But this stunning island is so much more than that! Despite being known for some of the best beaches in the world, Kefalonia is an island that thrives with natural beauty, diverse landscapes, abundant history and reviving traditions. A preferred destination for nature lovers from around the world, the island is quite developed in all aspects, offering countless options for eat and drink, shopping, sightseeing and stay in some of the top luxury villas in Greece.
The strong influences from its Venetian conquerors have affected Kefalonia’s architecture and gastronomy as well as its cultural tradition. Walking around the island’s capital, Argostoli, with its marbled paved main pedestrian street embraced by some architectural marvels, will take you for a journey back in time. A lively market dotted with restaurants and bars that expands until the lagoon of the town facing, on the other side, its lushly vegetated mountains.
As you move to the south, you will pass through Lassi, the most touristic part of the island with multiple bars, restaurants, cafes, vehicle rentals, hotels and many more. Lassi is a large area that boasts two of the most spectacular beaches of the island, Makris and Platis Gialos, with their fine golden sand, wide and super-long coast and its turquoise, transparent waters. The coast is partially organized, so you will be able to find some secluded spots to enjoy natural shade from pine trees or the imposing, hanging rocks. In Lassi you will find several accommodation options along with some sublime luxury villas.
An aristocratic home hidden within the lush setting of the area, offering utter privacy and seclusion. Its numerous pergola or ratan shaded lounging and dining areas and the soothing views to the pine forest and the Ionian Sea along with its proximity to some paradisiacal coves, will make its 10 guests fall eternally in love with this dream home!
Just a few minutes’ drive from Lassi you’ll find yourself to the graphic area of Svoronata. A pastel-painted village with mansion-like homes, colourful, aromatic gardens and tranquil ambience that leads to vast olive grove plains and the beautiful beaches of Avithos and Ai Helis. Avithos is a sandy coast, only partially organized, while Ai Helis features a long and wide coast with greyish coarse sand and small pebbles.
At the rim of a hill on the coast of Svoronata lies Villa Ylang, a spectacular property that perfectly combines the traditional Kefalonian architecture with the Hacienda style in a symphony of vivid colours, arched doorways and awe-inspiring sea views. One of the most exquisite villas in Kefalonia, the property is set within a large plot of olive groves and comprises of a two-storey building and three independent guesthouses of sophisticated decoration with wooden floors and ceilings, antique items and contemporary amenities.
Svoronata offers a convenient spot to access all parts of the island and some of its top beaches. Head south and traverse all those graphic villages that will make you feel that time has stopped while offering a glimpse of the traditional way of life. As you reach the southernmost tip of the island, you will find yourself in front of a paradisiacal beach: Skala. An enthralling, endless coast, ultra-long and wide with fine thin sand, crystalline waters and unbeatable views to the open Ionian Sea and the lushly vegetated surrounding hills. The area is quite developed, and it also features the remnants of a Roman Villa.
A seafront villa that literally hangs above the coast of Skala, Villa Lilly has been built to perfectly integrate in its natural setting, letting all the outside beauty continue within the interiors of the house. An ultra-minimal villa, completely unpretentious, only adorned by the immense sea views that flood in through its several floor-to-ceiling windows. Austere lines, clean surfaces and ample spaces for 14 guests in utter comfort and surrounding beauty.
Going up on the eastern coast, the rough beauty of this part of the island will totally enchant you. The graphic port of Poros will amaze you with its picturesque setting of high, lush hills. A few kilometres northern, the main port of Kefalonia, Sami, hides an extraordinary treasure…the fantastic beach of Antisamos. Large, whitish pebbles and deep blue waters encircled by mountains rugged with dense vegetation.
Heading north and the dreamy village of Fiskardo is situated on the northern tip of the island. A graphic port laced with paved streets and alleys traversing houses drenched in the pastel colours of the Ionian with flowering bougainvilleas, several small cafes and souvenir shops as well as various seafront restaurants. The area is full of small coves or medium-sized coasts that offer soothing natural shade and a refreshing symphony of turquoise, green and white. Just a few minutes’ drive from Fiskardo you’ll find yourself in the worldwide famous and one of the most photogenic beaches of Kefalonia, Myrtos.
Situated on a hilltop in Kelia, a few minutes’ drive from Fiskardo, the villa enjoys panoramic views to the sea with a backdrop of Albania’s faraway mountain tops and the verdant hills of the island. A luscious, bright home for 10 guests that comprises of two separate houses, offering utter privacy and seclusion in the comforting embrace of nature. Its well-manicured gardens with wild flora and its brilliant pool terrace will become your favourite spot.
Bottom line, Kefalonia is a place of immense natural beauty with a diverse landscape and endless options for all types of travellers. The island is best enjoyed with a private vehicle that will give you access to all hidden treasures at your own pace as it features a long road network that connects the north to the south and the east to the west. Don’t miss to traverse the island, visit the National Park of Mount Ainos with its unique black fir forest, head for a late afternoon coffee to the fairytale village of Assos and explore the unique caves of Drogarati and Melissani.
As for your stay, The Greek Villas’ team will help you choose among the crème de la crème of Kefalonia villas, ensuring that your next holiday home matches your taste and preferences!
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