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Great Things to Do Near Athina
Visit any Zaxaroplastio for a sweet pastry! This complicated word denotes popular pastry shops that have a large array of tiny, sticky, confections, using filo pastry, nuts, honey, figs and raisins, some cakes ooze chocolate - – naughty but nice….
Saddle up and explore!
There is an excellent established riding school located in the village of Zervata, 4km south of Sami. A truly wonderful experience, their experienced team offer everything from 1-5 hours trips, to camping overnight with barbecue and campfire. For horse riding enthusiasts, this has to be high up on your list of things to do.
Wine lovers rejoice!
Kefalonia has many excellent wineries, all of which are delighted to offer wine tastings. But please respect the laws, and don’t drink and drive. Why not go twice, and swap drivers? Or try the nearby Mavrata winery, the taxi drivers know the way (and back!)
Island hop to Zakynthos for the day.
Another island, not so far away from Kefalonia, but it could be at the other end of the world, such is the contrast between these beautiful islands. Take the daily ferry over from the port of Pessada for the 90 minute crossing to Skinari, in the north of Zakynthos, and from there you could take another boat trip to the amazing ship-wreck beach, or go for a sightseeing tour before catching the evening ferry back.
Aim for the top!
Drive up to St Georges' castle above the village of Peratata, in the middle of the island as the views are magnificent, and the little taverna up there is highly recommended. The question is how did they get the building materials up there so high? The taverna is closed Mondays and open till 3pm daily.
Although they have deservedly become a serious attraction on the Island, it’s never so busy that you have to spend much time waiting to see them. We recommend that you try to arrive there either early(ish) morning or late afternoon, so as to be sure to avoid any bus party that may be visiting the caves as part of their Island tour. The Stalagmites and Stalactites are well worth the effort of driving here.
A bridge too far......?
In Argostoli, this famous bridge/causeway was built back in 1813, and now that it is a car- free zone, it has become a popular haunt for an evening Volta (the Greek terminology for an evening stroll), and perfect for adding to your photo library as the views back towards Argostoli are wonderful. But buy a small fishing line before you do, and try to catch your lunch (like the locals do! Small hand held fishing lines only cost a couple of euros).
Spend an afternoon at Myrtos beach
We suggest afternoon, because this is when the sun is shining fully on the beach, and you'll enjoy the amazing experience of bathing at one of the most glorious beaches. Myrtos has regularly been voted amongst the top 5 beaches in Europe over the past few years, and we are sure that you will endorse this bold claim.
Kefalonia's meat pies
The Greeks love their pies, and the Kefalonians have taken it one step further in producing this nourishing dish. Everyone has their own secret recipe, so we are unable to tell you exactly what's in it, but it is filo pastry stuffed with minced pork meat and rice along with the secret recipe of spices and sauce. Delicious!
If there is one holiday read to enjoy then Captain Corelli's Mandolin is it!
Immerse yourself in the Louis de Bernieres novel, with its fascinating historical appeal (largely ignored in the film of the same name!). Then try to visit all the places mentioned within.
Journey back in time
Korgialenios museum No trip to Argostoli would be complete without visiting this excellent museum of Kefaloniass turbulent and varied past. As you may know, Kefalonia has been through many wars and under many dominions, namely the Normands, Venetians, Turks, Russians, French and the English, before becoming reunited with mother Greece back in 1864. This excellent museum unravels the past and is well worth a visit.
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