Katelios still has the feel of a fishing village rather than a tourist resort. If you are up early, you can see the fishing boats return to harbour with their haul. As you watch them unload you will know that tonight, after a long day in the sun you will be sitting in a taverna enjoying their catch. You can spend your time relaxing on the beach, which is quiet and undeveloped, or visit the nearby beach at Kaminia where the Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs. The lush green hills behind Katelios provide a beautiful backdrop and many interesting paths for walkers. For a more energetic hike, try the nearby Mount Ainos National Park.
Katelios is slowly developing and has a choice of small mini markets and shops where you can pick up fresh produce to cook on your own BBQ. A larger supermarket is within a short drive. The nearest market for local produce including wine, honey and olive oil is in Argostoli.
Katelios has a small selection of excellent tavernas on the waterfront with views towards Zante and in the streets leading to the beach. For a memorable meal, try a glass of local Robola wine and the freshest lobster, sea bream or sole while watching the sunset – heaven! For a larger selection including international menus, try the nearby resort of Skala which has a great choice of bars, tavernas and restaurants.
Katelios Beach, the beautiful horseshoe-shaped beach is in a lovely setting of pine and eucalyptus trees. There are plenty of sun loungers and parasols, and when you want a bite to eat, bars and restaurants along the seafront. For little ones, the rocks and rock pools are a source of endless fascination. A smaller beach, Agia Varvara is just a short stroll away. Both beaches have great views of Zante and the Greek mainland. The blue flag beach at Mounda Bay is a short drive along the coast. The larger, more developed resort of Skala, with its long sand and shingle beach, is a little further.
Kefalonia is renowned as a breeding ground for Loggerhead turtles and Kaminia Beach where they nest has an environmental centre. You can take a glass bottomed boat tour from Argostoli where you may spot them in the surrounding sea. If you want to try some watersports, the beach at Skala has a good selection. Make some great holiday memories and hire a boat from Katelios marina, pack a picnic and swimsuits, and set off on your own adventure.
The lush green hills behind Katelios’s beaches provide a beautiful backdrop and many interesting paths for walkers. If you stroll along the river, shaded by plane trees, you’ll see wildflowers and have and good chance of spotting some rare birds. There’s plenty of walking trails in the rolling hills which will take you through lemon and olive groves, past old watermills, and 12th century churches, often just ruins. The picturesque coastal paths are great for long walks interspersed with swimming, sunbathing and picnics. Hiring a boat and exploring the coastline is another wonderful way to see more of Kefalonia and you can arrange this at the harbour in Katelios.