Best places to stay in Kefalonia?
Argostoli is the island’s buzzing capital, with its main square coming alive at night with locals and tourists. The square is filled with coffee shops, bars and gyros (Greek Kebab) cafés where people sit outside and take in the atmosphere. With all the amenities you will need, including banks and chemists plus lovely boutique shops, a day trip to Argostoli is well worth the trip if you are staying outside of the town. Those staying in Argostoli can enjoy a stay in a city hotel or can rent an apartment in the centre of town. There are a few larger hotels by the harbour, alongside traditional tavernas and modern cafés that look out to the sea. A beach is only a 10 minute drive away in nearby Lassi, so you really do get to enjoy the best of both worlds on your holiday.
Lassi is an ideal place to stay for those wanting a traditional beach holiday with an intimate atmosphere. Hotels and self-catering apartments are all within walking distance of the main strip of bars and restaurants, where there are beautiful open spaces to enjoy long summer evenings. Lassi does attract couples but some hotels do cater for families, with pools, child friendly play areas and babysitting facilities. Lassi is a purpose-built resort, meaning it has all the amenities you will need and is a great place to use as a base for your holiday if you are wanting to explore the island rather than stay in one place. Despite its very modern look, buildings have been built to fit in with traditional Greek aesthetics and the natural beauty of Kefalonia is not lost. There are two beaches to enjoy, Makris Yialos and Platis Yialos, which are both long, sandy and great for swimming and water-sports.
Sami is a popular town with a working port and two harbours house both working and commercial boats. The area around the harbours is bustling, with locals looking for the catch of the day and tourists taking up place in cafés and tavernas to watch the world go by. There is no beach in Sami but Antisamos beach is nearby for those wanting a day away from the vibrancy of the town. The seafood restaurants in Sami are of a different class, making it the ideal place to stay for foodies. Sami is also a prime place to stay if you are wanting to explore the nearby island of Ithaca, the most idyllic of the Greek Islands.
Skala is the most developed of resorts on the island, with all the amenities couples and families will need for a relaxing holiday. There is a variety of hotels, with some developed specifically with families and children in mind and others that are adults only, for those wanting a more laid back holiday. If you are wanting to stay close to a good nightlife, Skala has a well-established array of bars, nightclubs and karaoke bars, as well as good restaurants and traditional Greek Tavernas. Daytimes can be filled with chilled out days at the pool or a spot of swimming at the resort’s blue flag beach. Skala is also popular with hikers and ramblers, who love to tackle the 8 km walk to Poros. Whilst very modern, Skala still displays its history with pride, with Roman temples and an ancient theatre of Apollo mixing in with the modern day facilities.
Older couples or those looking for a romantic place to stay may want to head to Fiskardo, a sleepy harbour town where everything is done at a slightly slower pace. The town is small but perfectly formed, with dozens of small cafés and tavernas surrounding the harbour where you can sit and watch the world go by. The harbour is a fun place for celebrity spotting, with many famous faces mooring their luxury yachts in the harbour whilst they enjoy a spot of lunch. Hotels are smaller and more intimate here, but still have all of the modern amenities that you will need, as well as great swimming pools and concierge services. There is only a very small pebbled beach in Fiskardo, which is nice for a short walk or a dip in the sea but you are never farther than a short ride away to a beach in Kefalonia with Foki beach the nearest to Fiskardo.
Wherever you choose to stay in Kefalonia, you will find yourself enchanted by this dreamy island, it truly is a special place to visit.