Captain Corelli's Island

Suzanne Barney on 06 June 2005
I worked in Kefalonia as a holiday representative in the late 1980's and know the island very well. When I returned in 2005 the island had changed very little. It had its moment of fame when the epic movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' was filmed here. Kefalonia is the 5th largest of all the Greek islands so there is plenty to see. The island has its own vineyards and produces some of the best wines in Greece. It also has some of the best beaches which are generally uncrowded. The island is dominated by Mount Aenos which can be found in the south of the island. The main resorts in the south are Lourdas, Skala and the fishing village of Katelios. These resorts face on to the island of Zante. Kefalonia is a very beautiful island. Unlike many of the other islands in the Ionian Sea it is relatively unspoilt with stunning scenery so car hire is a must. I hired a car and drove from Lassi to Scala. The roads are in good condition so no goat tracks like there were in the past and generally very quiet. We were returning from my friend’s wedding on the nearby island of Ithaka and had time to kill so we drove down to Skala where I use to work. Skala is a very friendly resort and there aren’t too many properties with swimming pools as the resort has a lovely long sand/shingle beach. There are about 13 tavernas with a couple of lively bars but it tends to be a low key resort and the tavernas tend to be more traditional. It was quite funny returning as I must speak Greek with a certain 'accent' as when I ordered the drinks the waiter nearly dropped his tray. We spent time on the lovely beach at Skala fringed by pine trees before returning to Lassi.

Lassi, which is only 20 minutes from the airport, has some of the best beaches - Makris (large), Platis (long) and Yialos are the main beaches. There is a good selection of tavernas and restaurants with an international menu. If you want nightlife the capitol Argostoli is only a short taxi ride away. There you will find shops, bars and more restaurants. In the summer the shops open late so it’s great to visit in the evening and soak up the atmosphere. We didn't have time to sample the charms of Lassi but I am sure I will return very soon as Greece is my second home.