Costa del Sol
A picturesque fishing village in the Pyllaros Valley, Agia Efimia is a great base from which to explore the north of Kefalonia. The laid back feel in Agia Efimia means you can unwind and watch the world go by from this Ionian oasis. With plenty of great tavernas and cafes on the waterfront, an award winning beach and pretty architecture throughout, this resort is a slice of paradise.
Within Agia Efimia there is a supermarket by the harbour, ideal for topping up on holiday supplies. A 20 minute drive along the coast will get you to the larger town of Sami which has a large supermarket, a butchers, bakeries, as well as many souvenir and jewellery shops. At the northern tip of the island, Fiskardo has a larger selection of local food and souvenir shops.
This resort is home to a great selection of restaurants, tavernas, coffee shops, cafes and snack bars. There is plenty of Greek cuisine to try, most of which serve their own speciality dishes. What better place to spend the evening than in one of the waterfront restaurants overlooking the harbour with a glass of wine?
Agia Efimia has an award winning bay lined with a narrow strip of pebbles and clear water, which makes it great for snorkelling .
Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Ionian islands, Myrtos Beach is the other side of the valley to Agia Efimia. With majestic rocky cliffs and turquoise waters, it's well worth a visit.
There are plenty of pebbly coves for you to explore dotted along the coast towards Sami. In Sami itself, you'll find Antisamos Beach which is conveniently backed by beach bars and tavernas. There's sunbeds and parasols available to hire and watersports available too.
Children will love the horse riding and donkey trekking trips starting in Sami. There is a range of water sports available on the beaches dotted around Agia Efimia as well as a fantastic array of marine life, with lots of popular scuba diving sites in the area.
Or why not take one of the daily ferries from Sami to the neighbouring island of Ithaka, famous in Greek mythology as the home of Odysseus?
Take a boat tour across Melissani Lake, a natural cave system just outside Sami. The tour will take you into a cavern where the roof of the cave open up to the forest above, causing the water beneath to light up. Sami is also home to an ancient acropolis overlooking the town with fantastic views across the coastline.
At the northern tip of the island, Fiskardo is a beautiful harbour village well-worth a visit.
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