Kefalonia Part I: A Beginners Guide

Kefalonia Part I: A Beginners Guide

If you don’t know me,  you probably wouldn’t guess straight away that I love, LOVE, the beach, the ocean, the heat. All of it.

Being new to blogging, and also saving up like crazy for my world tour (that sounds very official) I haven’t been on a beach holiday since starting it up. So I hadn’t written any posts about it. But then I thought, why the hell not?! While I was sat in rainy Manchester feeling sorry for myself, I was checking out facebook, and a year ago today I was on holiday in the sunny Kefalonia. I now want to give you a snippet (and also tips if you’re thinking of going) of it!

Myself and two friends (Jessica and Hannah) decided to go to Kefalonia, to be perfectly honest I had never heard of it before, knew nothing about it, apart from that it was hot. We chose it because it came up as one of the cheapest places to fly to at the time! We went at the end of July, crossing over into August.

We ended up booking an all inclusive holiday with Jet2, and although we were disappointed with our hotel (we found alcoholic drinks were not included apart from very very basic, frankly disgusting, cocktails; only 1 hour free WiFi, not a big variety of food etc) and we had an absolute blast.

We stayed on the Paliki Penisuala, 6km from Lixouri resort centre (so nice and peaceful, although nightlife and restaurants were lacking) and to get here we ended up getting a ferry across which took about 25 minutes and then a 15 minute transfer on each side. So even before we got to our hotel we had already seen a lot and it was all beautiful!

Once we had arrived an settled in, we quickly decided we would spend the majority of our time on the island at our hotel (free sun loungers and drinks) and also at Xi beach. This was 2 minutes down the road from our hotel.

Be aware that while it IS a lovely beach, it is known for it’s red sand, so if you are wanting your white sand photos you are NOT going to find them here! Make sure you get down early to avoid disappointment because all the good sunbeds have gone – this applies for both the beach and also your hotel!

A DAY OUT

We decided to hire a car for a day! It only cost about £30 which we thought was a bargain! We wanted to visit the world famous Myrtos Beach, which is both picturesque from above and also when you are on it. The waters really are turquoise and it is surrounded by steep cliffs, on your drive down there are lay-by’s to pull over and take a look if you dare.

Be aware the beach is mainly pebbles and the sea isn’t great for swimming in, but even if you are going to just dip your toes in it is well worth the visit!


We hadn’t originally planned on visiting another beach but we didn’t stay as long on Myrtos as we expected, due to the sea and also the heat (as it is surrounded by cliffs you get virtually no breeze) so we drove back to ‘our side’ of the island and visited Petani Beach, which actually reminded me a lot of Myrtos, the crystal clear waters, the steep decline as soon as you put your feet in – there are normally decent size waves – and the stunning landscape surrounding it.

Of course we didn’t complain that there were little taverns running along the back of the beach, which sold ice-cold drinks and ice-cream!

Our other day out didn’t go quite as planned, and if you spoke to my friends they would tell you that I had a face like a slapped arse. In a quick overview, we asked for a boat trip and that is definitely not what we got. Keep your eyes peeled for ‘Kefalonia part II’ to find out what happened on our ‘boat trip’!

 

 

 


So would I go back to Kefalonia? Yes! It is quite a small island, and while there is lots more to see I feel as though I have already seen the majority (we covered a lot on our ‘boat trip’ so it wouldn’t be my first choice of holiday. I know that not every hotel will be like the one that I stayed at BUT it has given me a bad vibe (food is a big one for me and I wasn’t impressed) and I would have to be REALLY happy with the hotel I was going to before booking on again.

It is however the perfect place for switching off and going into full on relaxation mode, and yes, you guessed it, getting a tan!

41 Replies to “Kefalonia Part I: A Beginners Guide”

  1. I love the fact that this follows Summer Vegetable Minestrone! So you! Haha.
    Can’t wait to find out what happened on the boat trip Xx

  2. I love the beach too. We are in Florida, very close to the beach and always there. Your pictures are breathtaking. I really enjoyed learning about Kefalonia through your post!

    1. We did think about that but we wanted a no hassle holiday with drinks and meals etc! Next time that’s what we shall be doing!

  3. Never know about this place and looks like another new place for me to discover. I will look forward on your world tour too! I am sure you will have a lot to share.

  4. It looks like it was a fun trip. Sorry to hear that it didn’t work out for you with the hotel. I agree that the food needs to be good wherever you are staying like that. The pictures look beautiful though.

    1. No worries, you win some you loose some. We still managed to have an amazing time, it will just teach us for next time! Thank you!

  5. Looks like a great getaway location. I prefer white sandy beaches myself though (not a fan of rocky, pebbles) although I must say, this looks beautiful and very tempting. Might just change my mind on that.

    1. I am totally the same but sometimes it is nice for a change! There are obviously a lot more beaches that are white sandy beaches, just not as well known!

    1. In a way, limited wiFi was quite nice! If you go I would go for the ferry ride across the bay just for the views!

  6. I so want to go on a beach holiday but I think they are off the cards for a little while as we have a young family, but I think I’ll live vicariously through others! These photos are so beautiful too.

    1. Oh no! I hope you get to go on a holiday soon! Fortunately a young family manages to create their own fun in the holidays so I hope you can enjoy them. In the meantime, living vicariously through others sounds like a great way to go!

  7. Hey there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

    1. No problem! I use wordpress.org. There are so many different themes to choose from and it’s really easy to use so I would definitely recommend!

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