Sitting drinking a coffee after eating in OSKARS Restaurant got me thinking about our regular trip to KEFALONIA and why we do it. This trip we make twice a year Spring and again in Autumn. Why you may ask? We particularly like early Spring, before the tourist season begins to see the wild flowers. Walking is much pleasanter when it is cooler. Swimming is still possible, some locals swim all year round, but it is better to pick your days, when it is at least warmer, out of the sea than in. The Greek Easter is usually pre-season and with Greek friends is especially worth looking forward to. Friends here are many, but particularly our OSKAR family.
You can’t beat being off the beaten track, up the mountains, exploring deserted villages, re-visiting old haunts and discovering new ones. After twenty years plus, it is never boring.
How do we do it? Read on.
Travelling here is usually from York by train into Manchester Airport using Olympic Airways to Athens and then onwards to the island. The flight normally leaves late evening, arriving Athens early morning. The island flight leaves a little later. Using one carrier has its compensations if flights are delayed. If this happens use it as an opportunity. Get out of the airport and see what you can find. Transport links from the airport are very good. Depending on the length of a delay we usually 1). short stay got to Glyfada 2). longer delay involving evening flight go in to Athens centre. Any odd items of hand luggage not required can be left at Western Union (downstairs in arrivals). For 1). catch regular 20 min. bus outside for Pireaus and get off at the square in Glyfada ( approx. 20 min.). For a few hours sleep, near the square is the basic Hotel Ilion or 5min. away the Hotel Oceanis. Glyfada offers the seaside, good shops, restaurants etc. with easy bus/tram connection into Athens (BUT, allow one hour travelling time). Option 2). More time available take train direct to Athens centre (12 , 50-60 mins.). Not far away visit atmospheric areas of Plaka and Monastiraki, sit/picnic in National Gardens (near to arrival point Syntagma Square) and see close by Megalo Marmaro (stadium for first Olympics). Want to visit Acropolis? Metro takes you direct to Acropolis station. Remember return to airport takes approx. 60 mins.
Athens merits a longer stay, but an enforced stay is a good opportunity to have a “taster”.
Good fun, happy, sight-seeing AND enjoy your holiday in KEFALONIA (KALO TAXIDI)