A villa in the Trapezaki area gives you an ideal base for exploring the island. You are close to the capital Argostoli which is a great place for a day out. Skala and Lourdas are also within easy travelling distance. The nearest village for essential supplies is Moussata, a few minutes' drive away, which has a mini market and bakery. Your nearest eating place is The Trapezaki Bay Hotel above Trapezaki Beach. It has a restaurant and bar, and views out to sea. Trapezaki is also an ideal base for walking, cycling or horse riding, and all offer an alternative way to explore the lush countryside on paths and trails rather than roads. Local tracks will take you to either Karavados and St Thomas beaches..., or you can walk to the village of Lourdata where there are a number of shops, bars and restaurants. You are not far from the impressive ruins of the Castle of St George above the village of Peratata. The castle was built by the Venetians when they were in charge and more or less became the capital of Kefalonia until 1757.
From Trapezaki it is easy to get to Pessada, a nearby village with a small ferry port and a fishing harbour. From here you can get the ferry to the neighbouring island of Zante for a big day out. Ferries run twice daily through the summer months from Pessada to Skinari. Zante is pretty spectacular as Greek islands go – imagine rolling hills covered in olive groves, lemon trees and bougainvillea and a shoreline of turquoise sea lapping sandy beaches and hidden coves. Skinari is perched on the most northerly tip of Zante, and there is plenty there to keep you amused for the day. For example, you can take a boat trip to two famous beauty spots, Shipwreck Cove and the Blue Caves. Apparently there is a rare plant that is found only in Skinari and nowhere else in the world. That’s what we call exclusive! Skinari also has two windmills, a tavern for your lunch and a lighthouse.
The best way to fully appreciate this gorgeous coastline with its small secluded bays and beaches, coves and caves is from the water. Why not pack a picnic and be the skipper of your own boat? It can be huge fun, great exercise and gives you a marvellous sense of freedom. You can drop anchor and swim with the fishes in the wonderfully clear waters. Many of the hidden little beaches along the coast can only be reached from the sea. If you arrive by boat, you might have a secret beach all to yourself. You don’t need a driving licence, and will be given all the help you need even if you have no boating experience. This is a brilliant way to explore and escape the crowds.