Melia

Southern Kefalonia

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Web Ref: 3740

Accommodation

At a glance

  1. Sleeps 2
  2. 1 Double Bedroom
  3. 1 Bathroom
  4. Air Conditioning
  5. WiFi
  6. Beach 2.8km
  7. Minimarket 2.3km
  8. Taverna 2.3km
  • Ground floor (open plan): Living/dining area (TV, DVD, WiFi, A/C) with kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) and doors to pool terrace and doors to shaded dining terrace.  Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower and cloakroom (WC) plus doors to pool terrace.
  • Outside:  Sun terrace. In-built barbecue. Shaded dining terrace. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 3.5m) with wide Roman steps.

Lovely sea views, crisp clean lines and elegant, simple styling with numerous singular touches are the hallmarks of this gorgeously appealing retreat, an ideal choice for an individual traveller or couple seeking a relaxing escape in a tranquil pastoral environment. The most recent addition to an exceptional portfolio of properties that already includes Christina, Marina and nearby Alena, Melia is another fine example of the local owners’ talent for creating stylish, relaxing hideaways in some of the most desirable locations on Kefalonia.

As befits such an enviable situation, looking out across rolling coastal countryside to the sea and neighbouring island of Zante, attention to detail has once again been given priority hence, while décor, furnishings, even the house design itself may be uncomplicated and unpretentious they are, in equal amounts, inviting and attractive. Such a harmonious balance, not easy to achieve, will certainly tempt visitors not to stray far!

Nearby, the laid-back village of Spartia (2.2km) has a minimarket for essentials, a fresh bakery and two easy-going tavernas near the square serving local specialities alongside international favourites. There is another taverna at Spartia Beach (2.7km), various other beaches to discover within easy distance and the surrounding countryside is lovely territory for walkers. For impressive views across large swathes of the island head up to the ruins of St George Castle, just off the main road to the capital of Argostoli (12km).

  • The access lane is unmade so low wheel based vehicles are not recommended.

Property licence number: 1067606.

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Great Things to Do Near Melia

Find the seafarer in you by hiring a boat

 Ideal for finding your own secluded cove or even crossing the narrow channel to explore the neighbouring island of Ithaca. There are countless bays and coves not accessible by car so it is possible to find your own secluded beach and relax in privacy, away from the crowds. There are plenty of small coves within easy reach of Fiscardo. The more adventurous seafarers might like to cross the channel to Ithaca, tie up in the miniature harbour of Ancient Polis and perhaps walk up to the village of Stavros for lunch or a coffee.
 

Get Reading

 "Captain Correli's Mandolin" is a carefully written book, fascinating in explaining the complicated politics of the second world war in Greece and far outdoes the film, which did, however, show the true beauty of the island, in particular, Anti-Samos beach where much of the movie was filmed.
 
 
 

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 famous 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 whats in it, but it is filo pastry stuffed with minced pork meat & rice along with the secret recipe of spices and sauce. Delicious!

Argostoli back streets - explore a little...

For retail therapy, the pedestrian Lithostrato offers a wonderful selection of shops offering everything from local produce to stylish leather shoes. Plenty of local cafes for refreshment and the Orthodox church of St. Spiridon and Catholic church always have their doors open. ( Make it Tuesday, Thursday or Fridays in the evenings when all the shops are open!)

Marvel at ancient Tetris: the Cyclopean Walls

Dating from 1,500BC, this ramshackle wall stretches from Argostoli harbour 5km away, and is comprised of incredibly huge stones hoisted neatly together like a three-dimensional game of Tetris played by a giant. The evocative name springs from the fact that when later generations came across the immense wall, they believed it had been built by the one-eyed giants, the Cyclops.

Visit Ithaca for a day, home to Odysseus and Penelope of mythology

Well, we would recommend that you do some swatting up before you go, as the "iIliad" is littered with references to Ithaca, it was where Odysseus was trying to return to for 10 years! Much more easily, you could visit the cave of Nymphs, or why not simply relax, have a nice lunch in one of the waterfront cafes in Vathi and then drop into one of the many delightful coves for a swim or a nap.

Drogorati caves

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.

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

Local Gentilini winery

Visit the Gentilini winery near to the airport. Here you can find out all about the local Robola wine, as well as sample the only Greek wine to hit the top 100 fine
wines of the world.

Korgialenios Museum

No trip to Argostoli would be complete without visiting this excellent museum of Kefalonia's 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 takes you back through all these periods of time.

Soak up history high above at St George’s Castle

8km south of Argostoli, the Venetian castle of St George sits high on a hillside. Though Byzantines built the bulk of the castle in the 13th century, the earliest traces of the edifice date back to 394 AD when Kefalonia was still part of the Roman Empire and its main purpose was to shelter the villagers from attacks by marauding pirates. Venetians added the finishing touches, giving the castle its clean, elegant lines.

Thanks to a recent EU grant that paid for some preservation works, the edifice is safe to explore, so you can meander among the ancient rooms at will. Although there are few displays to tell you about the castle's history, the panoramic views and the castle's beauty make it worth a visit, especially at sunset as the island below turns golden in the fading light.
 

Climb the black mountain: Mount Ainos


More intrepid adventurers can drive to the gates of Mount Ainos national park, and then hike to the peak for a picnic. Despite being the third highest mountain in Greece at 1632 metres, this is an easy climb with a comfortable track and lots of footpaths in good condition thanks to the shepherds who walk with their flocks over the mountain. It takes about three hours to make the ascent, and you're likely to see some of the 20 or so wild horses that roam the countryside here. Keen wildlife spotters will also see raptors such as buzzards and owls, the vast rare Griffon vultures, and various types of falcon. In fact, over 50 per cent of Greek bird species favour this mountaintop, great for bird-spotters or just nature lovers you'll also be able to enjoy views over the whole island on clear days.
 

Lixouri

Famous for its wonderful and varied beaches and some superb locally produced wines, “Orgia” in particular. You can also go on the ferryboat for a mini-cruise, which takes about 20 minutes from Argostoli.
 

Explore the environs of Argostoli

It’s only a 2km walk from the centre of Argostoli to the watermill and swallow holes of Katavothres – well worth the walk, as apart from the nice views, the interesting geology of the swallow holes, you can also reward yourself for the effort by having a coffee or a light lunch in the taverna where the watermill is located.
 

Take a trip to the aquamarine waters of Melissani cave and lake

We should entitle this “not to be missed”. Melissani cave and lake is simply stunning. It is truly amazing – the colours and the eerie atmosphere are something you will never forget, and it’s something you are unlikely to experience in many other places throughout the world.
 

Nearby

Towns

Argostoli 20 mins

Beaches

Spartia Beach 5 mins
Agios Thomas 15 mins
Avithos 20 mins
Makris Yialos 20 mins
Lourdas Beach 25 mins
Mounda 40 mins

Airports

Kefalonia 30 mins
Times are approximate

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