Our Awesome Adventure series: A Greek revelation in Kefalonia.

If you are a reader of my blog you will know that we often try to create our own holidays each year, booking a flight and then finding our own accommodation.

You can read about one of the other Awesome Adventures here

This year, we decided to try a Villa holiday on the island of Kefalonia with James Villas

We really weren’t sure what to expect as we do like to create our own holidays but James Villas do just what you expect; you get a villa, flight and car so it’s easy to explore and find your own way around the island. Both teens were happy to just go somewhere to relax, sunbathe, snorkel and we were too so we booked up for a week. What we didn’t expect was to fall in love with this little piece of Greek Paradise…..

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Villa Aphrodite II near Lourdas
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The view from the upstairs balcony
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The pool with a view towards Zante.

We could not believe our luck when we arrived at the villa! It was absolutely beautiful! In fact, it was so much nicer than we had imagined. It had 3 air conditioned bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a lounge and a great outdoor, shaded seating area with a barbeque. There was also Wifi. The nearest beach was a 25 minute walk away but just 5 minutes in the car and behind the villa were 2 fabulous Tavernas serving yummy Greek food. Perfect! So, what did we get up to during our week?

Activities for Teens (and their parents!)

  1. The Beaches. There were loads of great beaches nearby; some were sandy and some were pebbly but the beach at Lourdas had lots of cafes, easy parking and a lovely gentle shelving beach. The snorkelling here was great as the water was so clear.
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Lourdas

We loved another beach too which we found near the villa which you had to get to by climbing down some very steep steps! This beach was perfect and the one we visited three times.

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The steep steps down to our secret beach!
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There was a kitchen garden half way down! What a view….
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The water was so clear and perfect for young children as it was warm and shallow.
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Our secret beach!

2. Speed boats and Snorkelling…

We rented a speed boat for the day from Katelios. This was so much fun and our favourite day.

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The boat…..
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It went fast!
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Swimming in the crystal clear water.
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Snorkelling!

Beyond Poros on the East coast there are no roads. The coast is very rocky but has some lovely little coves to discover. The water is amazingly clear and is between 30 and 10 metres deep right until a few metres from shore. This meant we could anchor the boat and swim in the deep yet clear water.

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Some of the coves were quite desolate. You could hear the call of birds of prey in the trees above.
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The snorkelling was amazing and the visibility was approximately 50 metres. It was a shame we didn’t have an underwater camera as we saw plenty of sea life.
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This was a cove in Ithaca, the island near Kefalonia. The water here was very cold as we swam in real depths here.

We managed to motor for 70 miles in the day -to Ithaca and back. We couldn’t believe how far we had gone (typical for us to go so far and fast……)

3. Turtles in Argostoli.

In the capital, Argostoli you can watch the Loggerhead turtles in the harbour as they come to eat the scraps from the early morning fishing boats. It’s such a lovely site! The turtles are permanent residents as they dont need to migrate away for food. You can learn more about themย here

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The fishing boats at Argostoli where you can buy their catch.
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Go early to watch the turtles

The town itself has 13,000 residents and is a lovely place to visit and have a coffee after your early turtle encounter.

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View down one of the little side streets
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Lovely cafes and shops (there is also an Earthquake Museum)
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Beautiful churches
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The Promenade and views

4. Visiting the Lake and Cave of Melissani.

These were only discovered in 1953 when the roof collapsed in an earthquake. They are worth a visit even though you will be in and out within 30 minutes as the boat ride is short.

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Yes, the water really is that colour!
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Its stunningly beautiful and our guide was so friendly (as are all Greek people!)
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The cave was beautifully lit as we went at noon (this is the best time to go apparently)

5. Chilling around the pool and the free Wifi.

We don’t usually just chill so being around the pool for an afternoon was lovely. We stocked up on food and cold beer and settled in for a few days. Bliss! Grab a Lilo and a good book and R E L A X. The Wifi was useful as it was the last week of Love Island……

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Lilo heaven
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Wifi is useful and I tried not to check social media honestly!

All in all, Kefalonia was fabulous! Truly. I keep telling everyone what a great time we had! We may have to book another island holiday next year….the teens think Ibiza may be fun but give me Greece any day!

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Near Sami
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The view from our bedroom in the evening.
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