www.ionian-island.co.uk/wordpress/

I can't find another site that does that. Perhaps a few of us should get together and do that and then try to keep it up to date!!

Bob

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4. Re: Please help a Cephalonia virgin

Bob,

I am surprised you cannot get into the ionian-island site.

Perhaps you can access their forum which is quite useful?

http://www.ionian-island.co.uk/forums/

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5. Re: Please help a Cephalonia virgin

Hi garedd-m,

Crazy! I've just found that I can open the wordpress site if I go from my link here. I have a list of various links saved in a "word" document and I can't open it from there.

Yup it is better!!

Cheers

Bob

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