Efrosini Village - (Accommodation in Katelios)

Glyn W           

 
We stayed July24th - August 7th 2005.
 
Our bungalow was spacious and airy. We didn't find a hairdryer or tv as per the website. The cleaner has too much to do looking after 28 ish studios.
 
The garden needs attention - it was quite overgrown on August 7th and the pool has a suntan lotion line because there aren't enough showers poolside. There's only one behind the bar which no-one uses. The jacuzzi was excellent and very welcome after a full day out touring.
 
The bar is very reasonably priced (2 euros for 0.4ml draught Lowenbrau) but the food was too much tourist orientated beans/bacon/sausage with horiatiki salad the only Greek dish. Some lunchtime staples such as tzatziki, kalamarakia, keftedes, yemistes, atherina, souvlakia would have been welcome - although Jerry might not have liked the competition. Fotis, George and Jenny work very hard. Fotis has a lovely manner and smile, George has excellent musical taste. Sunbathing whilst listening to Betthoven 9 should not be missed. Jenny seems to prefer rock - but no-one plays nisiotika or rebetika.
 
Katelios is like Greece was thirty years ago - but without the music and boat trips. It's a fifteen minute walk to Kaminia beach from the bus stop- follow the blue tags and wear trainers or strapped sandals - not flipflops.
Best value seems to be the lobster for two for 40 euros at the Blue Sea. We thought the poikilia at the Ostria good value at 8 euros for two. Dan the Romanian waiter here sounds exactly like Tom Conti in Shirley Valentine - "You want go my brather's boat?". There's live bouzouki at the 4 Brothers Grill (aka Four Brothers Grim) - but there's no kefi (and we went on Saturday night) and we found the food (arni psito and kondosouvli) unremarkable. The island local wine is generally excellent rose and white - but ask if it's from Kefalonia, some is from Eastern Europe and the Peloponnese
 
You need a car for at least four days if you haven't been to Kefalonia before. The CBR excursion on the Ikaros to Lefkada, Meganissi and Skorpios was a great day out although not cheap at 46 euros each.
 
Highlights:-
the drive to Fiskardo via Skala, Poros, Sami, Andisamos, Myrtos, and Assos.
The view from Spartohori, Meganissi - Akarnania, Skorpios, Lefkada and zillions of boats.
the Pali peninsula via the Lixouri ferry visiting Xi and then Petani - the villages between are unspoiled by tourism.
Taking the ferry to Lixouri at night - it was great to cool down and the Watermills peninsula looked lovely with the Tavernas lit up.
The loos at the Katavothra taverna - luxurious for Greece.
Ayios Gerasimos' cave under the monastery.
 
There's some lovely property for rent/sale on the island - if only you could get cheap air fares!!!