We stayed at the Boulevard Panorama studio early September and it was the perfect base for a great holiday. We booked very last minute and direct with the helpful owner, Johnny, whose office is based on the harbour front running boat trips and boat hire and can advise on places to go and things to do. The studio is a 5-10 minute stroll to the harbour front where there are a number of good restaurants and bars (plenty for a week's stay). On the way back you will walk uphill for a couple of minutes but it is absolutely fine. The apartments are in a quiet area (apart from the sheep which we liked to watch from the balcony!) and is very peaceful. The balcony looks one way down to the harbour and the other up to the hills, and has a table and two chairs where you can relax, and enjoy your breakfast and morning coffee. There's also a small line with some pegs for hanging your swimming costumes after a day at the beach!
There is a small table-top oven grill (perfect for warming croissants) with a hob, a fridge with freezer compartment, a kettle and crockery and cutlery for cooking and eating in, although we chose to go out every night. There's also a hairdryer, TV with greek channels, telephone if needed and a ceiling fan and air conditioning unit. The shower is very good, although keep to fairly quick showers if showering morning and night, otherwise you risk running short of hot water. Towels are changed 1-2 times a week and the maids come more often to change the bins and clean etc - we didn't expect this at all so thank you very much!
We hired a car and visited quite a few places on the island, but both agreed that Agia Efimia was where we preferred to be based for the mix of peacefulness but with enough restaurants and bars to give you somewhere to go of an evening. The harbour is beautiful, and although no real beach, on the road into AE there are plenty of places to pull over and you have your own private beach! We also liked Antisamos beach just past Sami where you can hire beds, umbrellas and get food and drink from fab bar there. Most beaches are pebbly, but we liked this, all you have to do is pick up some of the cheap waterproof beach shoes and you won't care about the pebbles. All in all we loved our holiday and will be back!
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- Panorama Studios Lixouri, Cephalonia