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Virida

Assos, Kefalonia

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Accommodation

At a glance

  1. Sleeps 4
  2. 1 Double Bedroom
  3. 1 Twin Bedroom
  4. 2 Bathrooms
  5. Air Conditioning
  6. WiFi
  7. Beach 450m
  8. Shops & Tavernas 400m
  • All on one level: Open plan living/dining room (A/C, TV, WiFi) with French doors to terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and French doors to terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room.
  • Outside: Covered entrance/dining terrace. Sun terrace. Shower. Sunken seating area. Barbecue. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (5.5m x 3.5m) with infinity edge.

In the same local family for centuries, an ancient olive grove provides the attractive setting for Virida, one of only three thoughtfully designed (and rarely found) properties to enjoy this privileged position. Offering remarkable views from its windows, terraces and pool across to the tranquil horseshoe bay, Venetian hilltop fortress and picture-postcard village of Assos this is, without doubt, a wonderful location from which to fully admire one of the most scenic and photogenic spots in Kefalonia.

Entered directly from the shaded front terrace Virida’s cool, calm interior is all about elegant simplicity. A minimalist design aesthetic blends unobtrusively with the natural environment; fuss-free décor, plenty of space and a muted colour scheme of soothing natural tones and crisp white exude a fresh and modern appeal.

Laid out across one level, the open-plan sitting/dining room has a well-equipped kitchen to one side and there are two equally stylish bedrooms, each with an attractive en suite shower room. Appealing decorative touches include warm tones of wood, linen and natural stone, plush cushions and potted plants. French doors in the living area and double bedroom ensure those beautiful vistas of sea, castle and hillside remain an integral part of the holiday.

Flanked with comfortable sun loungers, the infinity-edged swimming pool appears to be spilling into the sea and there is also a sunken seating area, ideal for enjoying those magical sunsets and fantastic views - perhaps with a cooling drink and some local olives?

Less than 450m away downhill, the centre of Assos has good amenities that include a fresh bakery, two well-stocked minimarkets, several friendly tavernas and even a small beach for taking a cooling dip in the turquoise waters of the bay. Anyone ascending the steep footpath to Assos castle will be richly rewarded by breathtaking sea views of the Erissos Peninsula, north-west coastline and distant Greek mainland itself.

Edged by two majestic mountains the famous sandy beach of Myrtos is just 10.5km south or head northwards along the scenic coastal road to find sleepy villages such as Maganos (15km), further lovely beaches that include Alaties (17.5km) and Agia Jerusalem (18km) as well as the vibrant and famously picturesque harbour of Fiscardo (20km) which offers yachting, boat hire, inter-island ferries, sightseeing/scuba trips and an excellent choice of waterfront bars, cafes, shops and restaurants.

  • Licence number: 1283765

Pricing & Availability

Additional Pricing Information

All Prices are per property, not per person.

Please note: The Greek Government has introduced a Climate Tax which is payable by guests staying in hotels and other properties. For Virida the charge is a flat rate of €10 (£8.70) per night. For your convenience we will add this amount to your booking, rather than you having to pay it in resort.

Location of Virida

Locality

Great Things to Do Near Virida

Try Kefalonia meat pie

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. It is delicious.

 

Snorkelling

The Ionian Sea is one of the cleanest in Europe so get your snorkel and fins out and head off down to the sea. We recommend Alaties, as not only is it quiet, beautiful, clean and mesmerising, it also has a wonderful taverna nearby for a delightful light lunch.

Lixouri

Famous for its wonderful and varied beaches and some superb locally produced wines, “Orgia” in particular. You can reach this sandy peninsular by driving about 45 minutes from Vassilikades. You can also go on the ferryboat for a mini-cruise, which takes about 20 minutes from Argostoli.

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.

Spend the day down in Assos

What a delightful little village. It has a terrific Venetian castle to explore (be warned, it’s a bit of a hike up to it, but the views are worth it), a beautiful little harbour and bay with some lovely waterfront tavernas serving freshly caught fish. Remember your camera, as this is a very tiny traditional Greek village – it will make for some lovely holiday snaps. 

Take a trip to the Onassis Islands

This is a great day out, take the organised excursion from Fiscardo harbour, so as you can just sit back and enjoy it. Before arriving at the Islands of Skorpios and Meganisi, where the Onassis family spent much of their time, you are more than likely to be accompanied by a few dolphins and/or porpoises along the way – if you are lucky enough to see them then this will certainly make your day.

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.

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.
 

Take a trip to the aqua marine waters of Melissani cave and lake

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

Spend the afternoon at Myrtos Beach

We say afternoon, because this is when the sun is shining fully on the beach, and you’ll enjoy the amazing experience of bathing in one of the most glorious beaches in all of Europe. Myrtos has regularly been voted amongst the top 5 beaches in Europe over the past few years, we are sure that you’ll be endorsing this bold claim.

Spend some time exploring Fiscardo

Fiscardo has something for everyone in the group. Roman ruins, an extremely pretty harbour front, great tavernas and restaurants, excellent boutiques and a couple of delightful small bays for an afternoon dip nearby.  It is great for dinner on the harbour front in the evening, admiring the twinkling lights.

 

The monastery of Saint Gerasimos

The patron saint of Kefalonia. When his body was exhumed 2 years after his death in 1579, it was found not to have decomposed. Since his death, many miracles took place in the village around the monastery, which was when he was declared a saint.
 

If weather is too wet or too hot for you,

then hide in the caves of Drogarati. These wonderful caves can be found a couple of kilometres south of Sami, and the stalagmites & stalactites here are truly amazing. The cave is actually quite big, and makes for some wonderful photographs – remember your  cardy though, as it can be quite cool down there.

Go for a drive in the countryside and soak up the views.

Stop when you feel like it, wander around a village, have a leisurely lunch somewhere.

 

Nearby

Towns/Villages

Agia Effimia 25 mins 
Fiscardo 30 mins 
Sami 40 mins 
Argostoli 50 mins 

Beaches

Myrtos 20 mins 
Emblisi 30 mins 
Ai Jerusalem 30 mins 
Alaties 30 mins 
Antisamos 50 mins 

Airports

Kefalonia 1 Hr  

ports

Sami 40 mins 
Poros 1 Hr 10 mins 
Times are approximate

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