Jerrys Studios look out onto the back of a Taverna, and are right behind the loudest bar in Lassi. The apartments are basic (very limited self catering facilities) and were not very clean. If you stay here, make sure you pack some earplugs if you want any sleep at all.
One of the highlights of our holiday, the ruins are extensive and the views spectacular. You can drive almost up to the entrance and there is a very pleasant cafe where you can stop for a drink. The only criticism is that there is no information about the history of the site.
Very quiet and peaceful and a welcome haven after the tourist hell that was Fiscardo. Food here was much more reasonably priced than Fiscardo and the village is very pretty and unspoiled.
After a slippery, precarious descent, we were treated by a breathtaking view of the inside of the cave. This is an amazing place, and is not to be missed. It looks truly fantastical inside, and it looks like it should have a big dragon living in it!
The lake is absolutely beautiful, and we liked the singing boatman. He was also very informative despite knowing only three english phrases. Also, he took our picture for free, using our own camera - so don't pay 7 euros for one.
Not as nice as we had been expecting. It's very, very touristy, and all the food is twice the price as anywhere else. Couldn't walk round the harbour because it is wall-to-wall tavernas. Pretty, but too busy, and too exploited. If you're driving up from the South, just stop when you get to Assos, and go there instead.
This is in Argostoli, and is well worth a visit if you like museums, and are interested in Kefalonia in itself. There are some interesting pictures of the earthquake of 1953, some great rescued religious artefacts, and lots of bits of history concerning Argostoli. Inexpensive to get in and much bigger inside than we expected.
Small, but interesting museum showing the archaeological finds in Kefalonia. Lots of pottery, including an excellent mosaic depicting Poseidon. Also includes the relics from the Pan cultists found in the Melissani caves. If you think 3 euros is expensive (which it isn't) then go on a Sunday because it is free!
Didn't have too much to do with them really, but when we did try and find them, we discovered that they only staff their office for one hour a day. also, on the flight out, our vegetarian meals (and everyone else's) hadn't been ordered. Apartment was not very clean, and the towels were only changed once - which isn't good enough for a sandy beach resort. Also, the rep's directions to the apartment were completely useless.
This was really beautiful, and very peaceful and relaxing. The water is crystal clear, and a lovely colour, and the waves were just ripples really. The beach was the cleanest we went to, and we weren't charged to park. We went in October and there were only four couples on the whole beach.
Free upgrade, helpful friendly staff, and a great little car in very good condition
Didn't stop for long because it looked so grotty with lots of building work going on. Also, the Roman Villa there was shut. Shops were very tacky touristy places. Didn't eat or stay for nightlife as we didn't like the look of the place - looked very British. Katelios is much less spoiled.
Can't comment on the nightlife, but we loved everything else about Sami. It felt much more like a real place, rather than a tourist trap. Despite being a working port, it was really quiet and with a very clean and pretty harbour with excellent tavernas. Less crowded than other resorts, and with a really nice walk along the harbour. If we ever return to Kefalonia, this is where we will be staying.
Lassi worked out fine as a base from which to explore the island, but we would stay at Sami for our next visit. It has good bars and restaurants, but it is clearly aimed at British package holiday tourists. Thankfully no British pubs - but lots of Sky Sports advertised. Most of the shops overflowed with tat. If you are staying in Lassi, go to the supermarkets at the Southern end as they are cheaper and the staff are friendly (Vagelati is the most expensive we found, and Mina's the cheapest). Better still, go to the big supermarket in argostoli (if you have a car) as prices in Lassi are generally inflated.
We visited Katelios after escaping grotty Skala (which is where we had intended to spend the day) and had a lovely unhurried lunch at the Cozy Cafe overlooking the sea. The staff here were possibly the nicest we met in Kefalonia (which is saying something). The beach isn't developed and it's very pleasant to walk along.
We visited 5th to 12th October. We had one rainy day, and a another rainy evening. Most of the time was beautifully sunny, with perfect temperatures for wandering about the island. Not too hot to do anything, but hot enough for t-shirts, shorts and sandals. Also found that most places (except Fiscardo) were nice and quiet including the beaches, and we didn't have to queue for anything - although we did narrowly miss being swamped by 3 coachloads at Drogarati and Melissani. Everywhere seemed to still be open except for the Roman Villa at Skala. A good time to visit.