We've just returned from a weeks stay at The Bella Vista apartments and must say that it was a lovely place to stay. The plug in the kitchen area was a little dodgy with one plug and a 3 way adaptor(the kettle plug smelt of burnt plastic the first time we used it!) but we just used others around the place for the kettle and toaster. A couple of cups were cracked and the cutlery was a little well used, but we enjoyed ourselves none the less. The views from the balcony are beautiful. The pool is in need of some umbrellas as it gets quite fierce in the baking sun and hardly any shady spots.
Highly recommended as a "get away from it all" place. The hill isn't that steep to the Bella Vista, but it is if you are further up at the Liberatos Village - heart attack central.
Oh, and we had a cockeral crowing at the most bizarre hours of the day and night and masses of crickets competing for loudest chirup - but go and enjoy.
A lovely place to eat. It gets very busy but this does not detract from the quality of food we received. We enjoyed the greek dancing the first evening we went there and our last night on Kefalonia we enjoyed the basouki music. The staff work very hard and are always smiling and running about with their trays stacked with food and drink.
We went here for a change of scene and couldn't have chosen a better night. Tuesday was quiet and no the cats did not bother us at all. We're animal daft people anyway. Greece is famous for it's cats and if the restaurant and taverna owners don't have a problem, neither should we vistors. Ignore them and they take the hint - eventually!
Anyway, delicious seafood platter and stifado, good wine, ice cold bottled water and we were given a large complimentary plate of fruit after our deserts. Staff full of smiles and "kali orexi" (bon appetite)
We visted here as part of the "Discover Kefalonia" tour organised by Pfannis via Kosmar.
We paid EURO 14 for the two of us to get into here and Melassani Lake. (I prefered the lake)
However, once inside it was an awe inspiring sight, but I agree with some of the last comments, that people had cut off lumps of the formations and the paths whilst meandering are not natural and the shingle circle in the middle is awful.
The steps down weren't that bad and I've got asthma!
After all the hype on how Fiskardo was the "jewel in the crown" proclaiming "architecture in a pretty fishing village not to be missed"!! We were very disappointed.
It's expensive compared to the rest of the island and some of the shop assistants were disinterested in your custom if you weren't spending a fortune. In one shop I waited ages for my change because an item I had purchased was 3 EUROS and I had given her a 5 EURO note. She eventually huffed and puffed and rooted until she gave me 2 EUROS back in coppers.
Its not a place we'd rush back to.
What characters these boatmen are!! The eldest guy rowing is 72 years old. We were lucky they were singing, they were happy as it was coming to the end of the season. The eldest man, who's name escapes me was in fine voice and we enjoyed some of the horseplay.Our rower was knowledgable and took his time to show us to the back of the cave and point out the clarity of the and telling us to look in. He then took our cameras in turn and snapped the couples and families together with good humour and smiles. We left a tip by choice and he didn't raise his hand nor point to the scant change on the side of his boat either as others perhaps had.
Really enjoyed it.
We booked over the internet with no trouble at all. The accomodation was as described and we weren't let down when we got there. Transfer from airport to resort was smooth. We were taxied to the door of the apartments and shown the direction of our rooms after a brief spell on the resort coach to a central drop off.
Our resort rep, Allison was knowledgeable at the welcome meeting and not pushy with the trips, although perhaps a little keen for you to use the car hire company in the same office building.
We flew with HOLA, who were in general a little dour and the steward on the way out was incomprehensible over the tannoy. The meals were ok, but nothing fabulous. (Sadly the woman next to us was a lactose intolerant vegetarian who was given a tuna tournados meal!!! When she tried to explain that she wanted no meat at all, was looked at as if she were from Mars.)
We got there and home in once piece, so thats a blessing.
Overall Kosmar are great and acurate with accomodation descriptions etc, but its the things that happen on the ground that perhaps reps cannot help you with (that annoyed some travellers)like wrong times given for flights, no seat booking on return flight and getting picked up an hour and a half before flight times etc. It seems that Sunday is the day all of Britain goes home and you can get fed up queuing all the time especially if you had "littlies" to amuse.
All this being said, we are looking at booking for next year.
We stayed at the Bella Vista just of the main road to Argostoli (from the direction of the airport)
The Lassi supermarket is great as the guy there speaks like a Eastend barra boy and then changes into greek barraboy when he's talking to the other staff - quite disconcerting!!
The local beaches are well kept and cleaned by a patient young lad with a black bin bag and a fishing net clearing up the fag ends and dicarded coke bottles - haven't people heard of bins or taking what they bring away again to dispose of?
Young lads on motorbikes carrying their dogs on the handle bars, no helmets, answering mobile phones and smoking like himnies.....excellent.
Bars like the Aqua Marina that are off the main drag are worth a visit - lovely greek style omlettes and good drinks.
In general, a small town, but better than Fiskardo any day of the week.
After all the hype, this was disappointing. Overpriced and not half as delightful as Lixouri, Sami or Argostoli.
We visited here nearly every day and enjoyed drinks at The Bell Tower which is helping reintroduce people with mental health issues into the community. The far end heading towards the ferry terminal is where all the cool hip and trendy youngsters seem to hang out.
Visit The Portside for a meal and a drink. The staff are nice and although we couldn't have our stifado and wild greens as ordered, we enjoyed the substitutes of fried cheese, whitebait and tomato salad.
We saw a turtle in the harbour beside the cruise ship and the market, lazily swimming about and popping up to view us.
The we chilled out in general over iced coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice at the harbourside bar beneath the huge cream canopies watching the sholes of fish.
Go and buy from the markets and the bakeries, the pineapple custard pastries are delicious (and dangerous to the hips.)
Whilst there is no beach to speak of, a short 5 EURO taxi ride to nearby Lassi is all the beach you need.
We took the ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri at a very small charge of 1.20 EUROS each at 9.30am.
We walked around the town and then along the harbour before getting the ferry back at 11am.
A very sleepy and quiet town but a nice place to stop and take in the air and views.
Perhaps we just came too early to appreciate it?
The "Sami by night" tour was better than we hoped. After getting there we alighted from the coach and thought "ok, let's give this a chance." We walked around the town, along the harbour and into the shops selling table cloths and finery. The lady gave us a 25% discount on what we wanted to buy.
We then dined at the Dionysis Taverna which had a waitress from Chicago living and working there. Excellent food and rather busy (well it was recommended by the tour guide, so naturally we all went there to eat!!)
The music bar afterwards was great with lovely red wine and a bowl of complimentary mixed nuts brought to our table.
The time passed very quickly and we had a very enjoyable visit.