Calming Kefalonia

Sarah Smith on 12 August 2008
I used to escape the busier Zakynthos for day trips onto this neighbouring Ionian island Kefalonia. The drive from the small ferry port took us into Argostoli and up into the mountains usually to a favourite fish restaurant in Aghia Efthimia. This tiny resort with a shingle beach is typically Greek with white washed stone buildings and blue painted window frames. Just lush. Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed here with Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. I bet the village didn’t know what hit it when Hollywood came to town!

If time permitted we could get up to Assos or Fiskardo for some amazing views over the harbour to neighbouring islands.

Don't miss the underground caves at Drogorati, lots of steps down to see these famous caves, remember you have to climb back up them all!

TIP: Cameras at the ready at Melissani Lake, a must visit behind the resort of Sami. A rowing boat takes you down to this underground lake where the colour in the water is amazing.