Costa del Sol
Whether you want to relax on a beach, explore historic sites, see the beautiful landscapes of Kefalonia or all of these, a villa in Trapezaki is a perfect choice. The family friendly St Thomas and Trapezaki beaches are close, and you can easily reach the larger resort of Lourdas for watersports. You are close to the capital Argostoli and Venetian St George’s Castle which can be combined for a full day out. The mighty Mount Ainos towers over the west coast of Kefalonia and you can explore its verdant pine covered slopes while enjoying the views down to the Ionian Sea. You may prefer to visit the vineyards around its base in the Omola Valley and pick up a few bottles to enjoy at your villa.
There is a mini market in Trapezaki where you will find the daily essentials. The nearby resort of Lourdas, has several mini markets for stocking your villa and finding beach equipment. There are larger supermarkets on the outskirts of Argostoli, around 20 minutes by car, and it’s a great town to explore with fruit and vegetable stalls and bakeries. You’ll also find plenty of locally made crafts to take home.
Trapezaki resort has a handful of tavernas, whilst the nearby resort of Lourdas, just a 10 minute drive away, has many more from the top of the village all the way down to the beach. Although nightlife in the area is quiet, there are a few bars where you can enjoy the sunset over a cocktail. For more buzzing nightlife join the locals in Argostoli where there are a few squares lined with bars and restaurants, and you may find some live music.
Trapezaki Beach is a great choice for families as the sand shelves gently into the sea. You can hire parasols and sunbeds, and when you get hungry, there is a taverna on the beach. If you're feeling active you can walk along the coast to the next resort of Lourdas, which has a long, white sand and pebble beach, known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Kefalonia. St Thomas’ Beach is another option in Trapezaki. It’s a charming beach with sand to build sandcastles, a couple of tavernas and a snack bar when you want a break from the sunshine, no wonder the locals love it! It’s also a great spot for snorkelling with a rocky area to one side of the beach.
Leisure activities are mainly beach and sea based and nearby Lourdas has a choice of water sports including jet skis, kayaking and ringos. Boat hire is also available and there are several organised day trips to the neighbouring islands of Ithaka and Zante or around Argostoli harbour where you might see the Loggerhead turtles. Horse and donkey riding is available on the outskirts of Sami approximately 1 hour's drive from the villa.
The best way to fully appreciate this gorgeous coastline, with its small, secluded bays and beaches, is from the water. Why not pack a picnic and be the skipper of your own boat? It can be fun and gives you a marvellous sense of freedom. You can take a break to swim with the fish in the wonderfully clear waters. As many of the little coves along the coast can only be reached by boat, you might have a secret beach all to yourself.
The historic Castle of St George is between Trapezaki and Argostoli and was the site the Venetians choose for their fortification when they controlled Kefalonia as part of their extended republic. You can still enjoy the views across the countryside to the sea. Why not combine a visit to the important Monastery of Saint Gerasimos with the nearby vineyards or even the Drogarti Caves for a full day exploring.
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