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Above the villa and just a short walk away are the ruins of the ancient hilltop village of Old Skala. In the other direction the land slopes away for about 1 km. until it meets the sea at your local beaches of Mounda and Kaminia, together known as Turtle Beach, with their scenic backdrop, soft sand and clear water.
This villa is private but it is not remote. The resort village of Skala, with its Blue Flag beach, restaurants and shopping facilities is only 3 km. away by road. Travelling the same road in the opposite direction, you soon arrive at the quaint fishing village of Katelios with boats for hire and a row of seafront tavernas, all alive and bustling at night.
Kefalonia is a large island (the fifth largest in Greece) and, for those who like to explore by car, there is some magnificent mountain scenery to be seen, large popular beaches down to small private coves, beautiful monastries and churches, ruined fortifications and archeological sites, amazingly pretty little ports at Assos and Fiskardo and natural wonders like the underground lake at Melisani. It would be impossible to fit all this in, in one vacation visit, but you could make a start.
On the other hand, if pure rest and relaxation are your aims, just remaining at Villa Athena will answer all your needs.
Not all the beaches on Kefalonia are mentioned here, but these are some that may be of interest and some of them are stunning:-
The more popular tourist beaches are at: Skala, Antisamos, Lassi, Myrtos, Megali Ammos, Lourdas & Trapezaki, Ai Helis.
Less visited, or more secluded, beaches and coves are at: Foki, Alaties, Petani, Fanari, Agios Nikolaos (AKA Vatsa), Agios Thomas, Agia Efimia, Eglia, Ammes, Avithos, Emblisi, Kaminia & Mounda, Kato Lagada, Pessada, Vrachinari, Lagadakia, Koroni, Atheras, Kamari, Fteri, Vouti, Kamilia, Agia Sofia, Koutsoupia (boat approach only).
You will be able to pick these beaches out on an island map available at shops and mini-markets, or the complimentary map supplied with your hire car. Or just search for them on the internet.
Argostoli, Kefalonia’s busy capital, has a long waterfront with a fruit/vegetable market and fishing boats selling their catch. There is good shopping in the town, also banks, post office, museums and places to eat. You will find large supermarkets in the town and also on the main road leading to it.
St. George’s Castle is the old fortified capital of Kefalonia, set high on a hill with magnificent views. There is a coffee shop and restaurant outside the castle walls.
The Caves at Drogorati are vast and awesome caverns leached out of the limestone over millions of years creating amazing arrays of stalactites and stalagmites.
Melisani Underground Lake, said to have been discovered by a shepherd many years ago when the land had collapsed falling into a huge underground lake.
Ruins of Ancient Sami, besieged and sacked by the Romans in 188 BC, who succeeded in overcoming its huge walls and fortifications, parts of which are still visible today.
The Monastry of St. Gerasimos, the island’s patron saint. Festivals are held around these beautiful buildings twice a year.
Fiskardo and Assos are very pretty fishing ports, with some of their original Venetian architecture still intact.
Mount Aenos, the tallest mountain on the island with a height of 1,628 metres (5,341 ft.), has a nature reserve at the summit, which you can reach by car. You will see the enormous Kefalonian pine trees, which covered the whole island in prehistory and perhaps a herd of wild horses, descended from those set free during the time of the Crusades.
Roman Villa in Skala. A very interesting excavation and no great distance from your villa. You can see mosaic floors and the remains of the walls forming the rooms and garden.
Ithaka, Kefalonia's sister island, can be reached by car ferry from the port at Sami. This little island has a beauty and charm all of its own and the recommended places to visit are Vathi (the capital), Kioni and Frikes, all on Ithaka's east coast, and Aphales Bay in the north. Depending on the time you have available, an overnight stay might be best.
Kefalonia International Airport ( also known as Kefallinia Airport) is approximately 35 km. by road from Villa Athena. The drive takes about 40 minutes. If you have booked in advance, hire cars are delivered to the airport to await your flight and may be left there on departure. If you have not pre-booked you can hire a car at the airport. You can also transfer to the villa by taxi; there is a cab rank at the airport entrance.
To make the most of your holiday, we do recommend hiring a car, even just a small inexpensive one. It will not only enable you to travel around the island for some sightseeing or visiting beaches, if that is what you want, but a car is also useful for travel to and from the airport and for shopping. The island's roads are uncrowded even at the height of the season. (For UK visitors hiring a car, it may be necessary to show a '1968 Convention' International Driving Permit, in addition to your UK driving licence - IDPs are obtainable at UK Post Offices)
During the tourist season, from April to the end of October, the island's airport is linked by direct charter flights with a number of European countries, including Italy, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Holland and Russia, but the most numerous charter flights are to/from several airports in the United Kingdom. Not all charter airlines start their season in April; in fact most start in May.
Kefalonia Airport also handles domestic flights between the island and mainland Greece. Out of season, there is no direct link with other parts of Europe and it is necessary to fly via Athens Airport on scheduled flights.
There are links to mainland Greece by passenger and car ferries, out of Kefalonia’s main port of Sami, to Patras on the mainland. Ferries also sail between Kefalonia’s ports at Argostoli and Poros to the mainland port of Killini. Inter-island ferries can be boarded at Sami and also Fiskardo in the north of the island.
Connections to the rest of Europe are by car ferry between the port of Sami and the Italian ports of Brindisi, Ancona and Venice.
WIFI is available in the villa free of charge.
A welcome pack awaits your arrival, so the fridge will be stocked with some useful provisions. We supply laundered bed linen and towels, including pool and beach towels and bath mats. We also provide cleaning materials, toilet paper, soaps, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, bin liners.
There is an electric hairdryer, washing machine, ironing board, electric iron and a drying rack at the villa for your use.
There is no charge for the use of the villa's safety deposit box, but we do ask for a 20 Euros returnable cash deposit for the key, because they are expensive to replace.
The villa is fully cleaned for the start of your tenancy and a change of bed linen etc. is supplied weekly.
Prior to your arrival, we will send you our Information Sheet with all necessary information about the villa and generally. It includes detailed road directions from the airport.
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