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The largest of the Ionion Islands, Kefalonia is charmingly unspoilt. Expect low rise pastel buildings set against a backdrop of lush green hills and mountains - with not a single soulless hotel block in sight.
Kefalonia is the perfect Greece paradise for those who love to embrace nature. Thick forests of firs, sheer cliff faces and endless olive groves make up a luscious green patchwork picture of an island that time, and developers, have largely left alone.
Offering the perfect place to get away from it all and relax with your loved ones, Kefalonia holidays are guaranteed to be blissful. Families are welcome to make the island their own, a natural playground of sand, sea and stunning scenery.
This stunning beach in Sami is widely considered to be one of the best on the island, with a vast expanse of golden sand meeting with calm, blue waters - all flanked by hills covered in the darkest green fauna. If you've ever wondered where they filmed the stunning seaside scenes in Captain Corelli's Mandolin; now you know!
Just 3km outside of Sami village, these amazing caves make an exciting day trip for holidaymakers of all ages. You can tour these magical caverns by boats, marvelling at the dolphin shaped stalactites and the other-worldly way in which the light illuminates the water - an experience you'll remember long after your holiday tan has faded.
Monastery of Kipoureon
Fancy a slice of culture to break up the poolside and beach lounging? The 17th Century Monastery of Kipoureon is an important Kefalonian landmark and will look really pretty on your holiday snaps! A trip here, 15km from Lixouri, will also reward you with unbelievable views over the rugged coastline and out to the Ionian Sea.
Ride on the Beach
Picture the scene - you're sitting astride a beautiful stallion, slowly cantering across the soft sands as the sea sparkles beside you. You then begin the ascent on horseback up into the mountains to explore inland and experience some of the finest views on the island. All this is perfectly possible on a horse riding tour in Sami. A fantastic family friendly day out, suitable for all ages and riding capabilities.
Spot Loggerhead Turtles
The quiet seaside resort of Katelios is one of the many natural havens on the island, and a fantastic place to spot the endangered Loggerhead turtle as it comes ashore to nest.
Watersports in Skala
The popular resort of Skala is a watersports hotspot, with a massive variety of sports to choose from. Jet ski, water ski, ride a donut or, if you've got a head for heights, give parasailing a go! If you've got little ones, try an Oxoon, a slower version of a jetski, with room for two adults and a child.
While Sami is definitely a peaceful resort, it still has plenty to offer those who like to be active on holiday. As well as the gorgeous Antisamos Beach, you've also got the Melissani Cave and the Sami Acropolis to explore. The daily cruise to Ithaca is another thing worth putting on your Kefalonia 'to do' list.
This resort, with its beautiful bay, is a stunning place for families to enjoy some peaceful quality time together. As a former fishing port it has bags of charm and personality, from the ruins of the Old Town, to the tiny tavernas and handycraft shops. When it comes to beaches, you'll be spoilt for choice, with the pebbled Skala Beach being perfect for paddling, and, just 10 minutes away, you'll find the hidden gem of Kaminia Beach offering soft sands and safe, shallow waters.
This wonderfully quiet destination is a peaceful base from which to enjoy some gorgeous walking trails and the natural delights of the island. After you're worn out from a day of meandering through fir-lined tracks and along the sand and shingle seafront, you can unwind over a well-earned drink in a beachfront taverna with a sea view.
Green, gorgeous and like a breath of fresh air, Kefalonia is a dream destination for those in search of that elusive rest and relaxation. The whole family can recharge their batteries, and explore this beautiful island, for a holiday to remember.