Combine romance and relaxation and make some unforgettable memories together! This itinerary is especially created with couples in mind. It is ideal for romantic travellers that are looking for a relaxing experience during their holidays but still want to explore a little. The itinerary is by no means exhaustive so check out other things to see and do from my pages.
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, 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. Visit the abandoned village of Old Vlachata and wander through this strange place where the facades of buildings, walls, streets, wells, old cisterns, stone ovens, and objects left by the settlers have survived amongst the trees and greenery that have established themselves between the ruins. Back in Sami take a seaside table for two by the sea at Karnagio and try some home made dishes.
For swimming, snorkeling drive to Antisamos beach. If you walk towards the furthest end the beach is often empty, there are some natural shady areas to sunbathe in, or you can relax on the sunbeds by the sea and enjoy a snack, or a drink at Mojito Beach-Bar Restaurant. If you enjoy nature, peace and totally unspoiled beaches visit Koutsoupia Beach – you also have to like hiking, or have access to a vessel, as it’s only accessible by foot or boat!
In the evening, call into IN Gallery to shop for fine art and tasteful gifts, just off the main square, and then finish your day with a traditional dinner at either the traditional Contessina who have home made dishes (and often live music), or Melissani Taverna on the garden terrace, a 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. Call into Agia Efimia Chandlers for a browse around. You can arrange to get a diving lesson at Agia Efimia with Makis at Aquatic Scuba Diving Club, he offers activities for all levels of experience. If you want to explore the coast, you can rent a boat 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, the furthest end is more secluded and private. Have lunch in the ‘square’ of Makriotika at Maklithari Taverna , the village is peaceful and has great views down the valley. 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. For walking lovers, there is a walking trail to reach the Monastery through the beautiful old village of Tarkasata.
Return back to Agia Efimia village to enjoy some freshly cooked dishes at Sea Rock ws or Amalia Restaurant – both overlooking the sea, if there is a full moon the view is truly amazing! For great cocktails, beers, and huge selection of spirits, teas and coffees end your evening in Carena Bar-Restaurant, located on the harbour side, it’s a laid back relaxed place with a buzz. Or continue your adventure and go star gazing with Wild Nature Expeditions on Agia Dinati Mountain.
Explore the Paliki peninsula, visiting Xi beach made up of impressive grey clay rocky cliffs and red sand. There are various watersports and beach bars too, but the main attraction is that you can have a natural spa, as the grey clay, according to the ancient and modern scientists, has medicinal properties that can cure skin disorders, heal wounds; it is also used for detoxification and many other disorders and injuries. Or visit the wilder, more dramatic beach at Petani (either of the two ends of the beach offer more privacy and an interesting coast).
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 lunch and swim at the sandy, relatively quiet beaches of Lepeda, Lagadakia, Vatsa.
If you feel adventurous stop at Kipouria Monastery for an amazing sunset and dramatic cliffs and get a vertigo inducing glimpse of the wild beauty of Platia Ammos – it is accessible only by boat at the moment! If you are looking for the best boat tour on the island, book a tour with Melissa Fishing Boat Tour departing from Agia Kyriaki, they take you to explore the beautiful remote Fteri and Amidi beaches. 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 & Sypros.
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 hike and take a cooling swim in the peaceful bay. Have lunch and admire the views at Nefeli-Anait Restaurant and call into The Lemon Tree for some tasteful souvenirs. For a more strenuous way to explore the castle and village take the 10km walking route from the little village of Drapanitika.
Moving further north visit Alaties Beach where there are some interesting rock formations you can climb to find the salt holes, or just swim in the azure coloured bay. 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. Fiscardo 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. 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, or take a diving course. 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. If you need sailing supplies or equipment stop at Fiskardo Chandlers in the harbour. Go for a 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. Arrange for personal chef Viva to prepare a delicious meal of your choice at your accommodation.
Today is focused in the central region of Argostoli – including the capital of the island and the Omala Valley. If you want to visit the religious center of Kefalonia, stop at the Monastery of Saint Gerasimos, here, at the right time, you can view his remains kept in a beautiful glass and silver casket in the main church. You could enjoy some wine tasting and a tour of the factory at the Robola Cooperative or take a wine tour to several wineries with expert Julia. If you want to climb the highest mountain of the Ionian islands, drive up or walk up to Mount Ainos, a protected natural park, covered with Abies Cephalonica trees, or choose a jeep safari to explore it (if you are lucky you can see the wild horses). There are several walking trails to be explored here. Afterwards might be a great opportunity for a relaxing massage with Christina!
Another option would be to drive to, or rent a bicycle or scooter from Ainos Bikes, and explore, Saint George Castle at Kastro and then have lunch at Il Borgo restaurant. Visit Katavothres (one of the strange phenomena of our island), and swim at one of the three near-by beaches. If you want to have a boat tour you have two great options; Enalios Cruises with Lady O, who have several different tours including a sunset cruise, or Michalis and Antonia will take you fishing with their traditional fishing boat and you will cook and enjoy what you caught on board! Have a beer at Draught Grill & Beer House, they have a great selection of burgers and beers from all over the globe, and finish with a crepe and ice-cream in CrepaLand!
Take a day (or more) sailing with a crewed motor yacht which combines the service and friendliness of an elegant hotel with complete freedom to explore amazing landscapes, beaches and villages without ever worrying about the crowds. If you want the exhilaration of being on the water with the wind in your hair, freedom to explore, privacy, service, pampering, great food and well-mixed drinks, then I highly recommend chartering a crewed luxury motor yacht. You can visit the neighbouring islands like Zante, Ithaca and Lefkas or just sail around Kefalonia. The Ionian sea has many beautiful places to visit such as Vathi and Frikes on the legendary island of Ithaca, the birthplace of Odysseus. Sami, Agia Efimia, and Fiskardo on Kefalonia. Meganisi with the ports of Little Vathi and Spartochori, and also Nidri, Sivota and Lefkas town on the island of Lefkas. You can also sail around the island of Scorpios, previously owned by the Onassis family and now owned by a Russian tycoon, or just moor in different secluded bays and dine aboard under the stars.
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)
The following services can be included on your plan, just contact us: grocery shopping, private chef, butler, masseuse, daily maid, child minding, yoga, wine tasting, delivery of organic products, taxi, water taxi and of course any activity from our site menu!