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The Ionian island of Kefalonia first shot to fame as the location for Captain Corelli's Mandolin, but is now known for hiding one of the best kept secrets in Greece - Lassi Beach. Close to both the airport and capital of Argostoli, Lassi has a distinct holiday vibe. As soon as you set foot in the quiet coastal town, you'll be greeted by sun-soaked coves, traditional Greek tavernas and friendly beach bars. Lassi is the island's most popular resort but luckily it remains uncrowded and free of rowdy tourist groups. Families will love the two long sandy beaches, while couples can enjoy a glass of wine as they take in the beautiful panorama of white sand beaches.
The capital of Kefalonia is just three kilometres north of Lassi and is the place to go if you're looking for a bit of island action. A modern yet traditional town, Argostoli has several museums and a range of shops, bars and restaurants to suit every type of traveller. Walk along the seafront promenade, sit in the sun around the main square, or even jump on a ferry to head over to Lixouri for great shots of the harbour and mountains.
Makris Yialos and Platis Yialos
The two beaches at Lassi both boast sugar-soft sands, clean and clear waters and an array of watersports. Choose from water skiing, jet skiing, banana boating, donuting, pedal boating and wakeboarding. Lessons are available for the more adventurous, and there are plenty of beach bars and tuckshops nearby for snacks on the go. The secluded coves of Kalamia Bay and Gradakia Beach are great options for snorkelling or those just wanting a bit of peace and quiet.
Watch the sunset
Santorini may be the hotspot for a stunning Greek sunset, but Lassi certainly gives it a run for its money. Grab a waterfront table at any of the local restaurants or head to the Lassi lighthouse to watch the sun drop into the deep blue Ionian Sea.
Try the local food
The Ionian Islands have their own distinct cuisine that is actually quite different from traditional Greek fare. Make sure you try the Kefalonian meat pie - a hearty farmhouse-style speciality - some fresh wild thyme honey and a glass of Robola, the local wine. You'll also find all the usual Greek dishes like sun-dried seafood, mousaka, ice-cold frappes and the famous Mythos beer.
This family favourite certainly lives up to its name, thanks to its stunning setting against the lush Lassi Mountains. It's a low-key and personal complex, offering guests a tranquil spot away from the hustle and bustle of the main beaches. Relax on the hotel terrace, pool and swim-up bar, and admire the views of Lixouri, just across the peninsula.
White Rocks Hotel
A sprawling four-star resort, the White Rocks Hotel has direct access to three of Lassi's incredible white sand beaches, as well as some shady pine tree spots to cool off. For night, there are several in-house bars, as well as a stunning cliff-top cocktail lounge, the perfect place for a romantic evening in.
The Lorenzo Hotel is a budget-friendly option for those wanting to be right in the thick of things. Just 300m from a sandy beach and 100m from the shops and restaurants, the Lorenzo Hotel has everything you need, without any of the fuss. It's also a family-run hotel, offering a friendly atmosphere and personal service for a truly authentic trip!