Located in the Ionian Sea, one island side by side to the other, the islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca can be perfectly combined for vacations. With easy ferry connection and similar landscape, holidays in Kefalonia and Ithaca is perfect for all ages: from romantic couples looking for a secluded retreat to families with kids and other visitors longing for beach holidays.
Holidays in Kefalonia
Kefalonia became widely known after the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed there in 2001. Shooting locations were mostly restricted to Sami and Antisamos Beach, however this was a perfect chance for people around the world to hear about the beauty of the island and come to spend vacations.
Holidays in Kefalonia are especially popular among families with kids, due to the sandy and safe beaches of the island. The shallow and clean waters are important factors for a family to pick up a holiday destination. Myrtos, Antisamos, Skala and Lourdas are the most popular beaches in Kefalonia, while equally frequented are Makris Gialos Beach, Platis Gialos and Xi Beach. Except for Myrtos and Antisamos, which are secluded places to swim, all the other mentioned beaches are also tourist-developed places where you can choose your perfect beach hotel in Kefalonia. Some tourist places are very developed (like Skala and Makris Gialos) and others are less developed (like Lourdas or Xi).
Apart from wonderful beaches, holidays in Kefalonia should definitely include a visit to the picturesque villages and interesting sights of the island. Fiscardo and Assos are the most fantastic villages of Kefalonia, with cozy architecture and lovely ports. As for Kefalonia sightseeing, the most impressive is the Lake Cave of Melissani and the Cave of Drogarati, with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
Holidays in Ithaca
Even more secluded and quiet than Kefalonia, Ithaca island is a fantastic place for absolute relaxation. Holidays in Ithaca are a unique experience. Upon your first step on the island, you feel the special vibrations in the air and the fresh breeze of the Ionian Sea. Ithaca is famous all over the world as the beloved homeland of Ulysses, the famous Homeric hero. Since then, in literature the word Ithacastands for the purpose of life, an important desire that we must fulfill in order to find peace.
Indeed, even today, the atmosphere of Ithaca gives something peaceful. You will not find the long, sandy beaches of Kefalonia in Ithaca or the large hotels with pools. Although this island is famous around the world, tourism is kept in low profile. The majority of beaches in Ithaca consist of small coves with blue green water, non-organized with sun lounges or umbrellas. Only two beaches are organized: Filiatro and Sarakiniko. A stunning beach is Gidaki, accessible only by boat from Vathy port.
The most picturesque villages of Ithaca are Vathy and Kioni, both seaside places with traditional architecture. Although many houses and buildings on the island were destroyed by the severe earthquake of 1953, most of these houses were later restored and today they host beautiful Ithaca hotels and boutique hotels.
How to go to Kefalonia: Kefalonia has a local airport that receives internal flights from Athens 2-3 times per day. Also in summer there are charter and low cost flights to Kefalonia from many European airports.
Ferries from Kefalonia to Ithaca: The most popular ferry connection between Kefalonia and Ithaca is the ferry from Sami port in Kefalonia to Pisaetos port in Ithaca. These ferries are daily and the trip lasts for about 40 min.
Occasionally, in high season, there are ferries from the port of Fiscardo in northern Kefalonia to Frikes port in Ithaca. These ferries are run by the local company West Ferry, usually 3-4 times per week. Also there can be daily ferries from Poros port Kefalonia to Pisaetos port Ithaca. These ferries started operating last year (2014) and they may not run every year.