Combine quality family time together with fun and make some unforgettable memories! This itinerary is especially created with family based activities in mind. It is ideal for travellers with children that are looking for some stress free time connecting with their family whilst exploring the island. The itinerary is by no means exhaustive so check out other things to see and do from my pages.
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Familiarise yourselves with the Sami region by starting your day in the underground magical world of Drogarati Cave. At the end of your visit to the cave go horse riding in the mountains or in the sea, take a donkey trek with Katerina, or head off to the stunning Melissani Lake for a short boat tour – the best time of day to visit is around midday as the light comes through the open hole of the cave.
Walk, or hire bicycles from Bikexpert and cycle the off road seaside path from Sami to Karavomylos, it takes about 30 minutes. Around half way you could stop for a swim at the Karavomylos Camping site; they have one adult and two special pools for children. They also have a nice cafe-snack bar that overlooks the sea, their pools, changing rooms and shower can be used if you just order something from the bar. Alternatively dip into the sea. Stop at Karavomylos Lake to feed the ducks and then walk another 500 metres to the Casa-House Museum to have a glimpse into the past. You might also spot some tortoise in their traditional garden. Walk back into Sami and lunch like a local at Mangiare, and feast on gyros, souvlaki & salads by the seaside.
The family can enjoy a variety of watersport activities, like Jet Ski, Wakeboard / Kneeboard, Water Ski, Tubes / Sliders, Banana Boat, Crazy Sofa, S.U.P, Windsurfing, Snorkeling, Canoe, or Pedal Boat on Antisamos Beach. Relax on the sunbeds by the sea and enjoy a snack, have a massage or a drink at Mojito Beach-Bar Restaurant. The sea here is beautifully clear and great fro snorkelling.
On your way back, drive up to Ancient Sami to view the ruins and imagine what the old city would look like. If you like walking check out the Ancient Sami Trail, it offers great views of Sami port, the gulf and the mountainsides. Call into IN Gallery to shop for fine art and tasteful gifts, just off the main square. Finish your day with a traditional dinner at either the seaside taverna Karnagio or Contessina – they often have live music. Melissani Taverna is another good choice for fresh fish and local specialities.
Wake up early, and take a stroll along Agia Efimia’s beautiful harbour to admire the sunrise. Have breakfast at Carena Bar-Restaurant and watch the yachts come and go. You can arrange to get a diving lesson at Agia Efimia with Makis at Aquatic Scuba Diving Club, he offers activities for children from 8 years old. If you want to explore the coast, you can rent a boat, and be your own captain for the day, from Jonny at Boulevard Boats. I suggest taking a picnic and stopping at the isolated beaches of Agia Sofia and Horgota.
Alternatively spend a few hours at the stunning Myrtos Beach (note that the sea can be dangerous when windy). Stop at one of the viewing points before driving or walking down – the views are breathtaking. There is a cave at one end to explore, and plenty of rocky outcrops to clamber over, or just play in the sand. Have lunch in the ‘square’ of Makriotika at Maklithari Taverna – there plenty of space to run around! If there is time spare before returning to Myrtos for the exceptional sunset, you can drive up to the Monastery of Themata to see the lamas, woodland and admire the stunning views of Agia Efimia bay.
Have dinner by the sea at the traditional Amalia Restaurant, or the modern Sea Rock ωs – the night time views are fabulous over the sea, especially if there is a full moon. Join the local kids and jump from the white rocks into the sea, or continue your adventure and go star gazing with Wild Nature Expeditions on Agia Dinati Mountain.
Explore Paliki peninsula, first visiting Xi Beach with it’s great red sand. Xi an ideal place to spend a few hours with your kids as it also has facilities for snacks and lunch as well as watersports. Very close by to Xi is Aqua Park – a water park with 5 exciting waterslides, play soccer, darts, volleyball or table tennis and join in with other children’s activities. Grab your binoculars and bird watch at Livadi Marshes, or rent a boat from Boat Rentals at Lixouri to explore the seas. You can get a lunch and swim at the sandy, shallow and safe beaches of Lepeda, Lagadakia, Vatsa.
You’ll not want miss Petani beach. It has some sandy areas, plenty of rock pools and rocky shoreline to explore, it’s dramatic and wild! Or take to the seas in a self rental motor boat from Escape Boat Rentals located in Lixouri port. If you are looking for an organised boat tour the best on the island is with Melissa Fishing Boat Tour departing from Agia Kyriaki. They take you to explore the beautiful remote Fteri and Amidi beaches, and you can try your hand at fishing. End your day at Porto Atheras and have dinner by the beach in the bay at Drosos Taverna, or visit Ladokola stin Plagia Restaurant, at Damoulianata, run by twin brothers Christos & Spyros.
Erissos is my favourite region of Kefalonia. You can spend the majority of the day at the stunning Assos village and the Venetian castle. Take the footpath and climb up to Assos Castle and explore the old walls, the rocks and wild nature (this is one of the best walks on the island). It is a fabulous route where you can get amazing views of the castle and village as well as a breathtaking sunset. Return from your walk and take a cooling swim in the peaceful bay which is calm and very safe for children. Have lunch and admire the views at Nefeli-Anait Restaurant and call into The Lemon Tree for some tasteful souvenirs.
The afternoon is another opportunity to visit Myrtos Beach, or head up further north from Assos and stop at Alaties Beach where there are some interesting rock formations you can climb to find the salt holes, there’s a small bay to swim in. At the top of the beach relax at Acqua Alaties Bar-Restaurant and watch the sunset with a meal and cocktail. Or drive a little further to Agia Jerousalem beach and eat by the sea at Odysseas Taverna – there’s no menu, just an invitation to go inside and see what Mama made!
Continue exploring Erissos today. Begin with a great breakfast at Picnic in Antipata (or take away a picnic) then continue on your way to the cosmopolitan, picturesque village of Fiskardo. Fiskardo has many signposted walking trails to choose from; an easy, beautiful route is the walk to the lighthouse that you can see on the opposite side of the bay, there are also longer and more active routes to choose. Explore the Roman Cemetery which was only discovered in 2006. There are many beautiful beaches to take a cooling swim at, such as Foki beach, Emblissi, or take a 1km or so walk along a dreamy path to Dafnoudi beach. An alternative way to explore the beaches and coastline is by renting a motor boat from Reginas Boats or hiring a kayak from Fiskardo Kayaking, who also run organised tours. If you are interested in marine life book a tour with Ionian Discoveries Marine Experience for the day in their traditional wooden boat. Fiscardo is great for a lazy evening stroll, which you could combine with some shopping at Liveloula or Emilia shop, or Fiskardo Etc for something a bit different. Stop and have a look at the fish and the giant frog in the pond by the square. If you need sailing supplies or equipment stop at Fiskardo Chandlers in the harbour. Go for a soft drink, cold beer or cocktail at The Fishbone Bar (they often have live music, and facilities for spontaneous jamming sessions too) and watch the world go by.
Head to the islands capital of Argostoli and have some fun at the Koutavos Lagoon; feed the ducks and swans, or take a pedal boat, hydro bike or motor boat out onto the water with Argostoli Lagoon Activities. Take a stroll over the De Bosset Bridge, see if you can spot the turtles (often in the fishing harbour), and then cut back into town and call into Karen’s Down the Rabbit Hole she has some unusual gifts and jewellery. Drop into CrepaLand for a delicious freshly prepared coffee, crepe, sandwich or ice-cream! You could rent bicycles from Ainos Bikes and take a picnic to Fanari Lighthouse, but on the way make sure to stop at one of nature’s rare phenomena at the Katavothres sink holes. There are also three little beaches very nearby. Back in town the Corgialenios Museum of Folklore and Cultural History is a really interesting place to visit, as so are the Botanical Gardens – both places run children’s activities during summer. Leaving the city centre follow the signs to the Monastery of Saint Gerasimos, stopping on the way to explore the Venetian Castle of Saint George at Kastro and have lunch at Il Borgo (also good for dinner and watching the sunset). If you don’t have a car, or want a more relaxing day, take a cruise onboard the Lady O with Enalios Cruises who offer four different day trips all embarking from Argostoli port. Spend some time at Elitiko and learn how to make soap and wax ointments and hear all about their small holding, you can buy their goods to take home too. In the evening try Draught Grill & Beer House for a good range of burgers located near the large square which is great for running around and there is a play park at the edge.
Explore the south/south east of Kefalonia, beginning with a walk along the front at Poros, or by visiting some of the nearby archaeological sites. Drive along the coastal road towards Skala and you will see some strange mushroom shaped rocks in the sea – this is a good time to stop for a swim, a climb and a snorkel. If you are here before the end of Spring the Potisti and Gradou waterfalls are definitely worth walking too but bear in mind they are only active depending on rainfall.
Skala village has a long sandy beach where you can try some watersports, swim in the shallow beaches or take a day trip on a boat with Captain Vangeli’s Special Cruises. If you prefer a more tranquil destination visit Katelios village and Katelios Group to learn about endangered loggerhead turtles. The beaches of Koroni , Avithos and St Thomas are ideal for kids too, at Sesto bar, Koroni Hill feast on freshly prepared dishes or have a drink – try to return here to watch one of the best sunsets on the Island!
Moving along the coastline and explore more beaches at Ammes, Trapezaki and Lourdas. These beaches are very shallow, safe and warm so great for kids! For dinner you can see a fabulous sunset and enjoy traditional Greek dishes at La Mer Restaurant, Lourdas – they have a kids menu with free ice-cream!
Depending on your travel dates, it would be great for your family to take part in one of the religious or local celebrations or festivals organised in different locations every summer! (check our list and check closer to the dates for upcoming events)
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