It’s Sunday night and before the start of another manic week I’ve decided to comfort, or rather depress myself, by reminiscing about a recent family holiday that I’m currently still wishing I was on…. I’ve never really had holiday blues like this before, I think it’s because it had been such a long time that my family and I had been away together just the 4 of us (my brother’s girlfriend came too but she’s like family). Although we argued (mainly about trying to direct my Dad driving – what else do families argue about on holiday?), it was so nice to spend time together as we’re like passing ships in the night at home.
I first found the villa we stayed in, Villa Ersi, after blissfully scrolling through AirBnB one day back in June. It was beautifully decorated, well equipped and the view out to sea just topped it all off. It was, without a doubt the best villa I’ve ever been lucky enough to stay in. Julie, the lady who owns it was extremely helpful and more than happy to answer any questions we had!
As the week went on we began to discover that the restaurants were a bit samey in their core menu…. greek salad, fish or meat with potatoes, pasta etc. This has its advantages as you know that whichever restaurant you stumble into you know what’s more than likely on offer. There were 2 restaurants in particular that we really enjoyed and went back to multiple times: one was in the capital Argostoli, the other was 5 minutes from where we were staying in Lakithra.
Premier, Vallianou Square, Argostoli
Being situated in the main square in Argostoli, its location sets it up to be a popular tourist trap, which it was, but for all the right reasons.
Greek salad style bruschetta
The food was fresh and flavourful. One night I opted for the ‘village pasta’ which was vegetables and feta cheese in a tomato sauce. The feta was stirred through and semi-melted which was yummy. You just can’t get feta like it back at home.
The ‘traditional honey dough balls’ were AMAZING. They were sweet dough balls, lathered in honey and served with vanilla ice cream. Simple but so delicious. They were so delicious in fact that in our haste to finish them off I completely forget to document them in all their sweet, sticky glory.
I also tried the ‘baklava’, something that I had always wanted to try but had never got round to doing. It was a huge portion and very filling with all the nuts and dried fruit and whilst I’m glad I tried it I don’t think I would have it again.
En Kefallinia, Lakithra
I couldn’t write this post and not mention En Kefallinia which is run by a lovely lady called Georgia and her husband. Located on a quiet road, away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby resorts, the care and dedication that goes into this operation is clear as soon as you arrive. As you dine outside you are surrounded by the very fruits and vegetables that will soon be enjoyed by the next set of diners. From the fresh fish to the warm bread to the homemade cheesecake, the offerings were light, organic but most importantly, delicious.
Salmon, mash and garlic spinach
Someone wanted to join us
My Mum and Dad, not wanting to miss a day of sunbathing, suggested we visited Melissani Cave and Myrtos Beach (two destinations I had read were not to be missed) on a cloudier day. Not being a very big island has its advantages as travelling around doesn’t take too much time. It took us about 50 minutes from where we were staying in Svoronata to reach the cave and then we went cross-country to reach the beach.
A natural phenomena, Melissani Cave, was first discovered in 1951 but dates back to the 3rd/ 4th century BC. The underground cave would have never been discovered had an earthquake not resulted in its roof i.e. ground level not caving in. I’m not going to lie, it would have been far more spectacular had the sun been shining down into the cave and onto the water but it was amazing to see nonetheless.
I’m not a beach person in the slightest, so I am definitely not a pebbly beach person. Prior to heading to Myrtos Beach I wish someone had told us that it was just that, as my footwear choice of flip-flops were less than practical. Now I’m just moaning because in reality it was worth it as the water was the clearest I’ve ever seen in my life. Contrasted with the white of the pebble beach it was very postcard-esque. There wasn’t a lot at the beach apart from a very basic looking beach bar which we didn’t bother investigating further.
Above all I think my favourite thing to do was just to go out walking and exploring. Olives, lemons, limes, figs, pomegranates, tomatoes, oranges, green beans and aubergines were just some of the things I observed growing when I was out walking.
Kefalonia may be small and not as popular as some of the other Greek islands but I think that’s a good thing to ensure that it maintains some of its rustic charm. The people were always so welcoming and friendly and I wouldn’t have to think twice about going back!
My Mum would KILL me if she knew I’d put this picture of her on the Internet…