Resebrev från Grekland 2006
© Text & Bild: Arne and Ann Sjöblom,
A week in Kefalonia, Greece, July 8-15, 2006
We travelled with Swedish travel agency Airtours
and stayed at Grand View Apartments. Some general aspects of staying in
Grand View Apartments is located on a hill about 2 km from downtown Argostoli and you really need some sort of transportation device to get to and from Grand View Apartments. The accommodation was alright when you have a room with balcony but we got a twin room on the terrace below which smelled of mould. Not very nice but we managed to switch from room 13 to room 2 since we only needed 2 beds. There is a small shop at Grand View Apartments but they don't have fresh bread and other stuff that we think is necessary for breakfast.
Best supermarket we found was just opposite the hospital on Souidias street in downtown Argostoli. When you head down to Argostoli from the Lassi-junction (where the AVIN petrol station is located) you take the second street to the right (tight corner) and you will find the supermarket on the right side after ca. 500 meters. There is also a SPAR just beside the football stadium but that store is smaller than the supermarket mentioned.
We think that El Greco was the best Greek restaurant in Argostoli. Run by a family and nicely situated just above the main square in Argostoli (NB! It can be hard to find parking space in central Argostoli but we always found parking space around the cinema which is located two blocks above the main square). El Greco serves traditional Greek food and you can check the daily specials in a counter. The son of the family, Petter, takes care of you and his mother Anna runs the kitchen. Lots of locals visit the restaurants during the night which is good sign. A dinner with starters (saganaki, tzatsiki, termosalata) and some traditional main meal (chicken in lemon, moussaka) along with a couple of beers totalled about €22-25 for two persons. If you behave you will also receive a complimentary brandy (traditionally perfumed 3 star metaxa) or some dessert (we received some crème caramel). We dined four evenings out of seven during our week and always enjoyed ourselves. We also tried out a "traditional" touristy Greek restaurant in Lassi but was disappointed since we got the feeling that we were only interesting for the waiters until we sat down at a table. After that initial contact they hunted for more customers outside the restaurant and more or less forgot about the guests they had inside the restaurant. The food was about a 4 on a 10-scale with watered down tzatsiki, etc.
When in Kefalonia you have to travel around the Island and check out the beaches. Best way to reach the northern parts (Fiskardo, Mythos Beach, etc) is by travel straight across the Island from Argostoli to Sami over the mountains and the head north by Agios Efimia. We did try the western route from Argostoli to Mythos Beach but we found both the road and the local traffic to be stressing. We visited the western part of the island by taking the ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri (about €6,70 for a car and two people, one way tickets, every half hour from 6 AM to 24 PM) and then toured that part of the island.
Places to visit:
Drive through areas:
- Drive through the small villages above Lixouri; Monopolata, Dellaportata, Favatata and you will find nice views over Lixouri and Argostoli on the other side of Gulf of Argostoli.
The beaches; Sunbathing and swimming. Sandy beaches, where you
can walk 25-30 meters out in the water (I am 1,86 meter i.e. 6,1''), are
mainly located on the southern part of the island. Other beaches are mostly
filled with small pebbles and rather steep when going into the water.
Normally I couldn't keep my head above the water when being about four
meters from the shoreline on most beaches.
- Mythos beach. When coming from South or North by car, do stop and take
pictures and the special parking places for picture-taking! The beach
is somewhat 300 meters below you and it is so beautiful that you have
to bring pictures home. The beach is mostly made out of pebbles with sand
stretches. A small noisy coffee shop where you can buy a sandwich and
some refreshment but no real restaurant. Parking place can be hard to
find. Sun umbrella and two beds was €9.
- Antisamos beach outside Sami. A small and narrow road which starts
in the harbour are takes you to this beautiful beach which is rather narrow
and where you have cars going 3-4 meters behind you on the hunt for a
place to park the car. Simple coffee shop where you can buy beer and refreshments.
Pebbled beach. Sun umbrella and two beds was €6.
We also visited Lourdas beach during one evening but didn't find it any special, more like the beaches in Lassi.
Arne and Ann Sjöblom, Sala.
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