The best of Kefalonia for families, foodies and friends

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kefalonia The best of Kefalonia for families, foodies and friends

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Greece might have been purpose-built to host wonderful villa holidays. Blessed with some of Europe’s finest scenery (not to mention a sun-kissed climate) it is a country where a week spent lazing by a pool has become an art form – not least because most villas in Greece are spacious, modern affairs where you can truly let your cares ebb away.

But where to go? Greece, after all, is home to over 6000 islands, each of different shape, size and style. And each offers something different, whether it’s Rhodes, Crete or Zanthe.

But the best of the bunch may be Kefalonia. One of the most northerly of the outcrops that hover west of the mainland, here is a rocky bluff of considerable appeal. The largest of the Ionian islands, it stretches out for 302 square miles, a mix of mist-shrouded peaks, thick patches of verdant forest, enticing resort towns (such as the capital Argostoli and its westerly colleague Lixouri), small coastal villages, glorious coves and isolated beaches.

There are also plenty of elegant accommodation options in all corners of this inviting isle – including in these three holiday-friendly locations:

Best for Food Fanciers: Fiskardo

Perched at the northern tip of the island, Fiskardo is a one-time fishing village that has grown hugely in popularity over the last decade – without shedding its quaint appearance or colourful prettiness. Sturdy boats still bob in its harbour, and pastel buildings are lined up on its dockside. And while you can find a swelling number of restaurants here, these eateries are of the delicious variety, serving fresh seafood in a pleasing waterfront setting.

Fiskardo also specialises in views. Look north through the fir trees and you should be able to see Kefalonia’s next-door neighbour Lefkada shimmering in the middle-distance.

Stay: Hidden just outside town, Villa Helios is a sophisticated split-level villa that sleeps six in its three bedrooms. Equipped with a pool, terraces and a barbecue area, it is also good for views. Gaze east and you should be able to glimpse the iconic island of Ithaca.

Best for Get-Away-From-It-All Types: Skala

Tucked into the south-east corner of Kefalonia, Skala is a place of real charm. It would be a leap to describe it as  ‘undiscovered’ – life flows in its shops, tavernas and bars – but the pace of things never gets too frenetic. At heart, this remains a tiny village. The fields that flow behind it are still laced with vineyards and dense with olive groves. Three miles north, meanwhile, the remains of a temple to Apollo offer a dusty dash of ancient history.

That said, Skala’s big attraction is undoubtedly its beach – a two-mile strip of sand (with the odd bobble of shingle) that boasts blue-flag status – and is understandably popular.

Stay: Set above the coast road, just north of town, Villa di Capri is a retreat for those who want simply to relax – or, at a push, splash about gently. It comes armed with a jacuzzi, an infinity pool and lovely views of Ithaca, as well as three bedrooms (sleeping up to six).

Best for Families: Svoronata

Huddled in the south-west of the island, Svoronata is an enclave that offers easy access to the coast. It lurks four miles below Argostoli, and a short drive from the airport. Yet as soon as you reach it, you feel sheltered from the hassles of 21st century life. Wild flowers bloom, trees sway, and there is a tranquility that makes you realise this is a special spot.

The village basks on the flank of Mount Aenos, yet lies close to three of Kefalonia’s most splendid beaches – Ammes, Avithos and Ai Helis. Avithos is the pick, its curve lapped by shallow waters, making it ideal for families. The crowning touch is the two tavernas that linger at its edge – great for an early-evening drink as the sun plunges into the Ionian Sea.

Stay: Lethe is a funkily decorated option that sleeps six (three bedrooms). Its pool is an extra attraction if you can’t face the one-mile trip to the beach (well, you are on holiday).

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