Kefalonia

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Captain Corelli’s isle

The biggest of the Greek Ionian Islands, Kefalonia shot to fame in the Hollywood blockbuster, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Take one look at the place and you’ll see why its scenery was deserving of the big screen. Tree-studded hills stand guard over sprawling vineyards, and honey-hued sands are kissed by turquoise waters.

The popular resorts

Skala, in the south-east, leads the way as far as holiday resorts are concerned. Its long beach is backed by pines, and its nightlife is the liveliest on the island, with stylish bars and music clubs setting the tone. Lourdas, further west, is also popular. Life here revolves around the sleepy main square, and the village is fringed by 2 miles of coastline. Then there’s Lassi, which people flock to from far and wide to watch the spectacular sunsets.

Sightseeing

Wherever you choose to stay, the island’s main attractions are within day-tripping distance. Don’t miss Myrtos Bay, a spectacular chalk-white beach which Captain Corelli’s directors couldn’t resist slotting into the movie. And pay a visit to the age-old chambers at the Drogorati Caves.

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Lassi

There’s a good reason this purpose-built town has become Kefalonia’s biggest holiday spot. It’s got excellent sandy beaches and a main street packed with bars and restaurants, plus it’s just a 20-minute hop from the airport. All the excursions stop here, making it a first-rate base from which to explore the island. And you’re just 3 kilometres from the island capital, Argostoli.

Skala

This small fishing village has grown up into a modern seaside town. There are restaurants, tavernas and cafés along the main street, leading up to a long sandy beach. Up in the hills behind the new town are the ruins of the old village, plus there are Roman ruins nearby –

including a 7th-century BC Temple of Apollo. There’s some top-notch hiking too, like the 8-kilometre coastal walk to Poros.

Lixouri

Lixouri might be Kefalonia’s second-biggest town, but it’s still a laid-back place where the pace is set firmly to slow. Life here revolves around the main square, where you’ll find shops, bars and pavement cafés. There are sights dotted around, like the lighthouse and museum, but really the beaches are the star turn.

Fiskardo

Not for nothing is this stylish town on Kefalonia’s northern tip known as the St Tropez of Greece. Demi Moore and Jon Bon Jovi have been spotted here, while Roman Abramovich parks his yacht in the harbour. It’s Fiskardo’s beauty and history that attracts the A-list – it mostly escaped the 1953 earthquake, so you’ve got candy-coloured Venetian buildings draped in bougainvillea.

Skala

This small fishing village has grown up into a modern seaside town. There are restaurants, tavernas and cafés along the main street, leading up to a long sandy beach. Up in the hills behind the new town are the ruins of the old village, plus there are Roman ruins nearby –

including a 7th-century BC Temple of Apollo. There’s some top-notch hiking too, like the 8-kilometre coastal walk to Poros.

Fiskardo

Not for nothing is this stylish town on Kefalonia’s northern tip known as the St Tropez of Greece. Demi Moore and Jon Bon Jovi have been spotted here, while Roman Abramovich parks his yacht in the harbour. It’s Fiskardo’s beauty and history that attracts the A-list – it mostly escaped the 1953 earthquake, so you’ve got candy-coloured Venetian buildings draped in bougainvillea.

Bazukata

Bazukata keeps a very low profile on the Greek island of Kefalonia. It’s a tiny hamlet that sits quietly on a cypress-clad hillside right up in the north, with views across to the neighbouring island of Ithaca. This tranquil place isn’t spoilt by shops, bars and restaurants – though it’s made sure holidaymakers get all those at the nearby town of Fiskardo.

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