For us holidays are usually a time to relax but exploring the area around us is always an important part of our trip.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet people of all ages from all over the world when I welcome them to the properties that I manage.

As well as sharing my knowledge and love of the island it’s also a valuable way to gain insights into what the guests really loved about their stay on Kefalonia… most of them find Kefalonia a unique place on earth, each one for different reasons.

This month I was lucky enough to meet the Yury Martynov – a concert pianist and Professor of the Moscow Conservatory, his wife who is a theatre director and actress and their two children aged 17 and 15. They stayed at the beautiful and serene Nikos House just a few minutes walk from the heart of the traditional harbour village of Agia Efimia . He gave me this interview and sent me some stunning photos of their family holiday.

Enjoy their journey:

“Our journey to Kefalonia was not an easy one! We took a flight from Moscow to Athens, then hired a car and drove to the port of Patras and then took the ferry to Kefalonia! When we arrived to Nikos House it was perfect, very quiet and with very good facilities and close enough to the village to enjoy a light “workout” when we walked back after some tasty dinners!

We enjoyed the food a lot and ate lots of different things, we particularly enjoyed moussaka, fried aubergines, gyros and retsina.

For us holidays are usually a time to relax but exploring the area around us is always an important part of our trip.

We used your printed travel guide to help us decide where to visit, and to discover some local tips and ‘secrets’! Our favourite spots on the island were Agia Efimia village and the absolutely fantastic Myrtos Beach – it’s very impressive from every angle! 

We visited beautiful Assos village and it’s Venetian Castle and amazing views, St Gerassimo’s Monastery, Sami village, unique Melissani Lake. We found all of the beaches we visited to be different, interesting, pleasant and beautiful. The Mycenaean tombs at Tzanata were really interesting and well worth visiting. We will keep up-to-date with your site so that when we return we have some details and ideas of what to do. We loved the island so much that the effort of our journey was definitely worth every minute!”

Thank you Yury Martynov.

We hope to see you again!

You can read more about Yury here 

Other interviews:
Interview #1 Tim Lee